Bioinformatics Centre
Saraswathy Thangavelu Extension Centre
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Puthenthope, Thiruvananthapuram 695 586
National workshop on
11th to16th February, 2019
At Saraswathi Thangavelu Centre of JNTBGRI
Puthenthope, Thiruvananthapuram
Organised by
Bioinformatics Centre
Biotechnology & Bioinformtics Division
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute, Puthenthope, Thiruvananthapuram _ 695 586
Sponsored by
Department of Biotechnology

Ministry of Science & Technology
Govt. of India, New Delhi

About the workshop
Plants are producing innumerable number of secondary metabolites and most of these molecules have pleiotropic therapeutic potential. These molecules induce less or no side effects when compared to synthetic drugs. Despite the advancement in modern science, isolation, characterisation and therapeutic validation of these molecules have been hampered. Of the total estimated plant species only 6% of them have been evaluated pharmacologically and ~15% of them have been subjected to phytochemical investigation. India has rich repository of plant genetic diversity with high rate of endemism that make the country a gold mine of natural molecules with great therapeutic potential. In Indian traditional systems of medicine, especially in Ayurveda, remedies are available to treat all sorts of diseases. However, its efficacy and mode of action are seldom investigated due to high investment, lack of raw materials, time consuming screening methods and yielding less number of lead molecules. The application of bioinformatics (computational methods) is the best option to address the above mentioned problems. The Bioinformatics Centre of JNTBGRI has been engaged in this area of research since its inception in 1998. The present training programme is aimed to generate skill in this line among the college teachers and researchers.



To provide training in bioinformatics tools and generate in silico bioprospecting skill among the college teachers and researchers.



Course contents
Plant derived medicines and its importance; Drug discovery process; Role of bioinformatics in drug discovery; Biological databases and its applications protein and chemical databases; Protein structure visualisation, Sequence alignment and analysis tools, Protein modelling; Preparation of chemical structure (2-D and 3-D) of ligand molecules; Target identification; Docking tools; Post docking result analysis and lead optimization: molecular interaction analysis, bioactivity prediction, toxicity checking and ADMET prediction tools.

Methodology: Lectures, demos and hand-on- sessions

Level of participants: Scientists, College teachers (UGC) and Ph.D. students

Registration fee:       Nil
How to apply

Applicants are requested to send the duly filled registration form through online.

Only online applications will be accepted.

The number of participants are limited to 15 and the selection will be on first come first basis.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be arranged on payment basis.

Last date for receipt of application: 30th Januuaryt, 2019

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Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) is an autonomous R & D Institution established in 1979 by Government of Kerala for conserving the tropical plant genetic resources and to develop strategies for their sustainable utilization. Since the inception of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) JNTBGRI has become a leading institution under it. The institute is located at the foot hills of the Western Ghats (at Palode, 40 km away from Thiruvananthapuram City by Thiruvananthapuram - Shencottah Road) in a 121 hectare forest land with hills and hillocks with evergreen, deciduous, marshy and riverine vegetation in addition to grasslands and rocky areas providing different microclimatic conditions for the growth of the tropical species. There is no ideal organization at present in India with such diverse area and vegetation to undertake research on plant diversity conservation and sustainable utilization of plant genetic wealth. The institute is conserving largest number of plant species among the botanic gardens in Asia. 800 tree species, 60 bamboo species, 102 palm species, 800 medicinal and aromatic plants including 100 rare species, 600 orchid species and 150 orchid hybrids, 150 fern species, 35 gymnosperm species and more than 1000 species/varieties/cultivars of ornamentals are maintained in the garden. The institute has also established an Extension Centre viz. Saraswathy Thangavelu Centre of JNTBGRI at Puthenthope, Thiruvananthapuram (2 km away from Kaniyapuram in Thiruvananthapuram - Kollam NH 47 Road) where the Bioinformatics Centre is established.
About Bioinformatics Centre, JNTBGRI

The Bioinformatics Centre of Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute is one of the Bioinformatics Distributed Information Centres, a part of National Biotechnology Information System Network (BTISNET) of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. The Centre was established in 2001 as a Research Centre at Saraswathy Thangavelu Centre of JNTBGRI, Puthenthope, Thiruvananthapuram.


The major activities of the Centre are

  • Biodiversity database creation and bioprospecting of medicinal plants particularly for novel drugs against snake venom, tuberculosis and hepatitis B.
  • Interlinking/integration of biological databases created by BTISNET centres,Big data analysis and interpretation.
  • Human resource development in Bioinformatics. 
  • Providing facility for carry out Ph.D., M.Phil and P. G. research works.
Contact persons:
Dr. S. Sreekumar
Scientist in-charge & Coordinator
Bioinformatics Centre,
Jawaharlal NehruTropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute
Puthenthope, Thiruvananthapuram - 695586
Telephone Telephone (O) 0471 2753050; Mobile No. 9446480968
Dr. C.K. Biju
Scientist & Co-coordinator
Bioinformatics Centre,
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute,
Puthenthope, Thiruvananthapuram 695 586
Telephone (O) 0471 2753050; Mobile No. 9495752933
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Important Dates/ Announcements
Registrartion ends on : January 30, 2019
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