• Department of Biochemistry, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
  • Department profile

    Biochemistry is a prime branch of biological sciences, which has played a very important role in unraveling many of the life processes. The Department of Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics is a well equipped department contributing to teaching and research since its inception as a PG Biochemistry department. Knowing the importance of these subjects, the department has been built up with very strong roots and has grown into a full fledged banyan, bringing Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and all other allied fields under its banner.

    MILESTONES

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    OUR FACULTY

    The department is strengthened by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic staff members

    • *18 permanent staff members (17 with doctoral degree and one with NET).
    • * A majority of the permanent staff members have more than 3 decades of teaching and research experience.
    • *Two of them have done their post doctoral research program abroad.
    • *Two of the faculty members have off-shore experience (Germany under a PDF programme and Korea under a faculty exchange programme).

    OUR COURSES

    The subjects offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses is quite distinct and its leverage lies in the development of skills at various aspects related to Biochemistry,Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

    Undergraduate courses

    B.Sc. Biochemistry and Biotechnology

    Postgraduate courses

    • M.Sc. Biochemistry
    • M.Sc. Biotechnology
    • M.Sc. Bioinformatics (Innovative Course)
    • M.Sc. Biotextiles (Innnovative Course - Interdisciplinary)
    • Research Programme
    • M.Phil. Biochemistry (Full time and Part time)
    • M.Phil. Biotechnology(Full time and Part time)
    • M.Phil. Bioinformatics (Full time and Part time)
    • Ph.D. Biochemistry (Full time and Part time)
    • Ph.D. Biotechnology (Full time and Part time)

    Certificate Course

    • Certificate course in Bioinformatics
    • Diploma in Bioinformatics

    HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR COURSES

    • Choice based credit system is followed
    • Additional inputs on current topics and upgrading the existing syllabi is a regular annual experience of the department. Modifications are also carried out with the input from external experts of BOS members. Choice based credit systems followed based on the guidelines of statutory bodies.
    • Inclusion of skill based courses like Soft skills and Communication skill, Add-on Certificate Course, Co-curricular courses, Value added Courses, General awareness programme and Discipline Specific Electives (DSE) at the UG level.
    • For Post graduates two Inter disciplinary course (IDC) papers, one Multidisciplinary course (MDC) paper and Professional Certification have been introduced considering the needs and requirements of students, envisaging the benefits they accrue in the job market and also meeting growing challenges
    • The Course content also includes on-the job training programme, project work and workshop which facilitate direct exposure and hands on experience to the undergraduate students.
    • The department offers the course content include IDC, MDC, Mini project of postgraduate students.
    • The provision of internet connectivity with Wi-Fi enables e-learning by the students.
    • The admission of students is made based on UGC norms and the reservation policy of the Government.
    • The average success rate of students is 90%.

    FEATURES OF THE DEPARTMENT

    Teaching and research are the major activities of the department. This centralized research triangle provides unique multi-disciplinary research environment for solving challenges related with human health. Our research is supported by funds from UGC, DST, DBT & ICMR and also associated with International and industry links.

    Apart from these, the Department carries out many activities as follows:

    • 1.ASSOCIATION OF BIOCHEMISTRY, BIOTECHNOLOGY &BIOINFORMATICS

    All the students of the Department are the members of the association of Biochemistry, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics.The activities are inaugurated in the month of July.The students organize lectures by inviting eminent scientists from India and abroad. They also organize seminars, symposia and quizzes.

    • 2.SOCIETY OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTS (INDIA) - COIMBATORE BRANCH

    The department has taken up the responsibilities of the Coimbatore Branch of SBC (India). The activities include organizing meetings at regular intervals, enrolling new student members and faculty members every year from all the educational Institutions in and around Coimbatore.

