BIOTECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

General information about the Department:


The Department of Biotechnology came into existence with the commencement of BSc Biotechnology course during the academic year 2002-2003 as per the Pune University norms and M. Sc. (Biotechnology) course in the academic year 2007-08. Four batches of degree students have passed since then with almost 100% result.

The Department already has three well-established laboratories for conducting B. Sc & M.Sc. (Biotech) courses, with a built up area of 5,800 sq. ft. There are instrument rooms, media preparation room, and separate inoculation and incubation rooms for animal and plant tissue culture. A separate well equipped laboratory, an instrument room, inoculation and culture rooms (Total built up area of 2,500 sq. ft.) is available exclusively for conducting MSc classes and Practicals.

A well equipped separate research laboratory in the Department having advance equipments for ongoing research projects.

There are major as well as minor research projects of worth Rs. 59 lakhs with research students.

There is a well-stocked departmental library with about 900 books and journals.

SALIENT FEATURES OF THE DEPARTMENT
  • Qualified, skilled, dedicated staff with hands-on research experience in interdisciplinary sciences.
  • Visiting faculty from reputed research institutes, industries and Universities.
  • Spacious laboratories with best infrastructure and equipments.
  • A separate well stocked departmental library with reading room.
  • Internet access for the students with all the software's required for the curriculum.
  • Guest lectures by experts, seminars, exhibitions, quiz competitions etc. for overall development of the students.
  • Research training in various reputed Biotechnology institutes and industries.
  • Excellent curriculum including Theory, Practicals and Research project.
OUR VISION

To continuously upgrade knowledge and technical base, to be always at par with the global advancement so that the national interest of our country is taken care of.

Teaching Faculty:


S. No.

Name of the Faculty

Qualification

1.

Dr.(Mrs) Rekha Gupta
Head of the Department

MSc, MPhil, PhD, Post-Doctoral Research at NCL, Pune

2.

Dr. Shalini Mathur

MSc, PhD, NET

3.

Dr. Geeta Morwal

MSc, MBA, PhD, DIT

4.

Dr. Vinay Kumar

MSc, PhD, SET

5.

Mr. Pinakin Wagh

MSc, NET

6.

Dr. Nivedita Das

MSc, M Phil, PhD

7.

Dr. Snehal Gite

MSc PhD

8.

Mr. Pranav Tembe

MSc, NET

9.

Dr. Pooja Rana

MSc, PhD, NET

10.

Mrs. Manmeet Makhija

MSc, SET

11.

Mrs. Sneha Mahalunkar

MSc

12.

Mrs. Uttara Oak

MSc

 

Departmental Activities:

  • Workshop on syllabus
  • Seminars
  • BIOZONE
  • Expert Lecture Series
  • Educational Visit
  • Science Exhibition
  • Career guidance lectures
  • PTA and Alumni meeting
  • Celebration of National Festivals

 

Guest Lectures by eminent Researchers and Academicians:

Dr. W. N. GadeProfessor, Department of Biotechnology, University of Pune, Pune
Dr. J. K. Pal  Prof. & Head, Department of Biotechnology, University of Pune, Pune
Dr. G. S. Chinchanikar Professor, Department of Botany, University of Pune, Pune
Dr. B. P. Kapadnis  Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Pune, Pune
Dr. R. L. Deopurkar Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Pune, Pune
Dr. P. K. Dhakephalkar  Scientist, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune
Dr. M. V. Khadilkar    Scientist, Haffkine Biopharmaceutical Corp. Ltd., Pune
Dr. R. K. Singh Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
Dr. N. P. Malpathak  Associate Professor, Department of Botany, University of Pune, Pune
Dr. M. S. Patole   Senior Scientist, National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune
Dr. V. R. Gunale    Former Prof.& Head, Department of Botany, University of Pune, Pune

 

List of Biotech department students, who passed UGC-CSIR-NET examinations during last five years

S. No.

Name of the student

  1.  

Prachi Boraste, NET-JRF (All India Rank holder)

  1.  

Chetan Rawal, NET-JRF(All India Rank holder)

  1.  

Sheon Mary, NET-JRF

  1.  

Trupti Thite, NET

  1.  

Aditya Mulay, NET

  1.  

Chaitanya Dingre, NET-JRF (SPM- Ranked amongst first 50)

  1.  

Rahul Nagmal, NET

  1.  

Rakesh Joshi, NET-JRF (SPM- Ranked amongst first 50)

  1.  

Aditya Sarode, NET

  1.  

Rakeshkumar, Gupta NET

  1.  

Aditi Deshpande, NET

  1.  

Shraddha Basheti, NET

  1.  

Anand Patwardhan, NET-JRF (1st RANK holder in All India rank of CSIR)

  1.  

Smriti Mittal, NET-JRF (SPM Awardee)

  1.  

