Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University
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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.

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.

11062021 NKBDr. Narendra K Bairwa of the School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, attended a two-day virtual workshop (7-10 June 2021) organised by the Genetics Society of America (GSA). The workshop discussed how yeast related experimentation can be harnessed as approaches for bridging research and education. The workshop participants as a community discussed and demonstrated the use of Yeast as a teaching tool for Undergraduate/Postgraduate research-based education. The workshop addressed the use of education research data in addressing the diversity and inclusion aspect of education.

The organizers of the BREW workshop Prof. Mary Miller, Prof. Pam Hanson, Prof. Jill Keeney and Prof. Orana-Cohen Fix from NIDDK, NIH, USA appreciated the participants of the workshop and urged them to incorporate the learning of yeast biology for teaching.Dr. Narendra K Bairwa thanked the organizers for the learning.

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.

11062021 NKBDr. Narendra K Bairwa, Assistant Prof., School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, attended the 2 days virtual workshop from 4-5th June 2021 on iCURE (interdisciplinary Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences) organised by the Arizona State University, USA.

The iCURE programme of NSF, USA, is to impart the course-based research experience to undergraduate students for improving the Undergraduate STEM Education. The iCURE programme director at Arizona State University, Prof. Pamela A Marshall is the recipient of the NSF grant to develop the iCURE curriculum and implementation.Dr. Narendra K Bairwa benefitted from the workshop, and he will incorporate the learning in the teaching curriculum of undergraduates for the students at SMVDU.

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.

30042021 NaseebSinghMr. Nasseb Singh, PhD Scholar in Chemistry, School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra, has been declared qualified for the award PhD in Chemistry. The researcher worked on “Development of new synthetic methods for the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds containing benzotriazole scaffolds” under the supervision of Dr. Anil Kumar. The PhD defense was chaired by Prof. Ravinder Kumar Sinha, VC, SMVDU, and attended by Dr. Sharada M. Potukuchi, Head, School of Biotechnology, Prof Ashok Kumar Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Sciences & Dr. Anil Kumar, PhD Supervisor, and other committee members. Prof (Dr.) Y. L. N. Murthy from Andhra University was the external examiner, and he was quite impressed by the research.

Prof. Sinha and other committee members congratulated Mr. Singh for his successful PhD thesis defense, and wished him a bright future ahead.Mr. Singh has published his research findings in SCI/SCIE journals of high scientific repute, and he was also honored with the title “Young Scientist” in an international conference held at Bangkok, Thailand in the year 2019

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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.

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Ms. Monika Pandita and Ms. Heena Shoket, Research scholars, working under the guidance of Dr. Narendra K. Bairwa, Assistant Professor in the School of Biotechnology and Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor in the School of Biotechnology published a research paper in SCI indexed journal “Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology” (IF 3.606) titled as “Genetic Interaction between Glyoxylate Pathway regulator UCC1 and La-motif encoding SRO9 regulates stress response and Growth rate improvement in Saccharomyces cerevisiae”. The research article can be accessed using the following URL (http://doi.org/10.1002/jbt.22781).

The research work in the laboratory of Dr. Narendra K Bairwa, is focused on understanding of the gene-gene interaction, genome stability regulation and regulation of stress response at cellular level using Yeast ( S. cerevisiae) as model organism. The most of the biological process and pathways are well conserved from single cell eukaryotes Yeast, to complex multicellular organisms such as Humans. The laboratory of Dr. Rakesh Kumar is focused on the understanding of the role of human’s genes in susceptibility to cancer pathogenesis. The published work highlights the role of metabolic regulator UCC1 gene, conserved across fungal kingdom and its interaction with the conserved La motif RNA binding protein encoding gene SRO9 in regulation of stress response.

The fundamental work published has significance in understanding about the fungal virulence, application to industrial fermentation and screening of the small molecules for cancer therapeutics. The co authors, Ms Shreya Wazir, Ms. Aysuhi Rakewal and Mr. Prabhat Kumar also contributed to the study. The laboratory of Dr. Narendra K Bairwa is supported by the grant from DBT, GOI in the form of Ramalingaswami fellowship (BT/RLF/Re‐entry/40/2012), SERB, DST, GOI (EEQ/2017/0000087) and SMVDU, Katra, Reasi. The Head of the School of Biotechnology, Dr. Sharda M. Potukuchi, Associate Professor, Dean of Sciences, Prof. Ashok Sharma, Head, School of Physics and Dean, R&D, Dr. Rakesh Kumar Jha, Associate Prof. appreciated the authors of the study. The Honourable Vice Chancellor Sir, Prof. RK Sinha congratulated the authors of the study and motivated them to continue to carry out in-house fundamental research work.

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.

08022021 netScholars of School of Biotechnology at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, brought laurels to university by qualifying UGC-NET Exam in Life Sciences, held in September 2020.

Ms. Savita Sharma and Ms. Mahima Sharma both working under the supervision of Dr. Sharada M. Potukuchi, Faculty & Head, Biotechnology, on various aspects of medicinal plants and their metabolites have cleared the examination securing AIR of 11th and 61st position respectively. Faculty members of School of Biotechnology have been motivating and mentoring the PG and Ph. D. students to appear and qualify in such examinations for brighter future career prospects. Padma Shri (Prof.) Ravindra K. Sinha Vice-Chancellor of the SMVD University, and Prof. Ashok Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, SMVDU congratulated the scholars.

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.

11012021 msKaulMs. Anuja Koul W/o Mr. Vicky Razdan and D/o Smt. Basanti Koul and Sh. Nana Ji Koul has successfully defended her Doctoral thesis titled “Phytochemical and Genetic Diversity Assessment on in vitro Regeneration Aspects in Selected Accessions of Bacopa monnieri [L.] Wettst” and has declared qualified for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy [Ph. D] in Biotechnology at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University [SMVDU] Katra.

Ms. Anuja Koul worked under the supervision of Dr. Sharada M. Potukuchi, Associate Professor & Head, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU Katra. Padma Shri (Prof.) R.K. Sinha, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU and Prof. Ashok Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Sciences congratulated Ms. Anuja for her significant scientific contribution to the in vitro strategies developed using cell and tissue cultures of Brahmi a traditionally acclaimed plant possessing memory enhancing properties. The findings of her thesis are also a major contribution for plant conservation and enhanced production of selected secondary metabolites of this medicinally important plant.

Ms. Anuja Koul has published many research papers in National and International Indexed Journals from her thesis. She has presented more than 10 research papers in International and National Conferences and is a recipient of the prestigious Best Poster Award given by the then Vice President of India at ISC-2014 (Indian Science Congress) Conference.

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.

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