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Department of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry
  • Introduction
  • Striking Features
  • Career Options
  • Staff Members
  • Activities
  • Staff Acheivements
  • Students Achievements
Biochemistry - An Extensive Scientific Discipline  
Biochemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems. Biochemistry emerged as a separate discipline when scientists combined biology with organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry and began to study such topics as how living things obtain energy from food, the chemical basis of heredity, and what fundamental changes occur in disease. Biochemistry includes the sciences of molecular biology, genetics & recombinant DNA technology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, environmental sciences, nutrition & diet planning, immunochemistry, neurochemistry, and bioinorganic, bioorganic, biophysical and bio-analytical chemistry.
 
Biochemistry is applied to medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. In food science, biochemists research ways to develop abundant and inexpensive sources of nutritious foods, determine the chemical composition of foods, and develop methods to extract nutrients from waste products, or invent ways to prolong the shelf life of food products. In agriculture, biochemists study the interaction of pesticides with plants. They examine the structure-activity relationships of compounds, determine their ability to inhibit growth, and evaluate the toxicological effects on surrounding life.

Biochemistry spills over into pharmacology, physiology, microbiology, and clinical chemistry. In these areas, a biochemist may investigate the mechanism of a drug action; engage in viral research; conduct research pertaining to organ function; or use chemical concepts, procedures, and techniques to study the diagnosis and therapy of disease and the assessment of health.

Work in the field of biochemistry is often related to toxicology to understand ways in which organic compounds in the body are changed by enzymes into toxic metabolites and also in determining the health effects of inhaled pollutants.
Biochemistry Discipline At Mithibai College
Mithibai College introduced the much need-based, career oriented, self-financing undergraduate in the year 1995. The first batch of T.Y.B.Sc- 3 Units, appeared in the year 1998. The course was upgraded to B.Sc- Biochemistry-6 Units during the year 1999-2000. Thereafter in 2007, we extended our wings and started the M.Sc course, keeping in the demand from our students and the need of industries. The main purpose of the course is to develop professional skills among the students so as to meet the requirements of business houses.

The mission of the course is
“To Build A Multidisciplinary Learning And Research Environment Founded On Value Based Principles When All Involved Shall Contribute Effectively, Efficiently And Responsibly To The Society”

The course for Biochemistry- 6 units, has been skillfully designed wherein the building blocks of biochemistry are introduced at the first year of graduation. The intrinsic details of human physiology,  microbial and biotechnological applications as well as introduction to  genetics and pharmacology covered during S.Y.B.Sc. At the T.Y.B.Sc level a whole repertoire of subjects as Immunology, Pathophysiology, Environmental sciences, Biostatistics, Metabolism- the basis of life, along with an insight into analytical techniques, and Nutrition and Dietetics are covered. Thus the ‘Foundation of Life’ is wonderfully dealt with in this curriculum. The M.Sc curriculum is aimed at elaborating these subjects in depth.
  • Innovative approaches to teaching:
    • Seminar sessions by the students 
    • Industrial visits to many industries 
    • Use of audio-visual aids like the Overhead Projector and computer aided power point presentations, 
    • Periodic tests 
  • Active participation of staff in all academic and extracurricular events organized by college
  • PIP & Remedial training
  • Student counseling 
  • Summer trainings 
  • Laurels   at  various  INTERCOLLEGIATE competitions 
  • Students participation in extra-curricular activities - NSS work, University Youth Festival, “Kshitij” 
  • Soft skill training & Placements
  • Parent Teachers Meet 
  • Extensive scientific discipline
  • Student Friendly Surrounding.
  • Consistent Academic Performance. 
  • Very supportive Alumni. 
  • Inculcating Social sensitivity among students. 
  • Good Lab Support Staff.
  • Regularity in attendance, class participation. 
Benefits of pursuing Biochemistry
Biochemists are curious about the chemical origin of life, the cell, the effects of organisms on the cell, and how altering conditions can improve life on earth. They are creative, imaginative, hardworking individuals who enjoy interacting with other scientists to discover applications for their work. Perseverance is a key to success. Because they often work in teams, biochemists must be cooperative and able to work well with others. Oral and written communication skills are essential. Biochemists usually establish an area of expertise, but diversity and flexibility are essential when working with other disciplines.

Placement opportunities
Biochemistry refers to the study of the various chemical processes that goes on inside the body of a living organism. A large number of students are opting for this branch of study because of the wide range of job opportunities that this subject presents.

