The Department of Biotechnology was established in the year2000 with seven UGC sanctioned posts namely Professor (01), Associate Professor(02) and Assistant Professor (04). The department is presently offering M.Sc. and PhD degree in Biotechnology. The Department has seven independent research laboratories, MSc Laboratories, Classrooms, Conference hall, Seminar hall, Library and all basic facilities to cater for the needs of M.Sc and Ph.D. students. The Departmental library has rich collections of over 1100 books related to diverse fields of biotechnology.
The present faculty members of the department include Prof. Jonnada A V Prasada Rao, Prof. Dinesh Yadav, Prof. Sarad Kumar Mishra-Professor & Head, Prof. Rajarshi Kumar Gaur, Dr. Farrukh Aqil - Associate Professor. In the past, Prof. Anil Kumar Tripathi, Ex-Director CSIR-CIMAP, Dr. Dinesh Raj Modi, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, BBAU Lucknow and Dr. Jagtar Singh, Coordinator Biotechnology, Punjab University, Chandigarh and Dr. Kirti Srivastava have served the department. Prof. N.B. Singh, Dr. D.R. Modi, Prof. M.L. Srivastava, Prof. A.K. Tripathi, Prof. C.P.M. Tripathi, Dr. Dinesh Yadav,Dr. Sarad K. Mishra, Prof. Kaushal Kumar, Prof. J.P. Chaturvedi, Prof. Rajendra Prasad and Dr. Jonnada A.V. Prasada Rao, Prof. Rajendra Singh have contributed as Head of the Department.
Thrust Areas of research in the department include Plant Biotechnology, Microbial Technology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Enzyme Technology, Molecular Biology & Bioinformatics. In the department the research activities are mainly focused on Plant Transcription Factors (DOF& NF-Y) Biochemical, Molecular & Bioinformatics of pectinases, alpha-galactosidases, polyphenol oxidases, xylanases, peroxidases, Screening of novel bioactive compounds from endophytes, In-silico sequence analysis and drug designing, Plant virus and its management, Cancer Biology.