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The 13th Foundation day of Institute of Science – Nirma University was celebrated on 13th September, 2017 and a Public lecture was organized to commemorate the event. On the occasion, the noted Scientist from NCCS, Pune, Dr. Bhaskar Saha (recipient of prestigious CSIR Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award) delivered the public lecture on “Twenty Five Years in Indian Science: Struggle for Freedom”. Dr. Bhaskar Saha is an immunologist, cell biologist and a senior scientist at National Centre for Cell Science, Pune. He is known for his contributions in the fields of immunology and cell signaling. He is an elected fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India and Indian Academy of Sciences.  
      The programme was graced by the Honorable Director General, Nirma University, Dr. Anup Singh, Prof. Sarat Dalai, Director – Institute of Science, Invited guests, faculty members, research scholars and students. The event was coordinated by Prof. Shalini Rajkumar. The Ph.D. students of Institute of Science also displayed their research activity by presenting posters. 

  • September 06, 2017

Institute of Science, Nirma University, had organized Orientation Programme for the new batch (2017-2019) enrolled under the M.Sc. Biotechnology, Microbiology and Biochemistry programmes from various states of India. Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University, presided over the Inaugural Function, and Chief Guest for the function was Dr. Swati Patankar, Professor at the School of Bioscience and Bioengineering, IIT Mumbai. Prof. Sarat K. Dalai, Director, Institute of Science welcomed all the students and their parents. Dr. Swati Patankar delivered a talk on “Study of protein trafficking in Apicomplexan in Plasmodium falciparum”. Dr. Anup Singh delivered Presidential speech welcoming the new students. Dr. Sonal R Bakshi, Coordinator for Orientation Programme, proposed vote of thanks. During 3rd to 7th July, various expert talks by eminent speakers from reputed organizations of Gujarat related to current research, personality development, novel modes of learning, career guidance, University rules and regulations, use of library resources, anti-ragging, student welfare board activities, placement, women development cell, etc. were arranged. During the week, students were also offered laboratory orientation rounds by faculty members. All these sessions were motivating and informative for the new comers.

  • August 03, 2017

Prof. (Dr.) Shalini Rajkumar was invited for a talk in International Conference on "Advances in Biotechnology” jointly organized by Society for Biotechnology Research, USA; American University of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE and King Saud University, Saudi Arabia which was held during July 10-12, 2017 at Dubai, UAE. The title of her talk was "The biochemical and molecular basis of succinate mediated (catabolite) repression of mineral phosphate solubilization in nitrogen fixing Klebsiella pneumoniae” which she presented in the session on “Agricultural Biotechnology.”

  • July 25, 2017

Mr. Hasit Trivedi, Junior Assistant, Institute of Science received the Best Staff Member Award from Nirma University for the year 2016 on 18th March, 2017. It is an honour received for his contribution to the Institute Administration. He looks after Student's Section and manages admissions of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, registrations, online feedback by students as well as overall administration of Institute. He is also assisting in development of MIS and helps in management of Website of Institute of Science. He has always been punctual and sincere in all the activities he is involved.

  • April 30, 2017

A workshop for faculty members, research scholars, industry personals and students on "Molecular Biology Techniques: Cloning to Expression" was conducted during 16 to 18 January, 2017 by Institute of Science, under the aegis of Center of Continuing Education, Nirma University. The workshop was sponsored by ICMR, New Delhi and supported by Orange Biotech, Chennai. Dr. Shalini Rajkumar was Coordinator and Dr. Rajeev Tyagi was Co-coordinator for this workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to train young researchers and faculty members in techniques of recombinant DNA technology and acquaint them for research in molecular biology. This was achieved through brief theoretical sessions followed by hands on training. The workshop got very good response and total 16 participants attended the workshop, which included five internal students, three external students, three external research scholars, two external faculties and three industry personnel. The sessions were conducted by our internal faculty Dr. Shalini Rajkumar supported by her research scholars.

