Science Lab

Research

Chemistry

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DAV Managing Committee along with the fundings of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India has started an Instrumentation Lab in College Campus. In this instrumentation lab, various instruments like HPLC system, Electrochemical workstation, Inverted microscope, Gradient PCR, Gas Chromatograph, Digital Polarimeter,  UV-Vis. spectroscopy, FT-IR, Ultra pure water purification (HPLC grade) and Flourescence spectroscopy are available for all institutional and industrial research purposes on payment basis.  

Department of Chemistry, DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh was approved as research centre in 2014 by Panjab University, Chandigarh. The department has 12 permanent faculty members who are actively engaged in various research activities. Main research areas includes solution chemistry of copper (I), selenium chemistry, chemistry of beta lactams, organosilicon, organotin and metal ion sensing, etc.  Presently nine research scholars are working on various fields for their Ph.D degrees. Two scholars have already submitted their thesis and one scholar had successfully defended her Ph.D viva.  Post graduate students also get hands on and summer training in these research labs. The research centre has two research laboratories well equipped with various instruments and research facilities. Besides research labs, the college developed central instrumentation facility (sponsored by DST-FIST) having various high end instruments such as UV-Vis spectrophotometer, FT-IR spectrometer, Spectrofluorometer, GC, HPLC, Electrochemical workstation, etc.

Bio Technology 

The department of Bio Technology is also known for its excellent research work carried out by the faculty members and students. The Research Center is approved by Panjab University, where students carry out their Ph.D work under the guidance of the efficient faculty members. Each faculty member has to their credit number of research publications in peer reviewed International and National journals.

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Research consultancy
A research consultancy project of Rs. 2.5 lakhs had been signed between Dr. Kakoli Biswas and Amulya herbs pvt ltd. in 2019. Under this project Dr. Kakoli will be performing bio quality assurance by performing DNA fingerprinting of the herbs used in the herbal drug industry. This is the first ever consultancy service in the history of DAV. . Also putting a feather in the cap is the first Indian Patent to be granted to Dr. Kakoli for her invention in the field of Biotechnology in 2020.

RESEARCH WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE FACULTY MEMBERS
Dr. Kakoli Biswas:
Dr. Kakoli Biswas’s research interest lies in searching for new drugs in the form of Plant Antimicrobial Peptides (PAMPs) for drug resistant microbes. She has her interest and is also working in the field of Authentication of herbal drugs by DNA profiling, Molecular taxonomy.Her major interest also lies in low cost propagation of plants by tissue culture and Micro-propagation, Phytoremediation using tissue cultured plants for degradation of dyes and phenolic compounds in the environment and to identify the enzymes involved in degradation. She is also engaged in isolating microbes and the enzymes involved in lipid degradation present as pollutant in the soil. Enhancement of secondary metabolites of pharmaceutical interest in various medicinal and ornamental plants through Plant tissue culture.
 
Dr. Raman Soni:
Dr. Raman Soni’s thrust area of research lies in: Microbial Biotechnology. Workingon fungal enzymes viz:  Cellulases, Xylanases, amylases, pullulanases produced by indigenous fungal cultures isolated in Laboratory Fermentation to produce ethanol: The sugars released by hydrolysis of waste of various types are fermented to produce ethanol an important biofuel and also helpful for waste management. Plastic bio -degradation is another area of interest in which fungal isolates were found capable of degrading non-degradable polythene bagsBiosynthesis of Silver nanoparticles: In the recent pasts biosynthesis of Silver  nanoparticles using medicinal plant extracts was carried out and their potential  to inhibit pathogenic bacteria was investigated. 
 
Dr. Anjali Sharma:
Dr. Anjali Sharma has been researching on antimicrobial activity of natural resources like propolis and evaluating their antibiobilm potential against bacteria. She has worked on the synthesis of bioplastics from agricultural resources and physicochemical characterization of the same. The degradation of these plastics was compared to those of conventional plastics for exploring their future applicability. She has also been working on the potential biosurfactants that can be isolated from natural sources. The studies are being undertaken for the optimization and exploring the commercial applications of these surfactants. She has researched on the development of bioadhesive gels encapsulating antifungal drugs and probiotics against vaginal candidiasis.
 
Dr. Arti Arya:
Research Work oriented in the field of Environmental Biotechnology- Bioremediation and Biodegradation of Organopollutants,Chemical Dyes;  Green biotechnology-Kitchen waste ferments /Garbage enzymes as organic biofertilizer,soilconditioner,antimicrobial agent; Herbal Formulations and medicinal Plants-Bioassays for Efficacy and activity Testing.
 
