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ASM's Culture of Responsibility Workshop

5-7th May 2018
Organized by: School of Bioengineering and Biosciences and Human Resource Development Center, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab.

Dr. Gaurav Kumar (Asst. Professor, Department of Microbiology) was the Resource Person and Coordinator of ASM's Culture of Responsibility Workshop. The work was designed by American Society of Microbiology, USA for guiding the youngsters about biosafety, biosecurity and responsible conduct of research.

National Workshop on Basic techniques in Biotechnology

07-10th March 2018
Organized by: School of Bioengineering and Biosciences under the Aegis of Human Resource Development Centre, Lovely Professional Professional University, Phagwara, India

Dr. Bhupendra Koul (Asst. Professor, Department of Biotechnology) was the Resource Person and Coordinator of National Workshop on Basic techniques in Biotechnology. The main aim of the workshop on “Basic Techniques in Biotechnology” was to acquaint and train the participants of Sciences in applied Molecular Biology Tools and Techniques.

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National Workshop on Next Generation Sequencing

30-31st March 2018
Organized by: School of Bioengineering and Biosciences and Human Resource Development Center, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab.

Dr. Atul Kumar Upadhyay, Dr. M. Amin-ul Mannan, Mr. Vikas Kaushik, Dr. Rahul Badhwar organized National Workshop in Next Generation Sequencing on March 30-31, 2018. There were about 30 participants from LPU, Delhi and places like Sikkim. The participants learned hands-on training computation tools. The event was presided over by Dean and Associate Dean of the Schools.

3rd Green and Sustainable Chemistry conference

13-16th May 2018

Ms. Shivika Datta (PhD Zoology) went for'3rd Green and Sustainable Chemistry conference' which was held in Berlin, Germany from 13th-16th May 2018. This conference was organised by Elsevier in association with Leuphana University and International Sustainable Chemistry collaborative centre, Bonn, Germany. She got financial assistance through International Travel support (ITS) scheme of Department of Science and Technology- Science and Engineering board (DST-SERB), Government of India.

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Paper Presentation in 40th Symposium on Biotechnology in USA

29th April to 2nd May 2018

Dr. Richa Arora, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, LPU presented a paper entitled, Augmented bioethanol production by novel thermotolerant yeast through statistically designed growth and fermentation medium for fuel and chemicals in 40th Symposium on Biotechnology, held in Clearwater, Florida, USA which was organized by Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. She got financial assistance through International Travel Support (ITS) scheme of SERB, Govt. of India.

Funded Research Project

Dr. Mohammad Amin-ul Mannan in collaboration with University of Delhi South Campus got a project approval on titled: "Unfolded Protein Response: Achilles Heels of Fungal Pathogenesis" from DST-SERB Extra-mural research grant. The total budget for project is 48,40,225 INR. The share of LPU is 41,25,225 INR.

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Faculty Development Program

21st April 2018
Organized by: School of Bioengineering and Biosciences and Human Resource Development Center, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab.

Dr. Bhupendra Koul (Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, LPU) conducted an Faculty Development Program (CCT819) under the aegis of HRDC, LPU on 21 April, 2018. Dr. Siddharth Tiwari; Scientist D; National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali was invited for a guest lecture on “Recent Biotechnological Techniques for Crop Improvement”. It was a two session training program followed by feedback and post training evaluation.

GATE Exam

February 2018

Nimanpreet Kaur (M.Sc. Microbiology), Vipul Kumar (B.Tech Biotech), Ankita Khanna (B.Tech Biotech) and Shubham Mukherjee (B.Tech Biotech), School of Bioengineering and Biosciences have Cleared GATE.

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CSIR-UGC Joint NET Exam

December 2017

1. Nishant Raj– Integrated BSc-MSc Biotechnology, Waseem – MSc Botany, Hom Singli – MSc (Hons) Botany, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences have cleared CSIR-UGC joint NET examination – December 2017.

Paper Presentation and Radio Talk

16-17th February 2018

Arun Chauhan (PhD Zoology) has presented a paper in 4th Biennial Conference of PAi and International Symposium on Probiotic Therapy: Translating to Health and Clinical Practice in JLN Auditorium, AIIMS, New Delhi on February 16-17, 2018 and received Young Investigator Award and also invited for Radio Talk on All India Radio/Doordarshan on same topic.