Avanti Sambary, NET

  1.  

Shardul Joshi, NET

  1.  

Yogesh Oswal, NET

  1.  

Snehal Raskar, NET

  1.  

Vaishali Nimhan, NET

  1.  

Vijay Akhade, NET

  1.  

Prasad Bhagat, NET

  1.  

Manoj Teltumbade, NET

  1.  

Poorva Ghosh, NET

  1.  

Apoorva Deshmukh, M.Tech


Bioinformatics Lab

Workshop on Biotechnology

Biotechnology Laboratories

ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT - BIOTECHNOLOGY SCIENCE


Experts Lectures


Participation in NSS Camp and Cultural and Academic events


Celebrating the festivals


Participation of students in SCIENCE EXHIBITION


Students’ Educational and Industrial visits


Workshop organizationPTA MeetBIOZONE 2010


Success of Biotech MSc II students in NET exam (Dec 2010) and University of Pune exam (June 2010)

Teaching Staff Information : Biotechnology Faculty

Name : Dr. Mrs. Rekha Gupta
Designation : Head of Department
Qualification : M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Botany, specialization in Genetics and Applied Microbiology)
Experience : 20 yrs Research, 12 yrs teaching
High Lights
  Research Publications:
20 research papers in national and international journals

Book5
  • Dr. Rekha Gupta and Prof. S. M. Kamble, Basic Biosciences-Botany, F.Y.B.Sc. (Biotechnology) Vision Publication, 2004
  • Dr. (Mrs.) Rekha Gupta, Basic Biosciences-Botany (revised Ed.) F.Y.B.Sc. (Biotechnology) Vision Publication, 2008
  • Dr. Rekha Gupta and Prof. S. M. Kamble, Basic Biosciences-Botany, F.Y.B.Sc. (Biotechnology) Vision Publication, 2004
Conference and Symposium Awards, Merits and honors:
  • UGC Research Fellowship
  • CSIR Senior Research Fellowship
  • CSIR Research Associate
  • CSIR Senior Research Associate
Email ID : rekha.gupta@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Dr. Shalini Mathur
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc., Ph. D., NET
Experience : 5 yrs Teaching , 6 yrs Research
High Lights Awards
  • Awarded Junior Research fellowship by clearing UGC- CSIR- NET in 1994 for research.
  • Qualified GATE in 1994

Research Publications:  2 Farm Bulletins & 11 papers

(I)Farm Bulletins :

Cultivation of brahmi, Bacopa monnieri  in  India, 1999.  Shalini Mathur,             Ram and  Sushil Kumar. Farm  Bulletin No. 11 CIMAP, CSIR, Lucknow, India.
Cultivation of mandookparni- gotulkola Centella asiatica in India, 1999.      Shalini  Mathur,  M. Ram  and Sushil  Kumar. Farm  Bulletin  No. 12 CIMAP, CSIR, Lucknow, India.

( II) Research Papers:

Mathur, S.; Verma, R. K., Gupta; M. M., Ram, M., Sharma, S & Kumar,S.,      2000. Screening of genetic resources of medicinal vegetable plant Centella asiatica for herb yields under shaded and full sunlight conditions. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 75: 551-54.

Mathur, S. & Kumar, S., 2001. Reproductive biology of Bacopa monnieri .      Journal of Genetics and Breeding 55: 101-09.

Mathur, S., Gupta, M.M., Ram, M., Sharma, S.S.& Kumar , S., 2000. Effect of seasonon the yields of herb and bacoside from field grown crops of Bacopa monnieri accessions. Journal of Herbs , Spices and Medicinal Plants 9: 11-18.

Mathur, S., Gupta, M. M., Sharma, S.S.& Kumar , S., 2003.Evaluation of an     Indian germplasm collection of the medicinal plant Bacopa monnieri by use of multivariate approaches. Euphytica, 133: 35-42.

Mathur , S., Sharma, S. and Kumar, S., 2003. Description of variation in the Indian accessions of the medicinal vegetable plant  Centella asiatica (L.) Urban. Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter 135: 35-42.

Mathur,S. and Kumar, S., 1998. Phytohormone self sufficiency for regeneration in the leaf and stem explantsof Bacopa monnieri . Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 20 (4) : 1056-59.

 Gupta, A.P., Mathur, S., Gupta, M. M. and  Kumar , S., 1998. Effect of the method of drying on the bacoside –A content of the harvested Bacopa monnieri shoots revealed using high performance thin layer chromatography method. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 20 (4) : 1052-55.

Mathur, S., Darokar, M.P., Dwivedi, S., Khanuja, S.P.S. and Kumar, S., 2001. Descriptors for brahmi (Bacopa monnieri ). Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 23 (2) :91-96.

