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Department of Biotechnology
Department of Biotechnology
  • Introduction
  • Career Options
  • Staff Members
  • Activities
  • Staff Achievement
  • Student Achievements
  • Striking Features
As a multidisciplinary applied science, Biotechnology is an amalgam of Genetics, Molecular biology, Recombinant DNA technology, Biochemistry, Neurochemistry, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Cell biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Medical , Industrial, Environmental , Animal, Plant, Pharmaceutical and Nano Biotechnology to name a few. It has a key role to play in the cutting edge Research and Development industry, thus revolutionizing healthcare, food and agriculture sectors. 

The Department of Biotechnology at Mithibai College was established in the year 2002. The University of Mumbai started undergraduate course in Biotechnology in the year 2002, and Mithibai College was one of the first colleges to start three year integrated course. The Post Graduate department was started in the year 2007.The Department offers an outstanding learning environment by facilitating the best learning experience possible, the prime objective being, to prepare graduates and post graduate students for challenging careers in the Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical sectors and enable upward mobility for higher study and research in the Biological sciences Industry. We strive to create an academic environment which would match the best Biotechnology Institutes in the world.

The department admits students at F.Y.B.Sc. on the basis of merit with eligibility of the H.S.C. or equivalent examinations.   

Presently, there are five teachers actively participating in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. The department is actively involved in research. Various research projects are undertaken by the staff and post graduate students as part of their curricular and co-curricular activities. The teaching staff of the Department of Biotechnology has been involved in the framing of Syllabi at Under-graduate level.  The Department organizes workshops related to transaction of the curriculum.

The Departmental staff is involved in admission procedure, administrative activities, and cultural, extracurricular and co-curricular activities. The Department of Biotechnology regularly organizes exhibitions namely KALA MELA and BIOTECHNOVA to provide a platform to showcase student’s talent in academic, extracurricular and co-curricular area and for the overall development of students The Department has a library for   students. This library has the requisite text books as well as the reference books needed as per the prescribed syllabi. 

DEPARTMENT OFFERS FOLLOWING COMBINATION

F.Y.B.Sc.:-One division: total strength   = 35

1. Biotechnology – Botany - Chemistry

2. Biotechnology – Zoology – Chemistry

S.Y.B.Sc: 

One division: Total strength = 35<

1. Biotechnology – Chemistry

T.Y.B.Sc.

One division: Total strength = 35

Biotechnology Six Unit ( 6 units) with Applied Component – Food Nutrition and Food Adulteration

M. SC.

Student strength: 20

1. M. Sc. Part – I  = 20

2. M. Sc. Part – II  = 20

INFRASTRUCTURE

The Biotechnology Department is situated on the third floor of the College main building. It has separate Under-graduate (B.Sc.) and Post – graduate (M. Sc.) laboratories which is well equipped with sophisticated instruments.
CAREER OPTIONS

The Biotechnology industry is constantly growing; over the past two decades. The students of biotechnology has a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from Research and Development, to Manufacturing and Quality Control and Assurance, Scientific writing, Regulatory and Intellectual Property Rights Management .The Biotechnology industry continues to flourish nationwide. Not only are the total number of Biotechnology companies increasing, but employment in the Biotechnology field continues to grow as well.

The applications of this branch of science are immense and simply incredible. On one hand, it caters to the Industrial sector such as Food and Beverages industry, Textiles industry, Biological products, Health care and Pharmaceuticals while on the other hand this branch of science also caters to the requirements of Environmental, Animal, Plant and Nano biotechnology.

The employment opportunities in the Biotechnology sector are diverse ranging from Academicians, Research Associates, Scientific Officers, QA/ QC managers, Scientific Editors, Clinical Research Associates, Bioinformaticians, Science journalists, Scientific Reporters, Project and Production Administrators and Managers.
  • Dr. Mrs. Jayaprada Rao  ChunduriDr. Mrs. Jayaprada
    Rao Chunduri
    Assistant Professor
    Co-ordinator
  • Mrs.  Shubhada WalvekarMrs. Shubhada WalvekarAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Mrs. Rency Elizabeth ThomasDr. Mrs. Rency
    Elizabeth Thomas
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Mrs. Shruti SinghDr. Mrs. Shruti SinghAssistant Professor
  • Mrs. Muzna  R. ShaikhMrs. Muzna R. ShaikhAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Mrs. Jayaprada Rao  ChunduriDr. Mrs. Jayaprada
    Rao Chunduri
    Assistant Professor
    Co-ordinator
  • Mrs.  Shubhada WalvekarMrs. Shubhada WalvekarAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Mrs. Rency Elizabeth ThomasDr. Mrs. Rency
    Elizabeth Thomas
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Mrs. Shruti SinghDr. Mrs. Shruti SinghAssistant Professor
  • Mrs. Muzna  R. ShaikhMrs. Muzna R. ShaikhAssistant Professor
ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