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School of Bioengineering and Biosciences started BioTech Incubation Center

School of Bioengineering and Biosciences and LPU Startup School has collaborated with Sangha Innovation Center, Quadianwali to initiate LPU Biotech Incubation Center within the campus. This is the first of its kind Biotech incubation center in North India in collaboration with the Industry.
The current Management team to initiate this incubation center is –
1. Dr. Neeta Raj Sharma (HOS- School of Bioengineering and Biosciences)
2. Mr. Vaneet Arora (Deputy Director, Department of Industry Interface)
3. Mr. Manish Saini (Deputy Director, LPU Startup School)

Interactive talk

Organized by: School of Bioengineering & Biosciences to explore funding opportunities from BIRAC (DBT,GoI)

An interactive talk was organized by School of Bioengineering and Biosciences on 24-07-2018, in which Dr. Vivek Sharma from IITD (foundation for innovation & technology transfer) shared his expertise with faculty members on different aspects of funding from Biotechnology Industry Research Council (BIRAC) for innovative idea with potential for commercialization

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Workshop organised on Enzymes of Agro-industrial Technology

Workshop on “ENZYMES OF AGRO-INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY” was conducted on March 13th -14th, 2018, organized by Department of Biochemistry, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab. Total 31 participants attended the workshop. They also visited Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana.

Faculty members invited by other institutions for their faculty development program

Dr. Atul Kumar Upadhyay, Assistant Professor Biotechnology, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences have given an invited talk on Faculty Developmental Programme on “Approaches for Insilico Drug Designing”. The FDP was scheduled from 3rd to 7th July, 2018 at IILM, College of Engineering and Technology, Greater Noida. His talk and hands-on was on "Pharmacogenomics and molecular modelling", where he has discussed basic concepts and recent research trends of pharmacogenomics.

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Faculty members invited by other institutions for expert talks

Invited talk was given by Dr. Saroj Kumar Amar in Forensic Science conference (Forensic Agora 2018, Galgotias University, Gr. Noida) on 21st and 22nd April 2018.

Award received by faculty members

Dr. Sushil Gupta Department of Zoology, received an International award for outstanding contribution for research and academics in Bio-sciences in Punjab by International Accrediting Authority, USA in India Education Awards & Summit 2018 held at Leela Palace, Chankaya Puri, New Delhi.

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Award received by faculty members

Dr. Umesh Gautam got 3rd prize in oral presentation on “Bio- fertilization of Silver Nanoparticles using Aqueous Extracts of some Medicinal Plants for Application as Antimicrobial Agent” in an International conference on February 21-23, 2018 (ICBN 2018) in Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar.

Award received by faculty members

Dr. Vikas Kaushik,  attended an Scopus Indexed International Conference on Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology-2018 at Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang KMITL-Phuket, Thailand. There he presented his research work on "Statistics of unrelated sequence properties to improve prediction of B-cell based linear epitopes”, He was awarded best paper presentation award for prsenting his research work.

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Research Presentation at International Platform

Dr. Anish Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, LPU presented a paper entitled, ”Managing albendazole resistance in parasitic worm infestations utilizing traditional plant sources: Bioinformatics strategy” in First International Workshop on Parasitic Nematodes at New York University, Abu Dhabi. He was awarded travel grant for this workshop and the only Indian to receive this award across the world. He even interacted with some great scientists such as Kris Gunsalus (NYU New York), Oliver Hobert (Columbia University).

Faculty Members Availed Training from Outside

Dr. M. Amin-ul Mannan and Dr. Atul Kumar Upadhyay attended five-day short-term course organized by NITTTR, Chandigarh. After coming they have also shared their experiences in-house faculty development programme. The course was to increase the “Effective teaching skills”

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Faculty Research Highlights

Dr. Devendra Kumar Pandey has experience of 10 years in the area of medicinal plant biotechnology and herbal drug analysis. One of his Ph.D. student (Ms.N.W. Ayangla) working on Glycyrrhiza glabra had published paper in Phytochemistry reviews (impact factor 3.87) and another student (Mrs. Prabhjot Kaur) working on Swertia chirata had published research paper in 3 Biotech (impact paper 1.43).

