Project Incharge: 
Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan
Dr. Shyam Diwakar
Dr. Bipin Nair
Date: 
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Department: 
Biotechnology Virtual Labs
School: 
School of Biotechnology
Funding Agency: 
MHRD

Amrita Virtual Biotechnology laboratory is a new kind of experimental science that is being established as a virtual simulation based laboratory. These labs focus on helping students retain the real feel of a laboratory, while conducting the experiment from an internet-enabled computer terminal, much in the same way as is done, in a real lab. By augmenting the virtual labs with a plethora of web-based resources equipped with various learning tools such as videos, animations, demonstrations, quizzes and simulators, these labs have also begun to serve as an online community hub to share and enhance conceptual knowledge.

Virtual Amrita Laboratories in Biotechnology

As a key part of the project, the School of Biotechnology will study and use mathematical techniques in biology to study, hypothesize, and demonstrate complex biological functions. Main labs in biotechnology include cell biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, population ecology, and neurophysiology.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham jointly participates with IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, IIT Roorkee, IIIT Hyderabad, and Dayalbagh University.

Amrita lab courses richly rely upon new up-to-date content and various techniques that require a new synergy of knowledge and experimental implementation. As part of the virtual lab project pilot, a virtual neurophysiology lab has been developed in the short period. Virtual neurophysiology techniques like brain slicing, patch clamping, action potential in neurons, voltage and current clamp protocols have been implemented via user-interactive animations and through use of detailed mathematical simulators. In the area of physical sciences, a set of simulators for various basic physics labs such as DC circuit simulators, torsion pendulum simulator, tools for demonstrating Faraday's law and Barkhausen effect, virtual optics tools have been built. A basic chemistry lab is also being developed as part of the pilot process. These experiments and labs will be hosted for open access through the main project website vlab.co.in and at the institution link Amrita Virtual Lab

Labs

Bioinformatics Virtual Lab I

Bioinformatics is a field which using techniques of informatics to gather, store, analyse and integrate biological data. This virtual lab is an introductory course for undergraduate students and deals with the storage and retrieval of data from different biological databases like Gene, Pubmed, GEO, TAIR, Prosite etc.»»

Bioinformatics Virtual Lab II

This virtual laboratory is for undergraduate and postgraduate students to get a deeper understanding on the analysis of sequence data, its alignment and the evolutionary relationship. The exercises mainly deal with the different algorithms in sequence alignment and provides a computational exploration to the use of various tools used for sequence alignment.»»

Bioinformatics Virtual Lab III

In this virtual lab, one will study the computational analysis of proteins. This lab is targeted towards PG students with exercises that will allow one to learn visualising proteins in 3D, how to calculate distance among atoms, find active sites in protein structures and also delve into some structural analysis methods including docking and homology modeling. Combining labs 1, 2 and 3 will give an overall understanding of commonly used computational methods in bioinformatics.»»

Systems Biology Virtual Lab

This virtual lab consist of modelling and simulation experiments for UG/PG students in bioinformatics and computational biology to understand biological processes using a systems biology approach.»»

Computer-Aided Drug Design Virtual Lab

This lab is for PG students on the various laboratory topics in computer-aided drug design.»»

Ecology Virtual Lab

Ecosystems are a complex and delicate balancing game.Ecosystems have an extremely complex web of cause and effect. The addition or removal of one species affects many other species with which it might compete for,or provide food.»»

Biological Image Analysis Virtual Lab

In this lab, UG/PG students will learn to use image processing techniques to analyze and quantify image data from wet lab experiments such as those in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and immunology laboratories.»»

Bio-inspired Robotics Virtual Labs (Remote Trigger)

This remote-triggerable online laboratory will teach experiments and offer to introduce biorobotics and neuronal robot techniques. The focus is on practical skills in using simple electronics to reinforce application of bio-inspired ideas. Many experiments will help working towards thesis projects.»»