  • Interactive Teaching and Learning process
  • Seminars and presentations 
  • Organization of workshops for transaction of syllabus.
  • Add- on Certificate course in “Clinical Microbiology and Management”
  • FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS:

Exam Wrappers include questions about preparation strategies, remaining questions, and study goals for the unit. This helps students reflect on their study strategies to identify the best ways to prepare for future exams.
Homework Wrappers include questions about students' confidence in applying their knowledge and skills both before and after completing an assignment. This gives students immediate feedback concerning the accuracy of their perceptions.
Lecture Wrappers include questions at the beginning of class about what students anticipate getting out of a lesson and/or questions at the end of class about the key points of the lesson. 
  • SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS:

Examinations: These include Internal class tests, Assignments and Semester examination (Theory and Practicals) at the end of course units. 

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

BIOTECHNOVA- An Intercollegiate event exploring various aspects of Biotechnology with the help of working models, posters and events such as Bio- Expo, Bio – Tamasha, Ad – Mad and painting
FOCUS - A Photographic exhibition
KALA – MELA – An annual exhibition for Art, Craft and other skills of students
RESEARCH MEET- A research paper presentation forum organized in association with Konark Industries for undergraduate, post graduate students as well as research scholars from Colleges under Mumbai University as well as other Universities.
BOOK APPRECIATION PROGRAMME: An activity to encourage students to read books

Dr. (Ms.) Jayaprada Rao Chunduri

• Academic Editor/ Author  Suggested Reviewer for Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture; ISSN : 0976-9927 (Print) E-ISSN : 0976-9935 (Index Copernicus Value (ICV) : 6.84 (2012) DOI : 10.9735/0976-9927
• Member - Editorial board of European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research; ISSN : 2394- 3211 (SJIF Impact Factor 2.026)
• Appointed by Mumbai University as Panel member for selection and approval of FIP candidature to UGC at Nirmala Niketan
• Resource Person - All India  seminar  on Environmental aspects of coastal and Inland waterways organized by  Institute of Marine Engineers and Tolani Maritime Institute, Pune
• Guided 7 M.Sc Research projects of Biotechnology on various subjects as AAP, development of bioreactors to degrade UCO, phytal stains in Mol. Bio techniques, marine microbes, phytochemistry,bacterial enzymes
• Institute of Marine Engineers and Tolani Maritime Institute, Pune - All India  seminar  on Environmental aspects of coastal and Inland waterways (3-4 March 2016)
• Poster presentation at IIT Mumbai - Targeted Proteomics International symposium on Molecular scissors from laboratory microbes-efficacy (13-14 December 2015)
• Multidisciplinary international conference in association with Indian Society of Aquatic Biologists, Hyderabad and Naushad Ali Sarovar Samvardhini, Mumbai - “Science, Sustainability and society in the current scenario: challenges and opportunities" (20 February 2016)
• Co authored Poster presentation at Wilson College organized by Konark Group of Companies(6th Research Meet) - Immuno  binding  ability of phytal extracts with indoor  fungal antigen and human antibodies
• Co authored Poster presentation at Wilson College organized by Konark Group of Companies(6th Research Meet) - Molecular scissors from lab bacteria and their efficacy; won 2nd prize
• Coauthored Poster presentation at Wilson College organized by Konark Group of Companies(6th Research Meet) - A comparative study of Indian garlic varieties and their efficacy as antioxidants
• Poster presentation at Wilson College organized by Konark Group of Companies(6th Research Meet) - Indoor phytal extracts and their antibacterial properties.
• Charmi Dedhia and JayaPrada Rao,2015. Isolation, identification and characterization of oil degrading marine bacteria from sandy shore of shivaji park, mumbai. European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical research,2(5), 541-555 (SJIF Impact Factor 2.026)
• Charmi Dedhia, JayaPrada Rao Chunduri,2015.  Biological Refining: Novel Technique to Reduce the Rancidity of used Edible Oil. International Journal of Biotech Trends and Technology (IJBTT) 13(1):14-19. ISSN: 2249-0183 ( Impact factor 1.12)

