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Life Science

About Department

Initiated in the year 2009, the department was started with a vision to impart in-depth knowledge of Biological Sciences to create a pool of scientific personnel with expertise in biological engineering. Since then the department has endeavored to educate and train its students to develop proficiency in each sector of biotechnology.

Since its inception department is successfully running undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in various disciplines of Life Sciences. The scheme of courses has been designed keeping in the demand trend in mind. A conscious effort has been made so that curriculum of each program integrates courses in biological sciences and engineering together with relevant laboratory programs, and a compulsory research project of variable duration. 

All the basic infrastructural facilities needed for conducting teaching and research programs in different areas of Life Sciences have been developed in the department. The department is housed in a newly constructed building consisting of classrooms with audio-visual facilities well-equipped students laboratories, research laboratories, and classrooms.

The department has a strong interdisciplinary research group which prepares the student for the industry as well as research programs. 

Programs offered by the Department are

  • B.Sc (H) in Biotechnology
  • B.Sc (H) in Botany,
  • B.Sc (H) in Zoology
  • B.Sc in Food Science and Technology
  • M.Sc in Biotechnology
  • M.Sc in  Microbiology
  • M.Sc in Food Science and Technology

 

Achievements

Department  has four  Externally funded research projects:

  1. "Molecular characterization and Development of user friendly on-site detection kit for Banana bunchy top virus infecting (Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India)
  2. "Signal transduction in cancer prevention in response to radiation induced carcinogenesis" (DBT,  Ramalingamswamy Fellowship)
  3. “Role of mammalian peroxidases in mammary carcinogenesis: Structural and functional studies of lactoperoxidase in complex with potential aromatic” (Indian National Science Academy)
  4. “Development of a multiplex indexing technique using Gold Nano-particle reporters for onsite detection of multiple viruses infecting banana”(Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India)

The department has a strong interdisciplinary research and teaching base in biological sciences which prepares the students for industry as well as offers a wide array of choices in research areas. Other than the externally funded projects the thrust  areas of research in the department  are cancer, herbal drugs, probiotics  and biosensors.