Dr. Manoj K. Jena has experience of 4 years in the area of mammary gland biology and pregnancy complications. Recently he has published his work in PLOS ONE journal (impact factor. 2.86). This research work revealed that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) induces the macrophage recruitment and polarization in the decidua towards M2 phenotype for successful pregnancy. Their findings showed that decidual VEGF has crucial role in macrophage recruitment and polarization, and inhibition of VEGF signaling may contribute to macrophage polarity shift (M2 → M1) as observed in different pregnancy disorders including preeclampsia.

Students Achievements

Prestigious Mitacs Globalink research award received by Doctoral student of School of Bioengineering and Biosciences

Jaskaran Dhiman, Ph.D. Student of Bioengineering and Bioscience working under guidance of Dr. Neeta Raj Sharma has been selected for prestigious Mitacs Globalink research award to perform his research work in McGill University, Canada. The proposed technology is a low-cost, low tech sustainable biochar based technology for wastewater treatment and highly useful for India. The group is currently working on two other projects that came up as a part of the learning experience through the Mitacs project.

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Students Achievements

Chelsea Joseph (B.Sc .1 st Year forensic science) got 2nd prize for oral presentation in Forensic Science conference (Forensic Agora 2018, Galgotias University, Gr. Noida) on 21st and 22nd April 2018.

Students Achievements

Student of Bioengineering and Bioscience Tanvi Gupta received SRISTI- BIRAC Appreciation Award and grant of 50,000 INR at Biotech Innovation Ignition School (BIIS)-3 Project, 2018.

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Paper publication in Journal of Phycology

Dr. Anupam Tiwari, Assistant Professor, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, published a paper entitled, “Biochemical and physiological characterization of a halotolerant Dunaliella salina isolated from hypersaline Sambhar Lake, India” in Journal of Phycology with impact factor 2.239.

Guest lectures by Dr Rishi Gupta (Associate Professor and Director of Civil engineering, University of victoria, Canada)

Dr. Rishi Gupta delivered multidisciplinary lectures on “Hybrid Absorbable Landscapes: A Canadian case study” on 4th Sept. 2018.

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Taiwan internship

Ms. Tanvi Gupta, M.Sc Biotechnology student who got the 2 month Taiwan internship andworked on a project entitled, “Antibody- targeted Multifunctional liposomes for EGFR- positive tumor”

Junior Research Fellowship

Sadaf Arif, M.Sc. Microbiology student got Junior Research Fellowship for algal research under Dr. Shashi Kumar, Senior Scientist & Group leader of metabolic engineering in International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi.

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FDP by Prof. Pratyoosh Shukla, Professor & Head, Department of Microbiology, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak

Prof. Pratyoosh Shukla, Professor & Head, Department of Microbiology, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak conducted FDP on Bioinformatic Tools in Microbial Biotechnology on Aug 18, 2018.

Faculty Participation in Outreach Faculty Development Programme

Dr. Anish Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, attended Faculty Developmental Programme on PEDAGOGICAL SKILLS FOR TEACHERS. The FDP was scheduled from 22nd to 23 rd July, 2018 at NIT Jalandhar. The course enabled the participant to communicate effectively in the classroom.

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Research Appreciation Award 2018

Dr. Anand Mohan, Associate Professor and Dr. Mahendra Pratap Singh, Assistant Professor in Department of Botany & Zoology, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences have received Research Appreciation Award 2018 in recognition of their commitment and contribution towards research.

Bioinformatics workshop attended by Faculty members

Three faculty members of School of Bioengineering and Biosciences (Er Himanshu Singh, Assistant Professor and Head; Dr. Akshay Garg, Assistant Professor; Dr. Joydeep Dutta, Associate Professor and Head) attended 04 days Bioinformatics Workshop: A journey towards System Biology: Biocomputing of Hi throughput Omics data” from 8-11 October, 2018. The workshop was organised by Centre of Basic Sciences and Humanities, GB Pant Agriculture University and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttrakhand, in collaboration with DBT, Govt of India.