  • Programmes Offered

    Programmes Offered
    • B.Sc. : Biochemistry & Biotechnology
    • M.Sc. : Biochemistry
    • M.Sc. : Bioinformatics
    • M.Sc. : Biotechnology *
    • M.Phil. : Bioinformatics
    • M.Phil. & Ph.D : Biochemistry/Biotechnology

    Eligibility

    • B.Sc. : Science group
    • M.Sc. Biochemistry : B.Sc Biochemistry
    • M.Sc. Bioinformatics: Degree in Science discipline/Medicine/Veterinary Science/Information Technology & related discipline
    • M.Sc. Biotechnology * : Degree in Biochemistry/Biotechnology /Chemistry/Zoology/Botany/Microbiology/Nutrition or any Biological Sciences major with chemistry/Mathematics/ Biology ancillaries
    • * Self financed course

  • Syllabus, PSO & CO
  • Facilities

    Availability of infrastructural facilities for research

    (i) Physical :

    Two undergraduate laboratories

    Four postgraduate laboratories

    One research laboratory

    One computer centre and one bioinformatics laboratory

    Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facilities

    Hardware Facilities

    Windows Server - Intel Xeon 2.33 GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD (1 No.)

    Linux server - Intel Xeon quade Core Processor,1.6 GHz,4GB RAM,2x200GB HDD (1No.)

    Desktops- Intel Core2Duo, 2.66GHz, 4GB RAM,500GB HDD (27 Nos)

    Software Details:

    Commercial software

    Schrodinger Modules

    • Glide -Ligand receptor docking
    • Prime - Comparative modeling and threading
    • Phase - Pharmacophore modeling and QSAR
    • Sitemap -Protein binding site prediction
    • QikProp-ADME prediction
    • IFD-Induced Fit Docking

    (ii) Academic and Research

    Well-equipped Animal Tissue Culture Laboratory

    Well-equipped Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory

    Green house and mist chamber

    Walk-in cold room

    Instrumentation rooms

    MAJOR EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AND IN USE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT

    Name of the Equipment

    Make

    Flow cytometer

    Becton Dickinson

    Refrigerated Centrifuge Vacutainer

    REMI

    High speed refrigerated centrifuge (multiple numbers)

    ROTA ,Plastocrafts

    Electronic analytical Balance -AUW 220

    Shimadzu, Sartorius

    Trinocular phase contrast microscope

    KOZO

    Inverted fluorescent microscope

    Motic,Hongkong

    Stereozoom microscope(multiple numbers)

    Motic, Hongkong

    CO2 incubator (multiple numbers)

    Innova, Napco

    Orbital incubator shaker(multiple numbers)

    Sciegenics,Subzero

    Shaking Incubator[15-60?C] and ultrasonic bath

    Subzero

    Vertical deep freezer and vertical cooler

    Cel frost

    Deep freezer RTFV 265D

    RTFV

    Deep freezer CF 220

    Subzero

    Freeze dryer with concentrator (-54? C)

    Ilshin

    Vertical deep freezer (-80? C)

    Ilshin

    Deep freezer (-70? C)

    REMI

    Water purification system (multiple numbers)

    Human corporation, Younglin, Millipore

    UV-Visible double beam spectrophotometer (multiple numbers)

    Elico, Chemito, Systronics, Genesys

    Nanophotometer

    Optizen

    UV-visible spectrophotometer with scanner

    Thermo Spectronic

    Two dimensional gel electrophoresis system

    Heofer

    Deluxe dual cooled vertical electrophoresis unit

    Hoefer,Genei

    Flash evaporator

    Roteva Equitron

    Vaccum Evaporator-Rotary with vaccum controller

    Roteva Equitron

    Bioreactor mini lab- 2L and 20L capacity

    Biopia

    Ultra sonic cell distrupter

    Sonics

    KELPLUS distyl EMS

    PELICAN

    High performance thin layer chromatography

    Anchrom

    Semiautomatic analyser

    SINNOWA

    Automated Cell Counter for Haematological Parameters

    Transasia Biomedicals

    Spirometer-Vitalograph

    KJ Legents

    Real time PCR equipment and accessories

    Eppendorf AG, Hamburg

    HPLC and Accessories

    Shimadzu

    2 LAN with 47 systems and two servers

    24x7 internet connectivity

    HCL

    Fermentor

    Bioneer

    Semiautomatic analyser

    SINOWA BS-3000p

    Gel documentation system

    Alpho innotech

    ELISA reader

    Biorad

  • Staff Profile
    Staff Photo Name of the Faculty Designation Specialization Year of Joining Email id

    Dr.(Mrs.) B.Suganthi

    M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D

    Professor Agricultural and Environmental Biochemistry 1978 suganthi_bc@avinuty.ac.in

    Dr.(Mrs.) V.Bhuvaneswari

    M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Professor Environmental chemistry 1978 bhuvaneswari_bc@avinuty.ac.in,
    bhuvan.adu@gmail.com

    Dr.(Mrs.) Sivagami Srinivasan

    M.Sc., Dip.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D.

