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16032020 varunSMVDU Katra: The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings has selected Mr. Varun Sharma, Research Scholar from the School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting taking place from 28 June to 3 July 2020, in Lindau, Germany, as corresponded by Mr. Wolfgang Haass, Head of Communications, Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Mr. Sharma has been shortlisted for his application highlighting his Ph.D. research work to understand the genetic heritability of type 2 diabetes in different population groups and its relation with peopling of Jammu and Kashmir and future interests to pursue research in domain of personalized medicine.

Mr. Varun Sharma hails from District Udhampur and has been a Senior Research Fellow of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India. His Ph.D. research work was under the supervision of Dr. Swarkar Sharma and Dr. Vinod Singh, Human Genetics Research Group at School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University.

Only about 650 most qualified young scientists around the globe, and few from India, have been given the opportunity to enrich and share the unique atmosphere of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Excellent young scientists of all-natural science disciplines will participate in it. They will have the unique opportunity to meet around 70 Nobel Laureates for cross-generational and interdisciplinary exchange. Since their beginnings in 1951, the Lindau Meetings have evolved into a unique international forum for scientific exchange. The said meetings are jointly organized by two institutions – the Council and the Foundation. They act in concert to warrant the continuity of the meetings and to advance their constant development. On his selection for this prestigious platform, Mr. Varun said,” he will put forward his research interest of personal genomics and its implication in Indian population with the stalwarts and other young scientists.

10122019 NBSMVDU Katra, December 2019. Dr. Narendra K Bairwa, Faculty, School of Biotechnology (SoBT), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), presented a research paper entitled “Genetic interactions and Synthetic Growth Defects” in the XI International Conference on the Biology of Yeast and Filamentous Fungi” held at School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad , India, from 27th-29th November 2019. Dr. Bairwa got the opportunity to interact with eminent researchers, scientists and experts across the globe working in the field of fundamental and applied aspects of the Yeast biology. Dr. Narendra Kumar Bairwa acknowledged the support provided by the university, and DBT & DST, GOI for carrying out the research work. Also, his two research scholars, namely Ms. Monika Pandita, SoBT, SMVDU, and Ms. Heena Shoket, SoBT, SMVDU, presented papers, entitled “Gene-Gene interactions and Stress tolerance” and “Genome stability regulators and Stress tolerance ” respectively in the conference. The scholars also thanked their co-supervisors, Dr. Rakesh Kumar and Prof. V. Verma, and funding agencies for the support.

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Ms. Vidushi Abrol, Research Scholar, Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU has won laurels by bagging the First Prize in Oral Presentation for her paper titled "Improvement of Tolypocladium inflatum Through Chemical Mutagenesis for the High Yield of Cyclosporine" at the "National Conference on Fungal Biology: Recent Trends and Future Prospects & 44th Annual Meeting of The Mycological Society of India" held at Jammu University last week. The focal theme of the Conference was to view the metabolic and physiological versatility of Fungi along with their intrinsic resistance toward physical and chemical stresses since they hold great promises for biotechnology thereby making them unique among other biotechnologically relevant microorganisms.

Ms. Vidushi Abrol is presently pursuing her Ph. D. under the joint supervision of Dr. Sundeep Jaglan, Scientist, CSIR-IIIM Jammu and Dr. Sharada M. Potukuchi, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU. Her research work has been highly appreciated and in the past couple of months she has achieved many awards including Second Prize in the Oral presentation at three-day National Conference on “Interdisciplinary Aspects of Plant Sciences” and 27th APSI Scientist Meet, which was organized by School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, Katra in collaboration with Academy of Plant Sciences, India during 2nd- 4th Nov., 2017. She also brought glory to the University by bagging the First Prize in Oral Presentation at the International Conference of Society for Bioinformatics and Biological Sciences (SBBS) organized by Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, R.S. Pura, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu at R.S. Pura Campus, Jammu, during October.

