The UG department of Biochemistry was established during the academic year 1994 – 1995. The department has a well equipped and upgraded laboratory as per the curriculum. It is also provided with sufficient textbooks, reference books and journals to meet the students’ requirement in the library. The students association “BIOMICS” organizes seminars by eminent personalities and conducts intercollegiate events to bring out their hidden talents. The department has qualified and dedicated team of faculties who strive for the students’ curricular and co-curricular excellence.

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.

ACADEMIC PROGRESSION

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.

CAREER PROGRESSION

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

ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES

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

BIOMICS 2014-2015

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.

BIOMICS 2015-2016

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.

DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY

SYLLABUS & SCHEME

The department adheres to the syllabus prescribed by the University of Madras on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS).

Year / Semester Category Title of the paper Credits
I year – I Semester Part  I Language Paper - I 3
  Part  II English Paper - I 3
  Part  III   Core Paper - I Nutritional Biochemistry 5
  Allied  Paper - I Chemistry - I 3
  Part IV   Basic Tamil / Adv. Tamil / Non Major Elective - I Health and Nutrition 2
  Soft Skills - I   3
Iyear – II Semester Part  I Language Paper- II 3
  Part  II English Paper - II 3
  Part  III    Core Paper - II Cell Biology 5
  Part III     Core Paper– III Practical I 4
  Allied   Paper - II Chemistry- II 3
  Allied Practical Practical I & II 4
  Part IV   Basic Tamil / Adv. Tamil / Non Major Elective - II Human Diseases and Preventive Aspects 2
   Soft Skills - II   3
IIyear - III Semester Part  I Language Paper - III 3
  Part  II English Paper- III 3
  Part  III  Core Paper - IV Chemistry of Biomolecules - I 5
  Allied Paper III Microbiology - I 3
  Part IV Environmental Studies 2
   Soft Skills - III   3
IIyear - IV Semester Part I   Language Paper - IV 3
  Part II     English Paper- IV 3
  Part III  Core Paper - V   Chemistry of Biomolecules - II 5
  Part III   Core Paper - VI Practical - II 4
  Allied  Paper - IV Microbiology - II 3
   Allied Practical  Practical III & IV 4
  Part IV  Environmental studies 2
  Soft skills - IV   3
III year – V Semester Part III   CorePaper - VII Enzymes 5
  Part III   CorePaper - VIII Metabolism 5
  Part III   CorePaper - IX Analytical Biochemistry 5
  Part III   Core Elective - I Physiology 5
  Part IV Value Education 2
III Year -VI Semester Part III   CorePaper - X Clinical Biochemistry 5
  Part  III  CorePaper - XI Molecular Biology 4
  Part III   CorePaper - XII Practical III 4
  Part III   CorePaper - XIII Practical IV 4
  Core Elective - II Immunology 5
  Core Elective - III Biotechnology 5
  Part - V Extension Activities   1
Name Qualification Designation Areas of interest
Ms. S. MANGAI  M.Sc., M.Phil., SLET., (Ph.D.) Associate Professor & Head Cell & Molecular Biology
Dr. S. SUGANTHI M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph,D., NET. Associate Professor Diabetes Mellites
Ms.R. SHANMUGA VADIVU M.Sc.,M.Phil., Assistant Professor Molecular Biology
Ms. B. JOTHI M.Sc., M.Phil., Assistant Professor Nutritional Biochemistry
Ms. R. RAJITHIA M.Sc., M.Phil.,SET Assistant Professor Immunology
Dr. K. MAHALAKSHMI M.Sc.M.Phil., Ph.D., SET Assistant Professor Pharmocology & Toxicology
Dr.K.J.UMADEVI M.Sc.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., Assistant Professor Phytochemistry, Oncology
Ms.N.SUDHA M.Sc.,M.Phil., SET Assistant Professor NeuroBiology

PAPER PRESENTATIONS

Academic Year:

Sl. No

Name of the Staff

Month & Year

Geographic Level(National /International

Title

Institution

ISBN

1.

