DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY

The department trains both undergraduate and postgraduate students of the medical and dental sciences. It also trains the undergraduates of all paramedical sciences.

The undergraduate program for MBBS is for 12 months. Undergraduates are trained to acquire knowledge to integrate molecular events with structure and function of the human body in health and disease. They are also exposed to basic practical skills required in biochemical investigations in order to support clinical diagnosis of common disorders in the community.

The post graduate course of biochemistry (MD Biochemistry) involves regular journal clubs, seminars, microteaching, research work and clinical laboratory practice.

Facilities
The department consists of fully equipped students practical laboratory, research laboratory, clinical laboratory. Department also has two demonstration rooms and departmental library with all standard reference books.

Practice of small group teaching, problem based learning and OSPE is carried out in addition to pedagogic teaching. The lecture notes are updated regularly in the Nulearn website.

Clinical services
The Department of Clinical Biochemistry offers diagnostic support to the physicians and surgeons to provide a good clinical service round the clock. The laboratory is equipped with modern instrument such as fully automated chemistry analyser, fully automated immuno analyser, semi autoanalyser, electrophoresis unit and electrolyte analyser which are operated by skilled technicians. Internal and external Quality Control are being carried out regularly to ensure good quality results.

Community services
Laboratory technical staffs are involved in the medical camps (diabetic and kidney disease screening) and blood donation camps.



Faculty
Sl.No. Name Designation
1 Dr.(Mrs.) Sukanya Shetty Professor & HOD
2 Dr.(Ms.) AshalathaV.Rao Professor (Emeritus)
3 Dr.Usha Sachidananda Adiga Professor
4 Dr.(Mrs.) Suchetha Kumari N. Professor
5 Dr. Parinitha Kataraki Associate Professor
6 Dr. TirthalRai Associate Professor
7 Dr. Kathyayani Sathish Assistant Professor
8 Dr. Roopa Bhandary Assistant Professor
9 Dr. SrinidhiRai Assistant Professor
10 Dr. Srikantha K. Tutor
11 Dr. Binoy G.R. Tutor
12 Dr. Dyna Ann Roby Tutor

Academic activities and Publications

Research activities:

  • Our Department is selected for “Fist program- 2015” for support level-I category by DST based on the recommendations of the FIST Advisory board (FISTAB). Rs. 25 lakhs has been sanctioned to augment the research facilities in the department.

    List of ongoing externally funded projects
       
    Sl.No

    Project Title

    Year

    Funding Agency

    Out lay

    Principal Investigator

    1 Assessment of Relationship between Glycosylphosphatidylinositol and IgG Levels in Repeated Malarial Infection. 2014

    NIH (Penn State University) 23,400 dollars Dr. Suchetha Kumari
    2 Our Department is selected for “Fist program- 2015” for support level-I category by DST based on the recommendations of the FIST Advisory board (FISTAB). Rs. 25 lakhs has been sanctioned to augment the research facilities in the department.

    November 2015

    Fist program by DST 25,00,000

    Dr. Sukanya Shetty


    List of Nitte University funded ongoing projects

    Sl.No

    Project Title

    Year

    Funding Agency

    Out lay

    Principal Investigator

    Association of sex hormones and sex hormone binding globulin gene polymorphism in pre and post-menopausal women with and withy type 2 diabetes mellitus 2016

    Nitte University Rs. 2,00,000 Dr. Suchetha Kumari N.

    ‘Sunshine vitamin deficiency’– a myth or a fact?

    2016

    Nitte university Rs. 52,000 Dr. Tirthal Rai
    Association of single nucleotide polymorphism rs6415084, rs10945682 and rs6919346 of LPA Gene with serum Lp(a) levels and risk of cardiovascular disease – A Cross Sectional Study

    2017

    Nitte university 1,64,800 Dr. Sukanya Shetty

    Association between heat shock protein 70(HSPA1A) and glycemic index levels in gestational diabetes mellitus.

    2017

    Nitte university 1,10,000 Dr. Suchetha Kumari

    Impact of blood sample collection using different tubes on glucose levels: a preliminary study

    2017

    Nitte university 10,000 Dr. Srinidhi Rai

    Association of insulin resistance with liver biomarkers in type 2 diabetes mellitus

    2017

    Nitte university 1,00,000 Dr. Usha S Adiga

    Awards and Achievements 2016-17
    • Dr. Suchetha Kumari was conferred upon the award of Lifetime Achievement for the contribution and achievement in the field of Radiation Biology by Venus International Foundation on 3rd December 2016 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
    • Dr. Shruthi Rai P, Post graduate (2014-17 Batch ) - Winner of A.F.M.C Quiz award in the Biochemistry Quiz competition held during 43rd National Conference of Association of clinical Biochemists of India held at Dr. T.M.A Pai International Convention Centre, Mangalore from 12th to 15th December 2016
    • Mr. Varun J Shetty, Mr. Udath and Miss. Meghana Kurup, I MBBS students 2016-17 Batch, bagged the second place in Scintilla -2017, a regional intercollegiate quiz competition for medical undergraduate students, conducted by the Department of Biochemistry, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, on 29th April 2017.