ABOUT THE COURSE
The U.G. program in Biochemistry was established during the academic year 1994-1995. Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field that favourably complements other Biological and Physical Sciences. It seeks to describe the living world in terms of its Cellular and Molecular structures and transformations thereof. It deals with animals, plants and microbes both in health and disease states as well as their interactions at the molecular level.
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION
HSC passed with Chemistry / Biology / Botany / Zoology / Biochemistry are eligible for admission.
DURATION OF THE COURSE
The duration of the course is three years which includes six semesters with two semesters per year. Each semester has ninety working days followed by examinations at the end of each semester. The odd semesters shall consist of the period from June to November of each year and the even semester from December to April of each year.
The students imbibe a wide knowledge in the fields of Enzyme Technology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Human physiology, Immunology and Nutritional Biochemistry. They are practically well trained in Clinical Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques with an additional training on hospital laboratory techniques which enhances the confidence levels within students. The students are also encouraged to take part in curricular, co- curricular and extra-curricular activities which shapes them in their overall development.
A Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry allows students to enter the job market directly or go on to post graduation in Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Molecular biology, Cell biology, Clinical chemistry, Animal science, Nutrition, Plant science, or other Biomedical sciences and Biotechnology. Students may find job opportunities in biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies or government agencies, working in laboratory or Clinical research, quality control, production, information systems, marketing, or technical sales. Entry into other specialized professional programs like Biomedical engineering, Medical lab/imaging sciences are also possible.
University recognition no. -- A1/V/94- 95/402 letter dt 02.09.1994
The department association serves as a platform for various kinds of co-curricular activities. The activities of the department are carried out by the association named “BIOMICS”. The association organizes seminars by eminent personalities, intercollegiate competitions and industrial visits to places which suit students curriculum. The students enthusiastically participate in the association activities.
ENZCRYPTA – 2011-2012
The Departments of Biochemistry & Microbiology together organised an intercollegiate fest “ENZCRYPTA – 2012” on 17th February 2012.
The fest was inaugurated by Dr.,Former Vice Chancellor of Vel’s University. About 40 students from various colleges participated .Dr. S. Vijayalatha,Assistant Professor, P.G. Dept. of Biochemistry, Ethiraj College For Women, Chennai , was invited to judge the events like Poster presentation and Just a minute . Our Secretary Dr.S.P. Rajagopalan presided over the valedictory function and gave away the prizes to the winners.
BIOMICS 2013 -2014
The Departments of Biochemistry & Microbiology together organised a Seminar on “Herbs used in Traditional Practices”. The Guest Speaker was Dr.A.Saraswathy, Director, Captain Srinivasa Murthy Research Institute for Ayurvedha& Siddha, Chennai.
The session was followed by the lecture delivered by Mrs.Sangeetha, Asst.Prof., Department of Experimental Medicine, Dr.M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, on “Prevention of Common infectious Diseases”.
”BIOMICS – 2014” was conducted on 10th January 2014. Dr.A.SARASWATHY, Ph.D., Director, Captain Srinivasa Murthy Research Institute for Ayurveda & Siddha and Drug Development, Arumbakkam, Chennai, delivered an inspiring speech on “Herbs used in Traditional Practices”. The association also encourages the students to participate in various activities and competitions conducted by other institutions.
A Glimpse of “BIOMICS” 2014
The Departments of Biochemistry & Microbiology together organised an Inter collegiate fest on 16th February 2015. The fest was inaugurated by Mrs.S.Sethukarasi, Co-ordinator, StemCell Donor Registry, Chennai. The students had an eye opening session on Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation.
This was followed by many competitions like Rangoli, Quiz, Model Exhibits, Poster Presentations & JAM. Our Secretary Dr.S.P. Rajagopalan presided over the valedictory function and gave away the prizes to the winners.
The Departments of Biochemistry & Microbiology together organised science day celebrations, Chief guest Dr. Jayadev, department of toxicology, Ministry of Health and Science, Canada give a seminar, the session was followed by workshop on basic techniques in phytochemical analysis.
BIOMICS 2017 - 2018
The two day National Conference on “Recent Trends and Developments in Health & Chemical Sciences” was organised by the PG & Research Department of Biochemistry, Departments of Microbiology, Chemistry and Psychology on 30/01/2018 & 31/01/2018 at the College Auditorium. The conference was inaugurated by Dr.K.Mohana Krishnan, Director, Apple Plus Hospital, Professor in Microbiology, SMKMCH, Senate Member, TN Dr.M.G.R. Medical University and released the proceedings of the conference on day one. 74 titles were published in the proceedings, with papers from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh and Delhi.
On Day one, the inauguration was followed by Session I on Biochemistry. Dr.S. Subramaniam , Director, Regenix Super Speciality Labs, Chennai, was the chairperson. He gave a lecture on the topic “Recent Trends in Clinical Laboratory Techniques”. Session II was on Microbiology. Dr.B. Ganesh, Scientist – D, Assistant Director, National Institute of Epidemiology, ICMR, Chennai, was the Chairperson. He delivered a lecture on “The current development and future perspective in Genomics“. On day two, the programme started with Session III on Chemistry. Dr. E. Murugan, Professor & Head, Department of Physical Chemistry was the Chairperson. He gave a lecture on “Drug Delivery” . Next was the Session IV on Psychology. Dr. V.D. Swaminathan , Professor of Psychology & Head i/c of Social Work, was the Chair person, who spoke on “Cognitive Neuro Disorder- Beyond Biochemistry”.