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Resource person in Bioinformatics Workshop

Dr. Atul Upadhyay was invited as a resource person to give a talk on NGS data analysis and also hands-on on the genomics databases in Bioinformatics Workshop: A journey towards System Biology: Biocomputing of Hi throughput Omics data” from 8-11 October, 2018. The workshop was organised by Centre of Basic Sciences and Humanities, GB Pant Agriculture University and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttrakhand, in collaboration with DBT, Govt of India.

Poster presentation at CSIR-IIIM Jammu

Dr. Anish Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, presented a poster entitled ''Management of mebendazole resisistance in parasitic diseases using in silco approaches'' in national conference on “OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN FERMENTATION BASED INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES” (IAMF 2018). The conference was scheduled from 13 to 14 Sept, 2018 at CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine Jammu.

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Teacher Appreciation Award 2018

Dr. Gaurav Kumar, Assistant Professor, has received "Teacher Appreciation Award 2018" in School of Bioengineering and Biosciences.

Attended GIAN program of MHRD, Govt of India

Participated in one week GIAN program of MHRD, Govt of India from 8-13 Oct on current challenges in commercial production of cellulosic ethanol and scored A+ grade.

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Workshop on Laboratory Management

Lovely Professional University hosts Workshop on on Laboratory Management System as per ISO/IEC 17025:2017
Recognizing the need of uniformly high standards in laboratory management, Workshop on Laboratory Management System as per ISO/IEC 17025:2017 was organized by the Human Resource Development Center and School of Civil Engineering at Lovely Professional University w.e.f Sep 21 to Sep. 22, 2018.
Mr. S.K Chaudhuri, former Dy. Director General, BIS and Lead Auditor and Dr. Amit Srivastava Head of School of Civil Engineeringwere the Key Resource Persons for the workshop.
The participants were included a blend of Faculty members and Research Scholars of various disciplines out of which 03 participants were from School of Biotechnology and Biosciences. Mr. Chirag Chopra, Assistant Professor was the best participant of the workshop.

Research paper publication by Faculty

Faculty Research Highlights-Paper Publication Dr. Neha Handa has published a research paper titled ”A research article entitled “Selenium ameliorates chromium toxicity through modifications in pigment system, antioxidative capacity, osmotic system, and metal chelators in Brassica juncea seedlings” is published in South African Journal of Botany, with the outcome that Selenium application might help the seedlings to withstand stress caused by Chromium by strengthening their antioxidant system, osmoregulation, and metal-chelating ability.

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Extra curricular activities of Students

Vishal Joshi, BSc Forensic science, First year, 11805791, won Silver Medal in West Zone Power-lifting Championship held at Dalli-Rajrah, Chattishgarh.

Conference participation by Students

Ms. Nancy Bhura participated in the Arogya Sangoshthi here at LPU and secured first position in poster presentation. The title of the conference was Integrated Conference on Ayurveda, Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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BOOK LAUNCH ENTITLED 'FUNGI AND THEIR ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CURRENT PERSPECTIVES'

Successful book launch of Dr. Joginder Singh’s book- “Fungi and their Role in Sustainable Development: Current Perspectives” at the 'International Symposium on Fungal Biology: Advances, Applications and Conservation & 45th Annual Meeting of the Mycological Society of India' during November 19-21, 2018. Organized By National Fungal Culture Collection of India (NFCCI) (DST - National Facility) at MACS' Agharkar Research Institute, G.G. Agarkar Road, Pune 411004, India. In his Inaugural Address Symposium Chief Guest Prof. D.L. Hawksworth, have presented this book to be one of the significant compilation of research work done over fungi in India. He is a British mycologist and lichenologist currently with a professorship in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Madrid, Spain and also a Scientific Associate of The Natural History Museum in London. In 2002, he was honored with an Acharius Medal by the International Association for Lichenology. As of 2015, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the journals IMA Fungus and Biodiversity and Conservation. He also showed his interest in writing a review of the book on the International Mycological Association website.

