About the Department
The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology was started as Department of Biological Sciences under School of Life Sciences in 1987 and had been offering M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Life Sciences. In 2004, the Department was renamed as Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Since then this Department has been offering M.Sc. and Ph.D. courses in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Department offers a congenial environment for knowledge development, research training and for individual growth. The Department has an excellent complement of teaching by the faculty who are involved in basic and applied research in different areas of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Faculty have teaching/postdoctoral research experience in Indian/ Foreign Universities/ Institutions. The Faculty in the Department have established research collaborations with Indian and foreign investigators. Faculty members were recipients of Rockefeller Foundation Biotechnology Career Award, Biotechnology Overseas Award (DBT),INSA-DFG Exchange Award, ICMR International Fellowship, Fogarty fellowship and CSIR CNRS Fellowship. A few faculty members have been Visiting Scientists to Population Council (USA), John Hopkins University (USA), University of Virginia, Cleveland Clinic (USA), (Fogarty Fellowships), and have visited USA, Germany and France. Prestigious awards like, Subhash Mukherjee Memorial Infar India, Oration Award, Asutosh Mookerjee Memorial Award, Life time Achievement Award. Renato Dulbecco Memorial Award, Best Researcher Award from European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Fellowships of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), National Academy of Medical Sciences, and Young Scientists’ Award, have also been received by faculty. The Faculty members have been traveling within India and abroad on various academic assignments and for participating in Conferences. A few faculty members have been serving on editorial boards of various National and International Scientific Journals in additional to serving as peer reviewers. The Department has received support from DST as a special funding under DST-FIST beginning from 2002, 2009 and a continuing support in 2018 with level II. The Department has also received the UGC – Special Assistance Program in 2011 and was a part of DBT – BUILDER Program in 2010. The Department Faculty secured extramural funding worth several crores of rupees from different National funding agencies such as DST, DBT, UGC, CSIR, ICMR, DRDO and Ministry of Environment & Forests. The Department has also attracted funding from International agencies like Population Council (USA) and the Rockfeller Foundation (USA). The Department has established collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, USA for training students in Reproductive Biology.
Dr.R.Rukkumani was excellent in academics and received University Ranks throughout. Her field of research is Drug Designing. In-addition to targeted therapy, her lab focusses on finding inexpensive 3D-cultures, diagnostic platforms etc. She has published 65-International papers (h-index-23 & i10-index-46); completed 5-projects, guided 6-Ph.D students; and received 16+ awards to her credit. Rukkumani was in the Cover-page of a regional magazine. She possesses holistic experience in both academia and corporate and has worked in Novartis, Hyderabad University and Madras University. She is a sought after speaker. Rukkumani is a passionate researcher aiming to find a complete cure for various diseases.
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The Department has state-of-the-art laboratories with an excellent modern instrumentation facility for teaching and advanced research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Department has facilities to carry out research in in vitro and in vivo systems. The instrument facility includes- High Speed Refrigerated Centrifuges, Ultracentrifuge,Ultra sonicator, PCR, ELISA, Trans-blot apparatus, Geldoc apparatus, CO2-incubators, Phase contrast microscope, UVVis Spectrophotometers, Ultra pure water-purifier and cold room. OTHER FACILITIES The Department has an equipped animal cell culture facility. The Department has an exclusive computer laboratory with a high-speed internet connectivity. The faculty and students are provided access to the School of Life Sciences Animal House facility for experimental research.
Thrust Area of Teaching & Research
Reproductive Endocrinology, Toxicology Microbial Biochemistry & Biotechnology Nanomedicine, Liver Regeneration Natural Principles, Cell Signaling, Degenerative diseases Cancer, Diabetes, Parkinson’ s, Alzhemier’s, Heart and Liver diseases Phytomedicine Gene delivery –Targeted therapy, Nano Oncology Tumorigenesis & Cell Signaling DNA Damage Response, DNA Repair Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience Endocrinology & Ageing Biochemistry Sensorineural Degeneration and Cell Therapeutics; Retinal Biology.
The Department has been granted with DST-FIST (Level II) support in 2018(Rs. 149.0 Lakhs) The Department has received DST-FIST repeat support in 2009 (Rs. 70 Lakhs) The Department is a recipient of a Collaborative Research Grant awarded to the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and the Center for Bioinformatics, Pondicherry University under the IPLS program of the Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, in 2010 (`9 crores). The Department is a recipient of the UGC-SAP grant (45.3 lakhs) in 2011. The Department has also received grants under DSTPURSE programme.
Placement & Internships
EMPLOYMENT ORIENTATION / SKILL FORMATION / KNOWLEDGE GENERATION Every year a good number of students from this Department qualify in the UGC/CSIR-NET Exam and GATE and enter into Premier Research Institutes in India. Also some of our students get high scores in GRE/TOEFL exams and enter foreign Universities to pursue their Ph.D. programs. Our students have also been placed in Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics companies.