There are vast employment opportunities for the students of Biochemistry as they can be absorbed in a number of Research Institutions. They can also work as faculty in the colleges that offer a course in Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Life sciences. The students of Biochemistry can also work in various research institutes as Scientists, research officers, research associates, chemical examiners, etc. as they specialize in basic research analyzing food, drugs, air, water, waste, or animal tissue. Industries that produce pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, foods, feeds, and consumer products also employ biochemists in research as well as in areas outside the laboratory such as marketing, management, science information, technical writing, and editing, after additional qualifications. Drug companies employ biochemists to research the causes of disease and to develop drugs to combat these diseases. Biotechnology companies employ biochemists in research quality control, clinical research, manufacturing, and information systems with applications to the environment, energy, human health care, agriculture, and animal health. Some biochemists also work in hospitals.

Students can obtain PhD, M.Sc. and even degree certificates in this subject to get a successful career in Biochemistry.
  • Dr. Nupur MehrotraDr. Nupur MehrotraAssistant Professor
    Coordinator
    Vice-Principal (Self-financed)
  • Dr. Swati RawalgaonkarDr. Swati RawalgaonkarAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Sara A. KhanDr. Sara A. KhanAssistant Professor
  • Mr. Kaustubh JadhavMr Kaustubh Prasann JadhavAssistant Professor
  • Mr. Badal ParekhMr. Badal Mukeshchandra ParekhAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Nupur MehrotraDr. Nupur MehrotraAssistant Professor
    Coordinator
    Vice-Principal (Self-financed)
  • Dr. Swati RawalgaonkarDr. Swati RawalgaonkarAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Sara A. KhanDr. Sara A. KhanAssistant Professor
  • Mr. Kaustubh JadhavMr Kaustubh Prasann JadhavAssistant Professor
  • Mr. Badal ParekhMr. Badal Mukeshchandra ParekhAssistant Professor
LUMINESCENCE 2016

The Department of Biochemistry organized “LUMINESCENCE”-academic science intercollegiate festival this year on the 26th July 2016. A festival without cause is like earth without water. This year we went a step further from ‘Grey to Green’ wherein we highlighted all positive transitions be it related to environment or life, in general. Our Radio partners were 92.7 BIG FM. The day-long-festival included eight events viz. Flash of Hope (Photography), AD-vantage (Ad Making), Game of Greens (Cooking Contest); Paint-O-Canvas (Painting), Transformers (Best Out of Waste), Walk the Shades (Fashion Show), Courtroom (Debate) and Grey Matter (Science quiz) were held during the day long festival.  Luminescence 2016 received a stupendous response with 267 participants from 21 colleges.

At Luminescence, we strongly believe that “Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring” and keeping this in mind, this year we moved a step forward in our philanthropic endeavor by donating Rs. 35,000/ (thirty five thousand only) to SMILE Foundation (Vile Parle, West).

SVKM our parent body supported us both morally and financially. Our main sponsor was Shri. Aneelji Murarka, Mirachem Industries, and associate sponsors were Welcum Cure. As over the years Luminescence boasts of financial support by our alumni, Mr. Hardik Shah, Mr. Sumir Pandit and Mr. Qais Lakhani. Our printing partners were Magna Vision Inc. and Krisha Udyog. Sukh Shanti Nursery graciously provided us with saplings for our dignitaries. 

To sum up, our pursuit to ignite the spark of technical competitiveness and to provide a platform for the students to boost their confidence level and creativity was a huge success.
DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY CELEBRATES ENVIRONMENT AWARENESS DAYS
Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal’s, Mithibai College’s Department of Biochemistry celebrated Environment Awareness Days on 9th and 10th June to commemorate World Environment Day, which is celebrated each year on 5th June. This year Biochemistry Department organized a Photography Competition, calculated Carbon Footprint and organized an expert talk by Dr Francin Pinto, Founder Director Garbage Concern NGO. Dr Pinto talked about Resource Management and emphasized on ‘The Attitude of Gratitude’ as being an important aspect of waste management due to potential utility of waste.  Dr Rajpal Shripat Hande, Principal Mithibai College inaugurated the talk and spoke about the importance of environmental conservation, recounting the systematicity of the monsoons in the recent past and took a pledge along with the students to help spread awareness about conserving environment. On 10th June, a Photography competition was held with several entries, each one depicting an aspect of the environment. Simultaneously, Biochemistry students calculated the carbon footprint of other students, thus sensitizing them to the increasing carbon load on the planet. 
The students of M.Sc (Part I and II) and TYBsc where taken for a one-day industrial visit to Silvassa on 16th March 2016. Students visited 2 industries namely a Food processing and manufacturing unit i.e. Man Foods Pvt. Ltd. (Parle Foods Pvt. Ltd.) and a textile industry Bombay Rayon Fashions Ltd. (BRFL). Dr Sara A Khan, Ms Madhura Limaye and Ms Gauri Jani accompanied the students.
ANEELJI MURARKA LECTURE SERIES

