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M.Sc. Biochemistry

M.Sc. Biochemistry

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:

The PG department of Biochemistry commenced during the academic year 2010- 2011. The PG lab is highly equipped with an infrastructure to meet out the students’ requirements. The department also provides sufficient recommended & reference books and journals for the students to update the recent developments in the field of Biochemistry.

ELIGIBILITY:

A Bachelor’s Degree in science with Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, Life Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics as their Main Subject of this University or any other Qualification accepted as equivalent thereof are eligible for admission to M.Sc. Degree Course.

DURATION OF THE COURSE:

The course duration is about two years which includes four semesters with two semesters per year. Each semester has ninety working days followed by examinations at the end of each semester.

ACADEMIC PROGRESSION:

The current field of life science is undergoing a tremendous lift in the areas of research.To bring in to focus the current trends to the students, they are provided hands on training in the enzyme assays, subcellular fractionation & assaying the markers, Nucleic acid isolation & assay, food analysis, clinical biochemistry & biochemical techniques. The students also carry out a mini project which will increase their interest towards research. The students are also educated in the subjects such as Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Immunology and Medical Biochemistry so as to impart them with the current trends carried out in this field.

CAREER PROGRESSION:

Biochemistry is an excellent training for careers in research, medicine, and the biotechnology industry. Some of the more common career paths of our students include Medical Professional – A Biochemistry degree is an excellent preparation for entry into Medical education (MD) programs, Undergraduate dentistry programs, Ph.D programmes, Research in academic and industrial lab environments, biotechnology industries. Many excellent career options exist within the biotech industries that do not directly involve research such as Product marketing and development technical support and sales. Biochemistry combined with other fields can create very unique and desired skill sets as follows Journalism for scientific writing: grants, media relations, news, technical Business Training (MBA) specializing in Biotechnology Law degrees specializing in patent law Education programs for teaching Computer sciences for the bioinformatics field

UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION NO:

A1/VPK/24/New courses/ 2010-11/390 letter dt 17.06.2010

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

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.

Syllabus

YEAR/SEMESTER CATEGORY TITLE OF PAPER CREDITS
I YEAR / I SEMESTER Core- 1 Biomolecules 4
- Core- 2 Biochemical Techniques 4
- Core - 3 Physiology & Cell Biology 4
- Elective paper - 1 Microbiology 3
- Soft Skill- I - 2
Iyear – II Semester Core- 4 Enzymes and Enzyme Technology 4
- Core- 5 Intermediary Metabolism I 4
- Core- 6 Intermediary Metabolism II 4
- Core- 7 Practical I 3
- Core- 8 Practical II 3
- Elective- 2 Energy and Drug Metabolism 3
- disciplinary - 1 Essentials of Biochemistry 3
- Soft Skills - II - 2
IIyear - III Semester Core- 9 Biotechnology 4
- Core- 10 Clinical Biochemistry- I 4
- Core- 11 Molecular Biology 4
- Elective - 3 Biostatistics 3
- Disciplinary - 2 Life style - diseases Preventive aspects 3
- Soft Skill- III - 2
IIyear - IV Semester Core- 12 Hormones 4
- Core- 13 Clinical Biochemistry - II 4
- Core - 14 Practical - III 4
Core- 15 Project & viva 3
Elective- 4 Signal Transduction 3
- Elective - 5 Immunochemistry 3
- Soft Skill- IV - 2

Faculty

Name: Mrs. S. Mangai

Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil., SLET., (Ph.D.)

Designation: Associate Professor & Head

Area of Interest: Cell & Molecular Biology

Name: Dr. S. Suganthi

Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph,D., NET.

Designation: Associate Professor

Area of Interest: Diabetes Mellites

Name: Ms.R. Shanmuga Vadivu

Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil.,

Designation: Assistant Professor

Area of Interest: Molecular Biology

Name: Ms. R. Rajitha

Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil.,SET

Designation: Assistant Professor

Area of Interest: Immunochemistry

Ms. Dr. K. Mahalakshmi

Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., SET

Designation: Assistant Professor

Area of Interest: Pharmocology & Toxicology

Name: Dr. K. J. Umadevi

Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

Designation: Assistant Professor

Area of Interest: Phytochemistry, Oncology

Name: Ms. D.Ramya

Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil.,

Designation: Assistant Professor

Area of Interest: Biomolecules

Ms.B Jothi

Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil.,

Designation: Assistant Professor

Area of Interest: Nutritional Biochemistry

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 2014-2015

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 Raju, 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.

BIOMICS 2020 -2021

The PG & Research Departments of Biochemistry conducted an E Quiz programme, as a lockdown initiative for all the lifescience students on 11th May 2020, through the google platform. 2560 students keenly participated in the quiz programme and awarded e-certificate.

The PG & Research Departments of Biochemistry organized as In house Webinar on “Bioinformatics-Tools to unlock Biological Information” by Mrs.Subha Yegnaswamy, Researcher in Bioinformatics, Mumbai on 16th May 2020, though google meet. The session brought out the scope of Bioinformatics in medical field to the beneficiaries.

On 25th May 2020 PG & Research Departments of Biochemistry, organized an International Webinar on “Next Generation Sequencing Methodologies and Applications” by Dr.Banu G Hariharan, Research Scientist, Sequenom Inc., SanDiego, CA, USA though google meet. Students gained information in the NGS techniques.

The PG & Research Departments of Biochemistry organized an International Webinar on “Impact of Diet in Cancer – Insights on Evolving Concepts” by Dr.S.Annie JeyaChristy, Deputy Director – Center for Postgraduate Studies, Faculty Postgraduate & Research Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, AIMST University, Semeling-08100, Bedong, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia. The Progressing concepts on cancer were précised by the speaker.

Publications

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 )
  • 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).

Paper Presentations

ACADEMIC YEAR: 2012 - 2013

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 - ISBN: 978-93-81430-95-8

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 - ISBN: 978-93-81430-95-8

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 - ISBN: 978-93-81430-95-8

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 - ISBN: 978-93-81430-95-8

R.Rajitha

March 1-2, 2013 - International Conference on Emerging Trends and Challenges in Science and Technology - IEvaluation Of Plant Compounds For Antifungal Activity Against Fusarium Moniliforme - Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai - ISBN: 978-93-81430-95-8

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 - ISBN: 978-93-81430-95-8

ACADEMIC YEAR: 20014

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

Workshops, Fdp & Seminars

S.NO. Name Of The Staff Month & Year Geographic Level(National/International) Title of Workshop/Seminar 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 Workshop Research Methodology and Statistical Tools Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai

Lab Technicians

Name: Mrs. L. Lalitha

Qualification: B.Sc., DMLT.

Designation: Lab Instructor

Area of Interest: Technical

Academic Acheivments

Academic proficiency prizes are awarded to students who top the subject papers, in each semester. Over all topper prize is bagged by the student who has the highest percentage in the department during her period of study.

Name of the candidate: S. Saraswathy

Batch: 2010 - 2012

Rank: VI

Name of the candidate: M. Gowri(PG)

Batch: 2011 - 2013

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