Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering Research Unit (MBGERU)

MBGERU is a well equipped research unit of Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Tiruvalla (MACFAST) under guidance of experienced faculty from School of Biosciences. The unit is dedicated to the field of Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering research and mainly focus on the advent and new technologies in the field of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics.

Projects for Students

MBGERU has various ad-hoc research schemes from different agencies of Govt. of India and of the State like DST, DBT, ICMR etc. MBGERU also offers original research projects to the students of various institutes, colleges and universities. Apart from that MBGERU also offers short training courses in techniques of Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics.


1. Well equipped and air conditioned Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering laboratory which consists following equipments.
Thermal Cyclers (PCR machine), -20 deep freezer, centrifuge, Agarose and Polyacrylamide electrophoresis unit, UV trasilluminator and spectrophotometer etc
2. Computer lab and 24 hours wi-fi connectivity
3. Well established library
4. 100% original work for all
5. Intensive guidance and training
6. Opportunity to learn different Bioinformatics tools and Programming languages
7. Special course work or classes designed according to nature or area of project work
8. Assistance for publication

Thrust areas of research

1. Database Development in Bionformatics
2. Perl Programming Language Training
3. Molecular Docking
4. Bioinformatics Tool Development using Perl
5. Bioinformatics research using Tools 
6. Gel electrophoresis (agarose and polyacrylamide)
7. Plasmid isolation
8. Polymerase chain reaction
9. Restriction digestion and ligation methods
10. Competent cell preparation and transformation
11. Recombination and cloning
12. Development of RAPD, RFLP, microsatellite markers
13. Primer development
14. Genetic profiling using genetic markers
15. Isolation and purification of proteins, Native and SDS-PAGE and staining methods

Collaborators from nearby Institutions

1. National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR) Cochin Unit, CMFRI, Cochin-18..
2. Dept. of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin-22.
3. Dept. of Neurobiology, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Poojappura, Trivandrum.
4. Dept. of Biotechnology, Rubber Research Institute of India, Puthuppally, Kottayam.
5. Dept. of Biotechnology, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin-18

How to apply

The interested students to attend for project work or short training course please send their updated CV along with two references to the email

Head, Dept of Bioinformatics , School of Biosciences
Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Tiruvalla (MACFAST),
Kerala, India.
Ph: 9746935363