Best Innovative College Award (2019-20) by CEDA.
'STAR STATUS' received from The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
 

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, including research guides of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune with hands-on research experience in interdisciplinary sciences.
  • Visiting faculty from reputed research institutes, industries and Universities.
  • Spacious laboratories with modern infrastructure and sophisticated equipments.
  • Internet access for the students with all necessary software 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.

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.

MISSION

To develop multidimensional personnel by imparting quality education through research and technology based approaches.

OBJECTIVES

  • To develop a vibrant academic ambience in the Department.
  • To instil the sense of achieving excellence in the students.
  • To groom the students to meet futuristic challenges and national interests.
  • To bestow the students with all the research skills required to work independently.
  • To develop scientific temperament and social responsibilities in the students.

STUDENTS CLEARED UGC-CSIR NET/ GATE EXAMS:

Sr. No.

Batch

Name

Examinations Cleared

1

M.Sc. 2016

Omkar Indari

CSIR-LS 2015

2

M.Sc. 2015

Akshara Bodas

CSIR-LS

3

M.Sc. 2015

Sushant Navrange

CSIR-JRF, DBT-JRF

4

M.Sc.2014

Suhasini Venkatesan

CSIR-LS, GATE-2014

5

M.Sc.2014

Sagar Arya

GATE 2015

6

M.Sc.2014

Priti Yewale

GATE-2014

7

M.Sc.2014

Amey Rayrikar

DBT-BET JRF, CSIR-LS

8

M.Sc.2014

Pranita Borkar

CSIR-NET JRF

9

M.Sc.2014

Manasi Shrouti

GATE-2014

10

M.Sc.2014

Akshay Walvekar

GATE 2014

11

M.Sc.2013

Shruti Marathe

GATE 2013, CSIR-JRF

12

M.Sc.2013

Snehal Bhadange

GATE 2013

13

M.Sc.2013

Mansi Sharma

NET-LS 2013

14

M.Sc.2013

Nikeeta Bachchav

GATE 2013

15

M.Sc.2013

Ankita Bhosale

GATE 2013

16

M.Sc.2012

Tushar Khare

GATE 2014

17

M.Sc.2012

Dnyanada Desai

GATE 2013

18

M.Sc.2012

Pallavi Deokate

NET-LS 2012, GATE 2014

19

M.Sc.2012

Pallavi Gaikwad

BARC –JRF Exam

20

M.Sc.2012

Chetan Chavan

DBT-JRF, NET, GATE, ICAR

21

M.Sc.2012

Chetan Aware

ICAR- NET JRF 2013

22

M.Sc.2012

Manoj Teltumbade

NET-JRF 2011, DBT-JRF 2012

23

M. Sc 2014

Pranita Borkar

UGC/CSIR NET exam for JRF & LS

24

M. Sc 2014

Suhasini Venkatesan

NET LS & GATE

25

M. Sc 2014

Amey Rayarikar

NET LS

26

M. Sc 2014

Akshay Walhekar

GATE

27

M. Sc 2014

Priti Yewale

GATE

28

M. Sc 2014

Mansi Shrouti

GATE

29

M. Sc 2013

Manasi Sharma

NET LS ( All India 27 rank) & GATE

30

M. Sc 2013

Ankita Bhosale

GATE

31

M. Sc 2013

Nikita Bachchhab

GATE

32

M. Sc 2013

Shruti Marathe

GATE

33

M. Sc 2013

Snehal Bhadange

GATE

34

M. Sc 2012

Shweta Kulkarni

GATE

35

M. Sc 2012

Snehal Sapkale

GATE

36

M. Sc 2012

Tushar Khare

GATE

37

M. Sc 2012

Dnyanada Desai

GATE

38

M. Sc 2012

Manoj Teltumbade

NET JRF & DBT JRF

39

M. Sc 2012

Pallavi Deokate

NET & GATE

40

M. Sc 2011

Poorva Ghosh

UGC/CSIR NET

41

M. Sc 2011

Apoorva Deshmukh

UGC/CSIR NET

42

M. Sc 2010

Chetan Rawal

UGC/CSIR NET exam for JRF & LS

43

M. Sc 2010

Prachi Boraste

UGC/CSIR NET exam for JRF & LS

44

M. Sc 2010

Sheon Mary

UGC/CSIR NET exam for JRF & LS

45

M. Sc 2010

Aditya Mulay

UGC/CSIR NET exam for JRF & LS & GATE

46

M. Sc 2010

Trupti Thite

NET- LS

47

M. Sc 2009

Rakesh Joshi

UGC/CSIR NET exam for JRF & LS(SPM Nominee)

48

M. Sc 2009

Rahul Nagmal

UGC/CSIR NET exam for JRF & LS


STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS (FROM 2012-2015):

Activity

No. of Students

Scholarships/Awards

26

Best Students of the college

5

Publications

11

Avishkar/Presentation

26

Conference/Seminars/Workshops

48

Performing Arts

9

Sports

24


Research Projects

RESEARCH GUIDANCE:

  • Dr. Rekha Gupta, Dr. Vinay Kumar and Dr. Geetanjali Litake are recognized research guides of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune for Ph.D. in Biotechnology subject.

