• 7th Floor, Tarknath Palit Siksha Prangan , UCSTA, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata-700019

Department of Genetics


Year of Establishment : The M.Sc. Course in Genetics had started w.e.f academic session 2002-2003; Departmental status was obtained in 2008

History of the department : The M.Sc. Course in Genetics had started w.e.f academic session 2002-2003 at the Centre of Advanced Study for Cell and Chromosome Research, Department of Botany, Calcutta University which acted as a NODAL CENTRE for Post Graduate teaching in Genetics under the University of Calcutta. The Centre, internationally known for establishment of a new concept of speciation in plants, development of new techniques for the study of chemical and physical nature of chromosomes and dynamic role of chromosomes in differentiation, reproduction and evolution, has been receiving assistance from UGC under Special assistance programme since 1972 and under CAS since 1980. The M.Sc. Course in Genetics was elevated to the level of Department by the University of Calcutta in 2008. Prof. AK Sharma, FNA, Founder Co-ordinator, CAS, Botany, CU and Prof. Asis Dutta, FNA, NIPGR, New Delhi, served as the principal guiding forces for the initiation of the M.Sc. courses in Genetics under University of Calcutta. The M.Sc. Program was well received by academic houses all over India and after running successfully for 6 years, was upgraded in the form of Department of Genetics w.e.f 12th August, 2008.


Faculty members :

Name Designation Area of Specialization Email Phone Number
Mainak Sengupta
Assistant Professor & Head Molecular and Human Genetics sengupta.mainak@gmail.com +9874490242
Krishnadas Nandagopal
Assistant Professor Neuropharmacology, Neurogenetics and Human Genetics knandago2007@gmail.com +9883221694

The list of Guest and Honorary Teachers who take part in teaching in the Dept. of Genetics is attached herewith

Prof. DJ Chattopadhyay, Vice-Chancellor, Amity University, Kolkata 
Prof. Utpala Chattopadhyay, Ex-Director, CNCI, Kolkata
Dr. Timir B Jha (Professor - WBES; Retired), Ex- Department of Botany, Barasat Government College, Barasat
Dr. Susanta Roychoudhury,  Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre & Research Institute, Kolkata
Prof. Samir sikdar, Bose Institute, Kolkata
Prof. Chitra Dutta, CSIR-IICB, Kolkata
Dr. Rukshana Chowdhury, CSIR-IICB
Prof. Debabrata Basu, Bose Institute, Kolkata
Prof. Saurabh Ghosh, ISI, Kolkata
Dr. Aniraban Roy, West Bengal Biodiversity Board, Kolkata
Dr. S. Manna, SINP, Kolkata
Dr. Sucheta Tripathy, CSIR-IICB, Kolkata
Dr. Dipanjana Dutta De, SSKM, Kolkata
Dr. Raghunath Chatterjee, ISI, Kolkata
Dr. Nilabja Sikdar, ISI, Kolkata
Prof. Sumita Jha, Dept. of Botany, CU
Prof. Anita Mukherjee, Dept. of Botany, CU 
Prof. Jharna Ray, SN Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences, CU
Prof. A. Chattopadhyay, Dept. of Statistics, CU
Prof. Gautam Saha, Dept. of Zoology, CU
Prof. Sanjay Ghosh, Department of Biochemistry, C.U
Dr. Koustubh Panda, Dept. of Biotechnology, CU
Dr. Alok K Sil, Dept. of  Microbiology, CU
Dr. Sagarmoy Ghosh, Dept. of Microbiology, CU
Dr. Aniruddha Mukherjee, Dept. of Environmental Science, CU
Dr. Punarbasu Chaudhuri,, Dept. of Environmental Science, CU
Dr. Gaurangadeb Chattopadhyay, Dept. of Statistics, CU
Dr. Manisha Pal, Dept. of Statistics, CU
Dr. S. Kundagrami, Institute of Agricultural Science, CU
Dr. Urmi Chatterji, Department of Zoology, C.U.
Dr. Maumita Bandyopadhyay, Dept. of Botany, CU
Dr. Sudipta Ray, Dept. of Botany, CU
Dr. Sreya Chatterjee, Dept. of Physiology, CU
Dr. Gitanjali Sundaram, Department of Biochemistry, C.U.
Dr. Sujoy Ghosh, Dept. of Zoology, CU
Dr. Soumalee Basu, Dept. of Microbiology, CU
Dr. Sukhendu Mandal, Dept. of Microbiology, CU
Dr. Sudeshna M Chatterjea, Biotechnology, CU
Dr. Arnab Gupta, SN Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences, CU


Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.Sc in Genetics Postgraduate B.Sc. Hons. in Anthropology, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physics or Physiology or its equiv. All the candidates should have Chemistry as one of the General subjects (except the candidates with Hons in Chemistry / Bio Chemistry) at the under Graduate level. The candidates with M.B.B.S./B.Sc. (Ag) are also eligible. All the candidates should have at least 50% marks in B.Sc. (Hons.) and at least 60% marks in average in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics or its equivalent. All the candidates, both C.U. and Non-C.U. (Both Category A & Category B) have to appear in the Entrance Test. Presently 11
PhD (in Sc), specialization in Genetics Original dissertation research and defense of thesis As per criteria on Calcutta University website Variable as per annual student registration from various laboratories


Research Scholars:

Name Research Topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Dr. Arunima Sengupta   Mainak Sengupta Not required (Dr. Arunima Sengupta is a DBT woman scientist working under the mentorship of Dr. Mainak Sengupta)
Debmalya Sengupta Studies on the molecular genetic basis of lung cancer susceptibility progression and pathogenesis Mainak Sengupta 6th Aug, 2015
Kausik Ganguly Identifying the genetic and molecular basis of human pigmentation variation and related disorders Mainak Sengupta 11th May, 2015
Mrinmay Dhauria Genetic polymorphisms in happiness and subjective well being – focus on serotonin system genes Krishnadas Nandagopal Not yet registered
Sampurna Ghsoh Role of mitochondrial ATPase in melanogenesis Mainak Sengupta Not required (Sampurna Ghosh is a project assistant in a DST-SERB funded project under the supervision of Dr. Mainak Sengupta)
Tania Saha Contribution of mitochondrial genes and proteins in shaping human traits and diseases Mainak Sengupta Not yet registered

Projects :

Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget (in Rs)
In silico and functional assessment of FVIII mutations to identify the determinant(s) of Haemophilia A severity UGC Mainak Sengupta 2013-15 6 lakhs
Elucidating the role of mitochondrial F1F0-ATPase in melanogenesis DST-SERB Mainak Sengupta 2014-17 25 lakhs
Expanding the knowledge of the genetic and molecular basis of Albinism in West Bengal: estimation of carrier frequency among ethnic populations WBSCST Mainak Sengupta 2016-2018 15 lakhs
Apoptotic cell death in Down syndrome UGC K Nandagopal 2013-15 6 lakhs

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department/centre:
Thrust areas in teaching: Plant, Animal (non human) and human Genetics and Genomics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Developemental Genetics, Statistical Genetics and Bioinfomatics, Evolutionary Genetics, Recombinant DNA Technology
Thrust areas in Research: Human Genetics, Disease Genetics, Neurogenetics

Teaching support:

Sl. No.  Teaching method
1. Semester system (4 semester course MSc Genetics); One semester course work for PhD program
2. Continuous assessment system during practical classes; Tutorials; Assignments – Online & Classroom based (slides and white-board), classes are also conducted outside the physical confines of the class room. Apart from directive teaching we follow animation and movie based teaching (including practical), case study development and analysis, students’ teaching, model building, relational and inferential mapping of datasets to understand the subject to be taught
3. Summer Project work in institutions of National repute
4. Submission of Project Report, Seminar and Review paper in Genetics
5. Departmental Seminars
6. Grand Viva

Research support :

Name of the equipment Brief description Funding agency
PCR machine Made: eppendorf DST-PURSE
Ultrasonic bath Made: Telsonic; Model: TPC-25H DST-SERB
ELISA plate reader Made: ROBONIK DST-SERB
Vertical gel unit with electro-blotting system (Western transfer apparatus-Wet transfer) Made: SCIE-PLAS; Model: TV100YK-EBSYS DST-SERB
Compound Light Microscope with attached Computer Made: Dewinter UGC
Compound Light Microscopes with LED light source Made: Olympus DST-PURSE
CO2 incubator Made: eppendorf; Model: Galaxy170R DST-PURSE
Inverted Microscope Made: Dewinter; Model: VICTORY PLUS LED Special Grant from University of Calcutta
The Department also harbours Vortex, Centrifufe machines including cold centrifuge, gel running apparatus and associated powerpacks, UV spectrophotometer, balance, pH meter, distillation apparatus, Cell culture hood, microbial vulture hood, Ovens, shaker-incubators for research and practical purposes

Major activities
It may entail students’ activities, placement activities, organisation of international seminars/conferences, etc.

  • In-house (departmental) project on “survey of happiness among rural and urban population of West Bengal, India” conducted by students (especially M.Sc II year), scholars and faculties of the Department.
  • Annual symposium on different facets of Biological Research where eminent scientists across India as well as Departmental ex-students, now engaged in active research, are invited for deliberation
  • Visits by students, scholars and faculties to wildlife reserves like Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary and Simlipal Tiger Reserve, Odisha for outside curriculum exposure to field and nature study; visit by students and faculties to Plant Biology Field Station of Bose Institute in Falta, 24 Parganas (South), West Bengal
  • Departmental sports and in house competitions for football and badminton
  • The MSc students contribute to and maintain a wall magazine that deals with topical issues pertaining to Genetics and also provides a platform for creative interactions. The Departmental faculties and research scholars participate in outreach programs involving students from schools and colleges of Kolkata like South Point High School and Gurudas College.
  •  To ensure that programme objectives are constantly met and learning outcomes are monitored, the Departmental faculty periodically meet during semesters and after publication of examination results to discuss student performance as it relates to teaching–learning objectives.  The faculty also pro-actively solicit assistance and expert advice from members of the Post-Graduate Board of Studies in Genetics, C.U. Student-teacher meetings are held periodically throughout the semesters to address their concerns regarding teaching learning and scope for improved learning outcomes.

Additional information:
Relating to internship, on-the-job-training, faculty exchange and development programme, consultancy, extension programme, syllabus, previous years’ question papers etc.

  • The Department provides opportunity for internship by students from different universities/institutes across India all through the year
  • The Departmental Library records and documents all question papers, review and project work submitted by the students, and the previous years’ syllabus, which are provisionally accessible to the students.


Campus : Ballygunge campus

Address for communication : Department of Genetics, 7th Floor, Tarknath Palit Siksha Prangan , UCSTA, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata-700019