 Mathur, S., Gupta, M. M., and Kumar , S., 2000. Expression of growth and bacoside-A in response to seasonal variation in Bacopa monnieri accessions. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 22 (4A) : 320-326.

Mathur, S., Gupta, M. M., and Kumar , S., 2001. Expression of growth and bacoside-A in response to seasonal variation in Bacopa monnieri accessions. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 23 (1A) : 320-326.

Patent :

US Patent : No 7262003. dated 28th  August  2007. Plant test procedure to   detect natural , semi- synthetic , synthetic compounds and physical  stress factors through expression  of distinct responses.

Registration and release of Varieties :
Registration of two cultivars of the medicinal plant brahmi Bacopa monnieri – Subodhak and Pragyashskti.  Shalini Mathur , M. P. Darokar, S.P.S Khanuja, S. Dwivedi, R. Luthra and Sushil Kumar, 1999.  Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 21 (1) :49-50.

Registration of two cultivars of the medicinal vegetable plant Centella asiatica – Majjaposhak and Kayakirti .  Shalini Mathur ,A.K. Shasany,  M. P. Darokar, S.P.S Khanuja and Sushil Kumar, 1999.  Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 21 (1) :54-55.

Attended /Paper presented in Seminars, Workshops and Conferences:
Mathur, S. and Kumar, S. Reproductive behaviour of Bacopa monnieri. Presented poster at National Conference on Plant Botechnology: Towards Strategic Agriculture and Drug Development at Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants , Lucknow , 15-17th March, 1999.
Mathur,S. and Kumar, S. Domesticaton of Bacopa monnieri for the production of bacoside-A rich herb through cultivation . Poster presented at V International Congress on Ethnopharmocology held at National Botanical Research Institute , Lucknow, 17-21, 1999.
Mathur,S. and Kumar, S. Cultivation of Centella asiatica for high herb and asiaticoside  yields. Paper presented at National Seminar on the frontiers of Research and Development in Medicinal Plants, held at Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants , Lucknow , 16-18th September ,2000.
Mathur,S. and Kumar, S. Towards developing agrotechnology in  Bacopa monnieri. Paper presented at National Seminar on the frontiers of Research and Development in Medicinal Plants, held at Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants , Lucknow , 16-18th September ,2000.
Attended State Level Seminar on Statistical Ecology at  Modern College, Shivajinagar, Pune , 19-11th December, 2005
Attended Workshop on Recent Trends In Biotechnology at Modern College, Ganeshkhind , Pune, 17-18th January, 2007.
Attended One Day Workshop on revised Syllabus of M.Sc. Biotechnology under quality improvement programme of University of Pune at Modern College, Ganeshkhind , Pune, 5th September, 2008.

Email ID : shalini.kumar@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Dr. Vinay Kumar
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : PhD (Biotechnology), SET
Experience : 5 yrs Teaching, 7 yrs Research
Awards recognitions and Fellowships
  • Awarded SERB –DST Young Scientist Project
  • JRF and SRF from DAE, Government of India, BARC, Mumbai
  • Recognized guide for PhD in Biotechnology
Research Projects
Project Title Funding Agency Duration of the Project Remark (PI/Co-I)
Biodegradation of ammonium perchlorate by phytoremediation approaches ISRO, Govt. of India 2011-14 Co-Investigator PI: Dr. Rekha Gupta
Investigating the individual roles and relative importance of Na+ and Cl¯ in NaCl-induced salt stress, and in the activation of antioxidant machinery in-response SERB, Govt. of India 2012-15 Principal Investigator
Exploration of Helicteres isora L. as a source of diosgenin and enhancement of diosgenin production using plant tissue culture and genetic engineering approaches UGC, Govt. of India 2012-15 Principal Investigator
Investigating the individual roles of Na+ and Cl¯ in exerting the oxidative stress in rice and in activation of antioxidant machinery in-response-to it University of Pune 2012-15 Principal Investigator
Research Publications

1] Kumar V, Shriram V, Kavi Kishor PB, Jawali N, Shitole MG. 2010.
Enhanced proline accumulation and salt stress tolerance of transgenic indica rice by over expressing P5CSF129A gene.
Plant Biotechnology Reports 4(1): 37-48
DOI: 10.1007/S11816-009-0118-3 (Springer, New York)
Impact Factor: 1.2                  Total Citations: 20
                                                                       
 2] Shriram V, Kumar V, Suryawanshi SB, Upadhyay AK, Bhat MK. 2010.
Cytotoxic activity of 9,10-dihydro-2,5-dimethoxyphenanthrene-1,7-diol from Eulophia nuda against human cancer cells.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology 128: 251-253
DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2009.12.031(Elsevier, Ireland)
Impact Factor: 3.1                  Total Citations: 02