  • List of students completed their PhD (Biotechnology):

S. No.

Name of the student

Title

University

Guide

Year of Award

1.

Ms. Samrin Shaikh

Optimization of in vitroHelicteres isora L.

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Dr. Vinay Kumar

2019

2.

Mr. Vikas Nanekar

In-vitro propagation, antioxidant activities and elicitation of secondary metabolites of Eulophia nuda Lindl.

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Dr. Vinay Kumar

2019

3.

Mr. Braj Mohan

Molecular Epidemiology of Antibiotic Resistance in Clinical Isolates of Vibrio Spp. from India

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Dr. Vinay Kumar

2021

4.

Mr Tushar Khare (Thesis submitted)

Studies on rice responses and adaptive strategies to sodium toxicity

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Dr. Vinay Kumar

2021


 


 

Completed Projects

COMPLETED EXTRA-MURAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

S. No.

Name of the investigators

PI and CO-I

Title of the project

Funding agency

Total amount sanctioned in Rs.

Duration of project

 

1.

Dr. Rekha Gupta (PI),

Dr. Vinay Kumar (Co-I)

Biodegradation of ammonium perchlorate by phytoremediation approaches

 

ISRO,

Govt. of India

10,52,000

2011-2014

2.

Dr. Rekha Gupta (PI)

 

Synthetic dye degradation

B.C.U.D.,

S. P. Pune University

2,50,000

2009-2011

3.

Dr. Vinay Kumar (PI)

 

 

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-DST, Govt. of India

18,37,000

2012-2015

4.

Dr. Vinay Kumar (PI)

 

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

6,25,000

2012-2015

5.

Dr. Vinay Kumar (PI)

 

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

B.C.U.D.,

S. P. Pune University

2,00,000

2011-2014

6.

Dr. Shalini Mathur (PI)

 

Tissue culture studies on Centella asiatica

B.C.U.D.,

S. P. Pune University

2,00,000

2013-2015

7.

Dr. Geeta Morwal (PI)

 

Tissue culture studies in Vanilla plant

B.C.U.D.,

S. P. Pune University

2,70,000

2013-2015

8.

Dr. Vinay Kumar (Partner)

Dr. Sayali Patil, Env. Sc. Dept, S. P. Pune University (PI)

Reviving Indian Rivers: Is nanoremediation an answer?

Australia-India Council

24,000 Australian Dollars

2015-16

9.

Dr. Vinay Kumar (PI)

Identification of novel and conserved sodium-responsive miRNAs and their target genes modulating salinity stress during reproductive phase in rice cultivars [EMR/2016/003896]

SERB-DST

Govt. of India

26,51,330

2017-20


 

Ongoing Projects

ONGOING EXTRA-MURAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

S. No.

Name of the investigators

PI and CO-I

Title of the project

Funding agency

Total amount sanctioned in Rs.

Duration of project

 

1.

Dr. Vinay Kumar (PI)

Identification and functional characterization of salt responsive conserved and novel miRNAs in soybean [37(1)/14/30/2018-BRNS]

DAE-BRNS

Govt. of India

34,63,150

2018-21

2

Dr. Vinay Kumar (PI/Coordinator)

 

DBT-BUILDER

DBT, Govt. of India

2.5 Crores

2021-26

 


 

Research Publications

Sr. No.

Details

1

Jamla M, Patil S, Joshi S, Khare T, Kumar V*. 2021. MicroRNAs and their exploration for developing heavy metal tolerant plants. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation https://doi.org/10.1007/s00344-021-10476-2 Impact Factor: 4.169

