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30092022 drInduDr. Indu Bhushan, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology, SMVD University published a book entitled “Manual for Practical Biochemistry”.This book provides an introduction to Biochemistry and get readers familiar with techniques of biological courses, such as Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology and Biotechnology. The focus is to provide experimental lists with a full account of the practical steps necessary for carrying out each protocol. The text addresses routinely used protocols in Biochemistry as well as instruments and experimental problems of the field. The methods section contains detailed step by step descriptions of each protocol that should result in the successful execution of method.

28032022 bairwaDr. Narendra K Bairwa, Faculty, School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, presented a paper in the GSAYGM22 (Genetics Society of America Yeast Genetics Meeting 2022) organized by the Genetic Society of America, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) California.The conference organized sessions on various topics i.e. Tools and approaches for understanding the yeast genome, Genome integrity, Genetic networks of complex traits, Disease models and ageing, and alike. Dr. Bairwa's presentation was on the Genome integrity session of the conference in which around 6,000 researchers and educators around the world presented their research. He acknowledged the support provided by SMVDU, DBT, SERB, India, and collaborators.

12102021 BairwaDr. Narendra K Bairwa, Assistant Prof., School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, presented a Paper titled “F-box motif encoding genes as the targets for the development of stress-tolerant traits in the fungal species” in the International Conference on Biotechnology for Resource Efficiency, Energy, Environment, Chemicals and Health (BREEECH-2021) organized by the Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI) at the Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, from 1-4th, December 2021.

The conference chairman and the President of BRSI, Prof. Sudhir K Sopory, Former Vice-chancellor of JNU, New Delhi, and the conference co-chairman, Prof. Ashok Pandey, Distinguished BRSI Fellow, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, addressed the conference delegates in the first session of the conference.

The conference was attended by national and international delegates from various parts of the globe in online and offline mode, which deliberated on research topics such as Resource efficiency of Biotic material, Biofuels, Chemicals and Materials, Biomass and Waste management, Industrial Biotechnology, Biotechnology of Medicine and Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture and Bioinformatics and data science.

19072022 vidushiMs. Vidushi Abrol has been declared qualified for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biotechnology at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra. The candidate has successfully defended her doctoral thesis, titled “Studies on Secondary Metabolites Production in Important Fungi by Chemical Mutagenesis”, conducted under the Joint Supervision of Dr. Sundeep Jaglan, Principle Scientist, CSIR-IIIM Jammu and Dr. Sharada. M. Potukuchi, Associate Professor & Head, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU. Ms. Abrol has published research papers in high impact factor international peer-reviewed journals. She has been a recipient of many awards at international and national conferences. The student has been a grantee of financial assistance from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Department of Science Technology (DST), Govt. of India.During the oral defence, Prof. RK Sinha, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU; Prof. Ashok Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Sciences & Dr. Ratna Chandra, Nominee Head, SoBT were present.

17112021 induBhushanDr. Indu Bhushan, Faculty, School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra, along with his research team, has been working on the Coronavirous related management and global literature for quite sometime, and has subsequently published many papers in the reputed SCI journals of high impact factor.

One of the narrative prospects highlighting the role of bioactive compounds and probiotics in management of COVID-19 has been indexed in the database of World Health Organization (WHO) for "COVID-19 Global Literature on Coronavirus Diseases".The narrative review entitled “Bioactive compounds and probiotics-a ray of hope in COVID-19 management” is co-authored by Mahima Sharma, Malvika Mehta, Shivi Badyal, Varun Sharma, Indu Sharma, Hemender Singh, and Srinivas Sistla.

Dr. Bhushan has also been working on various aspects of bioactive compounds, nanoparticles and their role in human health. Furhter, he is working on exploring the human microbiome with respect to different diseases.

15072022 phdSavitaSharmaMs. Savita Sharma has been declared qualified for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Biotechnology by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU).The candidate has worked on the topic, titled “An Investigative Study on in vitro Regeneration and Production of Phytochemicals in Selected Medicinal Plant Species”, under the supervision of Dr. Sharada M. Potukuchi, Associate Professor, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, Katra.

Ms. Savita has published her research findings in the SCI-E Journals of repute and also presented many papers in International and National Conferences. The candidate has expressed her gratitude to the School of Biotechnology and SMVD University for providing all facilities for carrying out the research work.Prof. Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Vice Chancellor of the University; Prof. Ashok Sharma, Dean, Sciences and Prof. V.K Bhat, Dean Humanities & Social Sciences congratulated the candidate for the useful findings on selected medicinal plants of UTJK. The protocols developed during her research work can be used for maximizing biomass and metabolite content for the commercial exploitation and applications in herbal drug-based industries of Boerhaavia diffusa and Rhynchostylis retusa.