Department of Biochemistry organized “Aneelji Murarka Lecture Series” on the eve of Teacher’s day i.e. 4th September 2015 at Main Conference Room, Ground Floor, Mithibai College. Mr Aneelji Murarka, MD Mirachem Industries is a philanthropist who believes in promoting academics and is associated with various college events. He is for our Department “the Wind beneath our Wings”. This lecture series was organized for the faculty members with the aim to enrich their teaching skills and also to keep them abreast with the fact that our food choices affect our health. 35 Faculty members attended the lectures and were given participation certificates.

Two lecture sessions were organized. Dr Geeta Shetty, Associate Professor St. Xavier’s Institute delivered a talk on “Being” Teacher. She focused on the importance of being a teacher without any prejudice and to place student’s objectives before ours. Her sessions literally explained how “A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.” The faculty enjoyed the session and was overwhelmed by the positivity exuberated by the speaker.

The second talk of the day was by Ms Naaznin Husein, Assistant Professor Nirmala Niketan. The title of her talk was ‘We are what we eat.’ Ms Husein emphasized on the importance of balanced diet in our daily life. She suggested the consumption of low calorie snacks at regular intervals during the day accompanied with breathing exercises and exercises to relieve joint pain. 
EDUCATIONAL VISIT-S.Y.B.Sc to IISS

S.Y.B.Sc Biochemistry students undertook an educational visit to International Institute of Sleep Sciences (IISS), Thane on 2nd and 3rd September 2015. The educational visit was undertaken by 41 students accompanied with 4 faculty members, viz. Dr Nupur Mehrotra, Dr Swati Rawalgaonkar, Dr Sara Khan and Ms Gauri Jani. The educational visit is prescribed by the University of Mumbai curriculum. Sleep Sciences is an upcoming field. It has been observed that many of the sleep disorders are largely undiagnosed and hence remain untreated. IISS is actively involved in creating awareness related to sleep disorders and has undertaken two social projects involving police personnel and mentally challenged population. Dr Prasad Karnik, Technical Director IISS, supervised the visit and briefed the students about the possible research areas relating to sleep sciences. Dr Karnik gave detailed explanation about the different types of sleep disorders and demonstrated the methods/techniques adapted to determine various parameters. The students had an interactive session wherein they asked a number of questions pertaining to sleep. All in all it was a good learning experience for the students and faculty alike.
DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY (June – Sept 2015)

JUNE 2015
Department of Biochemistry had a thumping start to the academic session 2015-2016. As part of our social responsibility and to inculcate in our student’s environment awareness, the department organized ‘Environment Awareness Days” from 10 to 12th June 2015. Three events were planned as part of the awareness drive: A guest talk, Carbon Foot-printing and a photography competition. Mr Kedarnath Rao Ghorpade was invited as the guest speaker on 10th June and he delivered a talk on ‘Urban Sustainability-Trends and Approaches.’ Also, on 12th June a ‘Photography Competition’ was held and the participation of the students was overwhelming. The result of the Photography Competition is: 1st Prize Abhishek Pethe; 2nd Sharanya Menon 3rd Sagar Rana. Students also calculated their carbon footprint by using a Tata Power Software which reported the values in Annual Tonnes of CO2.


ANEELJI MURARKA LECTURE SERIES
Department of Biochemistry organized “Aneelji Murarka Lecture Series” on the eve of Teacher’s day i.e. 4th September 2015 at Main Conference Room, Ground Floor, Mithibai College. Mr Aneelji Murarka, MD Mirachem Industries is a philanthropist who believes in promoting academics and is associated with various college events. He is for our Department “the Wind beneath our Wings”. This lecture series was organized for the faculty members with the aim to enrich their teaching skills and also to keep them abreast with the fact that our food choices affect our health. 35 Faculty members attended the lectures and were given participation certificates.
Two lecture sessions were organized. Dr Geeta Shetty, Associate Professor St. Xavier’s Institute delivered a talk on “Being” Teacher. She focused on the importance of being a teacher without any prejudice and to place student’s objectives before ours. Her sessions literally explained how “A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.” The faculty enjoyed the session and was overwhelmed by the positivity exuberated by the speaker.
The second talk of the day was by Ms Naaznin Husein, Assistant Professor Nirmala Niketan. The title of her talk was ‘We are what we eat.’ Ms Husein emphasized on the importance of balanced diet in our daily life. She suggested the consumption of low calorie snacks at regular intervals during the day accompanied with breathing exercises and exercises to relieve joint pain.

