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M.Sc. Biotechnology

St Aloysius College ventured into the field of Biotechnology as the first College in Dakshina Kannada District to start an undergraduate course in the year 2000.  The post graduate course affiliated to Mangalore University, started in the year 2002. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, has conferred the College with the prestigious “Star Status”. The College is one among only 17 Colleges in India to get this status. This is the highest award given by DBT to any College that has shown outstanding progress.

The Post Graduate Department of Biotechnology is a recognised centre for research in Biotechnology for the Ph D program under Mangalore University. It has a strong research base with 6 Ph.Ds on the staff. Members of the faculty have a number of completed/ongoing major and minor research projects sponsored by UGC, DBT, DST, VGST and other funding agencies and various publications in national and international journals. The Department was chosen by the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka to offer the “Biotechnology Finishing School” (BTFS) as one of the twelve institutions in Karnataka. BTFS was a unique initiative of Government of Karnataka supported by DBT and has enhanced placement opportunities in Biotech sector. The Department is also under the evaluation process of starting a new venture in Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme (BiSEP), supported by Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS), Government of Karnataka.

Objectives of the Department
To provide state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in Biotechnology.
To generate manpower trained in Biotechnology suited to meet the needs of the industry and academia.
To train students to pursue committed research in the field of Biotechnology.
To make a positive impact on human and animal health, agriculture and environment in the region

  • Master of Science in Biotechnology
  • PhD in Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme (BiSEP)

The jigsaw puzzle of your future can be pieced together through the rich experience of academics and co-curricular activities in the Department.

Master of Science in Biotechnology
The priority of the department is to impart quality education and equip the students with the skills and ability needed to tackle global challenges. The curriculum is integrated with policy, IPR and Clinical Research and Good Manufacturing Practices in Product Development to motivate students with entrepreneurial skills to venture into the development and commercialization of new and promising techniques. The curriculum is also designed in such a way to give a winning edge to candidates who appear for the national eligibility test (CSIR-UGC JRF/NET) for research/lectureship. The Campus Interview Program brings employers to the campus for recruitment to full-time jobs. Over 90% of our students are employed in various industries like Syngene, Quintiles, Biocon, Bhat Biotech, Unichem Bioscience, Molecular connections, Indoco Remedies, etc.

Eligibility and admission
Candidates who have passed the three/four years bachelor degree examination of Mangalore University or any other University considered as equivalent thereto with Life Science subjects provided they have studied Chemistry/Biochemistry as one of the major/optional/subsidiary subject and have secured a minimum of 45% marks (40% in case of SC/ST/Category-I candidates) in aggregate excluding languages and group III subjects are eligible for the programme.

Ph.D in Biotechnology
The Post Graduate Department of Biotechnology is a recognised centre for research in Biotechnology for the Ph D program under Mangalore University. It has a strong research base with six Ph.Ds on the staff. Three of them are recognized Ph. D guides by Mangalore University.  It presently has 15 PhD scholars pursuing their doctoral studies since 2011. The Biotechnology Research (Ph.D.) Centre of St Aloysius College was inaugurated by Prof. R K Sridhar of Mangalore University on Monday August 22, 2011.  The Department has received major and minor research projects from DBT, DST, BRNS and UGC.

Eligibility and admission
Eligibility and admission as per the regulations of Mangalore University Please refer for details: https://www.mangaloreuniversity.ac.in/phd
Admission based on entrance test and interview conducted by Mangalore University. The mandatory course work for PhD is offered at the department.

