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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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