3] Shriram V, Jahagirdar S, Latha C, Kumar V, Dhakephalkar P. et al. 2010.
Antibacterial and antiplasmid activities of Helicteres isora L.
Indian Journal of Medical Research, 132: 94-99 (ICMR, New Delhi)        
Impact Factor: 1.9                  Total Citations: 01


4] Kumar V, Shriram V, Nikam TD, Jawali N, Shitole MG. 2009.
Antioxidant enzyme activities and protein profiling under salt stress in indica rice genotypes differing in salt tolerance.
Archives of Agronomy and Soil Sciences, 55(4): 379-394
DOI: 10.1080/03650340802595543 (Taylor and Francis, UK)
Total Citations: 06


5] Shriram V, Jahagirdar S, Latha C, Kumar V, et al. 2008.
A potential plasmid curing agent 8-epidiosbulbin E acetate from Dioscorea bulbifera L. against multiple-drug resistant bacteria.
International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 32: 405-410        
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2008.05.013 (Elsevier)
Impact Factor: 4.1                  Total Citations: 14


6] Kumar V, Shriram V, Nikam TD, Jawali N, Shitole MG. 2008.
Sodium chloride induced changes in mineral elements in indica rice cultivars differing in salt tolerance.
Journal of Plant Nutrition, 31(11): 1999-2017                              
DOI: 10.1080/01904160802403466 (Taylor and Francis, USA)
Impact Factor: 0.64                Total Citations: 10


7] Shriram V, Kumar V, Shitole MG. 2008.
Indirect organogenesis and plant regeneration in Helicteres isora L., an important medicinal plant.
In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology- Plant, 44: 186-193
DOI: 10.1007/s11627-008-9108-3 (Springer, the Netherlands
Impact Factor: 1.5                  Total Citations: 06


8] Kumar V, Shriram V, Nikam TD, Kavi Kishor PB, Jawali N, Shitole MG. 2008. Assessment of tissue culture and antibiotic selection parameters useful for transformation of indica rice.
Asian & Australasian Journal of Plant Science & Biotechnology, 2(2): 84-87
(Global Science Books, Japan) Total Citations: 01


9] Kumar V, Shriram V, Jawali N, Shitole MG. 2007.
Differential response of indica rice genotypes to NaCl stress in relation to physiological and biochemical parameters.
Archives of Agronomy and Soil Sciences, 53(5): 581-592              
DOI: 10.1080/03650340701576800 (Taylor and Francis, UK)
Total Citations: 04


10] Shriram V, Kumar V, Shitole MG. 2007.
In vitro propagation through nodal explants in Helicteres isora L., a medicinally important plant.
Journal of Plant Biotechnology 34(3): 1-7
(Korean Society for Plant Biotechnology)          Total Citations: 01


11] Danai-Tambhale S, Kumar V, Shriram V. 2011. Differential Response of Two Scented Indica Rice (Oryza sativa) Cultivars under Salt Stress.
Journal of Stress Physiology and Biochemistry 7(4): 387-397


12] Shriram V, Kumar V, Shitole MG. 2007.
            In vitro propagation through nodal explants in Helicteres isora L., a medicinally important plant.
           Journal of Plant Biotechnology 34(3): 1-7


13] Khare T, Desai D, Kumar V* 2012
           Effect of MgCl2 stress on germination, plant growth, chlorophyll content, proline content and lipid peroxidation in sorghum cultivars
           Journal of Stress Physiology & Biochemistry 8(4): 169-178


14] Desai D, Khare T, Kumar V* 2012
            Sulfate and chloride salinity induced effects on physiological and biochemical parameters of sorghum
International Journal of Biochemistry & Biotechnology – 1(2): 5-10


15] Kumar V*, Shriram V, Mulla J. 2013
           Antibiotic resistance reversal of multiple drug resistant bacteria using Piper           longum fruit extract
           Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science (In Press)

*As Corresponding author
Attended /Paper presented in Seminars, Workshops and Conferences

Paper presented in International Symposium / Seminar: 02

  • Vinay Kumar, A. Vaze, N. Jawali and M. G. Shitole (2006). Comparative antioxidant enzyme activities and protein profiling in rice cultivars under salt stress. Presented at “2nd International Rice Congress” held at National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, IARI Campus, New Delhi, 9-13 October 2006.
  • Vinay Kumar and M. G. Shitole (2006). Biochemical analyses and protein profiling under NaCl stress in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Presented at “International Symposium on frontiers in genetics and biotechnology- retrospect and prospect” held at the Department of Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, 8-10 January 2006.

