The Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) is an autonomous organization funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. CDFD receives funding also from other agencies on specific collaborative projects. In addition, DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics services provided by the centre support some of the activities. The Centre is recognized by the University of Hyderabad and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mangalore, for pursuing Ph.D. programme in Life Sciences.
The centre is equipped with world class state-of-the-art instrumentation and computing infrastructure to facilitate working in frontier areas of research in Life Sciences. There are presently around fifteen groups working on diverse research areas and the centre continues to attract leaders in related disciplines. CDFD is supported with a strong Bioinformatics facility and is the India node of the European Molecular Biology Network (EMBnet). CDFD is located in the fastest growing metropolitan city of Hyderabad, more popularly known as Cyberabad for its initiative and pioneering role in developing the state during the past few years in the area of information technology. CDFD started its operations in CCMB, a CSIR organisation, and is currently housed in an interim building in Nacharam. The administration set up is situated in a sprawling new building in Gandipet locality of Hyderabad outskirts.
The center is currently headed by Dr. J.Gowrishankar who is an elected fellow of the Indian National Academy of Sciences with Dr. E.A. Siddiq and Prof T.S. Ramasarma as the distinguished chairs.
Research at CDFD is focused largely on structural genetics, bacterial genetics and fungal pathogenetics, with special emphasis on bioinformatics and computational biology.