School of Life Sciences Ooty

Division of Biochemistry

The program aims to provide in-depth knowledge in basic biochemistry while covering the fundamentals of molecular biology and nano-technology. This programme essentially trains students to appreciate the physico-chemical properties of biomolecules in the organization of life and to learn cutting-edge laboratory research involving biochemical techniques into a broad range of fields in life sciences by emphasizing the molecular mechanisms. Inclusion of molecular biology imbibes insights on the structural and functional organization in the central dogma of life. In addition, nanotechnology potentially attracts creative modern-day research in managing human health. The aspects of genes and inheritance, anatomy and physiology, nutritional biochemistry, detailed role of immune system, and the vital concepts in cancer biology will be explored. These subjects are dealt to enlighten the students to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of life science research.

The biochemistry beginning from the synthesis of food all the way to its metabolism in human systems is covered. The role of plant and its organization is appreciated in greater detail. Students will perceive various aspects of assessing human health and management of disease. Along with these, the students also study proteomics, one of the most important upcoming areas of research. Post second semester, the students are encouraged to carry our summer research project where in they can undergo incubation towards scientific thinking orienting themselves for their research in final semester as well for their PhD. The fourth semester exclusively involves project work for students to undertake research in their area of interest under the supervision of guide. In total, the students get a chance to shape his/her career in modern life science research though their biochemical approach.

Thrust areas of research in Division of Biochemistry includes: Signalling mechanism of p38 MAPK, NrF2-KeaP, cPLA2 alpha in autoimmune Disorders, Novel adjuvants for snake venom antivenin production, Diagnostic kit development for snake bite, Mitochondrial metabolism, thrombolysis and Wound healing, NQO1 in cancer. The division also has a separate snake venom and neuro immunology lab and hybridoma cell culture facility. All these research work funded by DST-SERB, DST-WOS-A, NIPER-KOLKATA, DBT-BIRAC.ICMR. The total amount received from external funding was one Crore

Salient Feature of the program

  • Fundamental, yet diverse and fascinating discipline.
  • Enables the study of chemical processes that govern the life
  • Focuses the molecular mechanisms of life involving growth, metabolism, heredity, and more.
  • Research oriented mode of learning.
  • Grooming the students for suitable jobs in Life Sciences.