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Research scholar in the School of Biotechnology, Ms. Meenu Sharma, working under the supervision of Dr. Narendra K Bairwa, Assistant Prof. and co-supervision of Prof. V.Verma, former HOD, SoBT, SMVDU, published a paper titled “Genetic interaction between RLM1 and F-box motif encoding gene SAF1 contributes to stress response in Saccharomyces cerevisiae” in the SCI-indexed Journal “Genes and Environment”. The published work can be accessed using the following URL https://genesenvironment.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41021-021-00218-x

The published works report the role of the RLM1 transcription factor encoding and SAF1 genes in the regulation of phase transition in Saccharomyces cerevisiae model organism, due to stress. The study highlights the analysis of in-Silico databases for hypothesis generation and experimental analysis using the gene-gene interaction approach. The laboratory of Dr. Narendra Kumar Bairwa is supported by DBT, SERB-DST, and SMVDU and the main focus of research is to understand the gene-gene interactions, genome stability regulation, stress response, screening of small molecules for drug discovery.

05072022 rasoolDr. Shafaq Rasool, Faculty, School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), presented a paper titled “Myxobacterial Strain discovery for novel anti-infectives” in the 2nd International Conference on Advances in Management, Engineering & Technology (ICAMET-2022), organized by RSP Conference Hub, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.

The paper explained how Myxobacteria bacteria can serve a role in natural product drug-discovery like novel anti-infectives to combat the coming pandemic of antimicrobial resistance. The findings discussed in the presentation were highly appreciated by the experts and was awarded best presenter award.Dr. Rasool thanked the organisers for appreciating the efforts made by the research group at SMVDU on Myxobacteria and to all the team members for contributing in this research area. The funding received from DST (GOI) on Myxobacterial research was also acknowledged by the faculty. She expressed her gratitude to Prof. R.K. Sinha, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, for the support.

12102021 BairwaDr. Narendra K. Bairwa, Faculty, School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, has been awarded a two-year membership of Genetic Society of America (GSA) from 2021-2022 as an outreach activity of the society. The laboratory of Dr. Narendra Kumar Bairwa is supported by DBT, SERB-DST, & SMVDU, for work on gene-gene interactions, genome stability regulation, stress response, and screening of small molecules for drug discovery. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. R.K Sinha, SMVDU, congratulated the faculty.

27052022 newsMiss Arti Rathore, an alumnus of M.Sc. Biotechnology (Batch 2018-2020) of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, has qualified the prestigious National Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Exam and eligibility for Assistant Professor conducted under the Joint CSIR-UGC Test June-2021. She obtained All India Rank 03 (AIR-3) in Life Sciences. Ms. Arti has been a recipient of the Student Merit Cum Means Scholarship Scheme (SMMSS) on account of her academic performance. She has been an all-rounder at the University and also actively participated in many academic events, cultural activities and fests. Prof. (Dr.) Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, congratulated the candidate and wished her a successful career ahead. Biotechnology is one of the illustrious Schools of the University offering Integrated and Master's Program in Biotechnology catering to the needs of students in pursuit of quality education in the country. The state-of-art infrastructure available has honed the research skills of the students and scholars as is evident from the excellent publications, patents and placements.

08102021 Smue jkstudentMiss Noha Samuel of Jammu and Kashmir scores 100 percentile with All India Rank three ( AIR 3) in the JEE Mains paper 2A exam held in February & September 2021.The result was declared by the NTA on 5th October 2021. Miss Samuel is a student of DPS, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU).

This is the first time that a student from the JKUT has secured a rank among top three in the JEE Mains. Dr. Ratna Chandra, her mother, is a university Facuty in the School of Biotechnology, SMVDU.The Vice Chancellor, Prof. RK Sinha, congratulated the student for bringing laurels to the state and the university. The Registrar, SMVDU, Sh. Nagendra Singh Jamwal, also congratulated the student for her achievement.

09052022 menuMs. Meenu Sharma, a research student, in the School of Biotechnology at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) has been declared qualified for the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).The candidate has worked on the topic, titled “Investigation into the Role of F-box Motif Encoding Gene SAF1 in Combination with Certain Genome Stability Regulators in the Maintenance of Genome Stability and Stress Response in S. cerevisiae” under the joint supervision of Dr. Narendra K Bairwa, Assistant Professor and Ramalingaswami Fellow, SMVDU and Prof. V. Verma, Former HoS, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU. Ms. Meenu Sharma was also awarded the “FEMS Meeting Grant for Early Young Scientists” and “Genetic Society of America (GSA) Travel Grant” for the presentation of her research work at international conferences, and she published her research findings in the SCIE journals.The candidate has expressed her gratitude to the School of Biotechnology and SMVD University for providing all facilities and necessary support for carrying out the research work, and for the support received from DBT, the DST GOI funding agency. Prof. R.K. Sinha, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, and committee members congratulated the candidate and wished her a bright future ahead.

23082021 JyotsnaSharmaMs. Jyotsna Sharma has been declared qualified for the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biotechnology by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. She worked on the topic “Studies on regeneration, biochemical profiling and bioactivity analysis in selected medicinal plants species” under the supervision of Dr. Raju Shankarayan, Assistant Prof. and Dr. Sharada M. Potukuchi, Head, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU.