06092019 sonaliSMVDU Katra, September 2019. Ms. Sonali Verma has successfully defended her doctoral thesis, titled ‘Genetic Analysis of Ovarian Cancer Patients in Jammu & Kashmir Population” and became eligible for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biotechnology by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra. She worked under the supervision of Dr. Rakesh Kumar and Prof. Vijeshwar Verma, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, Katra. During the oral defence, Prof. R.K. Sinha, Vice-chancellor, SMVDU, and Prof. V.K Bhat, Dean, College of Sciences & Registrar, SMVDU were presented, and they congratulated her for the successful Ph.D. Viva Voce defence. The researcher has published many research papers in national & international peer reviewed journals. Also, she received many awards in international & national conferences. Her study serves as the first comprehensive study in ovarian cancer which filled the gap in the literature. The observations of her thesis are a major contribution to the literature from the JK region. She acknowledged the DST, Govt. of India for the grant for which she worked as a Project Assistant.

28052017 jkcomG.R.Bhat & Itty Sethi Research Scholars from SMVDU brought laurels to the University by bagging Silver Medals in twin events of 2nd J&K Medical Science Congress-2017 and 1st MP-PCOS, organized by Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) held recently at SKICC, Srinagar. The Conference was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister J&K Ms. Mehbooba Mufti. The theme of the Science Congress was “Non Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries” in which several international, national and local scientists deliberated on aspects like Diabetes, PCOS, Metabolic Syndrome, Cancers, Cardiovascular Diseases, Thyroid Dysfunction, Genetic Disorders etc. There were around 150 experts as well faculty members from different disciplines which included DG ICMR, Soumya Swaminathan, former DG ICMR Dr VM Katoch, former Director AIIMS, Dr MC Misra, present director AIIMS,New Delhi, Dr R Guleria, Director NIB Dr Surinder Singh, Director NIRRH Mumbai Smita Mahalle, Head of Orthopaedics, AIIMS, New Delhi, Prof Rajesh Malhotra, world renowned Psychiatrist, Prof Khandelwal, President ISSRF.

In this conference 350 papers presented were dealt with medical sciences in general, 100 others were focused upon the Metabolic Syndrome – Pre-Diabetes and PCOS (MP-PCOS). Eighty six young scientists were selected to present their oral or poster presentation. Out of these presentations 20 were selected for Young Scientist award. The awardees include Itty Sethi D/O B.N Sethi in Basic Young Scientist Oral category (Silver Medal). She is working under Supervision of Dr. Swarkar Sharma and Dr Ekta Rai, Assistant Professor DoBT, SMVDU & G.R. Bhat S/O Mohd. Maqbool Bhat in Basic Young Scientist Poster category (Silver Medal) working under the Supervision of Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor DoBT, SMVDU. Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, Prof. Sanjeev Jain congratulated both the Research Scholars for the bringing Silver medals as well as the faculty for guiding the students.

14032018 bairwaIn the tradition creating an impact at national and international level; one more faculty member of SMVDU contributed in the area of biological sciences in India. Dr. Narendra K Bairwa, Assistant Professor and Ramalingaswami fellow in the School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, participated 10th Young Investigators Meeting 2018 (YIM2018) organised by India Biosciences with the support of by DBT,Government of India at Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram Kerala and Wellcome Trust India alliance, from 5th -9th March, 2018. The meeting was aimed at bringing researchers, investigators for initiating collaborations in the area of biological sciences in India. It focused on the core issues of recruiting and mentoring of the investigators, sharing of resources and collaboration for the better science, training of the Ph.D. and postdoctoral researchers and future of the biological research in India. The meeting emphasized the importance of biological research for sustainable development, where Dr. Narendra, represented the SMVD University and presented his paper. He shared role of the University in the positive and scientific interventions in the sustainable development of J&K. The participation was marked as important footstep in creating a perception about developing state and hence India.