Dr. Niranjali Devaraj, Professor & UGC-BSR Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Madras, was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory Function. Five papers were selected as best papers in each discipline and was awarded Rs.1000 as cash award for each.
BIOMICS 2018 -2019
One Day “INTERCOLLEGIATE FIESTA – BIOMICS 2K19” was Organized by the Department of PG and Research Department of Biochemistry and Department of Microbiology. Theme of the program was to “Beat Plastic Pollution”
The “INTERCOLLEGIATE FIESTA – BIOMICS 2K19 was inaugurated by our Principal madam Dr.C.N. Eswari, Prof. Mangai, Head PG & Research Department of Biochemistry and Prof. Manjula Devi, Head Department of Microbiology.
Chief guest for the valedictory function was Dr.B.R.Latha, Professor & Head, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Madras veterinary College, Chennai.
Workshop – Foldscope instruments
A One Day Workshop on “Foldscope instruments” was organized by the Department of PG and Research Department of Biochemistry and Department of Microbiology on 12.02.2019. The resource person for the day was Dr.Veena Gayathri, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Stella Maris college.
BIOMICS 2019 – 2020
The PG & Research Departments of Biochemistry & Microbiology together organised two day National seminar on “Recent Trends on Life sciences” on 4th and 5th October 2019. The Seminar was inaugurated by Dr. Hannah Rachel Vasanthi, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University. The students had an eye opening session on Phytochemicals for Type -2 Diabetes ---A Reverse Pharmocology Approach.
The second session was about Role of Nutraceuticals in Metabolic disorders, by Dr. M.Rajadurai, Asst. Prof, Dept of Food Technology, Ramaiah University of Applied sciences, Bangalore.
The second Day started with the session on Naturetic peptides and its receptor system by Dr. Elangovan Vellaichamy, Prof and Head, Dept of Biochemistry, University of Madras, followed by session on Barcoding Life: DNA Taxanomy, by Dr.S.Janarthanan, Prof and Head , Dept of Zoology, University of Madras. Dr.S.P. Rajagopalan, our Honourable Secretary presided over the valedictory function.
Dr. K. J. Umadevi:
1. K.J.Uma devi, V.Vanitha and K.Vijayalakshmi. Antimicrobial activity of three Indian medicinal plants – An Invitro study. The Bioscan ,2011, Vol -6 (1 ), 25 – 28. ISSN ( 0973 – 7049)
2. V.Vanitha, K.J.Uma devi and K.Vijayalakshmi. Invitro assessment of alcoholic leaf extract of Annona squamosa and Aegle marmelos. The Bioscan.2010, Vol -5(2), 225- 229. ISSN ( 0973 – 7049)
3. T. Vanitha, K. J. Umadevi and K. Vijayalakshmi. Free Radical Scavenging Activity of Allium Ascalonicum. The Bioscan, 2011, 6(2) : 215-218. ISSN ( 0973 – 7049)
4. K.J.Uma devi, V.Vanitha, K.J.Vijalakshmi and Florida Tilton. Determination of Bioactive components of Aegle marmelos L. leaves by GC MS analysis. Indian streams research journal, 2011, Vol 1, (11), pp 1 – 4. ISSN ( 2230 – 7850)
5. K.Vijayalakshmi, V.Vanitha, R.Sumija, P.Ramya and K.J.Umadevi. A comparative study of phytochemicals, antioxidant potential and free radical scavenging activity of Psidium guajava and Malus domestica – An in vitro study. International journal of pharmaceutical research and development, 2011, Vol (3): pp 38 – 46. ISSN ( 0974 – 9446)
6. V.Vanitha, K.J.Umadevi and K.Vijayalakshmi. Determination of Bioactive Components of Annona squamosa L Leaf by GC- MS Analysis. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research 2011; 3(4): 309-312. ISSN (0975 – 248X)
7. Umadevi Kumba Janarthanan, Vanitha Varadharajan, Vijayalakshmi Krishnamurthy. Phytonutrients in Aegle marmelos (L.)Leaves. World Journal Of Pharmacy And Pharmaceutical Sciences 2012 ; Volume 1, Issue 2, 799-809. ISSN ( 2278 -4357)
8. Umadevi Kumba Janarthanan*, Vanitha Varadharajan, Vijayalakshmi Krishnamurthy. Physicochemical evaluation, phytochemical screening and chromatographic fingerprint profile of Aegle marmelos (l.) Leaf extracts. World Journal of Pharmaceutical research 2012: Volume 1, Issue 3, 813-837. (Best Research Article Award) ISSN ( 2277 – 4357)
9.Vanitha Varadharajan*, Umadevi Kumba Janarthanan, Vijayalakshmi Krishnamurthy. Physicochemical, phytochemical screening and Profiling of secondary metabolites of Annona Squamosa leaf extract. World Journal of Pharmaceutical research 2012 : Volume 1, Issue 4, 1-22. ISSN ( 2277 – 7105 )
10.Vanitha Varadharaj, Uma Devi Kumba Janarthanan and Vijayalakshmi Krishnamurthy. Protective role of Ethanolic Leaf Extract of Anonna Squamosa (L.) on Experimentally Induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma. International Journal of ChemTech Research. 2015: Vol.8, No.1,pp 282 – 292. (ISSN – 0974 – 4290).