Paper presented in National/Regional Symposium / Seminar:

  • Mulla J, Kumar V and V. Shriram (2011). Genetic transformation in Helicteres isora L. to enhance diosgenin content. Presented at State Level Seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Life Sciences’ held at Arts, Commerce and Science College, Pirangut, Pune from 11-12 Feb 2011.
  • Sirdeshmukh V and V. Kumar (2011). In vitro shoot multiplication and direct regeneration in medicinally important plant Phyllanthus niruri. Presented at State Level Seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Life Sciences’ held at Arts, Commerce and Science College, Pirangut, Pune from 11-12 Feb 2011.
  • Desai D. and V. Kumar (2011). Direct in vitro plant regeneration of Rauwolfia serpentina L.: an important medicinal plant. Presented at State Level Seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Life Sciences’ held at Arts, Comm., Sci. College, Pirangut, Pune from 11-12 Feb 2011.
  • Khare T. and V. Kumar (2011). In vitro callus cultures of Rauwolfia serpentina L. Benth: an important medicinal plant. Presented at State Level Seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Life Sciences’ held at Arts, Commerce and Science College, Pirangut, Pune from 11-12 Feb 2011.
  • Vinay Kumar, V. Shriram and M. G. Shitole (2009). NaCl-induced mineral deficiency and nutrient imbalances in indica rice genotype ‘Kalarata’. Presented at National Conference on ‘Recent Trends in Life Sciences’, held at A. M. College, Hadapsar, Pune – 411 028, 18-19 Dec 2009.
  • Vinay Kumar, V. Shriram, N. Jawali, T. D. Nikam and M. G. Shitole (2008). Embryogenic callus induction and plant regeneration of indica rice. Presented at National Seminar on In the Role of Care-Takers of Biosphere, held at Vidya Pratisthan, Baramati, 14 -16 Feb 2008. Won Best Paper Prize.
  • Vinay Kumar, V. Shriram and M G Shitole (2007). Optimisation of Callus cultures in rice (Oryza sativa L. cv. Karjat-3). Presented at National Seminar on Utilization of Plant Resources. Held at the Department of Botany, University of Pune, Feb 2007.
  • Vinay Kumar and M. G. Shitole (2006). Effect of NaCl stress on lipid peroxidation, proline accumulation and antioxidant enzyme activities in rice cultivars. Presented at “National Seminar on Plant Physiology” held at Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, Oct 2006.
  • Vinay Kumar and M. G. Shitole (2005). Germination and biochemical studies in relation to salinity stress in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Presented at “National Seminar on Plant Physiology” held at Navsari Agricultural University, Gujarat, Nov 2005.
  • Kondetti P., Vinay Kumar, N. K. Jawali, S. K. Apte and M. G. Shitole (2004). Biodiversity and its Importance with special reference to genetic diversity and its evaluation by molecular methods” at the “National Seminar on Assessment, Conservation and Utilization of Biodiversity at Dept. of Botany, University of Pune, Pune, 26 – 27 March 2004.

Workshops attended:

    • Attended Academies’ Refresher Course on ‘Advances in Biotechnology’ organised jointly by Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), Bangalore; Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi and National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Allahabad at National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai from 1-16 March 2011.
  • Participated in a workshop entitled "Modern Techniques in Studies of Abiotic Stress Response and Stress-inducible Genes in Plants” held at the Institute of Life Sciences (DBT, Govt. of India), Bhubaneshwar, 21 -24 March 2006.
Email ID : vinay.kumar@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Mr. Pinakin Wagh
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc. (Zoology with Molecular-Developmental Biology)
Experience : 5 yrs Research, 11 yrs Teaching
High Lights Research Publications:
Effect of Retinol on Chick embryogenesis : ISDB Journal (2002)
Email ID : pinakin.wagh@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Mrs. Uttara Oak
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc. (Microbiology), B.Ed.
Experience : 8 yrs Research, 4 yrs Teaching
High Lights Patent: US Patent:

Ramakrishnan N.V.S.,Bhat Ravi G. Sreekumar E.S., Vijayakumar E.K.S., Naker S. D., Oak Uttara V., Tanpure R.P., Hopmann C, Kurz M., Wink J., Seibert G. ,Le Beller D., Aszodi J., US Patent 6387943 - Vancoresmycin, a process for its production and its use as a pharmaceutical

