About SLS

About the School of Life Sciences, UoH

Established in 1977, The School of Life Sciences has witnessed phenomenal progress and established itself as one of the biggest and most vibrant Schools in the University system in the country. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching and research, the school produces finest graduates in modern biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics and systems biology. The performance of its alumni, students together with the contributions of the faculty, placed University at number one place in research output in the recent Nature Index rankings

The School consists of five Departments:

  1. Department of Animal Biology
  2. Department of Biochemistry
  3. Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
  4. Department of Plant Sciences
  5. Department of Systems & Computational Biology

Every year, the School receives highest number of applications in response to our admission notifications both from India and abroad. Details of academic programmes, eligibility criteria and admission process along with faculty profile can be accessed from the web page of the school (http://sls.uohyd.ac.in).

The School started its journey from a modest premises located at the old science complex. It has moved out to a new centrally air-conditioned building with a plinth area of 2,38,345 sft. The modern building is designed for housing a total of 65 research laboratories, class-rooms, teaching laboratories, central instrumentation facilities, cell and microbial culture facilities, seminar hall and auditorium. A state of the art animal house with mosquito breeding facility, and a fully functional and third party evaluated Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facility are the recent additions to majestic School of Life Sciences building. These new additions and funding from Department of Biotechnology under DBT-Boost to University Interdisciplinary Life Science Departments for Education and Research programme (DBT-BUILDER) programme is indeed a boost to the Schools interdisciplinary research. The well-equipped laboratories, committed, trained faculty together with highly talented and motivated students contribute for establishing an excellent academic ecosystem at SLS. Under the tutelage of SLS faculty, a number of students transformed into a World Class Scientists, academic leaders and entrepreneurs. Research work done by the faculty of the school frequently appear in journals of international reputes and attracted the attention of world’s best talent. resulting in establishing international collaborations. Most of the labs have won international grants and successfully participated in bilateral scientific collaborations with most of the leading nations. In recognition of their research contributions, the faculty won a number of recognitions including Millennium Plaques of Honour instituted by Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Shanthi Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize, given by CSIR, New Delhi. A good number of faculty are elected fellows of all three leading science academies and won coveted recognitions like JC Bose fellowships. The vision of the faculty together with hard work of the committed students, helped SLS to win institutional grants from national and international agencies. The SLS won prestigious CAS (Center for Advanced Studies) grant from University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi. At present most of the departments of the school are funded either by UGC-DRS or by DST-FIST schemes. The SLS is one of the few Schools under University set up to receive grants from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi under DBT-BUILDER programme. During this academic year, SLS won 50.44 crores extramural funding from both industry and Govt. funding agencies like, CSIR, DST, SERB, DBT, MHRD and ICMR. Students of the SLS have shown impressive performance, 30 cleared UGC-CSIR-NET.

The SLS effectively used funds received from various funding agencies to create state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, centralized high-end facilities such as Real-Time PCR Machine, Fluorescence-activated Cell Sorting (FACS) Facility, Microarray Spotter/Analyzer and Hybridization Oven, Next-Generation Sequencing System, Bioruptor, Cross Linker, Electroporator, Luminometer, Nano-Drop Machine, HPLC, FPLC and AKTA PILOT, CD Spectrophotometer, Fluorescence Spectrophotometer, Surface Plasmon Resonance, Radioactive Facility, Proteomics-MALDI/MS-MS/TOF-Q Chemidoc-Imaging System, Robotic Crystallization System LC-MS and GC-MS for Metabolomic Research, Confocal/ Fluorescence Microscope, Super Resolution Microscope, Flow Cytometry, Microtome/Ultramicrotome (Tissue Sectioning), in vivo Imaging for whole cell and animal imaging, Green House Facility and Bio-Safety Level Three Facility (BSL3).

In addition to these central facilities the School has access for infrastructural facilities set up at Nanotechnology Centre, Central Instrumentation Laboratory (CIL) and Centre for Modelling, Simulation and Design (CMSD), located within the campus which carry facilities such as Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and high-end computational facilities.

SLS has been a host for a number of seminars, conferences and symposia. The School has invited several distinguished faculty and eminent scientists from across the globe under GIAN (Global Initiative on Academic Network) Programs, a flagship programme of Ministry of Human Resource & Development (MHRD). To name a few, Dr. Gyozo Garab, Biological Research Centre, Hungary, Dr. Nathan Nelson, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Prof. Barry D. Bruce, University of Tennessee, USA, Prof. Nirbhay Kumar, George Washington University USA, Dr. Geeta Bansal, National Institute of Health (NIH), USA, are among the dignitaries visited school during this academic year.

The School conducted several conferences during the year and some of the major events are GIAN Programmes Chloroplast Structure and Function, Applied Photosynthesis: Putting Nature to Work, Malaria Control Strategies: Drug Design and Vaccine Development, DST-PAC Meeting in Plant Sciences & Animal Biology, 85th Annual Meeting of the Fellows of Indian Academy of Science, Bengaluru, National conference of Frontiers in Plant Biology, Winter School on Flow Cytometry, Workshop on Data Science, Training Program on Research Methodology in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology,

Dues to these intense Academic Activities and envious infrastructure, the SLS is fondly known as ‘Students Aspiration and Scholars Destination’.

Professor S. Dayananda, Department of Animal Biology is the Dean of the School. School of Life Sciences profile can be viewed at http://sls.uohyd.ac.in/

School consists of the Departments / Centres

Sl. No. Name of the Department / Centre
1 Department of Animal Biology
2 Department of Biochemistry
3 Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
4 Department of Plant Sciences
5 Department of Systems & Computational Biology

Name of Dean/Head/Director/Coordinator

School /Department/ Centre Name Designation Name
Life Sciences Dean Professor S. Dayananda