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Welcome to Department of Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry was established in 1997 at graduate level. It is committed to provide outstanding teaching in biochemical sciences. The department was expanded to the Post Graduate level in the year 2002, as the demand for the subject was high. In addition to the core faculty, expertise from other related departments of Osmania University and eminent scientists from various National Institutes namely, NIN, CDFD, IICT contribute to the teaching programmeThe dedicated faculty of the department has been contributing to high quality education and research in the front line areas of Biochemistry. Due to this excellent quality teaching program, the department has been able to generate efficient students to face the present competent world. The Department attracts students from all over the city and surrounding districts. The support from the scientific fraternity has been an asset to maintain the quality of the M.Sc. teaching programme. The alumni of the department are well placed in various premier Institutions as research assistants, teachers & entrepreneurs in various parts of the country and abroad

Vision

To Create New Frontiers of Knowledge and develop internationally competitive professionals with excellent Scientific temper, aptitude and teamwork skills who can contribute to the world of science

CLUB AND EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

The Department’s club Biomystery club was launched in 2006 to strengthen the team spirit among the students and faculty. Its main objective is to sensitize the students towards social responsibility and promote science. Some of the programmes conducted by the club are regular visit to the Rainbow Home ,an orphanage, celebrating Independence day with them, Awareness programme on nutrition for the class IV employees of the society , National Science Day celebrations etc.

Departmental Activities 2016-17:

  • On 18th Feb 2016, the MSc. Biochem students participated in Quiz competition and also presented a poster on “Deadly Daal comes back” at Bahavan’s Vivekananda College, Hyd, by Hyderabad Chapter of Microbiologists of India, as a part of Two-day National Seminar on recent advances in Food Biotechnology.
  • Ms. Lavanya, Ms. Priyanka and Ms. Sana of 1st MSc. presented a poster titled go green to create awareness among the school students @ St. Pious School Ramnagar as a part of National Science day on 28th Feb 2016
  • The dept is associated with the Rainbow Home since 2008 and visited the orphanage on 22nd Sept 2016 to donate necessary garments to the girls as an act of kindness
  • The dept started a campaign on “Avoid Junk Food for a healthy life” at Holy Angel’s School, Snehapuri Colony on 13 Aug 2016.
  • Orientation on Career was organised on “What’s next” and “Career trends in Life Sciences” on 15th July 2016.
  • The Biochemistry Students are getting enrolled at “Cytomol” Diagonostics and Genetic Labs.
  • The 2nd MSc students took up research projects at Dept. of Genetics, OU under the guidance of Assistant Prof. Dr. Smitha Powar.

Pious Colonnade (Science Exhibition ):

The students of UG made the following working models during the Science Exhibition

  • I Bc.M.C- Fluid mosaic model of cell membrane
  • II Bc.M.C students – Functioning of kidney and Identification of Adulterants in the various foods by qualitative analysis
  • III Bc.M.C- Watson and Crick’s Double helical model of DNA and Electron Transport Chain

Infrastructure

The Department has excellent facilities for teaching and research in Biochemistry, Modern Biology and Molecular Biology.

  • The class rooms are provided with LCD projectors, OHP and other necessary furniture for effective teaching programme. The faculty and students can also avail the Conference Hall equipped with LCD and Interactive Electronic Board for regular teaching, Seminars, Animated video sessions and Guest Lectures
  • The department has an Instrumentation room and four laboratories for B.Sc and M.Sc equipped with the sophisticated instruments like PCR, Flame Photometer required for the regular practicals and basic research programs.
  • The Department has its own Library which caters to the immediate needs of the faculty as well as students. The Library has a stock of 115 books and other books for competitive exams like PG and PhD entrance, CSIR, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, etc. which are availed by the students to enhance their knowledge horizons and prepare for the future challenges

Hallmark

Over the years, our Biochemisty students have excelled in competitive exams and gained admissions into reputed institutes for Ph.D. and other positions. Noteworthy to mention here is that many of them have cleared the prestigious CSIR-UGC Joint JRF Examination conducted every year in June and December

Our Achievements

The department has been recognized as one of the best among the affiliated colleges of Osmania University for its infrastructure and academic performance of the students. The department has the credit of securing I and II ranks in the University at post graduate level. It also received Rolling Shield for Outstanding Achievements in the Academic year 2006 – 2007 from the college management. The efforts of the dedicated faculty and the hard work of the students were duly felicitated with the Best Department Award in the academic year 2010 - 2011 and 2013 - 2014 by the college management. The department has the credit of securing 13 university ranks and two gold medals till date.

The Ohio State university ,Columbus,USA organized “Frontiers in Life Sciences Research” which is a two-credit course offered by the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the Ohio State University for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of various life science disciplines. Various Indian universities participated in this conference, which found representation from St. Pious X as well. The course involved video-conferencing for two hours and independent discussions/review sessions each week with students/faculty. The course focus was on genomics, proteomics and bioethics

Collaborations

The department has collaborated with International Drug Discovery and Clinical Research (P) Ltd., Road No 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad for student project work in SAS during the year 2010- 2011. Four students did the project work successfully

The department has a Memorandum of Understanding with Indigenese Biotechnologies Pvt. Ltd., West Marredpally, Secunderabad for training program to gain hands on experience in basic techniques of Molecular Biology.

The department has a Memorandum of Understanding with Param sciences, Hyderabad. In collaboration with the institute, a certificate course in Bioinformatics was conducted for PG students during 2014-15.

Research & Projects