Attended /Paper presented in Seminars, Workshops and Conferences:
  • Attended One Day Workshop on revised Syllabus of M.Sc. I Biotechnology under quality improvement programme of University of Pune at Modern College, Ganeshkhind , Pune, 5th September, 2008.
  • Attended Workshop on revised Syllabus of M.Sc. II Biotechnology under quality improvement programme of University of Pune at Vidyapratishthan School of Biotechnology, Baramati, 31st July & 1st August , 2009.
Email ID : uttara.oak@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Dr. Pooja Rana
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : PhD (Biochemistry), NET
Experience : 2 yrs Teaching , 6 yrs Research
Awards and Fellowships
  • Qualified Agricultural Scientist recruitment board (ARS) – National Eligibility Test ( NET) ( For Lectureship / Assistant Professorship) – 2005
  • Qualified Council of Scientific and Industrial research (CSIR) – National Eligibility Test (NET)- 2004
  • Qualified Indian Council of Medical Research  (ICMR - JRF)-2004
  • Award of Honour for securing highest OCPA in Ph D Biochemistry for the year 2005.
  • University Merit Scholarship holder during M.Sc. and PhD program.
  • Recipient of Award of Honor (Academics /Research-2003) for best poster award (Satellite Seminar for Crop improvement, Palampur-2003)                                                                 
Research Publications
  • Rana P, S. Vadhera and Giridhar Soni (2004); In vivo antioxygenic potential of rice bran oil in albino rats. Indian Journal Pharmacology and Physiology 48(4):428-36
  • Rana P. and G Soni (2008):Antioxygenic potential of thyme: Alleviation of NDEA induced oxidative stress. “Human and Experimental Toxicology” 27(3) 215-21
  • Rana P. and G. Soni (2008): Role of cumin extract in alleviating NDEA induced oxidative stress in “Toxicology International” 15(1) 7-14
Attended /Paper presented in Seminars, Workshops and Conferences
  • Workshop on revised syllabus of S.Y. Biotechnology, conducted in Modern College, Shivajinagar.
  • Workshop on "Convergence of Law & Biotechnology", conducted in BMCC College
Email ID : pooja.rana@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Dr.Geetaa Morwal
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc.,Ph.D.(Plant Tissue Culture), M.B.A.,DIT
Experience : 7 years Teaching, 9 years Research, 2 years Industry
Research Publication:Paper published
  • In vitro propagation and slow growth storage of shoot culture of Vanilla Walkeriae wight - an endangered orchid. Lindleyana 7(2) 95-99 (1992) D.C. Agarwal, G.C. Morwal and A.F. Mascarenhas.
  • In vitro micro propagation of Delphinium malabaricum (Huth) Munz-a Rare Species Annals of Botany 68, 243-245 (1991) D.C. Agarwal, S.S. Pawar, G.C. Morwal and A.F. Mascarenhas
  • In-Vitro Studies on Cythea Spinulosa – An endangered tree fern in Aspect of Plant Science 13: 23-24 (1990) U.V. Nigam, D.C.Agrawal, S.V. Raskar, G. C. Morwal and A. F. Mascarenhas
Attended /Paper presented in Seminars, Workshops and Conferences :
  • Poster
    "Antifungal activity of Clitoria ternatea seeds and testing its efficiency in increasing germination percentage of artificial seeds". In proceedings of BIOTECHFEST (28 – 30 Dec. 2007) organized by Department of Biotechnology Modern College Arts Science and Commerce Shivajinagar Pune-5 Pg 24-25 M. Kanad and G. Morwal
Conference :
  • Commercialization and marketing of Tissue culture raised plants Conference on Use of plant tissue culture in biotechnology at Plant Tissue culture division , National Chemical Laboratory  Pune 27/11/1995  Geeta Morwal
  • In vitro studies on Cyathea spinulosa - An endangered tree fern. International Symposium on present and future perspectives in pteridology, Aug. 8-10, 1989 held at Department of Botany, University of  Rajastan, Jaipur, India.
  •  U.V. Nigam, D.C. Agarwal, S.V. Raskar, G.C. Morwal and A.F. Mascarenhas.
  • Application of plant tissue culture for preservation of a rare species on Delphinium Linn. International Conference on Research in Plant Sciences and its relevance to future, 7-11 March 1988 held at Department of Botany, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India.
  • Co-ordinater of National Conference on Stem Cell therapy organized by Modern College shivajinager Pune-5
  • Participation in Spinco Biotech seminar on Recent Advances in Life Science Solutions at Pune held on July 9, 2009.
Workshop attanded :
  • Organised and participated “Emerging Frontiers in Sciences” on 28-29 Sept 2007 at Sinhgad College of Science Vadgoan Pune
