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  Department of Biochemistry
 
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The department participated in "In-service Training in Medical Laboratory Technology" Programme. Besides routine biochemical investigations the department manages 24-hour emergency laboratory service. More than 5 lakhs biochemical investigation were performed in routine lab and 2.5 lakhs investigations in emergency lab last year.

The major thrust areas of research in the department are biochemistry of plant-derived active principals for diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis, and environmental biochemistry with reference to Xenobiotic Toxicology. The department has been selected by DST for sanction of grant under FIST Programme. Presently, the department has received the grant-in-aid for projects from ICMR, CPCB and DST. Three students are persuing their PhD programme. HPLC, PCR have been procured.

The clinical biochemistry section of the department has synchron Cx-4, Olympus AV400 chemistry analysers , AVL-900 blood gas analyzer, Anthos ELISA Reader and a number of semi-autoanalysers. Apart from routine tests, hormone assays, viz., thyroid fertility, renal stone analysis, tumour markers are done. Quality assurance programme is being maintained.

The department has well established state of the art laboratories for clinical research, molecular biology, drug toxicology and plant research. Department plans to further develop advanced biochemical, immunotoxicological and molecular biological techniques such as PCR, RFLP and gel documentation for postgraduate students. Further research-work include: Extablishment of a cell-culture laboratory; role of medicinal plants in various diseases; therapeutic efficacy and toxicity testing of various drugs, chemicals, etc.

Teaching Staff:

UCMS Cadre      
Dr. B. D. Banerjee Professor Research Projects Theses Supervised
Dr. S. B. Sharma Professor Research Projects Theses Supervised
Dr. Dinesh Puri Professor & Head Research Projects Theses Supervised
Dr. Rimi Shukla Professor Research Projects Theses Supervised
Dr.(Mrs.) R. S. Ahmed Associate Professor Research Projects Theses Supervised
Dr. Seema Garg Assistant Professor Research Projects Theses Supervised
Dr. Mohit Mehndiratta Assistant Professor    
Dr. Rajarshi Kar Assistant Professor    
Dr. Archana Singh Assistant Professor    
       

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Non-Teaching Staff:

       
Mrs. Sarita Assistant    
Mrs. Deepti Stenographer (1st Half)  
Mr. Shiv Kumar Hari Senior Technical Assistant    
Mr. Rajinder Kumar Technical Assistant    
Mr. Shyam Bihari Singh Technical Assistant    
Mr. Jagdish Lal Laboratory Assistant    
Mr. Prem Chand Laboratory Assistant    
Mr. Kamal Ram Meena Laboratory Assistant (Store)    
Mr. Ravi Prakash Parasar Laboratory Attendant    
Mr. Dheeraj Laboratory Attendant    
Mr. Gagan Singh Laboratory Attendant    
Mr. Avdhesh Srivastava Laboratory Attendant    
Mr. Vikas Arora Laboratory Attendant    
Mr. Om Prakash-1 Safai Karamchari    
       

Appointment of Teachers, if any, to Higher Posts / Assignment Outside

Dr. Banerjee BD

 
Participated as visiting faculty and coordinator in the School of Environmental Studies, DU for Eco-toxicity and Environmental Health course under MSc programme, 2008.
   
Dr. Sharma SB
 
Vice President, Indian Society of Atherosclerosis Research, 20 Dec 07-09.

Distinctions Achieved by the Members of the Teaching Staff Either at the National or International Level

Dr. Banerjee B D
 
Participated as the member of Project Review Committee of Animal Sciences, in the area of Immunology, Toxicology and Biochemistry, for the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, 2007-2010.
Reviewed documents concerning food safety published by International Food Division, Director General of Health Services (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India), New Delhi, 2007-2008.
Member of the Standing Committee of Experts, in the LNJN National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science (Ministry of Home Affairs), New Delhi, 2008.
Member of Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Pain.
Member of Editorial Board of Open Journal of Toxicology.
Participated as the member of Project Review Committee of Animal Sciences in the area of immunology. Toxicology and Biochemistry, -Department of Sciences and Technology, New Delhi 2008-2009.
Reviewed documents concerning food division, Director General Health Services, 2008-2009.
Member of the Standing Committee of Experts in LNJN National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, 2008.
Member of the technical specification committee of nutrition programme under Director General of Health Services, 2008-2009.
Visited Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago, US under Indo-US sponsored program for scientific interaction & program development and presented paper as invited speaker on “Neurobehavior responses and cellular changes in experimental animals and human poisoning cases: Association with xenobiotic exposure” in INDO-US Bilateral Conference on Translational Neuroscience 2009: New Trends on Mental and Neurodegenerative Research, 14 – 23 Oct 2009.