Recognized Research Guides under Mangalore University:

  • Asha Abraham- Fr. George Albuquerque Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • ShashiKiran Nivas- Laboratory of Applied Biology
  • Smitha Hegde-Rondano Biodiversity Research Laboratory

The thrust areas of research of the faculty

  • Phytoremediation
  • Cellular and Molecular aspects of metabolic syndrome, diabetes & cancer
  • Isolation, Purification and Characterization of enzymes
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Biofuels
  • Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi
  • Microbial degradation of surfactants
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Microbial Interactions
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Novel bioactives against Ovarian cancers
  • Molecular marker studies & Stress molecular biology
  • Gene expression analysis
  • Bioinformatics

Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme (BiSEP)

The department was chosen by the Department of IT, BT and S& T, Government of Karnataka to offer the diploma programme “Biotechnology Finishing School” (BTFS) as one of the twelve institutions in Karnataka. BTFS was a unique initiative of Government of Karnataka supported by DBT and has enhanced placement opportunities in Biotech sector. The department is also under the evaluation process of starting a new venture in Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme (BiSEP), supported by Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS), Government of Karnataka. This diploma programme will be focused to impart industry specific skills to eligible students and meet the trained manpower needs of the industry. It will also focus to create a start-up ecosystem within the academic set-up and also ensure students are nurtured and mentored towards entrepreneurship in their expert areas of biotechnology domains.

Duration of the programme: 12 months

  • Course work: Six months at the college
  • Internship: Six months in the concerned Industry

Eligibility and admission
Eligibility and admission as per the regulations of KBITS, Government of Karnataka.
For more details please visit
http://www.btfskarnataka.org/ ,                                                   : http://www.bangaloreitbt.in/

Additional Admissions Information
College Receptionist: Ph. No. 0824-2449700, 01,
Email: hodpgsrbt@staloysius.edu.in

 

Center for Research in Biotechnology
The department is a recognized Centre for Research in Biotechnology under Mangalore University since 2008. It has 3 faculty members, who are recognized Ph.D guides by Mangalore University. It presently has 15 PhD scholars pursuing their doctoral studies since 2011. The Biotechnology Research (Ph.D.) Centre of St Aloysius College was inaugurated by Prof. R K Sridhar of Mangalore University on Monday August 22, 2011. The Department has received major and minor research projects from DBT, DST, BRNS and UGC.

Program offered
Ph.D in Biotechnology (Mangalore University)

ADMISSION:
Eligibility and admission as per the regulations of Mangalore University
Please refer for details: http://www.mangaloreuniversity.ac.in/phd
Admission based on entrance test and interview conducted by Mangalore University.
The mandatory course work for PhD is offered at the department.

Recognized Research Guides under Mangalore University:
Dr. Smitha Hegde- Rondano Biodiversity Research Laboratory give as link
Dr. Asha Abraham- Fr. George Albuquerque Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory give as link
Dr ShashiKiran Nivas- Laboratory of Applied Biology( link to LAB in our college website)

The thrust areas of research of the faculty
Phytoremediation, Cellular and Molecular aspects of metabolic syndrome, diabetes & cancer, Isolation, Purification and Characterization of enzymes,
Plant Biotechnology, Biofuels, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Microbial degradation of surfactants, Food and Nutrition, Microbial Interactions
Nutritional Biochemistry, Novel bioactives against Ovarian cancers, Molecular marker studies & Stress molecular biology, Gene expression analysis, Bioinformatics

Father George Albuquerque Pai Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory

Thrust areas
Cellular and Molecular aspects of metabolic syndrome, diabetes & cancer
Isolation, Purification and Characterization of enzymes of clinical significance

Research faculty
Dr. Asha Abraham

Current Research scholars
2011-2012
Mr. Santhosh W Goveas In vitro and in vivo studies on the anti diabetic properties of coscinium fenestratum
Ms. Swarnalatha BN Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of thyroid hormone secretion and action in metabolic syndrome
Ms. Renita D’Souza Isolation, purification, characterization and evaluation of anti-neoplastic effect of L-asparaginase
2013-2014 – Ms. Neena Roy Analysis of Adrenergic Receptors during the onset and progression of Metabolic Syndrome
Mr. Melwyn G Sequeira Isolation and characterization of gut microbiota involved in metabolic syndrome
2015-2016 – Mr Sreejesh PC- Isolation Purification, Characterization of potential anti ovarian cancer drugs from microbial sources

Alumnus
Dr. Serena Stephan Donna D’Souza CSIR-SRF(2010-2015), awarded PhD in Biotechnology by Mangalore University for her thesis “ Molecular Studies on Metabolic syndrome” in June 2015. Currently Post Doctoral Fellow at IIT Mumbai.

