Department of Applied Biology

DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED BIOLOGY

Faculty Members:

Dr. G U Ahmed

Professor

Dr. Sony Kumari

Associate Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: M.Sc., Ph.D. (GATE, ICAR-NET, SLET Qualified)

SPECIALIZATION:

Plant Molecular Biology, Nutraceuticals & Food Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

RESEARCH BACKGROUND:

  • Pharmacological potential of fruit juice and fruit wastes of Citrus maxima (Burman) Merill and its molecular profiling
  • Evaluation of Nutritive values of some fruits and vegetables of North East India
  • Pharmacological and antimicrobial potential of seed extracts of selected Citrus species from North East India.
  • Effects of heavy metals on Citrus aurantifolia DNA and its molecular profiling
  • Determination of Nutritional and Antioxidant activity of Salad extracts
  • Determination of Nutraceutical and antioxidant activity of heated and unheated Allium cepaextracts
  • Effect of Heat treatment (dry and moist) on Nutraceutical and Antimicrobial property of Citrus limon
  • Assessment of citrus limon and citrus reticulate for their phytochemical analysis and preparation of face pack from citrus reticulata
  • Molecular characterization of acid lime (Citrus aurentifolia) by different molecular markers.
  • Comparative biochemical analysis of indigenous Musa verities of Assam and their value added products.
  • Isolation of genomic DNA and damaging the isolated DNA of Ocimum sanctum.
  • Comparative biochemical analysis of Allium cepa in fertilizers for its growth and molecular studied under stress condition.
  • Biochemical analysis and molecular characterization of Citrus varieties of Assam.

Dr. Deboja Sharma

Associate Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: M.Sc., Ph.D.

SPECIALIZATION: Microbiology and Plant Tissue Culture

RESEARCH BACKGROUND:

  • Phytochemical extraction of Zizyphus oenopilia and its antimicrobial activity against Salmonella typhi .
  • Bioleaching of Nickel from Chromium overburden ore by indigenous microorganism.
  • Bioleaching and biobenificiation of Alumina from low grade bauxite ore.
  • Isolation and Identification of Biosurfactant producing microorganisms from oil spilled soil.
  • Isolation and identification of Proteolytic microorganisms from poultry extract and pulses and its bioassay.
  • Isolation and identification of Lipolytic microorganism from dairy products.
  • To study the comparative analysis of nutritional value of Akhuni with boiled unfermented soybean seed and its anti-microbial activity.
  • Isolation and Optimization of Protease Producing Microorganisms from Degraded Pulse sample.
  • Comparative analysis of indigenous Kuria fish with Laboratory Fermented Product and Development of starter culture.
  • To study the Biochemical Parameter and antimicrobial activity in fermented cabbage and analyse the presence of probiotic microorganism
  • Alumina and Uranium Leaching of Red Mud obtained from Baridua
  • In vitro studies on antagonistic behaviour of biosurfactant producing microorganism against phytopathogenic fungi

Dr. Seram Anil Singh

Assistant Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: M.Sc., Ph.D. (SLET Qualified)

SPECIALIZATION:

  • Biomedical Genomics, Epigenetics
  • Molecular Epidemiology, Drug Discovery

RESEARCH BACKGROUND:         

My team is currently, involved in studying the role of environmental, genetics and epigenetic factors in disease development focusing on cancer. Cancer is a multifactorial disease where both genetic and environmental factors play an important role in their development, growth and progression.  We are trying to understand the interaction between environmental and genetic/epigenetic factors in cancer development. We also plan to extend this genomics approach to understand metabolic diseases like T2DM and in biological process of ageing. Another part of our research involves in-silico drug discovery where we are trying to re-purpose existing or developed new drugs for cancer therapy through molecular modelling methods. Further, we are screening natural resources to find out potent biomolecules having antimicrobial/ anticancer properties.

Dr. Priyanka Kashyap

Assistant Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: M.Sc., Ph.D. (SLET Qualified)

SPECIALIZATION: Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

RESEARCH BACKGROUND:

  • Molecular Virology and Bioinformatics:
  • Molecular characterization of hepatitis A virus by biochemical test, molecular detection and sequencing
  • Expression study of TLR, IFN, cytokines gene expression by real timer PCR and FACS analysis
  • Polymorphism study of immune molecules by PCR-RFLP and direct sequencing
  • Sequencing of hepatitis A virus by direct DNA sequencing
  • Risk factors associated with oral cancer in Assam by statistical analysis

Dr. Jayabrata Saha

Assistant Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: M.Sc., Ph.D.

SPECIALIZATION: Food Biochemistry and Food Quality

Dr. Madhusmita Borthakur

Assistant Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: M.Sc., Ph.D.