Dr. Gambhir J K
 
Delivered invited guest lecture at 28th annual conference of India Society of Atherosclerosis Research (ISARCON-2005), New Delhi, 25-27 Nov. 2005.
Awarded UGC fellowship under exchange programme to work as Visiting Scientist at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA, 2006.
Awarded a five-year Gallwas Membership Grant of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, 2007-2012.
Treasurer, Indian Society of Atherosclosis Research.
Membership of National Academy of Medical Sciences.
 
Awarded International Travel grant of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC), Chicago, 19 – 23 Jul 2009.
Awarded the “Dr R N Chakraverti Oration for Clinical Research” at ISARCON-09, Mysore, 17 – 19 Dec 2009.

Dr. Puri D
 
Chaired session in AMBICON held in Bubnesware, Orissa, Nov 2005.

Dr. Sharma S B
 
Discovered a herbal therapeutic product isolated from the pulp of Eugenia jambolana for controlling diabetes mellitus. US Patent granted in August 2002 and Indian Patent in November 2003.
Invited guest lecture at International Conference ICHAC-2005, Delhi, 12-13 Nov. 2005.
Vice President, Indian Society of Atherosclerosis Research, 2008.
AFRR, Lucknow; Chaired session, 19-21 Mar 2009.
 
Dr. Shukla R
 
Indian Patent Award for “ A process for the preparation of an antidiabetic substance from the bark as banyan tree or Ficus bengalensis”, June 2005.

PG Thesis: (Dr. K.M. Prabhu)

Study of biochemical risk factors in patients of stroke.
Name of the student: Dr. Jaspreet Kaur
Year: 2000
Chief supervisor: Dr. K.M. Prabhu

P.G. Thesis (Dr. Rimi Shukla)

Title - Oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients with nephropathy.
Name of student - Dr. Shweta Bhatia
Year of submission – April 2002.
Chief supervisor – Dr. Rimi Shukla.


Funded Research Projects:

S.No. Title of the Research Project Principal Investigator Funding Agency Amount (Rs.)
1.

Risk assessment of pesticide residues in humans with special reference to adverse reproductive outcomes in Delhi population

BD Banerjee CPCB  
2. Pesticide-induced oxidative stress and immunotoxicity: Modes of attenuation by certain drugs

BD Banerjee

ICMR

 
3.

Studies on pesticide induced apoptosis with special reference to the role of heat shock proteins

BD Banerjee

ICMR

 
4. A study of gene-environmental interaction in preterm delivery cases with special reference to organochlorine pesticide levels in the North Indian population. BD Banerjee MEF 40 Lakh
5. Assessment of Persistent Organic Pollutants Residue (POPs) in human population of Delhi with special reference to adverse health effects and morbidity. BD Banerjee CPCB 10 Lakh
6.

Biochemical studies on the mechanism of action of hypoglycemic compounds from the fruit of Withania coagulans

Gambhir JK

ICMR

 
7.

Biochemical studies on mechanism of action of hypoglycemic compounds from the stem of Musa sapientum

Shukla R

ICMR  
8. Biochemical studies on the mechanism of action of central part of stem of Musa sapinetum. Shukla R ICMR  
9.

Study on isolation and mechanism of action of the antihyperglycemic and hypolipidemic compound(s) from the leaf extract of cassia

Sharma SB

DST

 
10. Effect of anti-diabetic compound isolated  from fruit pulp of E. ambolana on diabetic complications in experimental animals. Sharma SB ICMR  
11.

Molecular and Immunohistochemical studies on cardioprotective mechanism of Terminalia arjuna, Eugenia jambolana in ischemic model of myocardial infarction: an experimental study.

Sharma SB

AYUSH

4 Lakh
12. Therapeutic efficacy and safety evaluation of selected Unani drugs in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: an experimental study Ahmed RS Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. 24 lakhs
13. Development of a model system for quantitative microwave exposure to experimental animals for studying behavioral, biochemical, immunological and genotoxic effects Banerjee BD ICMR 40 lakhs
14. Assessment of persistent organic pollutant residues (POPS) in human population of Delhi with special reference to adverse health effects and morbidity Banerjee BD Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests (Govt. of India), Delhi 12 Lakhs
15. A study of gene-environmental interaction in preterm delivery cases with special reference to organochlorine pesticide levels in the north Indian population Banerjee BD Ministry of Environment and Forests (Govt. of India), Delhi 40 Lakhs
16. Biochemical studies on the mechanism of action of hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic compounds from the fruits of Withania coagulans (Doda paneer) Gambhir JK  ICMR 14 lakhs
17. Studies on isolation and mechanism of action of anti-hyperglycemic compound(s) from germinating seeds of Glycine max in experimental diabetes Sharma SB UGC 10.448 lakhs

List of Publications 2003 onwards:

 

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