International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology is an international, nonprofit research organization. Established as a special project of UNIDO, it became fully autonomous in 1994 and now counts over 60 Member States. The ICGEB provides a scientific and educational environment of the highest standard and conducts innovative research in life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. It strengthens the research capability of its Members through training and funding programmes and advisory services and represents a comprehensive approach to promoting biotechnology internationally.

With Components in Trieste, Italy, New Delhi, India and Cape Town, South Africa, the Centre forms an interactive network with Affiliated Centres in ICGEB Member States. ICGEB is part of the United Nations System. ICGEB, New Delhi laboratories focus on research in the areas of biomedical sciences, plant sciences and bioenergy with the help of 36 principle investigators distributed in 9 different research groups.


Dr. Syed Shams Yazdani is a head of Synthetic Biology and Biofuels (SBB) Group and a coordinator of DBT-ICGEB Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research (CABeR). He established SBB Group in 2011 and CABeR in 2012 at ICGEB. His research career in bioenergy is ~7 years old, prior to this he was involved in vaccine and therapeutic research and development. He has obtained ~Rs 25 crore (~£ 2.5 Million) research funding in the area of bioenergy and filed 7 patent applications. His core research area focuses on identifying and designing novel enzymes for hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass and engineering microbes for fermenting biomass sugars to fuels and chemicals. He is a member of various steering committees of Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India and is a member of editorial board of Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology.