About the Institute (www.iav.kerala.gov.in)

The Institute of Advanced Virology established in 2019 in the Bio 360 Life Sciences Park, Thonnakkal, Trivandrum by the Government of Kerala is envisioned as an institute of global standards networking Global Virology Institutes with most modern laboratories focusing research, diagnosis and management of emerging and re-emerging infectious viral diseases. It will be a centre of excellence to work in collaboration with international institutions for training and education in the context of research covering basic science and translational research, providing sufficient scientific inputs to enable the prevention and control of viral infections.

The Institute shall have all infrastructure and human resources required to carry out high end research needed to study the virus and viral infections in a multifarious approach. The Institute will strengthen epidemic preparedness, rapid response and risk communication to the public apart from the high-end research in the area of basic as well as translational virology. The Institute shall have the bio-safety level measures to handle high-risk viruses (Bio-safety Level 3 initially and eventually to Level 4).

The campus at Thonnakkal, Thiruvananthapuram, has two phases, Phase I and Phase II consisting of Phase IA Prefab building (25,000 sq.ft.) of 2 floors housing Administrative block, Bio labs, Common Instrumentation room, Bio-safety level facilities and Diagnostic facilities and Phase IB main building (78,000 sq.ft.) of 3 floors with Administrative block, Bio labs, Bio safety level facilities and functional division.

The key ingredients for the future development is to attract talented young scientists to join the research team; to nurture healthy and stimulating scientific environment; to encourage friendly competition, fruitful collaborations and free discussions; to take full advantage of scientific exchange and cooperation with both national and international scientists, especially in the emerging interdisciplinary areas.

he Institute is envisaged to become a center of excellence in research in advanced virology research, to act as a platform for productive scientific exchange at the most advanced international level, to build up a basis for fostering and bringing up young talents, so as to play a crucial role in addressing local, national and global needs in virology research and make important contributions to science in the world scale.

The functioning of the activities of Institute of Advanced Virology (IAV) was declared by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on October 15, 2020.


To harness the best and eliminate the worst of viruses for a better human life


To develop state-of-the-art infrastructure, skilled scientific & technical personnel, and services & products in virology to serve local, national and global needs

Departments of IAV:

  1. Department of Clinical Virology
  2. Department of Viral Diagnostics
  3. Department of Viral Vaccines
  4. Department of Antiviral Drug Research
  5. Department of Virus Applications
  6. Department of Virus Epidemiology, Vector Dynamics & Public Health
  7. Department of Virus Genomics, Bioinformatics & Statistics
  8. Department of General Virology

Two departmentsDepartment of Clinical Virology & Department of Viral Diagnostics along with the diagnostic facility is made functional in the first phase.

Director(i/c) IAV

Prof. K.P. Sudheer

Governing Council

1 Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Chairman
2 Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Kerala Vice Chairperson
3 Chief Secretary, Govt. of Kerala Ex. Officio Member
4 Principal Secretary (Finance), Govt. of Kerala Ex. Officio Member
5 Ex-officio Principal Secretary
Science & Technology and Executive Vice President, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment
Ex. Officio Member
6 Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India Ex. Officio Member
7 Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India Ex. Officio Member
8 Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, Govt. of India Ex. Officio Member
9 Director, National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune Ex. Officio Member
10 Director, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram Ex. Officio Member
11 Director, Vector Control Research Centre, Puducherry Ex. Officio Member
12 Member Secretary, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment Ex. Officio Member
13 Dr. William Hall, Senior Advisor, IAV & Professor of School of Medicine, University College, Dublin Member
14 Dr. Nirmal Kumar Ganguly
Chairman, Research Council, IAV & Advisor, Translational Health Science & Technology Institute & Former Director General, ICMR
15 Prof. (Dr.) Gangandeep Kang
Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad
16 Director, Institute of Advanced Virology (IAV) Member Convenor

Research Council

The Research Council of IAV is a powerful Advisory Board, which consists of eminent virologists across the globe who can contribute well for the establishment of the Institute.

1 Dr. N. K. Ganguly
Former DG, ICMR
2 Dr. T. Jacob John
CMC, Vellore
3 Dr. G. Arun Kumar
Manipal Centre for Virus Research
4 Dr. Saumithra Das
Director, NIBMG
5 Dr. S. Murty Sinivasula
6 Dr. Manju Bansal
INSA Senior Scientist, Molecular Biophysics Unit
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
7 Dr. Amit Dutt
Tata Memorial Centre, ACTREC, Navi Mumbai
8 Dr. Rangarajan P N
IISc, Bangalore
9 Dr. Subhash Vasudevan
Professor, Emerging Infectious Diseases Program
Duke-NUS Medical School, College Road, Singapore
10 Dr. S. Swaminathan
Molecular Medicine, RGP Group
International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB), Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi
11 Dr. Naveen Khanna
International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB), Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi
12 Dr. Shyamasundaran Kottilil
Director, Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, University of Maryland, USA
13 Dr. Debashis Mitra
Director, CDFD, Hyderabad
14 Dr. K. Dharmalingam
Research Director, Arvind Medical Research Foundation, Madurai
15 Dr. Koen K. A. Van Rompay
Full Research Virologist, California Primate Research Institute, California, USA
16 Director, Institute of Advanced Virology Convenor

Expert Advisory Council

1 Dr. T. Jacob John Professor of Clinical Virology & Microbiology (Rtd.), CMC, Vellore
2 Dr. G. Arun Kumar Prof. & Head, Manipal Centre for Virus Research
3 Dr. Ratheesh Babu Public Health, National Institute of Virology, Aleppey
4 Dr. N. Pradeep Kumar Vector Control Research (ICMR), Kottayam
5 Dr. E. Sreekumar Molecular Virology Laboratory, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Tvpm
6 Dr. Rajendra Pilankatta Associate Professor & Dean, Central University of Kerala, Kasargode
7 Dr. Rajesh Kannanhgai Head of Virology, CMC Vellore