Dr. Rupinderjeet Kaur:
Dr. Rupinder’s research area lies in: Functional and Structural characterization of hypothetical proteins using  insilico tools and databases. Predicting protein-protein interactions to decipher the role of a given protein in a complex or pathway. Studying evolutionary relationships amongst proteins using different phylogenetic tools. Using the databases and tools to study the mutations in the different strains of SarsCov2. Predicting secondary structures for proteins using insilico approach. Insilico deciphering of the secondary structure elements in different proteins.
Ms, Sangeeta Sharma:  
Research area includes Comparative Genome analysis to compare the complete genome sequences of different species. Identifying DNA sequences that have been "conserved" in Orthologues is an important step toward understanding the evolutionary pathways. It delineates the genes that are essential to life and highlights genomic signals that control gene function across many species.
Insilico analysis of the hypothetical proteins in the Biological databases that are yet to be validated by experimental means are the area of focus for their functional characterization, metabolic pathway analysis and structure prediction using various online Bioinformatics tools and softwares.
 
Dr. Sajal Sarabhai(Visiting Faculty):
Dr. Sajal’s research interests revolve around ESKAPE pathogens and their pathogenicity especially in Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter. She is primarily interested in identifying the alternative medicines for treating the infection as all the available drugs have become ineffective and have led to emergence of MDR and XDR strains. Her primary target is to identify, isolate and re-proposition the old drugs in combating the virulence and pathogenicity of these opportunistic pathogens.
Her interest also lies in Quorum sensing which is a communication between bacteria, which regulates the expression of genes via small chemical mediators. The analogue which can interrupt this communication can be a key for regulating various bacterial metabolic pathways. Therefore, she also aims to study the role of quorum sensing inhibitors in spoilage of food. She also aimed to identify and isolate enzyme (s) that could degrade the oils in polluted soil and water via both conventional and metagenomic methods. 

Research Lab Molecular & Protein biology

Research Lab Molecular & Protein biology  

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Microbiology lab

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Plant Tissue culture lab

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Biochemistry lab 

RESEARCH PROJECTS COMPLETED BY THE FACULTY MEMBERS

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Laboratories of the Department

  1. Microbiology Lab

  2. Biochemistry Lab

  3. Plant Tissue Culture Lab

  4. Molecular Biology and Protein Biology Lab

  5. Bioinformatics Lab

MAJOR EQUIPMENTS IN THE DEPARTMENT

  1. Laminar Air Flows

  2. Master Thermal Cycler (PCR machine)

  3. Trinocular Photo Microscope

  4. Phase Contrast Microscope

  5. Agarose Gel Electrophoresis Units with Power pack

  6. Poly Acrylamide Gel Electrophoresis Units with Power pack

  7. Refrigerated Centrifuges

  8. Gel Documentation System

  9. ELISA Reader

  10. -80 Deep Freezer

  11. -20 Deep freezers

  12. Electronic Balances

  13. Double Beam Spectrophotometers

  14. Single beam Spectrophotometers

  15. Autoclaves

  16. CO2 Incubator

  17. Incubators, shaker incubators

  18. Water baths

  19. Magnetic Stirrer, Vortex Mixtures, Dry Bath, pH Meters, Auto Pipettes

  20. Microtome

Zoology

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The P.G Department  of Zoology, DAV College, Sector 10 Chandigarh  is the first amongst   all City- beautiful colleges working under the Directorate of Higher Education, Chandigarh Administration to get the  status of an Approved Research Centre in   2013. The students have the opportunities to get themselves enrolled   for Research degree leading to Ph.D  in various thrust areas such as, Aquatic Biology, Entomology ,Immunology, Cytogenetics and Molecular Biology Fish and Fisheries, Physiology etc.

Research Laboratories:

There are three dedicated and well-equipped Research laboratories:  

1. Aquatic Biology Research Lab

The aforesaid lab primarily deals with studies on the freshwater ecosystem and its fauna with special reference to  micro as well as macrozoobenthic organism, their taxonomy and ecology along with their role in bio-monitoring the freshwater ecosystems and extending the scope of research from freshwater mollusks to land snails.

2. Entomology lab

Currently, Morpho-molecular investigations of mosquito species have been going on for the  identification,  especially  closely related species  and  to sort out the problem of  species complexes with  the help of  classical  and   molecular taxonomy . The aligned sequences are used further for phylogenetic analyses, construction of phylogenetic trees and   DNA barcodes using various molecular markers.

3. Molecular Immunology & Infection Biology Lab

Current research in the lab is focused on studying changes induced by the Leishmania parasites in macrophages after infection and vice-versa. A combination of molecular, biochemical, imaging and computational tools are used for the purpose.

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 Research Projects completed by the faculty

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Major Equipments:

  • Electronic kits to check water parameters

  • Phase Contrast Microscopes

  • Advanced Pathological Photomicroscope

  • Automatic Image analysis Software

  • Master cycler PCR Machine

  • Autoclave

  • CO2 incubator

  • BOD Incubator

  • Digital Balance

  • Digital pH meter

  • Bench top mini centrifuge

  • Deep freezer

  • Filter Assembly (for cell culture medium)

  • Autopipettes

  • Flame photometer

  • Microscopes- Binoculars, Trinocular Stereo-zoom Microscope, Dissection microscopes with and without photographic attachments , Fibre Optic  Illuminator, Drawing Tube Attachments, Prog-Res Camera with software.

  • Benthic samplers

  • Spectrophotometer

  • Chemicals and Equipments for water analysis

  • Sediment analyzer

  • Insect Storage Cabinets with Boxes