2 Malik S, Kaur K, Prasad S, Jha NK, Kumar V*. 2021. A perspective review on medicinal plant resources for their anti-mutagenic potentials. Environmental Science and Pollution Research https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-021-16057-w Impact Factor: 4.223
3 Sarkar S, Dey A, Ray P, Kumar V, Baty RS, Batiha GE. 2021. Fungal endophyte: An interactive endosymbiont with the capability of modulating host physiology in myriad ways. Frontiers in Plant Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.701800. Impact Factor: 5.753
4 Jamla M, Khare T, Joshi S, Patil S, Suprasanna P, Kumar V*. 2021. Omics Approaches for Understanding Heavy Metal Responses and Tolerance in Plants. Current Plant Biology 27:100213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpb.2021.100213
5 Khare T, Anand U, Dey A, Assaraf YG, Chen Z-S, Liu Z, Kumar V*. 2021. Exploring phytochemicals for combating antibiotic resistance in microbial pathogens. Frontiers in Pharmacology 12:720726. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2021.720726 Impact Factor: 5.81
6 Khare T, Mahalunkar S, Shriram V, Gosavi S, Kumar V*. 2021. Embelin-loaded chitosan gold nanoparticles interact synergistically with ciprofloxacin by inhibiting efflux pumps in multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. Environmental Research 199:111321. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.111321 Impact Factor: 6.498
7 Zhou X, Joshi S, Khare T, Patil S, Shang J, Kumar V*. 2021. Nitric Oxide, Crosstalk with Stress Regulators and Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance. Plant Cell Reports https://doi.org/10.1007/s00299-021-02705-5 Impact Factor: 4.57
8 Tiwari P, Khare T, Shriram V, Bae H, Kumar V*. 2021. Plant Synthetic Biology for Producing Potent Phyto-Antimicrobials to combat Antimicrobial Resistance. Biotechnology Advances 48:107729. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biotechadv.2021.107729 . Impact Factor: 14.227
9 Khare T, Joshi S, Kaur K, Srivastav A, Shriram V, Srivastava AK, Suprasanna P, Kumar V*. 2021. Genome-wide in silico Identification and Characterization of Sodium-Proton (Na+/H+) Antiporters in Indica Rice. Plant Gene 26:100280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plgene.2021.100280
10 Khare T, Dange D, Jadhav A, Shriram V, Gosavi S, Kumar V*. 2021. Nano-Boehmite induced oxidative and nitrosative stress responses in Vigna radiata L. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation https://doi.org/10.1007/s00344-021-10303-8 Impact Factor: 4.169
11 Zhou X, Joshi S, Patil S, Khare T, Kumar V*. 2021. Reactive Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbonyl and Sulfur Species and their roles in Plant Abiotic Stress Responses and Tolerance. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation https://doi.org/10.1007/s00344-020-10294-y Impact Factor: 4.169
12 Joshi S, Kaur K, Khare T, Srivastava AK, Suprasanna P, Kumar V*. 2021. Genome-wide identification, characterization, and gene expression analyses of soybean NHX-type (Na+/H+) antiporters. 3 Biotech 11:16. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-020-02555-0 Impact Factor: 2.406
13 Khare T, Srivastava AK, Suprasanna P, Kumar V*. 2020. Individual (Na+ and Cl‾) and Additive Stress Impacts of NaCl on Proline Metabolism and Nitrosative Responses of Rice. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 152:44-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plaphy.2020.04.028 Impact Factor: 4.27
14 Wani SH, Kumar V, Khare T, Guddimalli R, Parveda M, Solymosi K, Suprasanna P, Kavi Kishor PB. 2020. Engineering Salinity Tolerance in Plants: Progress and Prospects. Planta 251:76. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00425-020-03366-6 Impact Factor: 4.116
15 Shaikh S, Shriram V, Khare T, Kumar V*. 2020. Biotic elicitors enhance diosgenin production in Helicteres isora L. suspension cultures via up-regulation of CAS and HMGR genes. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 26:593-604. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12298-020-00774-6 Impact Factor: 2.391
16 Yu Z, Tang J, Khare T, Kumar V*. 2020. The Alarming Antimicrobial Resistance in ESKAPEE pathogens: Can Essential Oils come to the Rescue? Fitoterapia 140:104433. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fitote.2019.104433 Impact Factor: 2.882
17 Zhou X, Khare T, Kumar V*. 2020. Recent trends and advances in identification and functional characterization of plant miRNAs. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 42:25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11738-020-3013-8 Impact Factor: 2.354
18 Wani SH, Kumar V, Khare T, Tripathi P, Shah T, Ramkrishna C, Aglawe S, Mangrauthia SK. 2020. miRNA applications for engineering abiotic stress tolerance in plants. Biologia 75:1063–1081. https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-019-00397-7 Impact Factor: 1.35
19 Nanekar V, Shriram V, Khare T, Kumar V* 2020. Nrf2/HO-1 mediated antioxidant activities, cytotoxicity analysis and LC-ESI/MS profiling of Eulophia nuda L. The Natural Products Journal 10:69-79. https://doi.org/10.2174/2210315509666190215101646
20 Verma SK, Das AK, Gantait S, Kumar V, Gurel A. 2019. Applications of carbon nanomaterials in the plant system: A perspective view on the pros and cons. Science of the Total Environment 667:485-499. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.409 Impact Factor: 7.963
21 Yang B, Tang J, Yu Z, Khare T, Srivastav A, Datir S, Kumar V*. 2019. Light stress responses and prospects for engineering light stress tolerance in crop plants. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 38:1489-1506. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00344-019-09951-8 Impact Factor: 4.169
22 Kumar V*, Shriram V, Bhagat R, Khare T, Kapse S, Kadoo N. 2019. Phytochemical profile, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative activities of Pogostemon deccanensis essential oils. 3 Biotech 9:31. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-018-1560-0 Impact Factor: 2.406
23 Shriram V, Khare T, Bhagwat R, Shukla R, Kumar V*. 2018. Inhibiting bacterial drug efflux pumps via phyto-therapeutics to combat threatening antimicrobial resistance. Frontiers in Microbiology 9:2990. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.02990 Impact Factor: 5.64
24 Xu J, Hou Q-M, Khare T, Verma SK, Kumar V*. 2019. Exploring miRNAs for developing climate-resilient crops: A perspective review. Science of the Total Environment 653:91-104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.340 Impact Factor: 7.963