Dr Nupur Mehrotra

i) Coordinator of One day Workshop organized by the Department of Biochemistry and BOS in Biochemistry-University of Mumbai on “Credit – Based Semester & Revised Grading System” on 19th Aug 2014. 
ii) Presented three papers (One oral and 2 posters) along with students at the National Conference on ‘Drug Discovery and Drug Targeting in Metabolic Diseases’ organized by BNCP in association with Department of Biotechnology and Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India held on 22-23 December 2014.
iii) Participated at Indian Science Congress 2015, held at University of Mumbai.
iv) At the "South Regional Conference of the Association of Clinical Biochemists of India - 2014", organized by Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore between 22nd-23rd May 2014, thirteen papers by M.Sc–Sem 4 –Biochemistry students from the department were presented. 
v) Guided students for participation in the Research Meet and Science Exhibition, at Mithibai College held on 15-16 January 2015 in Paper Presentation, Poster Presentation and Model Presentation.
vi) Appointed member on the Board of studies at K.J.Somaiya College, Vidyavihar and at SVT College, SNDT University.
vii) Appointed Paper setter, Moderator and Examiner at T.Y.B.Sc- Biochemistry Examinations, University of Mumbai.
viii) Appointed External Examiner (Theory) for T.Y.B.Sc at autonomous K.J. Somaiya College, Vidyavihar  and Paper setter and External Examiner for M.Sc (Theory and Practicals). 
ix) Appointed External Examiner (Theory) for T.Y.B.Sc at autonomous St. Xaviers College, Mumbai.
x) Appointed a term paper guide, Visiting faculty, Paper setter and Examiner, at SVT College, SNDT University for Clinical Biochemistry of Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Dietitics-SVT SNDT Women’s University PG Diploma in Food Nutrition.
xi) Appointed Paper setter, Moderator and Examiner at T.Y.B.Sc- Biochemistry Examinations, University of Mumbai.
xii) Appointed Paper setter, Moderator and Examiner at M.Sc Sem III and Sem II- Biochemistry Examinations, University of Mumbai.
xiii) Guided eleven students for their M.Sc- Biochemistry- Dissertation.
xiv) Convenor of “Luminescence”- Science intercollegiate organized by the department of Biochemistry.
xv) Co-ordinator of M.Sc-Biochemistry subcentre at Mithibai College.
xvi) External examiner at B.Tech –Biotechnology at Dr. D.Y. Patel University.
xvii) Member of NAAC Steering committee, Felicitation program of students, Research meet, Placement Committee, Web-site committee and Admission Committee

Dr. Swati Rawalgaonkar

  1. Member of Attendance Committee, and Science Association Committee
  2. Organizing member of Research meet and Science exhibition, 15-16 January 2015. 
  3. Participated in the One day Workshop on “Credit – Based Semester & Revised Grading System” organized by Department of Biochemistry-BOS in Biochemistry-University of Mumbai on 19th Aug 2014. 

Dr. Sara Khan

i)     Participated in the Department of Biochemistry-BOS in Biochemistry-University of Mumbai One day Workshop on “Credit – Based Semester & Revised Grading System” on 19th Aug 2014.
ii)   Participated in National Conference on ‘Drug Discovery and Drug Targeting in Metabolic Diseases’ organized by BNCP in association with Department of Biotechnology and Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India held on 22-23 December 2014.
iii)  Visiting Faculty in Clinical Biochemistry of Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Dietitics-SVT SNDT Women’s University.
iv)  Member organizing committee “Luminescence-2015”- Academic Science intercollegiate, Research Meet and Science Exhibition 2015 and Sudoku Competition.
v)    Member Mithibai NSS Unit and Vigilance Committee.  

Publications Papers
1.   Khan SA, Priyamvada S, Khan MW, Agharia ER and Yusufi A.N.K. Protective effect of green tea extract on gentamicin induced gastro- and hepatotoxicity in rats. International Research J Chem. 2015; 8: 52-72.
2.   Khan MW, Priyamvada S, Khan SA, Khan S, Anushila Gangopadhyay, Yusufi ANK. Fish/Flaxseed Oil protects against nitric oxide- induced hepatotoxicity and cell death in the rat liver. Human and Experimental Toxicology  2015; May: 1-10.