WORKSHOP AT MONASH UNIVERSITY (MALAYSIA CAMPUS)

Dr. Anish Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, participated in overseas courses of Wellcome genome campus, UK held at Monash University, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia. The workshop was held from 28 October - 02 November 2018. The occasion was ‘Working with Parasite Database Resources’ at Monash University Malaysia campus, where specially invited 20+ distinguished researchers from top ranked universities of the USA, UK, Australia, Singapore and more participated in this overseas course. This prestigious six day workshop proved a rare opportunity for the LPU professor as he had received a travel grant award, for participation. Dr. Anish also got a great opportunity to meet great scientists including Dr. Ulrike Böhme Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK, Dr. Kathryn Crouch University of Glasgow, UK, Dr. Omar Harb University of Pennsylvania, USA and Dr. Thomas Otto University of Glasgow, UK.

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IARDO YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD FOR 2018

Mr. Chirag Chopra (Assistant Professor and Head of Labs, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, Lovely Professional University) was awarded the IARDO Young Scientist Award for 2018 for contribution in the field of Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering. The awards were conferred by Dr. MK Padalia, Respected Vice-Chancellor of Shri Guru Govind University, Godhra, Gujarat, Dr. Nitin Malik, Joint Registrar, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi and Mr. Bosco George, Respected Superintendent of Police, Goa-North.

IARDO AWARD FOR BEST TEACHER OF THE YEAR-2018

Dr. Reena Singh: Awarded 'IARDO Award for Best Teacher of the Year-2018' for contribution in teaching diverse subjects pertaining to Cellular Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering. The awards were conferred by Dr. MK Padalia, Respected Vice-Chancellor of Shri Guru Govind University, Godhra, Gujarat, Dr. Nitin Malik, Joint Registrar, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi and Mr. Bosco George, Respected Superintendent of Police, Goa-North.

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Prestigious PROF M.J. NARASIMHAN MERIT ACADEMIC AWARD RECEIVED BY Ph.D SCHOLAR

Ms. Kajal Thankur (Ph.D Biotechnology under the supervision of Dr Umesh Goutam and co-supervision of Dr S Sundaresha) presented her research work entitled “Alternative approach for management of Ralstonia solancearum in Potato by silencing host susceptible gene” in National Symposium on Alternative approaches in Plant health management for enhancing farmer’s income at Department of Plant Pathology, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Himachal Pradesh between 2-3 November 2018. She won first prize in Prof M.J. Narasimhan Academic Award (North Zone) organized by the Indian Phytopathological Society.

CSIR-UGC JOINT NET EXAM 2018

Mr. Nishant Raj, student of BSc.-M.Sc. (Biotechnology) Integrated has successfully qualified CSIR-UGC TEST FOR JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (JRF) of June, 2018 for the second time with 55 th rank.

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CSIR-UGC JOINT NET EXAM 2018

Ms. Roni Chaudhary (Regd No. 11614343), student of M.Sc Botany batch 2016, Lovely Professional University, has cleared CSIR NET-JRF of June 2018 with 61 st rank.

RESEARCH ARTICLE ACCEPTANCE IN THE JOURNAL “DESALINATION AND WATER TREATMENT”

The manuscript of Dr Evangeline entitled “Iron oxide modified Polyethersulfone/cellulose acetate blend membrane for enhanced defluoridation application” has been accepted in “Desalination and Water Treatment”. The journal is included in the Web of Science, SCI-E and Current Contents and the 2016 impact factor is 1.631. Attached herewith is the proof of acceptance.

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ACCEPTENCE FOR ORAL PRESENTATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BY STUDENT

Research work of Mr. Saurabh Singh (Reg. No. 11700461) has been accepted for oral presentation at the prestigious 27th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition to be held in Lisbon, Portugal from 27th to 30th May, 2019. Saurabh is a student of M.Sc. (Hons.) Biotechnology and is carrying out his Master’s research on Comparative Assessment of Bio-ethanol production from immobilized co-cultures of Zymomonas mobilis and Saccharomyces, under the guidance of Dr. Reena Singh Chopra

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES OF STUDENTS

Mr. Saurabh Kumar, student of BSc.-M.Sc. (Biotechnology) Integrated was positioned 1st in on the spot painting and 2nd position in rangoli competition at IIT, Ropar in zeitgeist 2018.

