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.