CSIR-Centre for Cellular Molecular Biology(CSIR-CCMB), Hyderabad
Combating Coronovirus Outbreak - CSIR Steps up to its Scientific Social Responsibility

With Covid-19, the new deadly strain of Coronavirus, affecting almost 4 lakh and causing the death of more than 17,000 people in 193 countries, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has stepped in with its expertise in various areas.

CSIR Intensifies Fight Against COVID-19, Rolls Out Key Initiatives to Combat Coronavirus Spread

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing its deadly run by infecting more than a million people and causing the death of more than 82,000 people across the world, the laboratories of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) intensified their efforts at combating the pandemic.

#CSIRFightsCovid19 – A Snapshot

Surveillance at the level of the virus, humans, and geographical origins and distributions is a critical step in combating Covid-19.


Ever since the Coronavirus pandemic broke out, CSIR has mounted a strategic, well-coordinated and integrated approach towards mitigating the Coronavirus outbreak.

CSIR Combating Coronavirus

CSIR has been leading the fight against COVID-19 and contributing extensively to overcome the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

CSIR to Conduct Study on Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Virus

CSIR has announced it will conduct a study to ascertain the possibility of the spread of the virus through the air. 

CSIR-CCMB and Aurobindo Pharma to Collaborate on Developing Vaccine

CSIR-CCMB and Aurobindo Pharma Ltd have entered into a collaboration for developing a COVID-19 vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.

CSIR Labs Detect Presence of SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage Samples of Hyderabad

In a collaborative effort, CSIR-CCMB & CSIR-IICT processed sewage samples from major sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Hyderabad to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA.

CSIR-CLRI Provides Training to Chennai Hospital Staff

Ten doctors and technicians from the ESI Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, were provided training in COVID 19 diagnosis.

CSIR scientists find viral strain circulating in India has 70% similarity with major strain around the world

CSIR-CCMB scientists have found that the clade that is now dominant in India is A2a, which has a similarity with 70% of genomes studied worldwide.

CSIR-CCMB and Apollo Hospitals Announce Successful Collaboration for Development of Rapid, Safe and Cost-effective COVID-19 Testing Kits

CSIR-CCMB and the Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. on 10 December 2020 announced a collaboration for joint manufacturing and commercialisation of an innovative dry swab test, Direct Amplification rapid RT-PCR (DArRT-PCR) for SARS-CoV-2 detection.

A Live Discussion on Coronavirus by CSIR-CCMB

“Coronavirus: How our understanding has changed in one year”.

VINCOV-19 Approved for Clinical Trials

VINCOV-19 developed by collaborative efforts of CSIR-CCMB, VINS Bioproducts Limited & University of Hyderabad gets approval for clinical trials.

CCMB offers training of ICMR-approved testing centres to adopt a faster COVID-19 testing method

CSIR-CCMB has offered to train ICMR-approved government as well as private COVID-19 testing centres to help them adopt the dry swab based direct RT-PCR method of COVID-19 testing.

Dr Vinay Nandicoori is the new CCMB Director

Dr Vinay Nandicoori a renowned Molecular Biologist has taken over as the Director of CSIR-CCMB.

Meril Manufactures Commercial kits for CCMB’s Dry Swab Direct RT-PCR Tests

CSIR-CCMB has tied up with Meril Diagnostics, for commercially scaling up the Dry Swab-based tests across diagnostic labs in the country.

Europeans and South Asians have Different Genetic Correlations with COVID-19 Outcomes

With growing data, it is becoming quite clear that there are several factors including genetics, immunity and lifestyle are the contributing factors for COVID-19 susceptibility.

Consortium of four Indian Cities Led by CSIR-CCMB Established for Enhanced Coronavirus Genome Surveillance

The Consortium will track the emergence of viral variants correlated to epidemiological dynamics and clinical outcomes.

LaCONES-CCMB Releases Guidelines for COVID-19 Testing in Zoo Animals

The guidelines provide detailed protocols that include pictorials and frequently asked questions for an easier understanding of those collecting samples for COVID testing in wildlife.

