• Experts in
    field of Virology

Welcome to Molecular Virology Laboratory (MVL)

It has been more than 12 successful years of MVL research laboratory… MVL is constantly focusing on achieving milestones in antiviral drug discovery.

Viruses are placed in their own kingdom and not included in plants, animals and bacteria. Viruses contain DNA or RNA as their genomic material which are pathogenic to human and plants. The genome of positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses (+ssRNA) can serve as messenger RNA and directly translates into proteins. According to Baltimore classification it is classified under group IV which possesses a huge range of viral members. Several well known members are Chikungunya virus, Dengue virus, Hepatitis C virus, West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis virus etc. Several outbreaks of these viruses across the world have caused serious attention of scientific community towards development of effective drugs to combat these pathogens.

About Our Research

  • On Antiviral Discovery

    Viruses have been a major life threatening factor for humans and other livestock. It is a long story of combat between viruses and researchers but still many viruses are yet unbeatable. MVL research group is working towards targeting alphaviruses and flaviviruses along with national and international collaborators. Let’s hear more from MVL group leader, Dr. Tomar about our research in direction of antiviral discovery.

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MVL group specialize In

Antiviral Research

Serological testing of virus
infected samples and virus isolation
from these samples.

Virus Propagation

BSL2 and BSL3 cell
culture facility for safe and
secure multiplication of viruses.

Molecular Diagnostics

Fluorescence based/CE based
High-through antiviral screening assays
assays to analyze different molecules.

Computational Drug Discovery

In silico method for screening
of different molecules and their
interaction with proteins.

Biophysical Studies

SPR, ITC, DSC, Fluorescence spectro-
scopy techniques for protein-ligand &
protein-protien interactions.

Structural Virology

Crystallization of viral proteins
and their study using X-ray
diffraction and cryo-EM.

Visitors at MVL


IIT Roorkee repurposes a drug for chikungunya

A drug to treat chikungunya virus infection is in the offing, and in vitro studies carried out by a team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee show promise. Currently, there is no cure for the disease and treatment is focused more on relieving the symptoms.

IIT Roorkee : Solving the Puzzle of treating Chikungunya

The word chikungunya means ‘to walk bent’. Once, it was considered as a disease of tropics. But now cases have been spotted in more than one-quarter of the countries on earth. Currently, neither there is any drug to treat chikungunya, nor there are any vaccines to prevent it. But Indians can feel proud.

IIT Roorkee team uses tamarind seed protein to treat chikungunya

Researchers have found that a protein found in tamarind seeds reduces the infectivity of chikungunya virus by 64% and the virus RNA levels inside infected cells by nearly 45%