Mr. Saurabh Kumar, student of BSc.-M.Sc. (Biotechnology) Integrated won gold medal in tattoo designing and won silver medal in installation art at MMU, Ambala in event universumm 2018.

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Student Achievement

Ms. Roni had qualified CSIR-UGC, held on 17th June, 2018 and now she is placed as project JRF at NABI Mohali

Student Achievement

Ms. Nitika Sharma had qualified CSIR-UGC, held on 17th June, 2018

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Faculty Achievement

Dr. Bhupendra Koul published a book ‘Biotechnological Strategies for Effective Remediation of Polluted Soils’

Highlights:

1. This book discusses various in situ and ex-situ bioremediation strategies for the effective removal of pollutants from soil.
2. The book presents state-of-the-art techniques like biochar and biofilms.
3. It also highlights recent advances in nanobioremediation - a new concept for the removal of contaminants using nanoparticles.

Faculty Achievement

Dr. Ashish Vyas, Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, participated in workshop on “Data Science using R” at IIIT, New Delhi. The workshop was held on 15 th December 2018. Workshop was attended by 50+ delegates from India. This workshop was conducted collaboratively by scientist from IIIT, Delhi and Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

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Faculty Achievement

Dr. Anupam Tiwari, published research papers entitled as Biochemical and physiological characterization of a halotolerant Dunaliella salina isolated from hypersaline Sambhar Lake, India in Journal of Phycology.

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Objective of the present study was to characterize intrinsic physiological and biochemical properties of the wall-less unicellular cholorophyte Dunaliella salina isolated from a hypersaline Sambhar Lake. The strain grew optimally at 0.5M NaCl and 16:8h L:D photoperiod along with maintaining low level of intracellular Na+ even at higher salinity, emphasizing special features of its cell membranes. It was observed that the cells experienced stress beyond 2M NaCl as evidenced by increased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidative enzymes, nevertheless proline and malondialdehyde (MDA) content declined sharply accompanied by higher neutral lipid accumulation. Salinity exceeding 2M resulted decrease in photosynthetic quantum yield (Fv/Fm) and enhanced glycerol synthesis accompanied by leakage. Super oxide dismutase (SOD) seemed to play a pivotal role in antioxidative defense as eight isoforms were expressed differentially while catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GPX) showing no significant change in their expression at higher salinity. The ability of D. salina to grow in range of salinities by sustaining healthy photosynthetic apparatus along with accumulation of valuable products made this alga an ideal organism that can be exploited as resource for biofuel and commercial products.

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SECTIONAL CONFERENCE = “ANIMAL, VETERINARY AND FISHERY SCIENCES”

SECTIONAL PRESIDENT: Prof. Kuldeep K. Sharma, Jammu University, Jammu
LOCAL SECTIONAL SECRETARY: Dr. Joydeep Dutta, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara

The programme started on 4th Jan 2019 at 2 PM, by honouring Prof B N Pandey, Prof Manoj Chakrabarti, Prof M K Joshi, Prof P P Mathur Prof A K Saxena, Prof V L Saxena, Prof M K Jyoti, Prof K K Sharma, Prof Neelima Gupta (VC, CSJM University, Kanpur), and others. The presidential lecture was given by Prof K K Sharma on “Fish Egg/ Larval Mortality: An issue of Concern”. Prof Shyam Narayan Labh (Foreign delegate), presented his talk on “Biodiversity conservation, personality status and distribution survey of snow leopard (Panthera unciaschreber, 1775) in Nepal”. The conference was sub divided in four sections- Fish, Fisheries and Limnology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Animal and Veterinary Science, Entomology, Parasitology and Wildlife. The conference witnessed 150+ research papers and more than 110 posters from all across India. The conference concluded on 6th Jan 2019 with recommendations and vote of thanks.

SECTIONAL CONFERENCE = “NEW BIOLOGY”

In the New Biology Section, the Sectional President was Dr. Chinmay Kumar Panda, Department of Oncogene Regulation, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute Kolkata and Sectional Secretary was Dr. Neeta Raj Sharma, Head School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, LPU. In the conference, more than 50 oral presentations were held including presidential address and invited lectures from Professors/Scientists from world renowned institutions of eminence.