SPECIALIZATION:

  • Microbial Biotechnology, Mycology
  • (Mushroom Biology), Mushroom Toxicology,
  • Molecular Barcoding and Databases

RESEARCH BACKGROUND:

Mushrooms are indispensable in maintaining good health in human body and are being used as a source of food and medicine since the ancient era. However, large sections of the population are still unaware of the positive aspects of mushrooms due to fragmentary and poor information about their bioavailability and toxicity. The identification of the mushrooms can help the mushroom hunters for easy detection of the toxic one from their edible counterpart which mimics in their morph typing. Understanding the toxicity nature of the poisonous one and differentiating it with the edible one will further develop their biological and therapeutic applications and open vistas for their Bios prospection and use of human benefits. I have undertaken research to determine the biochemical, probiotics, nutritional and toxicological aspect of the wild mushrooms of the region which can open the scope for their applications in health promotion, dietary feeding and sustainable income generation

Dr Priyanka Shankarishan

Assistant Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: M.Sc., Ph.D.

SPECIALIZATION:  Biotechnology

RESEARCH BACKGROUND:

  • Biotechnology is the field of future that is beneficial to the individual as well as the society. I want to be an element of innovation in this field, which is creating a better tomorrow for everyone.
  • The broad areas of my research interest are non-communicable diseases and more specifically Hypertension, Diabetes and Cancer. The non-communicable diseases are a major public health problem accounting for a large proportion of all deaths and disability worldwide. Hypertension is the major cause of morbidity and an almost entirely treatable cardiovascular disease. Similarly Diabetes, occurring due to high sugar levels in the blood, is a chronic metabolic disorder. The prevalence of these diseases has been increasing steadily all over the world and is fast gaining the status of a potential epidemic in India. Reading more about current researches on these diseases, I would like to carry out research on edible medicinal plants found locally in our North Eastern region specifically prone to cure Diabetes and lower high Blood pressure, which is one of the most common diseases now-a-days. Moreover, Cancer is yet another area that holds my interest. Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is the sixth most common cancer and malignancy among head and neck cancers (HNC) globally. India has one of the world’s highest incidences of OSCC, which accounts for 30-40% cancers at all sites, out of which 9.4% being oral cancer. In Northeast India, OSCC is highest among all the states which is about 33%. The factors associated with the oral cancer in this region is mainly due to consumption of tobacco in various forms, alcohol use, smoking and lack of awareness with smoking and alcohol having synergistic effects. There is no effective prognostic biomarker or targets for oral cancer. I would like to work for developing prognostic biomarker and targets for oral cancer.

Dr. Saiyyad Alamdar Husain

Assistant Professor

EDUCATION QUALIFICATION: M.Sc., Ph.D.

SPECIALIZATION: Food Science & Technology, Dairy Technology

Dr. Mohd. Zaki Shamim

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualification – M.Sc. (Nutritional Sciences), Ph.D. (Food and Nutrition)

Specialization – Food Science and Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Therapeutic Nutrition and Dietetics.

Research Background

  • Study on nutritional status and dietary practices of kalpvaasies at kumbha mela, Allahabad.
  • Impact of Solid State Fermentation (SSF) on the nutritive value of rice.
  • Development of Low Glycemic Index (GI) Herbal Food.
  • Nutritional Composition of Weaning Food Using Malted Cereal and Pulses Flour for Infants.
  • Nutrient Profiling and Antioxidant Potential of Three Different Varieties of Zingiber officinale
  • Sensory Evaluation of Nutritious Herbal Noodles Developed by Utilization of Aegel Marelos Leave Powder.
  • Sensory Evaluation of Nutritious Herbal Bread Developed by Incorporation of Dill Leaves Powder

Pallavi Gogoi

Assistant Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: M.Tech (UGC-NET Qualified)

RESEARCH BACKGROUND:

  • “Development of value added product from the indigenous rice varieties available in the North-east India.” (On going project,USTM)
  • Project entitled “Development of rice based ready to eat food enriched with culinary Banana (Kachkol)”, Dept. of FET, Tezpur University.

Debasish Borah

Assistant Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: M.Sc. (ICAR-NET, SLET qualified)

SPECIALIZATION: Microbiology

RESEARCH BACKGROUND:

  • Thrust Area: Microbial Diversity, Soil & Environmental Microbiology, Phyto-Medicine
  • Project Handled: “Aroma Biosensor for the detection and protection of marketable raw materials” funded by NewGen IEDC, Govt. of India

Satyakam Agarwala

Assistant Professor

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION:  M.Sc. (ICAR-NET, SLET Qualified)

SPECIALIZATION: Biotechnology

RESEARCH BACKGROUND:

Thrust Areas: Food Biotechnology, Environmental Microbiology, Phytochemistry

NewGen IEDC, Govt. of India –

  • Production of herbal chocolates for diabetics.
  • Production of Prebiotic food supplement and Pre-probiotic food product using fruits and vegetables of North East India.

Other projects –

  • Antimicrobial effect of peptide isolated from chicken blood against bacteria infecting poultry.
  • Production of alcohol from three different Tea varieties of Assam and analysis of phytochemical, and antioxidant properties.
  • Antimicrobial effect of two Tea varieties of Assam on bacteria causing Urinary tract infection, and analysis of its antioxidant properties.
  • Isolation and characterization of antibiotic resistant bacteria from fecal matter of local and broiler chicken from Assam.
  • Antimicrobial effect and production of probiotic from Aegle marmelos, Garcinia pedunculata and Limonia acidissima, product evaluation and analysis of antioxidant properties.
Source:indianexpress