Welcome to the Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE)
The IBGE was established in 2019 by upgrading the former Department of Biotechnology. The primary goal of the IBGE is to deliver high class teaching and conduct both basic and applied research in the field of frontier science biotechnology and genetic engineering. We offer MS and Ph.D. programs in the field of biotechnology and genetic engineering. In addition, we also offer a core course, BTL 410 Introductory Biotechnology, and Genetic Engineering in summer term of BS in Agriculture.
The IBGE has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities with required modern equipment including PCR, real-time PCR, and two Illumina sequencers (Nextseq 550 and Miniseq) for conducting cutting-edge research for addressing new challenges in the food and nutritional security of Bangladesh. In collaboration with national and international collaborations, the IBGE researchers determined genetic identity and the origin of the first epidemic outbreak of wheat blast in 2016 within weeks (https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12915-016-0309-7), which devastated 15,000 hectares with yield losses up to 100%. Recently, the IBGE invented a convenient method for the detection of wheat blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae Triticum using genomic-specific primers and Cas12a-mediated technology.
Major research foci of the IBGE include:
- Understanding biology of wheat blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae pathotype Triticum through genomics and postgenomics approaches
- Development of blast resistant wheat variety by genome editing technology using CRISPR-Cas technology..
- Signal transduction pathways of motility, chemotaxis and differentiation of Oomycete zoospores
- Plant probiotics and their uses in agriculture
- Genome sequencing of biofunctional bacteria
- Microbial biopesticides and biofertilizers
- Traditional herbal medicines and their uses in agriculture
- Adaptation to climate change and food security
- Technology of strawberry cultivation in Bangladesh