10032017 anilDr. Anil , Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology attended the 2nd European Organic Chemistry Congress on “Enhancing the New Innovations and Challenges in Organic Chemistry” held during March 02-03, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dr. Anil delivered his talk entitled “Chiral Octahedral Complexes as Catalyst for enantioselective Organic Synthesis. In the present study unexplored family chiral hydrogen bond donor catalysts based on octahedral Cobalt (III) complexes have been synthesized and effectively applied for the enantioselective organic synthesis. The presented research work was conducted in Professor John A. Gladysz’s Lab, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, USA and funded by Welch Foundation, USA and University Grant Commission, Govt. of India, under Raman Post Doctoral Fellowship. The work has been published in high impact factor Journals-Organic Letters-Inorganic Chemistry-published by American Chemical Society, USA.

The conference was organized to attract leading experts from academia and industries across the globe. The conference was attended by eminent experts from different countries which include USA, India, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, UK, Poland, Singapore, Mexico, Netherland, South Korea, Slovenia, Taiwan etc. Experts from industries such as Janssen Pharma R&D., USA, Merck and Co., USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore, Sun Pharma, India were also participated. Latest developments in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and Pharmaceuticals were deliberated and discussed during the conference. The visit was fully supported by SMVD University.

09032018 AnilSMVDU Katra: Dr. Anil Kumar, Assistant Professor in Chemistry, School of Biotechnology attended the 4th European Organic Chemistry Congress held during March 01-03, 2018 in London, UK. Dr. Anil delivered his talk entitled “Octahedral Complexes as Enantioselective Catalysts in Organic Synthesis. The conference was attended by leading experts from academia and industries across the globe. Eminent experts from different countries which include USA, Russia, Denmark, Spain, China, India, South Korea, Germany, Japan, UK, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Egypt, Poland, Slovenia, Taiwan, Texas A&M, Qatar etc. Experts from industries such as Merck Chemicals Ltd, UK also participated in the conference. Recent developments in the field of synthetic organic/medicinal chemistry and Pharmaceuticals were deliberated and discussed during the conference. The visit was funded by SMVD University.

29032017 ShafaqDr.Shafaq Rasool, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University attended an International Conference “15th World Congress on Biotechnology and Biotech Industries Meet “ in Rome, Italy from 20th -21st March, 2017. The theme of the conference was Meeting the global Challenges through Biotechnology.

Dr.Shafaq presented a research paper on Functional Metagenomics entitled “Identification and Characterisation of a novel Thermostable and Oxidant stable Protease from “Chumathang’’ Hot spring using Functional Metagenomics “. The research paper discussed in detail the potential of using functional metagenomics for the discovery of novel genes/proteins useful for different biotechnological endeavours. The abstract of the paper has been published in reputed journal “Journal of Biotechnology and Biomaterials” as conference proceedings. The research paper is an outcome of sponsored research project on Metagenomics by CSIR.

The Conference was attended by renowned speakers and delegates from USA, Poland, Canada, Austria, UK, India, Italy, Greece and others. Dr.Shafaq got a unique opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about various research findings and new advancements in the areas of Metagenomics and biotechnology with the eminent Scientists and academicians,researchers across the globe.

Dr.Shafaq Rasool is highly grateful to the SMVDU authorities for funding her visit to Rome, Italy under PDA grant for attending this international conference.

01012018 newsSMVDU Katra: Dr. Narendra Kumar Bairwa, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has been awarded a project of about 50 lakh by SERB – Science and Engineering Research Board, New Delhi, an arm of Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. He will be working on “Engineering of Pro-biotic Yeast for Human Therapeutics”. It is pertinent to mention that Dr. Bairwa is a Ramalinga Swami Fellow and his research areas are Genome Stability Regulation, Protein-Protein interactions for drug development, and Genome-editing technologies etc. Vice Chancellor Prof. Sanjeev Jain congratulated Dr. Bairwa on this achievement.

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