  • Biotech Fest 2008- 09 Organized a State level poster competition & Lecture series  sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Modern College, Shivaji nagar, Pune 05 & Quality Improvement Program of University of Pune February 7th 2009 at Department of Biotechnology, Modern College, Shivaji nagar, Pune 5
  • “Biosafety” on 29 Augest 2008 at Department of Botany University of Pune Pune
  • Organised and participated in “ One day workshop for revised S.Y.B.Sc Biotechnology Syllabus.” Organised by Department of Biotechnology  Under quality Improvement Programme of University of Pune. On 4th December 2009.
  • Attended various State-level, National and International Workshops / Seminars / Conferences on Biotechnology,
Others :
  • Have regularly guided students for their projects in B.Sc. curriculum
  • Invited as Guest Lecturer to Modern College of Pharmacy Moshi Pune. 
  • Invited as a Contributory teacher to teach Living world to IBB students   University of Pune.
Book Published :
  • Biodiversity and Systematics by Vision Publication Pune for T.Y. B.Sc. Biotechnology (Sept. 2007) University of Pune
Email ID : geeta.morwal@moderncollegegk.org
Name :Manmeet Makhija
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification :M. Sc. (Biotechnology), SET
Experience : 7 years Teaching
Attended /Paper presented in Seminars, Workshops and Conferences :
  • Paper presented on ‘Taxoethnobotanical value of some plants from Chhattisgarh’ M.Kukreja , P.Sharma in National seminar on Medicinal,Aromatic and Spice plants-Perspectives & Potential held at Indra Gandhi Agricultural University, Bilaspur (CG) 18-19 Dec’2006.
  •  Paper presented on ‘Passionate mycobiota for Bioremediation’, M.Kukreja , R.Gothalwal in National seminar on Emerging Horizon of Biotechnology held at Biotechnology dept.GGU, Bilaspur(CG),10-12 Nov’2006.
  • Paper presented on ‘Green Factories’, M.Kukreja , R.Gothalwal in National seminar on Recent trends in Herbal Therapy held at SLT Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences , GGU,Bilaspur(CG), 27-28 March 2006.
  • Paper presented on ‘Genetic Analysis of HCH Degradation In An Isolated Bacterium’ M.Kukreja , A.Kumar,R.Gothalwal in 2nd National conference of Biotechnology Society of India Biotech2004-Challenges & Opportunities organized by IGIB,Delhi 13-15 Oct’2004.
  • Presented paper on ‘Natural apoptotic inducers from plants’ S.Shrivastav, M.Kukreja ,S.Pandey in National seminar on Recent trends in Herbal Therapy held at SLT Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences , GGU,Bilaspur(CG), 27-28 March 2006.
  • Presented paper on ‘Herbal therapeutic peptides-A boon of biopharmaceuticals’ R.Gothalwal , M.Kukreja in National seminar on Recent trends in Herbal Therapy held at SLT Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences , GGU,Bilaspur(CG), 27-28 March 2006.
  • Presented paper on ‘Transgenic plants for production of edible vaccine &antibiotics’ S.Pandey , M.Kukreja in National seminar on Recent trends in Herbal Therapy held at SLT Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences , GGU,Bilaspur(CG), 27-28 March 2006.
  • Participated in National seminar on Recent trends in Biomedical Sciences organized by Biotechnology Dept. GGU, Bilaspur (CG), 30th March 2006.
  • Participated in National seminar on Recent advances in Forest Science held at Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife & Environmental Sciences, GGU , Bilaspur (CG) 30-31 Jan’2006.
  • Participated in National seminar on 50 yrs journey of DNA-A blue print of life & 25 yrs of IVF held at Biotechnology Dept. GGU, Bilaspur (CG) 25th March2003.
  • Attended UGC sponsored national seminar on Recent advances on biomedical researches related to separation of Biomolecules organized by Botany Dept. , Govt.  Agrasen College , Bhilha (CG), 4-10 Nov’2001.
  • Attended UGC sponsored National symposium on Bioremediation-An emerging           biotechnology using microbes for a clean environment organized by St.Thomas College ,   Bhilai(CG) ,17-19 Oct’2001
Email ID : manmeet.makheeja@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Dr. Snehal Sukdev Gite
Designation : Assistant Professor
Qualification : PhD (Biochemistry)
Experience : 6 months Teaching, and 6 years Research.
High Lights
  Awards and Fellowships:
  • Best presentation award: International course in Nutrition Research methods, 9-20th January 2012, sponsored by Bangalore-Boston Nutrition Collaborative, St. Johns Research Institute, Bangalore, India.
  • GATE: 2005
  • Best poster presentation: Dissertation project, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Pune, 2005.

