Biochemistry & Biotechnology

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The Department of Biochemistry was started in 1994. In a short span of time it made rapid studies in both teaching and research. The department runs an M.Sc., Biochemistry course and a 5 year integrated course in M.Sc., Biotechnology. In addition to this it has an M.Phil and Ph.D programme. The Biochemistry (2 Year) and Biotechnology (5-Year) course has been updated with the inclusion of all the latest topics available and in line with UGC guidelines. Our teachers have achieved excellence both in teaching and research. Till date 218 students have been awarded M.Phil degrees and 62 awarded Ph.D degrees. At present 61 students are working for their Ph.D and 35 for M.Phil. The major areas of research in the department include free radicals and antioxidant defence systems, analysis of medicinal utilities of natural products and marine resources and development of molecular markers and preventive strategies for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The department has collaborative programmes with a number of national and International Universities and Institutes. A Center for Micronutrient Research was established in 1996 by the Johns Hopkins University,USA to carry out research on micronutrients. The department also has research co-operation with the Department of Surgery, University of Connecticut Medical Center,USA for exchange of students for Ph.D programe.  The department has collaborated with the US Department of Agriculture and University of Kerala,on the Role of omega-3 fatty acids and its nutritional effects. The department has also organized 22 national conferences and three international conferences where participants have come from different Institutes and Universities in India and abroad. Some of the staff members have obtained awards and fellowship from different National and International agencies.  Number of our staff are reviewers of a number of leading journals in India and Overseas.  Our staff members have obtained funds from different funding agencies, like DRDO,UGC,DST,ICMR and DAE. Many of our students have obtained fellowships from different funding agencies like UGC,ICMR,CSIR,Lady Tata Memorial Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust and Brila Foundation.The department has been recognized by DST for funding under DST-FIST programme and UGC for special funding under the SAP-DRS programme.