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Biochemistry

Department of Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry is actively involved in training both undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Medical, Dental, Paramedical courses, as well as, Ph.D students. In addition to the theory aspects, students are trained in basic practical skills required in biochemical investigations to support clinical diagnosis of common disorders in the community. The department consists of adequate teaching learning infrastructure such as fully equipped practical laboratory, research laboratory, demonstration rooms, clinical laboratory and departmental library with all standard reference books. The faculty of the department were successful in receiving good number of extramural funds from ICMR, BRNS, RSSDI VGST and NIH. The department has also received grant from DIST-FIST for strengthening the infrastructure facility for the purpose of research. The faculty encourages students to undertake short term research projects.

Research Thrust Area (Research related areas)

  • Association of single nucleotide polymorphism rs6415084, rs10945682 and rs6919346 of LPA Gene with serum Lp(a) levels and risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Association of insulin resistance with liver biomarkers in type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Radiation biology
  • Molecular screening of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in Dakshina Kannada.
  • Association of single nucleotide polymorphism of leptin gene with metabolic parameters in gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Prevalence and risk factors for hypogonadism in male patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Influence of Ugt1a3 polymorphism on sodium valproate monotherapy in paediatric epileptic patients
  • Sunshine vitamin deficiency-a myth or a fact?

Clinical Services

The Department of Clinical Biochemistry offers diagnostic support to the physicians and surgeons to provide good clinical services round the clock. The laboratory is equipped with modern instruments like 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 carried out regularly to ensure good quality results. The laboratory is in the process of accreditation by NABL. Laboratory technical staffs are involved in medical camps (diabetic and kidney disease screening) and blood donation camps.

Recognitions

  • The Department has been selected for the Fist program- 2015 for support level-I category, based on DST recommendations of the FIST Advisory board (FISTAB). Rs. 25 lakhs has been sanctioned to augment the research facilities in the department.
  • Dr. Suchetha Kumari was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award from VDGOOD Technology Factory in the 2nd International Scientist Awards on Engineering, Science and Medicine held on 16th and 17th November 2019, at Visakhapatnam, India.
  • Dr. Suchetha Kumari was awarded the Best Researcher Award, 2018 in K. S. Hegde Medical Academy (KSHEMA) instituted by Nitte (Deemed to be University) for her achievements in research during the year 2018.
  • Dr. Suchetha kumari was awarded the 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.
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