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Vision Walk-Sanidhya: 2018-19

A vision walk was organized by Lovely Professional University on 19 January, 2019 on the occasion of “Sandhiya-2018-19”, where School of Bioengineering and Biosciences stood as Second Runner-up Team by presenting the School as “BEST”.

Games- Sanidhya: 2018-19

School of Bioengineering and Biosciences won the Football Match in Sanidhya.

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5/10 Years Association With LPU

Dr. Ashish Vyas (HOD- Department of Microbiology: 10 Yrs. Association), Ms. Sujata (Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology: 10 Yrs. Association), Mr. Chirag Chopra (HOL: 5 Yrs. Association) and Mr. John Masih (Sr. Lab Technician: 5 Yrs. Association) School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, were awarded with 5 and 10 years association awards in Sanidhya-2018. They have been contributed immensely in academics, teaching, medical and research in these years for LPU.

Central Council of “Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI)” has approved Department of Microbiology, Lovely Professional University to start a local AMI Unit (AMI-LPU Unit). Dr. Arun Karnwal from Department of Microbiology, Lovely Professional University is serving as President and Dr. Ashish Vyas from Department of Microbiology, Lovely Professional University is serving as Local Secretary and Treasurer.

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Faculties from Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry Dr. Joginder Singh, Dr. Gaurav Kumar, Dr. Neeta Raj Sharma published a book entitled “Microbial Bioprospecting for Sustainable Development” with Springer, ISBN 978-981-13-0052-3.

Dr. Manoj Kumar (Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology) has published a review article entitled 'Molecular mechanism of mammary gland involution: An update' in Developmental Biology (Impact factor: 3.2) in Jan 2019 with vol. no. 445. This review article describes the molecular details of involution process of mammary gland after the lactation period. The fig. describes the LIF and IL6 as inducer of STAT3 transcription factor which is the main regulating protein driving the involution process through transcription of target genes.

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Dr. Bhupendra Koul (Assistant Professor, Department of Botany) has published a review article entitled “Genus Psoralea: A review of the traditional and modern uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology” (Impact factor: 3.115) in Jan 2019 with vol. no. 232. This review article provides explicit information on traditional uses, phytochemistry, and pharmacological activities of selected Psoralea species. The possible trends and perspectives for future research on these plants are also discussed.

Dr. Bhupendra Koul, has also published a research article entitled “Comparative analysis of the antioxidant, antibacterial and plant growth promoting potential of five Indian varieties of Moringa oleifera L. (Impact factor: 1.442), in Jan 2019.

Highlights:
This is the first research report of comparative assessment of five different varieties of Moringa oleifera. The strong antibacterial activity of Jaffna variety, suggests a promising alternative to the noxious synthetic drugs. Compared to other varieties, Jaffna leaf extract significantly improved the growth of Stevia Rebaudiana.

Dr. Neha Handa (Assistant Professor, Department of Botany) has published a research article entitled “Selenium modulates dynamics of antioxidative defence expression, photosynthetic attributes and secondary metabolites to mitigate chromium toxicity in Brassica juncea L. plants” is published in Environmental and Experimental Botany (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envexpbot.2018.11.009). The study envisaged the stress protective role of selenium (Se) against chromium (Cr) toxicity in Brassica juncea L. The results showed that Se improved growth and reduced the oxidative damage (superoxide anions, H2O2 and MDA). The antioxidative defence system (enzymatic and non-enzymatic) improved with Se. Also, Se up-regulated the expression of SOD, CAT, POD, GR, GST-1, PAL and CHS. Photosynthetic efficiency and secondary metabolites enhanced with Se application. Se helped in reducing the hazardous effects of Cr in Brassica juncea plants.

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Dr. Anand Mohan (Assistant Professor, Department of Botany) has published a review article entitled “Dendritic Platforms for Therapeutic Delievery: Compositions, Characterization and Current Status” in Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems (IF-3.5, SJR-0.573). The review signifies that Dendrimers (commonly referred to as Arborols) offer tremendous opportunities for drug delievery, diagnostic and treatment applications.

