School of Basic and Applied Sciences

Department of Animal Sciences

The Department of Animal Sciences is created in 2015, which was originally a part of the Center for Biosciences (Established in 2009), is well-equipped with teaching and research laboratories. The department has vibrant and young faculty with national and international experience and expertise in frontier areas of basic and advanced research in animal biology. Faculty members cover wide area of research specialization from neuroscience to cancer biology to entomology. The quality of the faculty members is evidenced by their high impact publications (total no. of publications accounts to 144, with a commulative impact factor of 450 approximately). The research programs of the faculty are supported by Grants from National and International Funding Agencies accounting to an amount of Rs. 4.3 crores.

Research thrust areas:

  1. Neurosciences
  2. Hormone-dependent development and plasticity of the adult brain
  3. DNA damage and repair
  4. Cancer Biology
  5. Basic and molecular entomology
  6. Insect vectors of human diseases
  7. Detection & Identification of Potential Biomarkers from Cancer

Faculty

  1. Dr. Anil K. Mantha, Associate Professor, HOD
  2. Dr. Aklank Jain, Associate Professor
  3. Dr. Jyoti Parkash, Assistant Professor
  4. Dr. Krishna Chaitanya Rapalli, Assistant Professor
  5. Dr. Sunil Kumar Singh , Assistant Professor
  6. Dr. Shahnaz Rahman Lone, Ramanujan Fellow

Academic Programmes Offered

The Department of Animal Sciences offers the following programmes:

  • Ph.D. Animal Sciences
  • M.Sc. Life Sciences (sp. Animal Sciences)

Syllabi

Research Highlights

The department is currently engaged in the study of:

  • DNA damage-repair mechanisms in neuronal and non-neuronal cells; role of APE1 enzyme in various human diseases; development and characterization of plant based therapeutics aiming at functional modulation of APE1.
  • Hormone-dependent development and plasticity of the metabolic brain in physiological and pathological conditions.
  • Host-parasite interactions during transmission in the mosquito; and search of novel targets for effective insect-pest management.
  • To identify the potential biomarkers for cancer and determine their theraputic potential.

Laboratory Facilities

Department of Animal Sciences features state-of-the-art laboratory with the latest scientific infrastructure. Among the high-end equipment are advanced gel documentation system, high speed refrigerated centrifuge, 2-D gel electrophoresis, inverted microscopes, humidified CO2 incubators, and -60o & -20o C deep freezers, insectory facility and animal cell culture facility. In addition to its own facilities, other advanced facilities like Confocal Laser-Scanning Microscope, Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscope, 96 capillary Automated DNA Sequencer and flow cytometry are readily available through the Central Instrumentation Laboratory (CIL) at CUPB.

Equipment in the Department

  • UV & Chemi-Documentation System
  • High Speed Refrigerated Table Top Centrifuge
  • High Speed Mini Centrifuge
  • 2-D Gel Electrophoresis System
  • 1-D Gel Electrophoresis System
  • Western Blotting (wet and semi-dry) System
  • Autoclave
  • Incubator Shaker              
  • Stackable CO2 Incubator   
  • Inverted Microscope       
  • Ice Flaking Machine               
  • Water Distillation       
  • - 60 OC Ultra Low Freezer
  • - 20 OC Low Freezer
  • 4 OC Refrigerator
  • Spirometer

List of the Research Projects Operational in the Department:

 

Title of the Project

Funding Agency

Grant Received

Dr. Anil K. Mantha

Mitochondrial Oxidative DNA Damage-Repair in Alzheimer’s Disease: AP-endonuclease (APE1/Ref-1) as a Potential Therapeutic Target

Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi (2014-17)

Rs. 46.6 Lakhs

Dr. Aklank Jain.

Role of mi RNA 509 in lung Cancer pathogenesis. 2016-2018 CUPB (2016-18) Rs. 3 Lakhs

Elucidating the role of potential miRNAs in the pathogenesis of Head and Neck Cancer

Department of Biotechnology (2015-18)

.Rs. 24.90 Lakhs

Identification of circulating microRNAs as novel noninvasive biomarkers for early detection of lung cancer

ICMR (2017-20)

Rs. 32.70 Lakhs

Development of vitamin receptor mediated endocytosis based biotin-irinotecan conjugates as selective and safer colon tumor targeting agents

Department of Biotechnology

Rs. 24.19 Lakhs

Co-PI

Dr. Jyoti Parkash

Developmental origins of the metabolic syndrome: Hormone-dependent programming of the metabolic brain in physiological and pathological conditions

CUPB (2016-18) Rs. 3 Lakhs

Role for Semaphorins and its Receptors in the Control of Sexual Brain Development and Adult Brain Plasticity 

UGC, New Delhi under the BSR-start up grant scheme. (2016-19)

Rs. 10 Lakhs 

Neural-glial-endothelial tripartite interactions: Unravel the basic cell-cell regulatory Mechanisms involved in the central control of reproduction.

SERB, DST India

2016-2019

Rs. 50.0 Lakhs 

Dr. Rapalli Krishna Chaitanya

Elucidation of the role of midgut peritrophins during malaria parasite transmission in the vector, Anopheles stephensi UGC (2016-18) Rs. 10 Lakhs
microRNA-sequencing analyses of Plasmodium infected midgut gene expression in the mosquito vector species, Anopheles stephensi

CUPB (2016-18)

Rs. 3 Lakhs

Elucidation of the role of digestive proteases during Plasmodium transmission in Indian malarial vector, Anopheles stephensi  

DST-SERB

(2014-2017)

Rs. 16.5 Lakhs 

Dr. Sunil K. Singh

Biocompatible Nanomaterial Based Electrochemical Biosensor for the Detection of Cardiovascular Diseases DST (INSPIRE)

(2013-18)

Rs. 35 Lakhs
Electrochemically deposited dye coated electrode based biosensor for the detection of hydrogen peroxide CUPB (2017-19) Rs. 3 Lakhs
Dr. Shahnaz Rahman Lone Role of RNA binding protein in AD DST Ramanujan fellow (2016-21)s Rs. 89 Lakhs
Role of neuropeptides in sleep homostatis EMR (Approved) Rs. 61 Lakhs

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