CSIR-CCMB Open Days 2021

There will be experimental demonstrations, discussions with scientists and competitions.

Molecular Sensor on Serotonin Receptor to Detect Cholesterol

The researchers carefully replaced specific amino acids in the CRAC motifs of the serotonin1A receptor and identified a particular amino acid responsible for the cholesterol-sensitive function of the receptor.

Novel Genetic Risk Factors for Heart Failure among Indians

Study revealed 27 variations, of which 7 mutations (8.0%) were novel, and were detected exclusively in Indian dilated cardiomyopathy patients.

Genetic Diversity Maintained even after Long-term Captive Breeding of Endangered Pygmy Hog

CSIR-CCMB-LaCONES (Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species) and Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme collaborated to examine the reproductive and genetic fitness of these captive-bred individuals.

OMICS-2021 Deliberates on Omics Technologies in Modern Biology

CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, with Proteomics Society of India (PSI) co-organised OMICS-2021, an international meeting themed on omics redefining modern biology.

CSIR-CCMB Celebrates 34 years of its Foundation

CCMB celebrated the day with multiple activities for its students, staff and public. This included its research scholars presenting their work.

Exploring RNAi and Nanotechnology for Cancer Therapeutics

The proposed bio-drug is non-toxic, bio-compatible with a higher uptake efficiency, and shows effective site-specific delivery with regression of tumours in two different mouse models of colon and breast cancer.

CCMB Celebrates Founder’s Day on Dr PM Bhargava’s Birth Anniversary

CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, celebrated Founder’s Day on the occasion of the birth anniversary of their Founder Director, Dr PM Bhargava on 22 February 2022. 

CCMB & AIC-CCMB leading mRNA vaccine technology in India

The mRNA vaccine technology so developed, is indigenous and devoid of any technology contributions from elsewhere.

CCMB Scientist Elects as an EMBO Member

Dr Rajan Sankaranarayanan, Outstanding Scientist at CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, (CSIR-CCMB), Hyderabad, has been announced as one of the elected Associate Members of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). 

Novel Genes for Male Fertility

Approximately, one out of every seven couples is infertile worldwide.

Study demonstrates Delta variant of coronavirus could evade our immune system better

In the last almost three years, there have been many SARS-CoV-2 variants spreading across the world.

Maternal Ancestry of Nepal is a mixture of South- and East-Asian Population, find researchers at CSIR-CCMB

Being at the crossroad of the Himalayan region, Nepal offers a unique ground to understand South and East Asian genetic ancestry. 

Ladakh Lt Governor visits CCMB

The Hon’ble Lt Governor of Ladakh, Shri Radha Krishna Mathur visited CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB), Hyderabad, on 14 December 2022.

Successful Breeding of Mouse Deer: Discovering pheromones and postpartum estrus

Mouse deer or Indian chevrotain plays a major role in the forest ecosystem as a seed disperser and forms important prey for many small and large carnivores.

CSIR-CCMB’s Open Day Gets 7000 Visitors

CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB), Hyderabad, organized its annual Open Day on 26 September 2023 on the occasion of its parent body CSIR’s 82nd Foundation Day celebrations. 

CSIR-CCMB Celebrates “One Week, One Lab” Programme

CSIR-CCMB organises various events under the programme.

CSIR-CCMB Inks MoU with BFI-Biome Network to Advance the Ecosystem in the Frontiers of Biomedical Innovation

The partnership aims to aid the acceleration of the translation of research discoveries into real-world life sciences solutions.

Vedda of Sri Lanka has close genetic affinity with the Indian populations: a new study

This study underscores South Asia's complex mosaic of human migration and genetic diversity. It reveals how the Vedda have preserved their genetic identity over millennia despite massive cultural and linguistic changes around them.

Estimating invasive armoured sailfin catfish in the waterbodies of Eastern Ghats using environmental DNA method

This fish was once introduced for its unique appearance and ability to clean algal growth in tanks and aquaria. But now it has spread to 60% of the water bodies of Eastern Ghats and is also damaging fishing nets and the ecosystem.