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About Department

History

The Department of Biotechnology was founded in 2009 with a vision to make an impact through research and technology-based training. The department has teaching and research programs that encompass various basic and applied aspects of modern biotechnology. The department is successfully running undergraduate (B.Tech), postgraduate (M.Sc and M.Tech), PG diploma in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine and Ph.D. Programmes. The scheme of courses has been designed keeping in the demand trend in mind. A conscious effort has been made so that the curriculum of each program integrates courses of biological sciences and engineering with relevant laboratory programs and a compulsory research project of variable duration.

Objective of Department

The main objective of the Department is to provide academic training and conduct research in the interdisciplinary areas of biotechnology with particular emphasis on extending the knowledge generated from these studies towards the development of technologies of commercial significance.

All the basic infrastructural facilities needed for conducting teaching and research programs in different areas of Biotechnology have been developed in the department. The department is housed in a newly constructed building consisting of classrooms with audio-visual facilities well-equipped Research laboratories, a special lab for Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Plant Tissue Culture, Microbial technology, Nanobiotechnology, and Bioinformatics. The students undergo project training in modern Biotechnology viz Bioinformatics, Genomics, Neurobiology, NanoBiotechnology, Water Management, Cancer Biology, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Plant and Animal Biotechnology, etc.

The Mission of the department are mentioned below -

  • Research and Innovation- Research and Innovation bridge the gap between the biotechnology frontiers and innovation, to provide cutting edge original research in plant, animal, medical, industrial and environmental biotechnology.
  • Excellent in Engineering Skills- Typically, to provide the ability to manufacturer existing medicines in a relatively easy and cheaper manner than some Pharmaceutical companies, some key skills sets which we support in this sector include: Bioinformatics, Research & Development, Quality Assurance, Bioprocessing, Upstream and Downstream Processing, Gene Therapy and Biotechnologist
  • Professional Ethics- Ethical issues arise across the entire life cycle of a biotechnological product or technique, from laboratory research to broader testing, to product development, to general diffusion and uses.
  • Industry Interaction- An institutional initiative with university-industry interaction to develop innovative biotechnology.
  • Training in the State of art areas- To provide excellent hands-on training with state of the art lectures to graduate/post-graduate candidates either pursuing or passed out in the field of Biotechnology, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Medicine, Molecular biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Food Process Technology & other related fields of life sciences. It is dedicated to provide new talent to biotech/pharma industries & research organizations by giving advance industrial training through the team of expert & young scientists/ research associates.
  • Software development skills- To identify trends in engineering work in three rapidly growing and technology-intensive industries: biotechnology, software development, and information technology.

Vision

  • To become a global centre for higher learning in pursuit of academic excellence, innovation, and entrepreneurship in various disciplines of Biotechnology.

Mission

  • M1:   To adapt and update students with rapidly changing technologies through self-improvement with continuous learning and professional ethics.
  • M2:   To enable students for community-collaborative learning processes beyond classrooms in various disciplines of biotechnology.
  • M3:   To conduct cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research in plant, animal, medical, industrial, microbial, and environmental biotechnology.
  • M4:   To motivate and train students for industrial practices, higher studies, lifelong learning skills, and entrepreneurship.

Research Interests

The department faculty has also been contributing to high-quality research in front line areas of Biotechnology. The Department has collaborated with national and international institute namely Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science (DRDO LAB, Delhi), Institute of Genomics and integrated biology (CSIR LAB, Delhi), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-D), Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, etc. 

Industries Collaborations:

  1. MoU Signed between Sharda University and StemGenn Therapeutics, New Delhi
  2. MoU Signed between Sharda University and Pathfinder Research and Training Foundation, Greater Noida (UP)

The faculty members of the department are excellent teachers and research scientists, and they have published papers in high impact factor peer-reviewed journals, including JAD, BBA, APCS, JTM, Genes (MDPI), JBC, FASEB, PloS One, Pharmacogenomics, BMC Genomics, Journal of Immunology, Scientific Reports - Nature and Journal of Neuroscience. 

Dr. Saurabh Kumar Jha (Assistant Professor) has received the “Best Stem Cell Researcher Award 2019” by Prof Dr. Michele Zocchi, University of Turin, Italy. Prof. Zocchi is recognized as one of the most prominent professionals in the field of adipose tissue physio-pathology and engineering, body-contouring surgery and regenerative medicine. Dr. Jha has also conferred with “Commendable Research Excellence Award DTU 2018” from Delhi Technological University, Delhi.

Dr. Dinesh Singh (Principal Scientist), Division of Plant Pathology (Indian Agriculture Research Institute New Delhi) also agreed that the projects performed by our UG and PG students are of good quality. He said I have been in the academics for more than 25 years, and am extremely impressed by the earnestness of the students of Biotechnology Department to learn and their effort to prove themselves. I found them to be really smart in tackling problems in a new area of research. I must appreciate the effort of the Department for grooming its students for various industries and agriculture so rigorously. 

