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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

The Annual Cultural Festival of Institute of Science, RENAISSANCE- 2016 was held during 27-28th September, 2016 under the auspices of Board for Student’s Welfare, Nirma University at the ‘C’ auditorium. Shri Tushar Patel, renowned poet was the Chief Guest of the Inaugural function. Prof. Sarat Dalai, Director of Institute, Shri Hasmukhbhai Patel, Chief coordinator, Students Welfare Activities Board, Dr. Amee Nair, Institute Coordinator, Students Activities and Dr. Nasreen Munshi, Co-Coordinator for Cultural Activities along with other faculty members, non-teaching staff, and students were present at the inaugural ceremony held on 27 September, 2016. A total of 96 students  from ISNU participated in Mime, Skit, Debate, Elocution, Collage, Spot Painting, Cartooning, Rangoli, Solo Dance, Group Dance, Folk Dance, Solo song, Duet Song and Group Song. In Debate, participants presented the view for “Indo-Pak relation: Is War a solution?” It was followed by Elocution competition on “Effect of Social Media on Student’s performance”. Dignitaries who were experts in their own fields, judged the various events. The Fine Arts events - Collage, Poster Making, Rangoli and On-the-spot painting were conducted within a week before the Annual Cultural programme. The winners of all events were given trophies. There was active participation by the students from Institute of Science in these events and they won the appreciation of the judges.

  • October 17, 2016

The Alumni Association of Institute of Science, Nirma University [ISNUAA] organized 'PRABODHAN' on 28th September, 2016 during 3 to 4 pm at the C-Auditorium, Nirma University. The event, true to its meaning i.e. imparting meaningful guidance; was about interaction of ISNU alumni members with the current M.Sc. students. The Ph.D. students at various levels of their research answered queries related to scope for the research and other career options, guidance related to national competitive exams, rules, schemes for fellowships etc. Around 12 alumni members responded to questions from group of more than 160 first and third semester M.Sc. students, and also gave important tips to make the best use of in-house dissertation which is a strength of ISNU since many years. Faculty members along with Director, ISNU were present at the event and found the mentoring session very satisfactory and interesting

  • September 28, 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

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. The programme was attended by 90 students of Semester I coming from different parts of the country.

Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University, presided over the programme during the Inaugural Function. The Chief Guest for the function was Prof. Parimal Mishra, Academic Dean-Biology, Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences, Hyderabad. Dr. Sriram Seshadri was the Coordinator for the Orientation Programme. Dr. Anup Singh and Prof. Sarat K Dalai, Director, Institute of Science welcomed all the students and their parents. Prof. Mishra delivered a talk on “Traditional Thinking vs Out of Box Thinking:  Discovering Truth vs Creating value”. He emphasized on urgent need for multi-disciplinary approach in teaching, learning and as well as in research. He also delivered a talk entitled “Statins: Saints or Satans? A translational approach to understanding why statins cause insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes”.

During the week long programme the students got exposed to varied expert talks related to career guidance, University regulations, use of library resources to being an Entrepreneur and on time management. Some of the eminent speakers invited were Dr. Milind Choudhari, Founder, WeInnovate Biosolutions Pvt. Ltd., Pune, Prof. Vincent Vaz, Professional Counsellor & Trainer, Ahmedabad, Dr. Gaurav Gupta, Head Viral & Genetic Engineered Vaccines at Vaccine Technology Centre, Zydus Cadila, Ahmedabad, Ms. Anindita Mehta, Dy. Gen. Manager & Laboratory Head, CERC, Ahmedabad, Mr. Dhaval Prajapati, Sr. Sales Manager, Borosil Glass Works Limited, Mumbai, Dr. Devina Bhardwaj, CEO, INTERVEIN Laboratories Ltd., Ahmedabad and Mr. Alok Patel, Supratech Laboratory, Ahmedabad. All these lectures had a great effect on the young minds and the students were very much encouraged.

  • July 19, 2016

Dr. Deven Dandekar, Director of Toxicology of a Contract Research Laboratory Xenometrics, Kansas, USA delivered expert lecture entitled “Drug Development Strategies, from bench to the clinic” at Institute of Science, Nirma University on July 15, 2016 which was coordinated by Dr. Sonal Bakshi. His talk outlined the meticulous steps for best possible selection of drug candidates, mainly the investigational new drugs (INDs), new drug applications (NDAs), Small molecule drugs vs. large molecule or biologic drugs. The talk was followed by interesting discussion with the M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, faculty members, and members from Zydus Research Center who also attended the session.  

  • July 15, 2016

M.Sc. Admission in Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Microbiology at Institute of Science, Nirma University for the academic year 2016 is open.
Apply online through common application form available at this website. For details and application form, click http://www.nirmauni.ac.in/isnu/MScBioTechAdmission
Last date for online application is 14th June, 2016.

  • April 27, 2016

Dr. Suman Jain, Professor at Dept. of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi delivered an expert lecture at Institute of Science, Nirma University on March 18, 2016. Her talk entitled ‘Neurobiology of Learning and Memory’ described classification of learning and the basic neural circuits of brain involved during learning and memory formation. She also elaborated upon how repeated exposure to stimulus after short interval reinforced learning in subjects and helped to form long term memory using neurophysiological techniques. The talk also highlighted upon the effects of prenatal auditory stimulation on the development of cross modality perceptual learning and its underlying mechanism. The talk was attended by the M.Sc. students and faculty members and coordinated by Dr. Amee Nair, Assistant Professor, Institute of Science. Faculty members and students interacted with the expert on various aspects of learning and memory modalities. The talk was well appreciated by the audience.

  • March 18, 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