25 Wani SH, Tripathi P., Zaid A, Challa GS, Kumar A, Kumar V, Upadhyay J, Joshi R, Bhatt M. 2018.Transcriptional regulation of osmotic stress tolerance in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Plant Molecular Biology 97:469-487. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11103-018-0761-6 Impact Factor: 4.076
26 Shaikh S, Shriram V, Srivastav A, Barve P, Kumar V*. 2018. A critical review on Nepal Dock (Rumex nepalensis): A tropical herb with immense medicinal importance. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine 11(7): 405-414. https://doi.org/10.4103/1995-7645.237184 Impact Factor: 1.226
27 Verma SK, Das AK, Patel MK, Shah A, Kumar V, Gantait S. 2018. Engineered nanomaterials for plant growth and development: A perspective analysis. Science of the Total Environment 630:1413-1435. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.313 Impact Factor: 7.963
28 Shaikh S, Shriram V, Khare T, Kumar V*. 2018. Establishment of Callus and Cell Suspension Cultures of Helicteres isora L. Research in Plant Biology, 8:1-7. https://doi.org/10.25081/ripb.2018.v8.3366
29 Kumar V*, Khare T, Sharma M, Wani SH. 2018. Engineering crops for future: A phosphoproteomics approach. Current Protein and Peptide Science 19:413-426. https://doi.org/10.2174/1389203718666170209152222 Impact Factor: 3.272
30 Kumar V*, Khare T, Shriram V, Wani SH. 2017. Plant small RNAs: the essential epigenetic regulators of gene expression for salinity stress responses and tolerance. Plant Cell Reports 37:61-75. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00299-017-2210-4 Impact Factor: 4.57
31 Shriram V, Kumar V*, Devarumath RM, Khare T, Wani SH. 2016. MicroRNAs as potent targets for abiotic stress tolerance in plants. Frontiers in Plant Science 7:817. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.00817 Impact Factor: 5.753
32 Kumar V* and Khare T. 2016. Differential growth and yield responses of salt-tolerant and susceptible rice cultivars to individual (Na+ and Cl-) and additive stress effects of NaCl. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 38(7):170. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11738-016-2191-x Impact Factor: 2.354
33 Mapara N, Sharma M, Shriram V, Bharadwaj R, Mohite KC, Kumar V*. 2015. Antimicrobial potentials of Helicteres isora silver nanoparticles against extensively drug resistant (XDR) clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 99:10655-10667; https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-015-6938-x Impact Factor: 4.813
34 Khare T, Kumar V*, and Kavi Kishor PB. 2015. Na+ and Cl- ions show additive effects under NaCl stress on induction of oxidative stress and the responsive antioxidative defense in rice. Protoplasma 252:1149-1165. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00709-014-0749-2 Impact Factor: 3.556
35 Wani SH, Kumar V*, Shriram V, Sah SK. 2016. Phytohormones and their metabolic engineering for abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants. The Crop Journal 4(3):162-176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cj.2016.01.010 Impact Factor: 4.406
36 Kumar V* and Khare T. 2015. Individual and additive effects of Na+ and Cl- ions on rice under salinity stress. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science 61: 381-395. https://doi.org/10.1080/03650340. 2014.936400 Impact Factor: 3.092
37 Wani SH, Kumar V. 2015. Plant Stress Tolerance: Engineering ABA: A Potent Phytohormone. Transcriptomics 3(2):1000113. https://doi.org/10.4172/2329-8936.1000113
38 Shriram V, Nanekar V, Kumar V. 2014. In vitro regeneration and ploidy level analysis of Eulophia ochreata Lindl. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 52:1112-1121. Impact Factor: 0.818
39 Nanekar V, Shriram V, Kumar V, Kavi Kishor PB. 2014. Asymbiotic seed germination and seedling development of Eulophia nuda L., an endangered medicinal orchid. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. India Sec. B. Biol. Sci. 84:837-846, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40011-014-0353-4 Impact Factor: 0.40
40 Kumar V*, Desai D., Shriram. 2014. Hairy root induction in Helicteres isora and production of diosgenin in hairy roots. Natural Products and Bioprospecting 4:107-112. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13659-014-0011-9
41 Shriram V, Kumar V, Mulla J, Latha C. 2013. Curing of plasmid-mediated antibiotic resistance in multi-drug resistant human pathogens using Alpinia galanga rhizome extract. Advanced Biotech, 13(1): 1-5
42 Kumar V*, Lemos M, Sharma M, Shriram V. 2013. Antioxidant and DNA damage protecting activities of Eulophia nuda Lindl. Free Radicals & Antioxidants, 3:55-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fra.2013.07.001
43 Kumar V*, Sharma M, Lemos M, Shriram V. 2013. Efficacy of Helicteres isora against free radicals, lipid peroxidation, protein oxidation and DNA damage. Journal of Pharmacy Research, 6(6): 620-625. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jopr.2013.05.017
44 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, 3(3): 112-116. https://doi.org/10.7324/JAPS.2013.30322
45 Desai D, Khare T, Kumar V*. 2012. Sulfate & chloride salinity induced effects on physiological and biochemical parameters of sorghum. International Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 1(2): 5-10.
46 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 and Biochemistry, 8(4): 169-178
47 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
48 Shriram V, Jahagirdar S, Latha C, Kumar V, Dhakephalkar P, Rojatkar S, Shitole MG. 2010. Antibacterial and antiplasmid activities of Helicteres isora L. Indian Journal of Medical Research, 132: 94-99 (ICMR, New Delhi). Impact Factor: 2.375
49 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2009.12.031 Impact Factor: 4.36
50 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/S11816-009-0118-3 Impact Factor: 2.01
51 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/03650340802595543 Impact Factor: 3.092
52 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. The Asian & Australasian Journal of Plant Science & Biotechnology, 2(2):84-87. (Global Science Books, Japan).
53 Shriram V, Jahagirdar S, Latha C, Kumar V, Puranik V, Rojatkar S, Dhakephalkar P, Shitole MG. 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2008.05.013 Impact Factor: 5.283
54 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/01904160802403466 Impact Factor: 1.707
55 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11627-008-9108-3 Impact Factor: 2.252

