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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.

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 



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


  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


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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


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


The Department of Physics was granted the status of research center by the Panjab University in the year 2017. Currently there are four research students enrolled with the center for the Ph.D. program pursuing research in the fields of condensed matter, nuclear
and high energy physics. The following faculty members are currently active in the research.

Dr. Navneet Kumar Pruthi: He is working in the area of Experimental High Energy Physics. He is a member of internationally known STAR Collaboration, U.S.A. His research is dedicated to analyzing relativistic heavy ion collisions to study the Quark
Gluon Plasma (QGP)which is a state of matter at extreme conditions of temperature/pressure and supposed to have existed a few milliseconds after the Big Bang. He is also a part of Collaborative Research project entitled “Indian Participation in ALICE Experiment at CERN” sanctioned jointly by Department of Science and Technology and Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. Of India. He has collaborative publications in reputed international journals like Nature, Physical Review C, Physics Letters B, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, European Physical Journal etc. He is currently guiding two Ph.D. students.
Dr. Karan Singh Vinayak: He has done research in simulation and in particular analysis of nuclear reactions (in intermediate energy range). His skills and techniques are mainly focused on the extraction of reaction output through theoretical simulations and in certain cases the numerical and computational techniques provide results which are compared to experimental data. Being a theoretician, he is engaged in data analysis and Programming in FORTRAN. His skills also involve carrying out simulations using software’s (operating systems), like, Scientific Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora and Red Hat etc. Presently, he has a research scholar enrolled with him in collaboration with HRI (Prayagraj) and working on the simulation through (W2K) a density functional based code to extract the (Physical, electrical etc.) properties of new alloys. He is looking for further collaborations in experimental domain.
Dr. Monika Bansal: Her field of interest is experimental and phenomenological studies of particle physics. She has worked in experimental particle physics with the CMS experiment at CERN, Geneva. Here, she led the measurements related to the Drell-Yan process with proton-proton collision data. She has been involved in the phenomenological studies to improve on the methods for the experimental measurements. Currently, she is a part of an International Collaboration ATHENA experiment at Electron-Ion Collider, BNL, USA. Her research work is published in International journals such as PRL, PRD, JHEP, JINST.
Dr. Paras Agrawal: He is doing research in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoparticles and Nanofilms. He also works in the field of educational research. He has authored two books. He has twenty research publications in journals that include
International journal of Hydrogen Energy, Applied Nanoscience, AIP, IOP etc. 

Dr. Ruchika Yadav: She has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at PSI, PSI Villigen, Switzerland (2016-17) and at various synchrotron and neutron facilities in Europe. Her research interest is centered around the properties of strongly correlated electron system (SCES). These materials show novel properties due to competing degrees of freedom: Charge, Spin, Orbit and Lattice. Ground State is because of balance between these degrees of freedom and can be disturbed easily by external field/parameters giving rise to exciting novel phenomenon. Her areas of interest include different kinds of magnetic materials from simple ferromagnets and antiferromagnets, systems with complex, frustrated magnetism, incommensurate magnetic structures, and low dimensional magnets. Her field of interest also involves heavy fermions (with non-magnetic, magnetic or superconducting ground states), fluctuating or intermediate valence systems and Kondo lattices. She is also interested in multifunctional materials, oxides materials showing multiferroic behavior, magnetic field induced changes in structure, charge ordering, stripe phases and spin Peierls transitions etc. She has papers in journals like JPCM, Nature Scientific Reports, Physical Review B, Physical Review Letters. 
Dr. Yogyata Pathania: Her area of specialization is Computational Condensed Matter Physics. Her research interests include the application of statistical mechanics methods in condensed matter physics and molecular dynamics simulations of the critical
phenomenon of single component systems and binary systems. She is also interested in applications and developments within the frameworks of density functional theory (DFT). She is currently focussing on nanomaterials for biosensing and water desalination
applications. Her recent publications are in Wiley and Elsevier journals. 

Dr. Mumtaz Oswal: Her areas of research are experimental accelerator-based atomic physics, Inner shell ionization by heavy ions, and their applications for example PIXE, PIGE, EDXRF etc. Presently she is working on X-ray production cross-section measurements using heavy ion beams at Inter University Accelerator centre and Trace element analysis of environmental samples using PIXE, PIGE, and EDXRF. Her recent publications are in Physica Scripta, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B, Radiation Physics and Chemistry and Physical Review A. She has guided one Ph.D Student.
Dr. Deepak Garg: In classical fluid mechanics, turbulent drag on cars, ships, planes present a fundamental problem and is of enormous practical importance. For a viscous fluid the flow is described by the Navier-Stokes (N-S) equation usually with no-slip
condition at the boundary. For small flow velocities (Low Reynolds number), the N-S equation, can be linearized, leading to laminar flow, with drag proportional to the flow velocity. For higher velocities the nonlinear term in the N-S equation leads to an
instability and transition to turbulent flow, e.g., as a turbulent wake behind a moving object. The turbulence is characterized by length scales up to approximately the size of the object. The drag at high velocities is dominated by Bernoulli (pressure) forces and
becomes independent of the viscosity with a constant drag coefficient of order unity. Because turbulence is a complex, far from-equilibrium, nonlinear process, turbulent flow behind a moving object or past an obstacle is still not fully understood and its study
remains a subject of intensive research. Another fundamental problem relates to how this classical picture must be modified for superfluid He-4. Below λ-point (2.17K), behaviour 2 of liquid helium-4 is mainly described by Landau’s two-fluid model with coexisting normal (viscous) and superfluid (inviscid) components, complicating the fluid dynamics. Well below 1K, the normal fluid is almost absent, and we are left with a “pure” superfluid. Its properties are dominated by a coherent field associated with Bose condensation. The superfluid can undergo perfect potential flow, with complete slip at a solid boundary. Rotational flow can arise only in the form of quantized vortex lines: topological defects along which the amplitude of the coherent particle field vanishes and around which there is one quantum (h/m4, with h being Plank’s constant and m4 being mass of one helium atom) of circulation. In the absence of vortex lines, a superfluid is like an ideal fluid in which only potential flow is allowed and flow past an obstacle generates no drag force. So, a vibrating wire, or sphere, in the superfluid should not experience any damping, although its effective mass will be enhanced. In practice, however, there is probably a small drag, even for low velocities, and it is found on tuning- fork and mesh-grid experiments that a large drag almost always sets in as the velocity rises above a few mm/s. This large drag behaves in many respects like that in a classical fluid at high Reynolds number: e.g., at high velocities the drag coefficient tends towards a constant of order unity. It is generally believed that such departures from ideal-fluid turbulence (QT). His present research interests aim to fill this gap in understanding, to a useful extent, by undertaking new types of experiments designed to provide answers to specific questions related to the nucleation and growth of QT. Like classical turbulence, QT involves complex non-linear processes under far-from-equilibrium conditions, but with important and potentially illuminating differences arising from the quantization and the absence of viscous dissipation. Thus, studies of turbulence still command widespread attention. He
has papers in journals like Physical Review B, Journal of low temperature physics, Physics of Fluids etc. He currently has one student enrolled with him for Ph.D. program.

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