    Professor Biofertilizer 1976 sivagami_bc@avinuty.ac.in,
    siva_adu@yahoo.co.in
    Dr.(Mrs.) K.Usha

    M.Sc., Dip.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D.

    Professor Bioremediation 1977 usha_bc@avinuty.ac.in,
    usha562002@yahoo.co.in

    Dr.(Mrs.) A.Pushpa

    M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.

    Professor PlantBiochemistry 1979 pushpa_bc@avinuty.ac.in

    Dr.(Mrs.) P.R.Padma

    M.Sc.,Ph.D.Adv.Dip.

    Dean, School of Biosciences
    Professor and HOD
    Antioxidants and anticancer properties of medicinal plants and their molecular mechanism of action 1990 hod_bc@avinuty.ac.in
    padma_bc@avinuty.ac.in,
    prpadma@yahoo.co.in

    Dr.(Mrs.) Anitha Subash

    M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.

    Professor

    Environmental Biochemistry 1994 anithasubash_bc@avinuty.ac.in,
    anithakannan1991@yahoo.co.in

    Dr.(Mrs.) S.Gayathri Devi

    M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.,NET, SET

    Professor

    Medicinal Plants 1999 gayathridevi_bc@avinuty.ac.in
    gayathridevi.adu@gmail.com

    Dr.(Mrs.) T.Angayarkanni

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

    Associate Professor

    Microbial Biotechnology 1999 angayarkann_bci@avinuty.ac.in,
    akamal2002@yahoo.co.in

    Dr.(Mrs.) K.Kalaiselvi

    M.Sc., Ph.D. NET

    Assistant Professor- SG

    Plant Biotechnology

    2005

    kalaiselvi_bc@avinuty.ac.in,
    kalaisen@gmail.com

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    Dr.(Mrs.) S.Sumathi

    M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor-SG

    Medicinal plants - identification of novel sources of drugs, antioxidant properties and anticancer effects

    1997

    sumathi_bc@avinuty.ac.in,
    sumathi_vnktsh@yahoo.co.in

    Dr.(Mrs.) N.Santhi

    M.Sc., Ph.D., PG Dip(BioInformatics)

    Assistant Professor-SS Bioinformatics

    2007

    santhi_bc@avinuty.ac.in,
    santhigowri@rediffmail.com
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    Dr.(Mrs.) R.Nirmaladevi

    M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D

    Assistant Professor-SS

    Phytotherapy (in vitro and in vivo) and Animal tissue culture nirmaladevi_bc@avinuty.ac.in
    nimmysaro@yahoo.com

    Mrs. S.Velvizhi

    M.Sc., M.Phil.,NET

    Assistant Professor-SS Hepatotoxicity

    2011

    velvizhi_bc@avinuty.ac.in
    sri.Velvizhi@gmail.com

    Dr.(Mrs.) A.Shobana

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

    Assistant Professor Enzymology, Genomics

    2013

    shobana_bc@avinuty.ac.in
    shobana_2001@yahoo.com
    shoba.s1823@gmail.com
    bio_kavitha

    Dr.(Mrs.) D.Kavitha

    M.Sc., M.Phil., PG.Dip., Ph.D.,SET

    Assistant Professor Medicinal plants and microbiology

    2017

    dkavithabiotech@gmail.com
    avitha_k@yahoo.com
      Self Supporting Staff        

    Dr.(Ms.) M.Rajeswari

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

    Assistant Professor (Temporary)

    Bioinformatics and Enzymology

    2008

    rajeswari.murugesan81@gmail.com
  • Sponsored Projects

    RESEARCH AND COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

    RESEARCH PROJECTS ONGOING

    Title of the Project

    Principal & co-investigators

    Funding agency

    Duration

    Amount sanctioned

    Rs. in Lakhs

    Effect of value added millet flakes on weight management and stress level of selected obese women