REFERENCE BOOKS PUBLISHED

Year

Title

Authors/ Editors

Publisher

ISBN

DOI

2018

Salinity Responses and Tolerance in Plants: Vol I

Kumar V, Wani SH, Suprasanna P, Tran Lam-Son P.

Springer Nature

978-3-319-75671-4

10.1007/978-3-319-75671-4

2018

Salinity Responses and Tolerance in Plants: Vol II

Kumar V, Wani SH, Suprasanna P, Tran Lam-Son P.

Springer Nature

978-3-319-90317-0

10.1007/978-3-319-90318-7

2019

Osmoprotectant-Mediated Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants

Hossain MA, Kumar V, Burritt D, Fujita M, Mäkelä P.

Springer Nature

978-3-030-27422-1

10.1007/978-3-030-27423-8

2020

Heat Stress Tolerance in Plants

Wani SH, Kumar V.

Wiley

978-1-119-43236-4

10.1002/9781119432401

2021

Plant Nutrition and Food Security in the Era of Climate Change

Kumar V, Srivastava AK, Suprasanna P

Elsevier

978-0-12-822916-3

-

2021

Antimicrobial resistance - Underlying mechanisms and therapeutic approaches

Kumar V, Shriram V, Paul T, Thakur M

Springer Nature

978-9-81-163119-1

10.1007/978-981-16-3120-7

Linkage Collaboration

Sr.no

Name of subject

Nature

Name of the institution

Activity

Beneficiaries

1

MoU between Modern College and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Academic and Research Cooperation

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Collaborative research and exchange of faculty and students

Students and faculty members

2

MoU between Modern College and RASA Life Sciences, Pune

Academic and Research Cooperation

RASA Life Sciences, Pune

Collaborative research and training

Students and faculty members

3

MoU between Modern College and Applied Nanomaterials Pvt. Ltd., Pune

Academic and Research Cooperation

Applied Nanomaterials Pvt. Ltd., Pune

Collaborative research and product formulations

Students and faculty members

4

MoU between Modern College and MGM Institute of Health Sciences, Mumbai

Academic and Research Cooperation

MGM Institute of Health Sciences, Mumbai

Collaborative research and product formulations

Students and faculty members

5

MoU between Modern College and AMITY University

Academic and Research Cooperation

AMITY University

Collaborative research and product formulations

Students and faculty members

6

MoU between Modern College and Synollect Innovations, Pune

IPR issues and protection

Synollect Innovations, Pune

IPR issues and protection

Students and faculty members

Consultancy

Sr.No

Name of staff

Area of expertise

Name of organization to whom consultancy provided

1

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

RASA Life Sciences Ltd, Pune

Placement

Sr. No.