S. Mangai

March 1-2, 2013

International Conference on Emerging Trends and Challenges in Science and Technology

Production And Characterisation Of Phb From Bacillus SubtilisIsolated From Soil

Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai

978-93-81430-95-8

2

S.Suganthi

March 1-2, 2013

International Conference on Emerging Trends and Challenges in Science and Technology

Effect Of Andiographis  Paniculata  On Ccl4 Induced Stress And Hepatotoxicity Albino Rats

Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai

978-93-81430-95-8

3

R.Shanmuga Vadivu

March 1-2, 2013

International Conference on Emerging Trends and Challenges in Science and Technology

Protective Effect Vitis Vinifera Skin Isoproterenol Induced Myocardial Infraction In Rats

Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai

978-93-81430-95-8

4

B.Jothi

March 1-2, 2013

International Conference on Emerging Trends and Challenges in Science and Technology

Antifungal Activity Of Lectin From Celastrus Paniculatus

Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai

978-93-81430-95-8

5

R.Rajitha

March 1-2, 2013

International Conference on Emerging Trends and Challenges in Science and Technology

Evaluation Of Plant Compounds For Antifungal Activity Against Fusarium Moniliforme

Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai

978-93-81430-95-8

6

Dr.K.Mahalakshmi

March 1-2, 2013

International Conference on Emerging Trends and Challenges in Science and Technology

Phytochemical Screening And Anti Bacterial Activity Of Indigofera Aspalathoides Vohl

Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai

978-93-81430-95-8

7. Dr.K.J.Umadevi Jan 2014 National In vivo assessment of anticancer efficacy of the Aegle marmelos (L) leaves in DEN induced cancer model Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College For Women -
8. Mrs.N.Sudha Sep 2017 National Effect of neurotoxicant in Danio rerio

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

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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).
 
Mrs.N.SUDHA

1. N.Sudha,Dr.A.J.Vanisree. Effect Of Curcumin On Cigarette Smoke And Ethanol Induced Alternations In Rat Lung And Liver. Journal  of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry,2006, Vol 288,115-123 DOI: 10.1007/s11010-006-9127-5

 

ACADEMIC PROFICIENCY

Academic Proficiency or Overall Topper prize is awarded to the student who has secured the highest percentage in the University Examinations in the department during her period of study.

List of Overall Toppers

S.No Name of the candidate Batch
1. R. Surekha 2007-2010
2. S. Kalpana 2008-2011
3. S. R. Sreecharulatha 2009-2012
4. V.Tamil Selvi 2010-2013

The Department is proud to have produced University Rank holders.

S.No Name of the candidate Rank Batch
1.. S. R. Sreecharulatha V 2009-2012
2. M.E. Irine Alish VI 2009 - 2012
3. V.Tamilselvi IX 2010-2013
 4.  S.Priya X  2010-2013
5. K. Devika VII 2011-2014
6. M. Muhamed Rajibu fathimuthu IV 2011-2014
7. E. Mayuri III 2012-2015
8. Aswathy S. Nair I 2012-2015

WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

National

Sl.No
Name of the Staff
Month & Year
Geographic Level(National/International
Title
Institution
 1 S. Mangai Feb 15 -16, 2013 National Workshop Research Methodology and Statistical Tools Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai
 2 R. Shanmugavadivu Feb 15 -16, 2013 National Workshop Research Methodology and Statistical Tools Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai
 3  B. Jothi Feb 15 -16, 2013 National Workshop Research Methodology and Statistical Tools Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai
 4  R. Rajitha Feb 15 -16, 2013 National Workshop Research Methodology and Statistical Tools Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai
5 Ms.S.Suganthi  Nov- Dec 2013  National Orientation Course (General) UGC Academic Staff College, University of Madras, Chennai