    Dr.K.Kalaiselvi

    Dr.R Radha

    DST

    2017-2020

    43.728

    Comparative study on the immunomodulatory and anticancer activities of flavonoids extracted from Thespesia populnea and Tabernaemontana divaricata leaves on EAC and DLA in mouse model

    Dr. R Santhi

    DST WOS-A

    2014-2017

    25.01

    A comparative study of osteoporotic ratio for the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency between the sufficient and insufficient sunlight exposure of postmenopausal women

    Ms. S Anitha

    DST WOS-A

    2014-2017

    22.20

    Analysis of the plant phenolics, quercetin and kaempherol on the proteomic and genomic components of oral cancer cells

    Ms.S.Sivapriyadharsini

    DST WOS-A

    2013-2016

    19.95

    RESEARCH PROJECTS COMPLETED

    Title of the Project

    Principal &

    co-investigators

    Funding agency

    Duration

    Amount sanctioned

    Rs. in Lakhs

    Isolation of squalene epoxidase gene from in vitro adventitious roots of Withania somnifera, its characterization and comparative expression analysis with in vivo tissues and its influence on major withanolide accumulation

    Ms. T. Pankajavalli

    DST WOS-A

    2012-2015

    15.48

    A study on the regulation of PARP gene expression using Prosopis cineraria to treat breast cancer

    Dr.S.Sumathi

    Dr.P.R.Padma

    UGC

    2011-2014

    11.23

    Post translational changes in human lens proteins among

    cataractous diabetic subjects

    Dr.G.P.Jeyanthi

    Dr.S.Gayathri Devi

    UGC

    2011-2014

    11.93

    Developing a system for the identification of fresh water algae community using image processing and neural network in lakes at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

    Dr. N. Santhi

    Dr.P.Subahshini

    Dr.K.Kalaiselvi

    UGC

    2011-2014

    12.16

    Air quality monitoring and health surveillance of the workers in photocopier units

    Dr.G.P.Jeyanthi

    Dr.V.Bhuvaneswari

    ICMR

    2011-2013

    33.12

    Correlation between pulmonary function and selected serum/sputum biomarkers ofpulmonary damage among workers in photocopier units

    Ms. E.Nithya

    DST WOS-A

    2010-2013

    15.24

    A study on the molecular mechanism of the responses evoked by Majorana hortensis against oxidative stress

    Ms. Radha Palaniswamy

    DST WOS-A

    2010-2013

    16.20

    Screening and developing novel drugs from the leaves of Trianthema portulucastrum against pathogenic microorganisms

    Dr.D Kavitha

    DST WOS-A

    2010-2013

    15.24

    Bioconversion Studies and Identification of Novel Secondary Metabolites from In Vitro Grown Adventitious Roots Of Withania somnifera

    Dr.K.Kalaiselvi

    Dr. R. Parvatham

    UGC

    2009-2012

    10.4

    Bioconversion of withanolides and identification of novel secondary compounds from in vitro roots of Withania somnifera

    Dr.K.Kalaiselvi

    Dr. R. Parvatham

    DBT

    2009-2012

    13.95

    Antioxidant response evoked by Zeamays leaves and its effect on oxidant induced molecular events in simulated Invitro systems

    Dr.P.R.Padma

    ICMR

    2008-2010

    3.735

    Alianthus excelsa- Tissue culture plants for Multilocational field Trials and Evaluation

    Dr. K. Kalaiselvi

    Tamil Nadu State Forest Department

    2006-2007

    0.15

  • MOU signed
  • Seminars/Conferences/ Workshops Conducted

    International Seminars / Conferences

    04.02.2013 & 05.02.2013

    Satellite Conference of the Society for Free Radical Research (SFRR SATCON) and International Symposium on "Free Radical Damage and Herbal Anti oxidants in Health and Disease"

    14.02.2012 & 15.02.2012

    4th Indo-Korean Conference on Integrative Bioscience Research - Opportunities and Challenges

    28.01.2010

    International Seminar on "Research Methodology and Data Interpretation"

    23.02.2010

    International seminar on "3rd Indo-Korean Joint Seminar on Medicinal Plants Research - IKMPR 2010