Passing Year

Name of the Student

Organization of Employment

1

2017-2018

Gulafshah Iqbal

Springer, NET

2

Aditya Eklare

Agharkar Research Institute, NET

3

Shubham Palhade

Evolvus

4

Vaibhavi Gandhi

5

Madhukumari

6

Ayushi Mokati

7

2018-2019

Shrushti Joshi

NET, SET, GATE, BRNS-JRF, MCASCGK

8

Suraj Patil

NCL, JRF- GATE

9

Pratiksha Chaudhari

Hitech Biosciences

10

Swati Deshmukh

11

Bhagwat Andhale

Wockhardt

12

Shreya Medhi

Athena Consultancy

13

Sanika Dhorje

14

Rishabh Jadhav

Ph.D. registered

15

Manish Puligadda

GATE

16

Sagar Katake

Serum Institute, GATE

17

Pramod Barathe

GATE

18

2019-2020

Kawaljeet Kaur

MCASCGK, GATE

19

Pratiksha Bandgar

PET- SPPU

20

Anish Nair

Serum Institute, GATE

21

Shubham Nimbalkar

22

Namrata Kalamkar

Accentrik

23

Juili Tupe

Futura Bioplants

24

Vijayalaxmi Reddy

NAARI

25

Simran Narvekar

NCCS

26

Poonam Lavate

NAARI

27

Pragati Bandgar

MyLab

28

Ashwini Kshirsagar

Syneos Health

29

2020-2021

Kirti Sharma

Athena Consultancy

30

Bhavika Gala

31

Nehakumari Singh

32

Rupali Thakur

MyLab, PET- SPPU

33

Alisha Sheikh

GATE, PET- SPPU

34

Sana Sheikh

MyLab

35

Bhakti Ghare

36

Aniket Pawar

37

Suraj Pawar

Serum Institute

38

Shreyas Paregaonkar

39

Gaurav Kumbhar

MyLab

40

Parag Baviskar

Serum Institute

41

Atul Darwatkar

42

Smriti Altekar

MyLab

Alumni

Sr. no.

Name of past student

Nature of Achievements

 

1

Dr. Rakesh Joshi

Dr. Shama Prasad Mukherji (SPM) nominee, Kirtee Sangoram Award for Best Student in CSIR NCL, fellowship from EMBO, Germany.

PhD Awarded from NCL.

2

Dr. Apoorva Deshmukh

 

Integrated M.Tech.-Ph.D. from S. P. Pune University, publications in peer reviewed journals

3

Mansi Sharma

PhD (Biotechnology) student of S. P. Pune University

4

Satyaranjan Gupta

Careers Coordinator, Public Policy Club at Indian School of Business ,Senior Consultant at Cognizant

5

Prasad Khedkar

Senior Executive - Environmental Clearance & Environmental Expert at Ultra-Tech Environmental Consultancy and Laboratory, Pune (India).

6

Siddharth Akolkar

Group Product Manager- Diabetology& Metabolism at Emcure Pharmaceuticals

7

Chetan Rawal

Post-doctoral research fellow at University of Milan

8

Manoj Teltumbade

JRF at Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR)

9

Arohi Vasant Patil

Scientist-I, Novartis

10

Himani Pathak

PhD Student at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)

 

11

Sheon Mary

PhD student jointly at NCL Pune and University of Glasgow, Glasgow

 

 

 

Infrastructure

List of available major equipments in the Department

Name of the Equipment

Make

Animal Tissue Culture Facility

Plant Tissue Culture facilities

Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS)

Nano-drop Spectrophotometer

FTIR

HPLC

Real-time qPCR

CO2 Incubator

Thermocycler (PCR Unit)

Gel-Documentation System

ELISA reader

Electrophoresis units- Vertical

UV-VIS Spectrophotometer

Digital Ion Meter

Deep-Freezers

Fluorescent Microscope

Trinocular microscope

Orbital Shaker Incubator

Biosafety Cabinet (BSL-3)

Electrophoresis units- vertical and horizontal

Laminar air flow hoods - vertical and horizontal

Cooling and Ultra-cooling high speed centrifuges

Liquid nitrogen containers

Fine electronic balances (0.1 mg)

Flame photometer

Millipore water purification system

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-

Shimadzu, Japan

Thermo Scientific, USA

Shimadzu, Japan

Shimadzu, Japan

Himedia, India

Thermo, USA

Eppendorf, Germany

BIO-RAD, USA

BIO-RAD, USA

BIO-RAD, USA

Shimadzu, Japan

Metrohm, Switzerland

Remi and Samsung

Olympus

Olympus

Remi, India

Micro-Filt India

Bangalore Genei, India

Micro-Filt India

Remi, India

Excell gas, India

Contech, India

Elico, India

Millipore

Support Staff

Name

Designation

Mr. Raju Gagda

Lab Assistant

Mr. Rushikesh Shedge

Peon

Mr. Robin Innamule

Peon

Mr. Nitin Sawant

Peon

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 Faculty

Sr. No

Name of the faculty

Qualification

Area of expertise

1.