The university has recognized the significant role being played by biotechnologists in industrial development and has sought to implement an integrated approach towards education and research. The department strongly believes a teacher has to be involved in active research to be in touch with the recent development in the subject to deliver the latest know-how. The department has a strong interdisciplinary research and teaching base in biological sciences and engineering which prepares the student for the industry as well as research programs.

Awards & Achievements

Three MOUs with the Industry has been signed by Department

  • Department has recently published 72 reputed research papers and 2 books and 5 book chapters.
  • Department of Biotechnology has a continuous influx of significant increment in National and  International students from Nepal, Nigeria and Ethiopia
  • The Department has collaborative research work with institutes for project work of UG, PG and PhD students with IIT, JNU, IARI, ILBS, DRDO, DBT, DST and CSIR etc. in India and the University of Minnesota, University of Florida, USA.
  • The Department has also established last year additional new labs in the area of Food Science and Technology, Animal and Plant Cell culture and Proteomics labs as well as Herbal Garden.
  • Among the student's star performers students, Mr. Arjun Bhatt (2018) got selection in Max Plank Institute, Germany. One international student Mr. Rasindu Rajnaeke (2016) got PhD admission in University of Texas, USA. Ms. Mahrukh  Parvez(2016) got admission in PhD in Uludag University, Bursa Turkey. Ms.Nilisha Pokhral(2015) got PhD admission abroad in Marquett University, Minnesota. Mr Sachin Mishra of  M.Sc Biotechnology 2013 batch completed his PhD from  Linköping University, Sweden
  • The Department organised a workshop on Natural product research on April 21, 2017, in Biotechnology Department Sharda University in collaboration with industry Rapture Biotech, Sharda University.
  • Dr. Rita Singh Majumdar, Professor &HOD of the department was invited as a key speaker and chairperson in World Research Journal Congress from June 26-28 in Bangkok in 2017. She also has the privilege to be a member of the editorial board of several national and international journals. She was invited for an oral talk in the National Seminar on Biotechnology in Health care organised by Jamia Hamdard in March 2017. Dr. Rita, also She also organised a workshop on Natural product research on April 21, 2017, in Biotechnology Department Sharda University in collaboration with industry Rapture Biotech, Sharda University. She was nominated for Organising workshop on Role of Mycorrhiza in Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry at TERI, India Habitat Centre, Delhi in March 22, 2017. She was invited as a key speaker in the National Seminar on Recent trends in Chemical Sciences: Global Opportunities and Challenges in January 2016 sponsored by UGC. In addition, she got Established Scientist award-2015 by Scientific Planet Society(SPS), for her outstanding contribution in Life Science research and education community.
  • Professor Shahana Majumdar has the privilege to get two grants from DBT 1. Development of Multiplex techniques using Gold Nanoparticles reporters for onside detection of multiple viruses infecting banana of Rs 32 lakhs 2. Molecular characterization and development of user-friendly on-site detection kit for banana bunchu of Rs 18Lakhs from 2017-2020.
  • Dr. Garima Chauhan received Young Scientist Award. Biotechnology in Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, March 18-19, 2017. She also received the Best Poster Award. World Biotechnology Congress, New Delhi, India, February 20-22, 2017. Antileishmanial Compounds from Nature.
  • Dr. Pankaj Taneja, Associate Professor in our department is also eminent national and international recognised Scientist. He has also reviewer many reputed journals. He participated in 11th Symposium on Frontiers in Biomedical Research to be held from 19 to 21 February 2018  organised by BR Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research, Delhi University. He was invited for an invited talk in National Ice Cream Congress in Noida in November 2017. He also contributed workshop on Technology Innovation and Commercialization by organised by BCIL, Govt of India in February 2017. He also served as Consultant Scientist in June 2015 for molecular profiling in radiation oncology research at University of Florida and Entrinsic Health LLC, USA. He also has been awarded of Indias most prestigious Ramalingaswamy grant of 74.5 lacs from DBT, Delhi.  
  • Dr. Amit Kumar Singh was recently awarded INSA grant of Rs 15 Lakhs. Department of Biotechnology is involved in active research and submit scientific grants. The faculty has published 12 scientific paper in high impact factor journals in the last year.
  • Campus recruitment for the department has also been very successful with student excellent placement rate in companies like Cryovivo, Omics International, HCL Diagnostics, SunPharma, Delvinsight, Shahnaz Hussain etc.
  • Dr. Sachin Teotia was invited as trainer and Instructor in a workshop supported by National Science Foundation USA on Modulating plant micro RNA’s using short tandem target Mimic (STTM) from December 15 to December 28, 2017, at Department of Biological Science, Michigan Technical University, USA
  • Some students from final year B.Tech programme have qualified GATE and some PG students have cleared CSIR-UGC NET examination. Ms Eram Fatima (2018) qualified GATE Exam. Further, our students also go for higher studies in premier Universities and Institutes in India, USA, and Europe. One of our B. Tech student Mahroof got prestigious International DAAD Fellowship for doing project work in the University of Bremen Germany.
  • National Conference on Ethics copyright, plagiarism in Research and Publication jointly organized by Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) and Society of Social Development and people action (SDPA) was held on 8th August 2015