More than 60 papers have been published in reputed Journals

Some recent publications from the department are

  1. Monika Shukla Bajpai, Neha Gupta, , and Rita Singh Majumdar: Biochemical Response of Ocimum sanctum to NaCl Stress. Feb 2016. Research Jr of Chemistry and Environment.vol 20 (2).
  2. Anu Kumar, Rita Majumdar, and Tejpal Dhewa. Biological Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles by Using Viola serpens extract. Accepted in Publication in Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Diseases-Elsevier, 2016
  3. Priyanka and Rita Singh, A Systematic Review on Indian Floral Biodiversity as Eminent Reserves for Alternative Treatment Strategy of Diabetes Millitus. International Jr of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (IJPPS), 2016 8(4):10-19
  4. Monika Shukla Bajpai, Neha Gupta, Rita Singh Majumdar. Biochemical Response of Ocimum sanctum to NaCl Stress. Feb 2016. Research Jr of Chemistry and Environment.vol 20 (2).
  5. Sanjay Singh Bhadoria*, Kaushalendra Kumar Dubey, Rita Singh Majumdar. Rheological Characterization of blood flow.  International journal of Emerging Technology and Engineering Research,; Everscience Publication, (impact factor-4.22 (2016)
  6. Anu Kumar; Rita Singh Mazumdar; Tejpal Dhewa "Microbiological Evaluation of Antibacterial Efficacy of Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles against MDR Isolates". European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Springer Journals 
  7. Ritu Paliwal, Rajesh Kumar a , Debjani Roy Choudhury  , Amit Kumar Singh  , Sundeep Kumar  Ashok Kumar , K.C. Bhatt  , Rita Singh  , Ajay Kumar Mahato  , N.K. Singh  , Rakesh Singh . Development of genomic simple sequence repeats (g-SSR) markers in Tinospora cordifolia and their application in diversity analyses . Plant Gene; Plant Gene 5 (2016) 118–125.
  8. Neha Gupta, Monika Shukla Bajpai, Rita Singh Majumdar And Dinesh Singh                         Effect of exogenous iodine on enhancement of oxidative stress in soybean(Glycine max) plant and partial expression of 1-Cys peroxiredoxin gene under heat-stress conditions. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 86 (5): 686–90, May 2016/Article
  9. Rabiu Sani Shawai,           Dr. Rita Singh. Phyto-chemical analysis and antimicrobial screening of Moringa oleifera leaf extract. International Jr of Innovation Science and Research. Vol.5, No, 06, pp. 778-785, June- 2016
  10. Tikam Chand Dakal,Anu Kumar,Rita Singh Majumdar,Vinod Yadav . Mechanistic Basis of Antimicrobial Action of Silver Nanoparticles. Frontiers in Microbiology, section Antimicrobials, Resistance and Chemotherapy 1 November 2016|Volume7| pg 1-17
  11. Monika Shukhla Bajpai, Neha Gupta, Suresh Kaushik, Vimlendu Bhushan Sinha, Rita Singh Majumdar:”Biochemical adaptations of Ocimum sanctum L to varying HgCl2 stress”, Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment 20, 12 (2016).
  12. Sandra Folarin Oloketuyi and Fazlurrahman Khan. Inhibition strategies of Listeria monocytogenes biofilms: Current knowledge and future outlooks. Journal of Basic Microbiology. May 12, 2017 (In Press)
  13. Fazlurrahman Khan and Sandra Folarin Oloketuyi. A future perspective on neurodegenerative diseases: nasopharyngeal and gut microbiota. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 2016, 122(2), 306-320
  14. Khan, Amir Riyaz, and Pankaj Taneja. "In-vivo Inhibition of Glutathione S-Transferase P1 by Bovine Lactoferricin in Swiss Albino Tumor Bearing Mice." Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science Vol 6, no. 11 (2016): 210-213.
  15. Khan, Amir Riyaz, Idris Zubairu Sadiq, Lawi Isa Abdullahi, Dauda Danlami, and Pankaj Taneja."Chemoprotective role of bovine lactoferricin against 7, 12 dimethylbenz (a) anthracene induced skin cancer in female Swiss albino mice." International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 8, no. 8 (2016): 215-222.
  16. Kumar Shivam, Amir Riyaz Khan, Pankaj Taneja: Development in diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. IOSR Journal of Pharmacy Volume 6, Issue 7 Version. 1 (July 2016), PP. 43-50.
  17. Majumder, S., Yadav, V., Yakasai, M. A., & Muhammad, J. Y. (2017). First report of onion yellow dwarf virus in garlic from Nigeria. Journal of Plant Pathology, 99(1).
  18. Nivedita Singh, S. Majumder, Sanjay Singh (2016) A comprehensive genetic diversity in rice using phenotypic and genotypic variables simultaneously. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 76: 3
  19. Onwurah Christian and Shahana Majumder Nutrient Profile of Scenedesmus abundans Indicates its potential as Food supplement. (Asian Journal of Micriobiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Science.) (Accepted 27/3/17).
  20. Onwurah Christian, Shahana Majumder and Pankaj Taneja. Growth characteristics of Indian and Nigerian Chlorella pyrenoidosa used as food supplement (Biosciences, Biotechnology Researches, Biotechnology Research Asia vol. 14 No. 2 2017). (Accepted 19/4/17).
  21. Onwurah Christian and Shahana Majumder. Oral Toxicity Evaluation of Scenedesmus abundans Proposed as Food supplement (Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences)(Accepted 04/05/17).
  22. Sinha, Vimlendu Bhushan, Neha Pandey, and Pankaj Taneja. "Biomarker genes for gynaecological cancers." Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology 9.10 (2016): 1641-1646.
  23. Auwal, Aisha, Jibrin Ashiru Ibrahim, and Vimlendu Bhushan Sinha. "Response of Wheat Seeds Grown under NaCl and ZnCl2 Stress." Research Journal of Science and Technology 8.2 (2016): 77.
  24. Ibrahim, Jibrin Ashiru, Aisha Auwal, and Vimlendu Bhushan Sinha. "Physiological response of wheat seeds grown under NaCl and HgCl2 stress." International Journal of Scientific Reports 2.6 (2016): 130-135.
  25. Manleen Kaurǂ, Raghav Jainǂ, Bunty Raja Mehra, Rahul Pandey, and VimlenduBhushan Sinha*. Extraction and characterization of oil from Cannabis sativa L. (2017) Advances in Bioresearch (In press)

Seminars & Workshops

Seminars and Workshops (2016-17 session)

  • Seminar on “ Impact of Emerging BioTechnologies”, held on 23rd August 2016
  • Seminar on “ Immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis” , held on 16th November 2016
  • Workshop on Natural product research,  held on 21st April 2017.

Infrastructure

Five well-equipped laboratories are available for use of undergraduate, postgraduate and research scholars. 

All lectures are taken on SMART class based LCD projectors. Lecture theaters are all air conditioned.  

The department is having the following instruments for regular practical classes and research purposes. These are Spectrophotometer, Gel Electrophoresis, Centrifuge, Electronic Balance, Spectrophotometer UV-1700, Water Bath, Autoclave, Microscope, Orbital Incubator Shaker, Electronic Analytical Balance, HPLC, PCR, Gel Doc. System, Fermentor (2 Lit, capacity), Muffle furnace, Plant Growth Chamber, etc.

 

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