Her findings from the study have added new insights in the area of medicinal plant biotechnology by contributing novel information on plants of local importance Nanorrhinum ramosissimum (Kanodi, Khunger booti) and Solanum nigrum (Makoy). She has published her results in research papers in indexed journals of SCI-E and SCOPUS and as book chapters. Her work was also selected for Best Poster presentation at the Indian Science Congress 2016 besides the Young Scientist Appreciation Award for her Oral presentation at Seminar organized by National Commission for Women, Govt. of India.

Padma Shri (Prof.) Dr. R.K Sinha Vice-Chancellor of the University and Prof. Ashok Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Sciences congratulated the scholar for her dedication and wished her all success for future endeavours.

28032022 bairwaResearchers from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra led by Dr. Narendra K Bairwa, Faculty, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, recipient of the prestigious Ramalingaswami re-entry fellowship, discovered the link between Autophagy (self-eating process) and Flocculation (cell aggregation behavior) using Yeast as the model organism. The research findings are published in the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology, April 2022 issue.

The authors of the published study titled “Deletion of autophagy-related, ATG1 and F-box motif encoding YDR131C, together, lead to synthetic growth defects and flocculation behavior in Saccharomyces cerevisiae”, Ms. Heena Shoket, Ms. Sadia Pervez, Ms. Meenu Sharma, Ms. Monika Pandita, Ms. Vishali Sharma and Mr. Prabhat Kumar are researchers who contributed to the work. The laboratory of Dr. Narendra Kumar Bairwa is supported by DBT, SERB-DST, & SMVDU, for work on gene-gene interactions, genome stability regulation, stress response, and screening of small molecules for drug discovery.

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Researchers from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and Panjab University, Chandigarh led by Dr. Narendra K Bairwa, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU and, Dr. Deepak B Salunke, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, recipients of Ramalingaswami fellowship, identified the potential antifungal property of a synthetic indoloquinazoline‐based alkaloid, compound (RK64) using yeast as the drug screening platform. The study is published in the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology July 2021 issue which can be accessed using the following URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jbt.22864. The authors of the published study titled “Genetic interaction between F-box motif encoding YDR131C and retrograde signalling related RTG1 regulates the stress response and apoptosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae” Ms. Heena Shoket, Ms. Monika Pandita, Ms. Meenu Sharma, Mr. Ravinder Kumar, Ms. Shreya Wazir, Ms. Aayushi Rakwal, and Mr. Prabhat Kumar are researchers who contributed to the work.

Prof. Vijeshwar Verma, former HOD of SoBT, SMVDU provided bioinformatics support to the researchers. Dr. Deepak B Salunke is also heading the National Interdisciplinary Centre of Vaccine, Immunotherapeutic and Antimicrobials, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and is supported by UGC (start-up grant), DBT (RLF grant), MHRD's SPARC grant, Panjab University (Alumni association, development fund) as well as Bridging Grant from Australia in collaboration with Prof. Petrovsky of Flinders University. Dr. Narendra K Bairwa and Dr. Deepak B Salunke both are collaborating on the screening of laboratory synthesized molecules for drug repurposing using S.cerevisie as a drug screening platform. The laboratory of Dr. Narendra Kumar Bairwa is supported by DBT, SERB-DST, & SMVDU, for work on gene-gene interactions, genome stability regulation, stress response, and screening of small molecules for drug discovery. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. RK Sinha, Dean, R&D Dr. Rakesh Kumar Jha, Dean FoS, Prof. Ashok Sharma, and Head, SoBT Dr. Sharada M Potukuchi, SMVDU congratulated the authors for carrying out the fundamental and applied for research work.

28032022 bairwaDr Narendra K Bairwa, Faculty Member, School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, presented a paper at the 31st Fungal Genetics Conference organized by the Genetics Society of America (GSA) from 15th -20th March at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, the USA in both virtual and offline mode. The GSA is an international scientific society representing more than 5,000 researchers and educators around the world. The conference organized the sessions on the topics: cell biology and morphology, secondary metabolism and production of useful metabolites, stress, cross-species interaction, chromatin, heterochromatin, epigenetics, signalling and metabolism, and alike.Dr Bairwa presented the paper in the Comparative and Functional Genomics Session of the conference. He is a member of the Genetics Society of America (GSA). Dr Bairwa acknowledged the support provided by SMVDU, DBT, SERB, India, and collaborators.

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19072022 vidushiMs. Vidushi Abrol of SMVDU Declares Qualified for the Award of PhD...Read More

15072022 phdSavitaSharmaMs. Savita Sharma qualifies for Ph. D. in Biotechnology...Read More

05072022 rasoolDr. Shafaq Rasool of SMVDU Bags Best Presenter Award...Read More

27052022 newsSMVDU Alumnus Qualifies UGC-JRF Exam with AIR-3...Read More

09052022 menuMs. Meenu Sharma, Researcher, SMVDU, Declares Qualified for the Award of PhD...Read More

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