  • January 16, 2017

Dr. P.C. Kesavan, Distinguished Fellow (Honorary); M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai delivered a very interesting talk entitled "Observations on (a) The Mechanisms of Chemical Radioprotection and (b) Assumption of Genetic Effects at Low Doses of Ionising Radiation" on 22nd December 2016 at Institute of Science, Nirma University.
Students of M.Sc. and Ph.D. along with concerned faculty members from Institute of Science and Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University attended the talk and interacted with him regarding scope of plant based radio protecting agents.

  • December 22, 2016

Dr. Suraksha Agarwal, Professor at Dept. of Medical Genetics, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute, Lucknow, delivered a talk on “MHC IN TRANSPLANTATION” on 19th December, 2016 at Institute of Science, Nirma University. The lecture was very enlightening for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students as it covered all the basics related to the topic. It was an interactive session for students and they got a chance to clear their concepts related to antigen processing, transplantation and bottlenecks involved in the process.

  • December 19, 2016

Institute of Science with the stewardship of Prof. Sarat Dalai organized a National Conference on “Malaria Parasite Biology: Drug Designing & Vaccine Development” during September 9 & 10, 2016 under the aegis of Nirma University. It was indeed a meeting of its own kind in which eminent malaria scientists from all over India came forward to discuss one of the biggest challenges of humanity, human malaria parasites. The major objective was to develop novel approaches to introduce effective therapeutic interventions against human malaria parasite. Dr. Reinhard Glueck, CSO, Vaccine Technology Center, Zydus Cadila was the chief guest and Dr. Narottam Sahoo, Member Secretary, GUJCOST was the guest of honour for inauguration program. Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University presided over the inauguration program. Dr. Rajeev Tyagi and Dr. Pranati Sar were the coordinators of this conference. More than 250 participants attended the conference including M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, faculty members, scientists, industry personals, etc. There were lecture sessions on themes like parasite biology, informatics, drug designing/drug resistance and immunology & vaccine, delivered by eminent scientists from renowned institutions of India. The students participated very actively in the poster presentations where they got opportunities to discuss and interact with experts comprehensively. As outcome of this conference, the proposed strategies included Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT), Transmission blocking regimen and targeting DNA repair mechanism as a plausible solution to malaria infection.

  • September 09, 2016

The Third module of Faculty Development Programmes at Institute of Science was a Workshop on Functional Genomics and Proteomics which was held during 9th - 10th February 2016 and was coordinated by Dr. Heena Dave. The primary objective of the workshop was to provide a forum to educate faculty members with the latest developments in one of the fastest growing field of Genomics and Proteomics and their applications in the various diseases. It was intended to keep faculty members abreast with the recent developments in Genomics and proteomics and sharpen the edge in research as well as teaching-learning process. It was attended by faculty members of Institute of Science, Nirma University, Ganpat University and Ph.D. students.

A series of lectures were delivered by renowned scientists of India. Dr. Kartiki Desai, NIBMG, Kolkata delivered a talk on ‘Integration of genome wide platforms for personalized treatment of Breast Cancer’. Dr. Uttpal Tatu, IISc, Banglore, shared his experience on ‘Genomic and Proteomic approaches to study neglected diseases’. Dr. Sanjeeva Srivastava, IIT, Mumbai delivered a talk on ‘Basics of Proteomics: Protein microarrays for the autoantibody biomarker screening in brain tumour patients’. Ms. Savita Bhosekar, Thermofisher - Life Technologies, covered two applications on ‘Real Time PCR’ and ‘Next Generation Sequencing’. Ms. Niyati Dave, Bio-Rad, explained about ‘Simplified cell sorting with high performance and sensitivity’ and benefits of ‘Digital Genomics within Nano Drops (ddPCR)’. Mr. Osama Sait, Bio-Rad delivered lectures on ‘Changes for better quality in Western blotting world’ and ‘Stain-free gel technology and beyond’.

