About Lucknow

Lucknow is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This bustling city, famed for its Nawabi era finesse and amazing food, is a unique mix of the ancient and the modern. The city is historically renowned and is home to extraordinary monuments depicting a fascinating blend of ancient, colonial and oriental architecture. It continues to be an important centre of governance, administration, education, culture, tourism, music and poetry.

Among the magnificent monuments are Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Kaiserbagh Heritage Zone, Residency and Dilkusha. The Chikan embroidery and zardozi have made Lucknow a brand in global fashion. Lucknow is also famous for its two lip-smacking delicacies Kebabs and biryani that beckon visitors again and again. The city is well connected to all parts of the world by air and road.


-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR–IITR), Lucknow, a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was established on November 4, 1965. It is the only institute of toxicology in the country contributing towards cutting edge research and innovation in toxicology with the motto: “Safety to Environment and Health and Service to Industry”. CSIR has made an impact in addressing problems critical to human health and the environment as well as safety of chemicals/products.

Toxicology defines the domains of safety and is considered as a translational science encompassing various disciplines. Today, research in toxicology is at the crossroad of transformation from classical studies of animal experimentation in late sixties to state of the art omic and post-omic technologies in interdisciplinary areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

CSIR-IITR has taken initiatives on predictive toxicology and risk assessment using the vast knowledge base in the areas of biomarker development , alternate to animal models, mathematical modeling, detection and development of methods for toxins/ adulterants/ environmental chemicals in different matrices to name a few. The institute has contributed significantly in understanding the mode of action of new chemical entities, engineered nanomaterial’s and genetically modified (GM) products on living systems for safe and sustainable development of new technologies.

CSIR-IITR is the first CSIR laboratory which has received the GLP compliance certification from National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority (NGCMA), Government of India. The GLP certification is a testament to high quality research by way of thorough SOP-driven Good Laboratory Practices, competent well-trained personnel and systematic documentation at CSIR-IITR. The GLP laboratories at CSIR-IITR are designed as per OECD guidelines, which make the integrity and quality of the laboratory data adequate for regulatory submissions across the globe. The institute has also earned accreditation by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

CSIR-IITR has world class infrastructure and human research in toxicology and providing one stop solution to address environmental and health issues. The institute has contributed to the knowledge base in the domain of toxicology by publishing > 3800 research articles and in technology development (25 national and international patents). Ten know-how are available for commercialization along with and various monographs, books, copyrights, environmental air & water quality survey reports, awareness pamphlets (multilingual) and scientific contents in hindi. More than five decades of contributions in the field of toxicology have globally positions CSIR among top five in food, industrial and nanomaterials toxicology