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About Department

In its sojourn towards enthusing students’ interest in the subject, the department has focused on three aspects: building a conceptually sound foundation of the subject knowledge; the importance of basic and applied research; and the benefits of the subject in development of the society. The department has adopted traditional as well as modern methods of teaching and has put a lot of emphasis on learning by doing. The seeds of research, entrepreneurship, innovations, team work and efficient working are sown by the qualified staff members by establishing a one to one interaction with students through mentoring sessions.

The department believes in learning and growing together and this belief has seen the department grow from a single room to multiple labs with good infrastructure. We envisage that we will be a place worth a mention by taking small but definite strides. Our students are pursuing research in premier institutions in India, USA, UK, Australia, Austria, Germany and France. They have also been successful in industries and many of them today are Project Heads.

VISION

Growing into a globally recognized teaching and research facility.

MISSION

Excel in Biochemistry and Biotechnology teaching, create excellent students with a skill set benefiting the society.

VISION

Growing into a globally recognized teaching and research facility.

MISSION

Excel in Biochemistry and Biotechnology teaching, create excellent students with a skill set benefiting the society.

Programmes

Biochemistry involves the chemistry of life and it touches the various aspects surrounding life as we know it today. Being a relevant field in pure sciences, our department offers a course that is not only interesting but covers a wide range of topics. Basics of cell and molecular biology, microbiology, bio-physics, cell culture techniques etc. are illustrated over the course of three years by the dignified faculties. A relevance of the theoretical basics to practical work is what makes the course/department unique. This programme is the flag bearer of all our other courses, and was initiated in the late 1980s.

This programme was conceptualized with the thought that the amalgamation on of a strong foundation on in the subject and an enhanced skill set will be a perfect blend for orienting students towards entrepreneurship. The course work includes a component on entrepreneurship that gives an insight into essentials of beginning a small scale industry. The students opting for this programme will have Biochemistry as the core subject supplemented with additional papers of Vocational Biotechnology each semester. A summer internship is an important feature of this programme.

In Xitu, a simulated entrepreneurial set up developed as a value added course is an experiential learning for the students.

Biotechnology is emerging as a revolutionary field of research and development in the 21st century. With that very concept in mind, here at St. Xavier’s College the department aims to introduce students to the broad horizons of the science of biotechnology. Being a more practical and analytical approach to the basic principles of subjects like biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, students are given conversance of the fundamentals as well as the practical applications. The course work includes a minor research project in the last semester with the objective of enhancing the ability of students to design experiments, analyze data and understand the relevance of research for development. This programme was initiated in 2015 as a self finance course after college received its Autonomous state

The Graduate Program in Biochemistry goes into depths of working of the multifaceted proteins, DNA and RNA with the objective of highlighting why understanding basic mechanisms and techniques together ensure significant basic research. The programme is formulated for developing competent Biochemists leading towards a PhD programme. The programme obliges students to read original publications and envisages significant inputs in laboratory work, communication skill, creativity, planning, execution and critical evaluation of the studies undertaken. The students can opt for in house projects or choose to apply to research institutions and industries for the dissertation projects. This programme was launched as a self financed programme in 2016.

Biotechnology is a product oriented science that has its applicability in sectors as varied as Agriculture, Food and nutrition, Public health, Therapy and diagnostics, Environment, Textile industry and thus it entails the need to have a strong knowledge base of Metabolism, Molecular biology, Microbiology, Genetic engineering, Bioinformatics, immunology, analytical and technical skills. The curriculum of this MSc. programme has been designed to ensure that the student strengthen their knowledge base and go through experiential learning modules to hone their technical skills. The curriculum has got acquiescence from professionals in academics and industry. This programme was initiated in 2018 as a self finance programme.

Activities

  • β-iocalyx
  • Conferences/Workshops/Seminars
  • β-Helix Colloquia
  • β-ace
  • β-lumini

The department of Biochemistry – Biotechnology has been conducting from 2015, a State - level Science Fest comprising poster presentation competitions, quiz, sciencescape, street play based on the theme and crossword puzzles with each year the theme being different. The fest has been an intellectually stimulating gathering and hopes to continue to be a platform to build a scientific temper.

 

The department has been hosting a National Conference/Seminar every year from December 2017 envisaging a converging of intellectuals, ideas, discoveries, experimental designs, technical expertise that can translate into a prodigious future for applications that can improve the society and environment. Every conference addresses specific themes under Present Day Biology.

This is a series of talks by experts from different fields of biological sciences, primarily to open up as discussion or a question and answer forum for our students. The department especially invites its alumni to deliver talks, not just making it a homecoming for our alumni but also creating a platform for our current students to interact with and find out more about relevant areas of research and career.

This is a capacity building initiative that gears the students to prepare for competitive examinations for higher studies. Sky is the limit for our students, and this programme includes sessions that will help build on concepts and solve the questions asked in these exams.

"Blumini '' is an alumni association of the department with the B standing for Biochemistry and Biotechnology and "lumini '' for our luminous alumni. This is a platform for the department to connect with past students. The objective has been to organize event/s to bring all back to the department - a kind of homecoming!

β-Herald

b – Herald is the Newsletter of the Department to showcase the achievements and happenings of alumni (we call ourselves Blumini!). It tells the story of their achievements which can inspire the current batch of students.

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Faculty Members

Dr. Sudeshna Menon

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sebastian V.A.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yogesh K. Baravalia

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nandini Ghosh

Assistant Professor

Ms. Sonal Thakur

Assistant Professor

Dr. (Fr.) Suresh Antony

Assistant Professor

Dr. Priya Vijayan

Assistant Professor

Ms. Kinjal Bhatt

Assistant Professor

Ms. Srishti Chabaria

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sudeshna Menon

Head
Assistant Professor

Dr.Sebastian V.A.

Associate Professor

Dr.Shital H. Doshi

Assistant Professor

Dr.Yogesh K. Baravalia

Assistant Professor

Dr.Nandini Ghosh

Assistant Professor

Ms.Sonal Thakur

Assistant Professor

Dr. (Fr.) Suresh Antony

Assistant Professor

Dr.Priya Vijayan

Assistant Professor

Dr.Avni Divetia

Assistant Professor

Ms.Kinjal Bhatt

Assistant Professor

Ms.Srishti Chabaria

Assistant Professor

Staff Members

Ms. Nilam Vaghasia

Lab Assistant

Ms Naznin Vohra

Lab Assistant