Dr. Rekha Gupta

M.Phil, Ph.D. Botany

Plant Biotechnology

2.

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Ph.D. Biotechnology, SET

Plant-Environment Interactions, Molecular Biology, Antimicrobial Resistance, Phyto-Nanobiotechnology

3.

Dr. Geetanjali Litake

Ph.D. (Basic Medical Science)

Microbial Biotechnology, Clinical Microbiology

4.

Dr. Pooja Rana

Ph.D. Biochemistry, NET

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology

5.

Dr. Nivedita Das

M.Phil., Ph.D. Zoology

Animal Biotechnology

6.

Dr. Uttara Oak

Ph.D. Microbiology

Microbial Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology

7.

Mrs. Vaishali Randive

M.Sc Microbiology, SET

Microbiology

8.

Dr. Priyanka Sharma

Ph.D. (Botany)

Plant Stress Biology, Plant Biotechnology

9.

Dr. Snehal Gagare

Ph.D. (Biochemistry), SET

Biochemistry

10.

Dr. Monica Jamla

Ph.D. (Biotechnology), NET

Plant Biotechnology

11.

Ms. Kawaljeet Kaur

M.Sc. Biotechnology

Animal Biotechnology



Name
: Dr. Rekha Gupta
Designation
: Head of the Department
Qualification
: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Teaching Experience
: 22 Years
Industrial Experience
: 28 Years
Research Papers
: 20
Research Project
  • Completed Projects : 2
Chapters / Books Written
  • Books Written : 5
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 8
Other Details


Name
: Dr. Vinay Kumar
Designation
: Associate Professor
Qualification
: PhD (Biotechnology) from S. P. Pune University and BARC, Mumbai
Teaching Experience
: 11 Years
Research Papers
: 41
Research Project
  • Completed Projects : 5
  • Ongoing Projects : 3
Chapters / Books Written
  • Chapters written : 17
  • Books Written : 4
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 20
Awards Received
: 3
Other Details


Name
: Dr. Geetanjali Madhusudan Litake
Designation
: Assistant Professor
Qualification
: M.Sc.(Medical Microbiology), Ph.D. (Basic Medical Science)
Teaching Experience
: 8 Years
Industrial Experience
: 1 Year
Research Papers
: 10
Research Project
  • Completed Projects : 1
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 2
Other Details


Name
: Dr. Pooja Deepak Rana
Designation
: Assistant Professor
Qualification
: Ph.D Biochemistry
Teaching Experience
: 11 Years
Research Papers
: 8
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 5
Other Details


Name
: Dr. Nivedita Das
Designation
: Assiant Professor
Qualification
: M.Sc,M.phil,P.hD
Teaching Experience
: 14 Years
Research Papers
: 14
Research Project
  • Completed Projects : 1
Chapters / Books Written
  • Chapters written : 6
  • Books Written : 1
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 3
Other Details


Name
: Dr. Uttara Vinayak Oak
Designation
: Assistant Professor
Qualification
: Ph.D. (Microbiology)
Teaching Experience
: 8 Years
Industrial Experience
: 8 Years
Research Papers
: 2
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 15
Other Details


Name
: Dr. Priyanka Sharma
Designation
: Assistant Professor
Qualification
: M.Sc. (Hons. School) Botany, Ph.D (Botany)
Teaching Experience
: 3 Years
Industrial Experience
: 10 Years
Research Papers
: 14
Research Project
  • Completed Projects : 1
Chapters / Books Written
  • Chapters written : 1
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 2
Awards Received
: 2
Other Details


Name
: Mrs. Snehal Bhausaheb Gagare
Designation
: Assistant Professor
Qualification
: MSc Biotechnology, CSIR NET , GATE , SET , PET
Teaching Experience
: 8 Years
Industrial Experience
: 1 Year
Research Papers
: 7
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 2
Other Details


Name
: Dr. Monica Jamla
Designation
: Assistant Professor
Qualification
: M.Sc., Ph.D.
Teaching Experience
: 2 Years
Research Papers
: 4
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 5
Other Details


Name
: Ms. Kawaljeet Kaur
Designation
: Assistant Professor
Qualification
: M.Sc.
Teaching Experience
: 1 Year
Research Papers
: 4
E-Content Developed
  • Documents : 5
Other Details


Programs

UNDER GRADUATE COURSES

Course Name Duration of Course Current Strength
B. Sc. (Biotechnology) 3 Years FYBSc: 75
SYBSc: 75
TYBSc: 75


POST GRADUATE COURSES

Course Name Duration of Course Intake Strength
M. Sc. Biotechnology 2 Years MSc I : 48
MSc II : 48
Ph. D. Biotechnology 3-5 Years 14

Events

Academic Activities:

  1. Parents Teachers Meeting:

  • 20thFeb 2016 at 11.00 – 12.00pm. (F.Y. B.Sc.)