    14.10.2008

    2nd Indo-Korean Seminar on 'Biological research in the era of globalisation'

    14.2.2007

    Indo-Korean Joint seminar on Secondary metabolites sources and production process

    National Seminars / Conferences

    22.03.2016

    One Day Seminar on Breakthrough & Boulevards in Bioscience

    16.03.2011

    Computational Biology

    24.03.2009

    Seminar on Women and Health

    15.12.2006

    Recent Trends in Research and Management ofCancer"

    Symposium

    26.02.2014

    One Day Students Symposium on "Cutting Edges in Biotechnology"

    20.03.2008

    National Symposium on "Public Health and Disease"

    1.2.2006

    National Symposium on "Genome Projects: Prospects and Problems"

    Workshops

    02.03.15- 04.03.15

    Three day workshop on Molecular Modeling and Computer Aided Drug Discovery

    20.02.14 to 25.02.14

    DST-CURIE Sponsored National Workshop on "Techniques in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology - Analysis of Biological Molecules"

    29.11.10 to

    04.12.10

    Basics in Animal Tissue culture and Phytochemical Analysis

    2011-2012

    Immunohistochemical and Immunocyto-chemical Analysis

    28.07.2008 & 29.07.2008

    Computer Aided Drug Designing

  • Research Programmes

    wise

    Degree Awarded

    Ph.D

    Biochemistry

    Biotechnology

    2003

    3

    -

    2004

    1

    -

    2005

    -

    -

    2006

    4

    -

    2007

    3

    -

    2008

    3

    -

    2009

    3

    -

    2010

    7

    2

    2011

    4

    2

    2012

    4

    3

    2013

    6

    3

    2014

    3

    2

    2015

    2

    3

    2016

    3

    4

    M.Phil.

    Biochemistry

    Biotechnology

    Bioinformatics

    2003

    14

    -

    2004

    9

    -

    2005

    5

    1

    2006

    11

    5

    2007

    13

    10

    2008

    17

    17

    2009

    18

    15

    5

    2010

    2

    3

    1

    2011

    4

    5

    2

    2012

    6

    3

    2013

    3

    2

    2014

    5

    -

    2015

    2

    1

  • Over See Visits

    Name of the Faculty

    Country

    Year

    Purpose of the visit

    Dr. K.Kalaiselvi

    Indonesia

    November 2014

    Guest lecture on Bio - prospecting based on traditional medicinal plants in India and Genomics of India ginseng

    Dr.Sheela Ramachandran (Vice chancellor) & Dr.K.Kalaiselvi

    South Korea

    February 2014

    Invited Speaker at Chung Ang University

    Dr. K.Kalaiselvi

    Dr. N. Santhi

    South Korea

    June to August 2014

    Overseas training program at Seoul NationalUniversity, "Large scale data handling and analysis"

    Dr.R.Nirmaladevi

    Malaysia

    2014

    2nd Herbal World-Global Exhibition and Conference 2014, ICIHRD and Gulf Natural Products

    Dr. D.Kavitha

    Malaysia

    2014

    2nd Herbal World-Global Exhibition and Conference 2014, ICIHRD and Gulf Natural Products

    Dr.R.Parvatham

    Dean Faculty of Science &Dr. K.Kalaiselvi

    South Korea

    October 2012

    6th International Symposium on Oriental Fermented Medicine at Kyung Hee University

    Dr. K.Kalaiselvi

    South Korea

    2011

    3rd Symposium on Food and Nutritional Genomics at Kyung Pook National University

    Name of the Students

    Country

    Year

    Purpose of the visit

    Preethi M P

    South Korea

    1.9.2013 - 288.2.2014

    Chungnam National University hospitals, Daejeon, Korea

    T Iswarya

    Ph.D Scholar

    USA

    One year

    Ohio State University, USA

    Neha G Wasnik

    South Korea

    2008-2009

    Kyung Hee University, S. Korea (with Korean Govt.Scholarship)

    M Mahalakshmi

    South Korea

    3 Months (May-Aug 2007)

    Kyung Hee University, S. Korea

    V Veena

    South Korea

    3 months (May- Aug, 2007)

    Kyung Hee University, S. Korea

  • Awards/Achievements
  • Publications