 

Seminars & Workshops

  • Prof. Rita S Majumdar attended (with couple of M.Sc. (BT) Students) in a National Conference on Environmental pollution and its control (EPIC-2018) as an invited speaker organised by Govt. Engineering College Banswara, Rajasthan (India) held in March 2018. She took Indian and Ethiopian Masters student in EPIC Conference She also attended as a Chairperson in an International Conference World Research Journals Congress at Bangkok, Thailand on June 2017 held in collaboration with the Joint Graduate School of Energy & Environment, King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand. She took B.Sc and B.Tech students to Cooper Pharmaceuticals company in Hrishikesh in March 2018.
  • The Department organised a workshop on Natural product research on April 21, 2017, in Biotechnology Department Sharda University in collaboration with industry Rapture Biotech, Sharda University.
  • Dr. Pankaj Taneja, Associate Professor in our department participated in 11th Symposium on Frontiers in Biomedical Research to be held from 19 to 21 February 2018  organised by BR Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research, Delhi University. He was invited for a talk in National Ice Cream Congress in Noida in November 2017.
  • Dr. Garima Chauhan received Young Scientist Award. Biotechnology in Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, March 18-19, 2017. She also received the Best Poster Award. World Biotechnology Congress, New Delhi, India, February 20-22, 2017. Antileishmanial Compounds from Nature.
  • The Department also organizes inter-departmental research work, seminars and scientific talks by eminent scientists of India. Recently Prof. Pawan Dhar from Jawahar Lal Nehru Univesity delivered a lecture on Developmental Biology. Prof. Tapan Chaudhary presented invited to lecture on Genomics. Ms Soumita Visvas, Chief executive officer in AYUSH Delivered talk on Medicinal plants. Prof. Guruprasad Shrivastava, Director, Research & Emeritus Scientist at C.S. Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur , Professor Dr. CVS Siva Prasad , IIT Professor & Head, Dept of Bioinformatics, Allahabad,  Dr. Tejpal Dhewa, Department Of Microbiology, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, University of Delhi Dr Pamela Knight, Edinburgh University visited the department for scientific Talk. Time-to-time the department also organizes an industrial visit and educational tours for the students. Recently the students of M.Tech and M.Sc visited the Unit of Mother Dairy at Lakshminagar, Delhi.
  • Educational tours to different research institutions and industrial houses like Yakult, Mother Dairy, Pepsico, Coca-Cola Priya Gold etc and laboratories in the different parts of the country are routinely organized by the institute to help students not only to network with their scientists, researchers and corporate leaders but also to expose them to different work environments beyond the walls of the institute. This way they increase their mental dimensions and become better equipped to handle the transition from college premises/academics to research studies and industrial jobs. All attempts are made to nurture and develop the scientific attitude in every student while also a concentration on their personality development them giving a holistic approach to the learning and education
  • Conference Attended: Dr. Amit Kumar Singh and five students from the department (Two fromM.Tech Biotechnology and 3 from B.Tech Biotechnology) attended an International Conference at AIIMS, New Delhi, from 27-28 February 2014 on Current Trends in Structure Biology and Thrombosis. The main highlight of the conference was a lecture by Nobel Laureate Prof. Robert Huber and a Panel Discussion between young students and expert speakers. The students also attended a workshop on Structure Biology."

 

Infrastructure

The department offers well-equipped labs with modernized Equipment. The Department has also established last year additional new labs in the area of Food Science and Technology, Animal Cell culture and Proteomics labs. All lectures are taken on SMART class based LCD projectors. At present, the department is running B.Tech, B.Sc, M.Sc, M.Tech and PhD programmes where students are being exposed to learning and research in principles. Special efforts are made to help weaker students by arranging special lectures, tutorials, etc and related study materials are provided in soft or hard copy. The Laboratory is well equipped with all modern biotechnological instruments are maintained and supported by trained scientists & skilled laboratory technicians. 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, ELISA Reader Microscope, Orbital Incubator Shaker, Electronic Analytical balance, HPLC, PCR, Gel Doc. System, Fermentor (2 Lit, capacity), Muffle furnace, Plant Growth Chamber and Bioinformatics etc.

Research & Publications