Students of Integrated B.Sc-M.Sc Biotechnology and B.Tech-M.Tech Biotechnology along with two Faculty members (Dr. Rattandeep Singh and Dr. Shristy Gautam) of Department of Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering participated in the 4th Hargobind Khurana Lecture on Synthetic gene switches and Eklavya model of learning from Hargobind Khurana held at MGSIPA auditorium, Punjab state council for science and technology (PSCST), Chandigarh. The Lecture was delivered by the Professor Aseem Z. Ansari (Co-founder, Indo-US Student exchange programs, Professor, Chemical genomics & Synthetic Biology-University of Wisconsin-Madison). Faculty members and Students have discussed about recent research in stem cell technology and prevention of neuromuscular diseases like Fredrich- Ataxia and Parkinson disease.

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Mr. Baljeet Singh (Ph.D Student of Dr. Umesh Goutam, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology &Genetic Engineering) has selected as Senior Research Fellow under funded Project entitled "Consortia Research Platform (CRP): Biofortification in maize for nutritional Security" at ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research, Pusa Campus, New Delhi. He is getting emoluments of Rs 3.90 lakh per annum.

Ms. Sumaya Farooq (Ph.D Student of Dr. Amit Sehgal, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology) has presented poster on “Effect of varying ratio of green tea and Ocimum gratissimum in a binary mixture on possible synergistic antioxidant interactions” in an International Conference on Global Environmental Challenges Human Health and Sustainable Development from 11-13 January 2019 in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In her work, she has investigated the antioxidant interactions of one of the well-accepted binary combination of green tea with Ocimum gratissimum (tulsi) at different ratios (3:1, 2:1, 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3). Her results revealed the interaction between green tea (GT) and O. gratissimum (OG) at various proportions ranged from strong synergism to moderate antagonism. The green tea and OG combination (1:1) displayed highest antioxidant potential and maximum synergism in all the performed assays.

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Mr. Aijaz Ahmad (Ph.D Student of Dr. Joydeep Dutta, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology), has presented poster on “Ecotoxicological studies of cefotaxime antibiotic on Daphnia magna” in an International Conference on Global Environmental Challenges Human Health and Sustainable Development from 11-13 january 2019, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His work was outlined to survey the intense and incessant poisonous quality of cefotaxime antibiotic on Daphnia magna, a key species in fresh water ecosystem. The 48 h toxicity test with Daphnia magna was conducted in accordance with the recommended procedure outlined in U.S. EPA (2002) and the chronic toxicity tests were performed following the OECD test guideline 211(OECD, 2012). In his results existence of reproductive adverse effects of cefotaxime during the 21-day exposure of the daphnids was observed. His outcomes revealed the enhanced mortality rate and inhibition in average number of neonates with increased exposure to cefotaxime antibiotic.

Ms. Shaista Manzoor (Ph.D Student of Dr. Rahul Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology), has presented poster on “Use of different techniques for identification and characterization of polyamide in environment” in an International Conference on Advanced Materials, Energy and Environmental Sustainability (ICAMEES-2018) from 14-15 December 2018, organised by Departments of Chemistry and Physics, UPES, Dehradun. Her work was outlined to identify and characterize the plastics by using various techniques like FTIR, RAMAN spectroscopy and GC-MS. FTIR gave idea about structure of a compound by absorption of IR radiations. On the other hand RAMAN spectroscopy included the use of monochromatic light out of which a part of photons scatter which have an energy shift corresponding to molecular vibrations in sample. Final identification of polyamide in sample was done by GC-MS which complements the result of FTIR and RAMAN for the presence of polyamide.

In the same conference, Ms. Shaista also gave oral presentation on “Preliminary study of micro-plastic in Harike Wetland, Punjab”.

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Mr. Saurabh Singh (Reg. No. 11700461), student of M.Sc. (Hons) Biotechnology presented a review paper in the seminar titled “Advances in the field of Science for Sustainable Future of Mankind”, organized by Club Genesis under the aegis of School of Professional Enhancement. Saurabh bagged first position in paper presentation in the seminar. Saurabh was also the Head Coordinator for the seminar and showed good leadership and communication skills.