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Summer Training 2016
  • Mohit Jain, Kaizar Bharmal, Shifa Siddiqui, Lumbaram Patel, Smit Patel did summer training at Dr. R.N. Cooper Hospital from 21st March to 21st April 2016
  • Anadika Prasad,  did summer training at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute from 1st April to 1st June 2016
  • Chandani Manwani, Krisha Shah, Tanya Desai did summer training at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute from 2nd May to 2nd June 2016
  • Tanisha Baid did summer training at Advanced Center for Treatment, research & Education in Cancer (ACTREC) from 1st April to 29th April  2016
  • Ayushi Bhattacharjee did summer training at Advanced Center for Treatment, research & Education in Cancer (ACTREC) from 2nd May to 31st May 2016
  • Jasmeet Kaur Sahni did summer training at NM Medical Center from 1st April to 15th April 2016
  • Nowman Shaikh did summer training at Millat Nursing Home from 22nd March to 22nd May 2016
  • Priyanka Acharya did summer training at USV Private Limited from 4th May to 4th June 2016
  • Pruthvi Sanghavi did summer training at Serum Institute of India from 1st April to 27th May 2016
  • Anjali Yennemadi did summer training at Panexcell Clinical Lab Private Ltd. from 22nd March to 22 April 2016
EXTRACURRICULAR ACHIEVEMENTS (2015-16)
  • Mr. Gavin Lobo participated in Biotechnova-Instalogo and secured the First Prize.
  • Shivani Solanki participated in Biotechnova-Connect the dots and secured the First Prize.
  • Gavin Lobo, Anurag Mishra, Shivani Solanki & Anjali Yennemadi participated in Biotechnova-Fotosynthesis and secured the First Prize.
  • Falak Jamadar, Abeer Bagdadi, Priyanka Acharya & Snehal Moperkar participated in Biotechnova-Fotosynthesis and secured the First Prize.
  • Bhavana Parmar & drashti Dave participated in Spice of Life-Luminescence and secured the Second Prize.
  • Bhavana Parmar & Drashti Dave participated in Water Elixir of Life-Luminescence and secured the Third Prize.
  • Parinaz Patel participated in Bollywood Dance-Annual Talent Search and secured the Third Prize.
  • Parinaz Patel participated in Fashion Show-Annual Talent Search and secured the Third Prize.
  • Lamia Karol participated in YUVA-Intercollegiate basketball tournament and secured the First Prize.
  • Anurag Mishra participated in YUVA- Intercollegiate 100m race and secured the First Prize.
  • Anurag Mishra participated in YUVA- Intercollegiate 200m race and secured the First Prize.
  • Anurag Mishra participated in YUVA- Short Put and secured the First Prize.
  • Anurag Mishra participated in YUVA- Intercollegiate Relay race and secured the Third Prize.
  • Disha Jaiswal & Lamia Karol participated in Health Court organized by K.J. Somaiyya College and secured the Second Prize
  • Disha Jaiswal & Lamia Karol participated in Saptaparni-Biorangoli organized by Mithibai College and secured the Second Prize
  • Disha Jaiswal & Lamia Karol participated in Saptaparni-Best out of Waste organized by Mithibai College and secured the First Prize
  • Disha Jaiswal participated in Hots Quiz organized by Avanti Organization and secured the Third Prize
  • Jasmeeet Kaur Sahni & Kosha Parikh participated in Water Elixir of Life-Luminescence and secured the First Prize.
  • Jasmeeet Kaur Sahni & Kosha Parikh participated in Sound of Life-Luminescence and secured the Second Prize.
  • Rishabh Vora participated in Sound of Life-Luminescence and secured the Third Prize.
  • Rishabh Vora participated in Magic Show-Chem Trek and secured the First Prize.
  • Rishabh Vora participated in Just Talk -Chem Trek and secured the First Prize.
  • Rishabh Vora participated in Oral Quiz -Chem Trek and secured the Third Prize.
  • Jasmeeet Kaur Sahni participated in MY CAREER MY CHOICE organized by Hindustan Times and secured the First Prize.
  • Disha Jaiswal participated in Arth Manthan organized by N.G.Acharya & D.K.Marathe college and secured the Second Prize.