Rondano Biodiversity Research laboratory
Petridophytes are vascular cryptogams and form neglected group in biodiversity studies. It forms a conspicuous element of vegetation all over the surface of earth. India is one among the twelve mega centers. Eastern Himalayas and Western Ghats are two hotspots for ferns in India. Our team is exploring the biodiversity of these ferns in the Western Ghat region especially the belts of Kudremukh National Park, regions of Dakshinna Kannada and Udupi District. The findings of the study are available on an exclusive website called www.rondanobiodiversity.com. The study was partly funded by the Karnataka Forest Department, Govt. of Karnataka.
Currently we have a major research grant from DAE-BRNS for studying phytoremediation prospects of ferns specifically for heavy and radioactive metals. Our team is focused on exploring the possibility of using ferns for Phytoremediation. We are bioprospecting ferns of the region for the accumulation of heavy and toxic radioactive metals.


Our expertise is in Fern Tissue culture studies for large scale propagation and developmental pattern studies. We have also undertaken phytochemical analysis for ferns with medicinal properties. Presently we are interested in pursuing DNA barcoding for ferns to document and record their rich biodiversity in this region.
Team Lead – Dr. Smitha Hegde
Members
Ms. Sudha Sajeev, JRF, (BRNS), Full time Ph.D scholar. ( Submitted PhD)
Mr. Shaiesh Morajkar Full time Ph.D scholar
Ms Pallavi B. (SRF, BRNS) Full time Ph.D scholar
Ms Alifha Severes ( Maulana Azad Minority Fellowship) Full time PhD Scholar
Ms Sushma Patrao Part-time Ph.D scholar.
Ms Remya PV Full time Ph.D scholar
Ms Roshini Nambiar Full time Ph.D scholar

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Dr. Asha Abraham

Dr. Asha Abraham
M.Sc. Ph.D., CSIR-UGC-NET
HOD & Associate Professor
Subjects handled- Molecular Biology & Animal Biotechnology
Email ID: drashaabraham@staloysius.edu.in
Research interests: Neuroendocrinology and signal transduction in Metabolic syndrome, Cancer and Streptozotocin induced Diabetes

Dr Smitha Hegde

Dr. Smitha Hegde, M.Sc. PhD
K-SET Associate Professor
Subjects handled: Molecular Genetics, Genetic Engineering ,Plant Biotechnology, Good Manufacturing Practices& Regulatory Affairs.
Email ID: shegde@staloysius.edu.in
Research interests: Biodiversity, Phytoremediation

Rev. Dr. Melwyn D’Cunha S

Rev. Dr. Melwyn D’Cunha S.J,
M.Sc. Ph.D, UGC-NET
Associate Professor,
Subjects handled: Regulatory affairs, IndustrialBiotechnology& Good Manufacturing Practices
Email ID: melwynsj@gmail.com
Research interests: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi associations with wild legume Canavalia maritima

Sushma Patrao

Ms.Sushma Patrao M.Sc. K-SET
Assistant Professor,
Subjects handled: Microbiology, Enzymology, Industrial Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology.
Email ID: sushmapatrao@gmail.com
Research interests: Bioremediation, Biodegradation and Microbial interactions

Sushma Patrao

Dr.Shreelalitha Suvarna M.Sc.Ph.D,K-SET
Assistant Professor
Subjects handled: Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Enzymology, Food Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology
Email ID:drshree08@gmail.com
Research interest: Nutritional Biochemistry

Shreejesh PC

Mr. Shreejesh PC M.Sc. Lecturer
Subjects handled: Biochemistry, Industrial Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology,Plant Biotechnology, Plant tissue culture and Micropropagation
Email ID:pc.sreejesh@gmail.com
Research interest: Novel bioactives againstOvarian cancers

Dr Jiji George

Dr Jiji George MSc PhD
Subjects handled: Cell Biology, Industrial Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Immunology, Genetic Engineering
Email ID:jijiplathottam@gmail.com
Research Interest:Molecular marker studies, Stress molecular biology, Gene expression analysis, Bioinformatics & Biofuels

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