Papers Published:
  1. Gite, S. S., Agte, V. V., Nilegaonkar, S. S. Karkamkar, S. Antioxidant activity of some ‘grape juice’ varieties and some hybrids (Current Topics In Nutraceutical Research) Aug 2010 (8) page 89-94.
  2. Yadav S. A., Gite, S. S., Nilegaonkar, S. S., Agte, V. V., Effect of supplementation of micronutrients and phytochemicals to fructooligosaccharides on growth response of probiotics and E. coli BioFactors, Feb-2011, Vol-37(1), 58-64.

Patents based on PhD work (submitted to DBT, govt. Of india, for filing) :
  1. Functional food supplement with antiglycating potential using indigenous fruits for the prevention of secondary complications of diabetes.
  2. Functional food supplement with antioxidant and hepatoprotective potential using indigenous plant resources.
  3. Prebiotic functional food supplements using indigenous plant resources.

Conferences and Workshops attended:
  1. 8th International Conference “Functional Foods for Chronic Diseases: Science & Practice”, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA) 15-18 March 2011: Oral and Poster.
  2. Workshop on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) 25th February 2010: National GLP Compliance Monitoring authority of DST, Govt. of India, New Delhi, held at ARI, Pune.
  3. Society of Biological chemists in India (SBC-I) Pune, (25-28 Nov 2009): Poster
Email ID : snehalgite@gmail.com
Name : Dr. Nivedita Das
Designation : Assistant Professor
Qualification : MSc, M Phil, PhD (Zoology),
Experience : 8 yrs Teaching , 3 yrs Research
High Lights
  Awards and Fellowships:
  • 1st prize in paper presented in National seminar on "Frontiers in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics" organized by Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune.

Research Projects:
  • Funding agency: BCUD, University of Pune
  • Amount: 100000/- Year (2006-2008).

Research Publications: 01
  1. Dutta, S.K and Nivedita Patnaik (1994). Effect of vitaminA on tail regeneration of Tomopterna rolandae tadpoles. Published in “Homeotic transformation in anurans”pp: 36-52 ISRAG.
  2. Patnaik,Nivedita,Cukoo Mahapatra,S,K,Dutta and P.K Mahapatra (2011). Activity of acid and alkaline phosphatases in vitaminA on tail regeneration in normal and amputated tails of Indian jumping frog. International journal of current research.

Book Published: 01
  1. Published a Book on Molecular Biology for S.Y B.Sc Biotechnology in 2004, & revised version in 2009.

Paper presented in International Symposium / Seminar: 04
  1. Patnaik, Nivedita (1993). Homeotic Transformation in Anurans. Published in Proc. Cellular and Molecular aspects of Developmental Regulation: International symposium, University of Pune, Pune.
  2. Dutta, S.K., Nivedita Patnaik and Kakoli Das (1994). Further evience of homeotic transformation in anurans. Proc. 8th All India Science Congress Zoology, Utkal University.pp: 94.
  3. Dutta, S.K., Nivedita Patnaik and Kakoli Das (1994). Further evience of homeotic transformation in anurans. Proc. 8th All India Science Congress Zoology, Utkal University.pp: 94.
  4. Mahapatra, P.K., N. Patnaik., C. Mahapatra and S. K. Dutta (2006). Activity of acid phosphatase and alkaline phosphatase in vitaminA treated abnormal tail regeneration. Published in Proc. Cellular Signaling during Development: International symposium, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune.

Workshops Attended: 08
  1. Attended workshops for S.Y. and T.Y Biotechnology syllabus in 2004 and 2009 Modern College, Pune.
  2. Attended a two days workshop on Recent Trends in Biotechnology, under quality improvement programme of Pune University organized by department of Biotechnology Modern College, Ganeshkhind, Pune in 2007
  3. Attended the Biotech Fest and participated in the State Level workshop on Advanced Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology Techniques organized by department of Biotechnology Modern College, Shivajinagar, Pune in 2007.
  4. Participated in the workshop on Biodiversity for Generating Wealth with Biotechnological Intervention held at the Institute of Life Sciences Bhubaneswar in 2004.
  5. Participated in the workshop on Bioinformatics Tools in Genomics and Proteomics organized by Institute of Life Sciences Bhubaneswar in 2004.
  6. Participated in the National workshop on New Trends in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics organized by department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics center, University of Pune in 2004. Participated in the workshop on "Basic Techniques in Protein Purification" on 28th Feb 2011 organised by Dr. D.Y. Patil ACS College Pimpri ,Pune.
  7. Attended seminar on Challenges and Opportunities in Biotechnology on 17th Sept 2011 organised by MITCON Institute of Management, Pune.
  8. Participated and successfully completed a "Workshop for Undergraduate Biology Teachers" during11-14th Jan 2012, jointly organized by IISER,Pune and Dept of Biotechnology, MES Abasaheb Garware College, Pune, funded by DST-INSPIRE program, Ministry of Science and Technology.
Email ID : npatnaik2006@yahoo.co.in
Name : Dr. Rekha Gupta
Experience : 15 years Teaching
High Lights
 
  • Recognized Ph.D. guide from Pune University.

Research Projects:
  • Major Research project Funded by ISRO Govt. of India (2011- 2014)
  • Minor Research project Funded BCUD, Pune University (2009-2011).

Research Publications:
  1. 25 research papers in national and international journals.

Courses

UNDER GRADUATE COURSES


Course Name Duration of Course Current Strength
B. Sc. (Biotechnology) 3 Years FYBSc: 40
SYBSc: 40
TYBSc: 40


POST GRADUATE COURSES


Course Name Duration of Course Intake Strength
M. Sc. Biotechnology 2 Years MSc I : 24
MSc II : 27