Virtual Biophysics Lab (Remote Trigger)

This lab will provide an online experience via remote equipment to study biophysics and biophysical techniques.»»

Neurophysiology Virtual Lab (pilot)

Neurophysiology is the study of nervous system function. Primarily, it is connected with neurobiology, psychology, neurology, clinical neurophysiology, electrophysiology, biophysical neurophysiology, ethology, neuroanatomy, cognitive science and other brain sciences.»»

Neuron Simulation Virtual Lab (pilot)

This lab uses a graphical web-based Neuron simulator and models a section of excitable neuronal membrane using the Hodgkin-Huxley equations. Various experiments will deal with the several parameters of Hodgkin-Huxley equations and will model resting and action potentials, voltage and current clamp, pharmacological effects of drugs that block specific channels etc. This lab complements some of the exercises in the Virtual Neurophysiology lab.»»

Biochemistry Virtual Lab I

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes in living organisms. It deals with the structures and functions of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules. The experiments included in Biochemistry Virtual Lab I are fundamental in nature, dealing with the identification and classification of various carbohydrates, acid-base titrations of amino acids, isolation of proteins from their natural sources, etc.»»

Biochemistry Virtual Lab II

Biochemistry Virtual Lab II deals with topics like enzymology, purification of plant pigments and natural products as well as estimation of iodine value and saponification value of fats and oils.»»

Population ecology Virtual Lab I

A population is a collection of individuals of the same species that live together in a region. Population ecology is the study of populations (especially population abundance) and how they change over time. Crucial to this study are the various interactions between a population and its resources. Studies on simple models of interacting species is the main focus this simulation oriented lab. Lab I focuses on introduction of principles of population ecology for UG/PG students.»»

Population ecology Virtual Lab II

Population ecology is the study of populations (especially population abundance) and how they change over time. Studies based on models of predation, competition as seen in interacting species is the main focus this simulation oriented lab. Lab II focuses on applied principles of population ecology for PG students.»»

Immunology Virtual Lab I

The branch of biomedicine concerned with the structure and function of the immune system, innate and acquired immunity, the bodily distinction of self from no self, and laboratory techniques involving the interaction of antigens with specific antibodies.»»

Immunology Virtual Lab II

The branch of biomedicine concerned with the structure and function of the immune system, innate and acquired immunity, the bodily distinction of self from no self, and laboratory techniques involving the interaction of antigens with specific antibodies.»»

Microbiology Virtual Lab I

The study of microorganisms, which are unicellular or cell-cluster microscopic organisms. This includes eukaryotes such as fungi and, protists and prokaryotes. Viruses, though not strictly classed as living organisms, are also studied.»»

Microbiology Virtual Lab II

To study the biochemical properties of microorganisms, the various techniques employed in cultivation of fungi and viruses along with the molecular level analysis of microbial genome.
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Molecular Biology Virtual Lab I

The study of biology at a molecular level. This field overlaps with other areas of biology and chemistry, particularly genetics and biochemistry. Molecular biology chiefly concerns itself with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell, including the interactions between DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis as well as learning how these interactions are regulated.»»

Molecular Biology Virtual Lab II

The study of biology at a molecular level. This field overlaps with other areas of biology and chemistry, particularly genetics and biochemistry. Molecular biology chiefly concerns itself with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell, including the interactions between DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis as well as learning how these interactions are regulated.»»

Cell biology Virtual Lab I

Cell biology is an exciting and dynamic area that helps discover the fascinating world of cells. It includes the study of the structure and organization, growth, regulation, movements and interaction of the cells. Cell biology is closely related to other areas of biology such as genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry.»»

Cell biology Virtual Lab II

Cell biology is an exciting and dynamic area that helps discover the fascinating world of cells. It includes the study of the structure and organization, growth, regulation, movements and interaction of the cells. Cell biology is closely related to other areas of biology such as genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry.»»

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