  1. Biotechnology- Industry Academic interactions

  1. .34 Students of M.Sc I &II Biotechnology participated in the interaction on 22.08.2015

Companies Participated -Central Dogma Pvt Ltd, IPFACE, Venture center, NCL, Pune

Topic: Biotechnology industry in India and need of skilled manpower.


Speaker- Dr. Anjali Apte, Director,Central Dogma Pvt Ltd

  1. On 26.09.2015 14 students of M.Sc II Biotechnology participated

Topic: Intellectual property rights


Speaker: Mr. Asthoush Parachand, IP, Analyst, IPFACE, Venture center, NCL, Pune

  1. Research Induction Program

Research Induction Program conducted for Post-graduate students of Life Science Departments, 06 – 07 September 2016, 90 students participated


  1. Summer Training Program

Summer Training Program on ‘Gene Isolation and Amplification’ 20th – 25th June 2016, 25 students from Modern and other colleges participated



  1. Placement activities:

On 01.10.2015 22 Students of M.Sc II. Biotechnology participated.

Company participated : My Lab Life Solutions (Mr. Hasmukh Raval)


Guest Lectures under DBT scheme

 

S. No.

Topic of the Lecture/Talk

Speaker

(Guest Faculty)

Dates

1.

DRDO in pursuit of scientific excellence and opportunities therein for science graduates

Dr. Himanshu Shekhar

Scientist F,

DRDO, Pune

13/09/2013

2.

Biosafety in life science laboratories

Dr. G. S. Grover

Scientist G CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

04/02/2014

3.

Transcriptomics and Microarray Technologies

Dr. P. B. Kavi Kishor

Emeritus Professor,

Department of Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad

12/03/2014

4.

Opportunities in Food Industry

Ms. Meghana Patange

Coordinator and

Administrating Manager, Career Varsity, Pune

 

5

Exploring the potential of Tumor suppressor Prostate Apoptosis response-4 (Par-4) for cancer therapy

Dr. Padma Shastry,

Scientist G,

NCCS, Pune

19/01/2015

6

Game Theory for Human Diseases

Prof. Milind Watave, FASc

Professor, IISER, Pune

22/09/2015

7

Interactive session on higher education opportunities at the Penn State University, USA

Ms. Amanda Moore

Assistant Director,

International Admissions,

Penn State University, USA

16/02/2016

8

Metagenomics: Tools and Applications

Dr. Sayali Patil

Department of Environmental Sciences, S. P. Pune University,

Pune – 411 007

20/02/2016

9

Chemical Synthesis of Nanoparticles: Molecules as tools for the Nano - Goldsmith

Dr. B. L. V. Prasad, FASc

Principal Scientist,

CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune –411 008

09/03/2016

10

Milestones in biotechnology since the discovery of DNA structure in 1953

Dr. Prabhakar Ranjekar

Former Director-Grade Scientist and Head,

Biochemical Sciences Division,

CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune –411 008

 

17/03/2016

11

Antimicrobial Resistance

Dr. Renu Bharadwaj

Professor and Head,

Department of Microbiology

B. J. Government Medical College, Pune –411 001

22/03/2016

12

Biostatistics

Prof. P. G. Dixit

Head, Department of Statistics,

Modern College, Shivajinagar, Pune

25/03/2016

 

  1. Lecture:

Game Theory for Human Diseases by Dr. Milind Watve, Professor of Biology at IISER, Pune

 



  1. Lecture:

Metagenomics: Tools & Techniques by Dr. Sayali Patil, Dept of Environmental Sciences, SP Pune University


  1. Lecture:

Chemical synthesis of Nanoparticles: Molecules as tools for the Nano-Goldsmith by Dr. B.L.V Prasad, Senior Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune


  1. Educational and Industrial Visits:

  1. F.Y. B.Sc.Biotech

  • Visited Malegaon Sugar Factory and Distillery, 29/01/16

  • Nandan Milk Dairy, Baramati, 29/1/2016


Visit to MalegaonSugar Factory, Malegaon
Visit to Nandan Milk Dairy, Baramati
  1. Scientific Exhibition(Anubhuti)

Number of Students participated- 80 Date: 11-01-16

Topics: Applied Science



Students presenting their posters to the faculty members
Evaluation of the Posters by Judges
  1. Extracurricular Activities:

  1. Welcome to freshers BSc. & Gurupurnima Celebration

  2. Dussera celebration

  3. Teachers Day Celebrations: 5th Sep 2015.

  4. Farewell to outgoing BSc. Students (15th March 2016)

  5. Farewell to outgoing MSc. Students (15th March 2016)

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