  • February 09, 2016

The cell culture workshop was organized by Dr. Amee Nair and Dr. Sonal Bakshi at Institute of Science during 2nd to 4th February, 2016. It was attended by a faculty, 4 Ph.D. students, and 4 M.Sc. students from St Xavier’s College, M.S. University, IIT Gandhinagar, Central University Gandhinagar, and M.Sc. Biochemistry, and Biotechnology of Institute of Science, Nirma University.

Three-day hands-on workshop included cell culture methods related to suspension culture and adherent culture, basics of cell culture lab establishment and maintenance, sterile practices, etc. guided through lectures, practicals and videos. The participants were from biological as well as engineering and material science backgrounds and were focused and interested to fill the knowledge gaps hence this was a truly inter-disciplinary team. Dr. Amee Nair conducted animal house and hepatocyte culture related experiments. Dr. Sonal Bakshi conducted human blood short term culture experiments. All the participants were actively involved in hands-on practicals, interactive lectures, and examination that helped them summarize both the topics and clarify any doubts over the discussion that followed. In addition to workshop manual as useful reference material and videos were also given in soft copies to each member. The participants found the workshop very interesting, informative, and useful. They also appreciated the facility, hospitality, and involvement of Ph.D. students of Institute of Science, Madhvi, Suhani, Shikha, Aditi, and Navin during the practical work.

  • February 02, 2016

The Second module of Faculty Development Programmes at Institute of Science was a Workshop on Systems Biology which was held on 16th December, 2015. The primary objective of the workshop was to provide a forum to educate faculty members with the latest developments in one of the fastest growing field of life science, systems biology. It was intended to keep faculty members abreast with the recent developments in systems biology and sharpen the edge in research as well as teaching-learning.

   The invited experts were Dr. Samrat Chatterjee, TSHTI, Faridabad; Dr. Shekhar Mande Director, NCCS, Pune and Dr. Ramray Bhat, IISc, Bangalore. The expert lectures covered the topics on - Connecting high throughput dynamical networks with small scale mathematical models to understand disease mechanism, Systems Biology: Insights into some Biological Problems and the systems biology of the (glyco) microenvironment.

  • December 16, 2015

The Faculty Development Programmes have been arranged at Institute of Science in three modules. The first module was a Workshop on Microscopy and Imaging Techniques by the Olympus and DSS Imagetech Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi for faculty members on 4-5, December 2015. This was academic initiative of the DSS Imagetech involving lectures and hands-on demonstration of motorized fluorescence microscope. The lectures by Mr. Brijesh Alva included Basics of Microscopy and contrast techniques, Optical Slicing techniques, F-techniques and TIRF Microscopy, Super-Resolution: Scanning vs Localization Techniques, Confocal and Deconvolution, Automated Multipoint imaging and Switching of Multipoint images, 3D rendering, and Co-localization. The second day sessions included demonstrations by Mr. Vishal Sahu on basics like Anatomy of the Microscope, optimizing settings, transmitted light and fluorescence, advanced image analysis, differential interference contrast etc. using standard slides. Some of the Ph.D. students also attended the hands-on session. The workshop provided excellent opportunity to refresh the basics and updating recent advances in the field of microscopy. The participants appreciated valuable learning with the help of the experts from DSS Imagetech and Olympus.

  • December 04, 2015

Dr. Purvi Kakadia 

Dept. of Molecular Medicine Pathology, University Of Auckland, New Zealand delivered a talk on 

"Discovery and Characterization of a Novel ABL1 Fusion; SHIP1/ABL1 in Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia"

It was an excellent overview of laboratory approaches to discovery of genes playing role in leukemia by meticulous and research oriented cancer diagnostic laboratory. The importance of scientific validation of laboratory findings was emphasized, students interacted for career guidance in addition to her presentation. It was a very useful and inspiring talk.

  • October 28, 2015

Institute of science, Nirma University, had organized week long orientation programme for its fresh batch of students enrolled under the M.Sc. Biotechnology, Microbiology and Biochemistry programme. This new batch consists of 72 students from different states of the country.

Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University, presided over the inaugural programme and also encouraged students with his warm welcome speech. Dr. Nasreen Munshi was coordinator of the programme. The chief guest for this occasion was Dr. Krishanu Ray, TIFR, Mumbai. Dr. Ray shared his journey right from choosing science as a career to acquiring a scientist position, with students. He also delivered a talk entitled “Nano-size motors and meter-long journeys”. This programme lasted for a week and students got a chance to interact with some of the eminent speakers from across the state like Dr. Anand Bhadalkar, Sector Specialist, GSBTM, Gandhinagar; Dr. Bhaswat Chakraborty, Cadila Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Mrugesh Shukla, M.G. Science Institute, Ahmedabad; Dr. Sonal Thakore, M.S. University, Vadodara and Mr. Alok Patel, Supratech Laboratory, Ahmedabad. All these lectures were a boost for students to start their new journey and reach new horizons.

  • July 06, 2015

Dr. Mahaveer Sharma from Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Directorate of Soybean Research, delivered a talk on: "Application of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Sustainable Plant Production Systems" on 13th March, 2015. The lecture was very inspiring as it had touched many avenues of microbiology. All students were very excited to know about this novel application of fungi in plant production systems.

  • March 13, 2015

Institute of Science, Nirma University, organized National Science Day Celebrations on February 28, 2015 with the rationale to spread the message about the significance of science in human society, to encourage the young students to pursue science and to popularize the science & technology. Prof. Sarat Dalai, Dean, Faculty of Science, Nirma University was the convener and Dr. Heena Dave was the coordinator of the programme. Dr. Asis Datta, Founder Director & Professor of Eminence, National Institute of Plant Genome Research and Former Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi was the Chief Guest and he delivered a public lecture on Dream to bring Science to Society”. There were three hundred and fifty students including undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students and faculty members from various educational institutions. Distinguished and eminent scientists were invited for Panel discussion on Research Policy with the special emphasis on ‘Research in Education’. Dr. Bharat Chattoo, Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of Microbiology, M.S. University, Vadodara was the moderator of the panel discussion. Dr. Datta, NIPGR, New Delhi, Dr. C.J. Shisoo, Hon. Director, B. V. Patel Pharmaceutical Education and Research Development (PERD) center, Ahmedabad and Dr. Anjana Desai, Professor, Department of Microbiology, M.S. University, Vadodara were the panelists. Numerous events for students like Rangoli competition, Essay writing, Poster presentation, Quiz contest, Model demonstration, Sci-toon competition were organized under the title of ‘SCIENZA-15’ Individual events were coordinated by the ISNU faculty members in association with faculty members of IPNU. One hundred and fifty two students participated in various activities. The programme was sponsored by The Gujarat Council of Science & Technology, DST, Government of Gujarat.

  • February 28, 2015

Institute of Science, Nirma University organized a guest lecture entitled "Preferential utilization of aromatic compounds over glucose by P.putida CSV86" by Prof. Prashant Phale from IIT Bombay. The talk delivered was very enlightening and it encouraged new avenues of research employing basic techniques. All students and faculty members seemed to be excited after knowing their research work and the overall experience was excellent.

  • January 20, 2015

Institute of Science conducted One Day Workshop “Grow your cells and harvest the chromosomes: Methods & Mechanisms of Human Cytogenetics” on 8th January, 2015 with the Centre for Continuous education, Nirma University.

Eleven participants including 8 students, 2 faculty members, and 1 laboratory personnel attended the workshop. Dr. Sonal Bakshi alongwith her Ph.D. students Fulesh Kunwar, Suhani Patel, Nazia Saiyed, and Research Fellow Shikha Tiwary conducted the lecture, orientation, and hands-on practical sessions. The workshop helped all participants to learn basic methods of human cytogenetics and all the partcipants were highly interactive during the session.

 

  • January 08, 2015