Ms Shubhada Walvekar

1.Member of organizing committee of “ Prize Distribution Ceremony” organized by Mithibai College      organized on 29th  January 2015.
2.Member of organizing committee of “Research Meet” organized by Mithibai College- January 2015.
3.Presented a paper in 37th National Botanical Conference organized by V. G. Vaze College on 7th , 8th and 9th November on ‘ Effect of physical mutagen on Aegle marmelos Corr.’.
4.Participated in workshop on F.Y.B.Sc Biotechnology Credit based semester system organized by Mithibai college held on 14th July 2014. 
5.Member of organizing committee of ‘Energy options for India; Non- conventional sources of energy ‘Organized by Mithibai College- January 2015.
6.Participated in Seminar on ‘Energy options for India; Non- conventional sources of energy 'Organized by Mithibai college in association with Chemical Research society of India held on 23rd    August 2014.
7.Participated in National Seminar on Advances in Bio imaging” Dept. of Biophysics, Information Technology and Biotechnology, University of Mumbai, 2014. 
8.Member of organizing committee of ‘MANSHODHAN  IV’ organized by SVKM organized on 8th December 2013
9.Member of Discipline Committee – 2013 – 2014
10.Member of Vigilance Committee – 2013 - 2014 

Papers published 
1.Published a paper on ‘Comparative study of effect of physical and chemical mutagens on phytochemical content and antioxidant activity of Aegle marmelos Corr.; International Journal of Advanced Research (2014); Volume 2, Issue 3; 590 – 595.
2.Published a paper on ‘Determination of genetic mutations induced by chemical and radiation treatment  on Aegle marmelos using inter Simple Sequence Repeat Primers ; International Journal of Pharma and Biosciences, 2014, April; 5 (2); (B); 339 – 345.

Dr.(Ms.) Rency Thomas

PAPERS PUBLISHED:
1. Research paper on ‘Comparative study of Antiplatelet Aggregation Activity of Bacopa monnieri extracted using Microwave and Ultrasonication’ International Journal Of Advances In Pharmacy, Biology And Chemistry(IJAPBC), 2015; 4(2):409-413.
2. Research paper on ‘HPTLC and HPLC analysis of T. chebula extracts prepared using microwave and ultrasonication assisted extraction methods’ Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2015; 4(1): 192-196.

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED:
1. Attended Multi- Disciplinary International conference on ‘Science, Sustainability and Society in the Current Scenario: Challenges and opportunities’ organized by Vikas College of Arts,Science and Commerce in association with Indian association of Aquatic Biologists, Hyderabad and Naushad Ali Sarovar Samvardhini, Mumbai on 20th February 2016
2. Attended symposium on “Bionanotechnology: Future Prospects” organized by  Dept. of Chemistry, Botany and Biotechnology, Birla college in association with National center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, University of Mumbai   on 17th February 2016.

Dr(Ms.) Shruti Singh

PAPERS PUBLISHED:
1. Research paper on “Spectrum of Opportunistic Fungal Infections in Cancer/HIV Patients: Emerging Fungal Pathogens from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, Central India”. Scholars Journal of Applied Medical Sciences. 2015; 3(3E):1385-1390. ISSN 2320-6691.Impact factor 4.06

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED:
1. Attended Multi- Disciplinary International conference on ‘Science, Sustainability and Society in the Current Scenario: Challenges and opportunities’ organized by Vikas College of Arts,Science and Commerce in association with Indian association of Aquatic Biologists, Hyderabad and Naushad Ali Sarovar Samvardhini, Mumbai on 20th February 2016
2. Attended symposium on “Bionanotechnology: Future Prospects” organized by  Dept. of Chemistry, Botany and Biotechnology, Birla college in association with National center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology,University of Mumbai   on 17th February 2016.                                  

Ms. Muzna Shaikh

1.Member of organizing committee of “ Research Meet” organized by Mithibai College- January 2015
2.Member of  organizing committee for workshop on F.Y.B.Sc  Biotechnology Credit based semester system Revised syllabus held on 14th July 2014
3.Member of Syllabus framing committee CBSGS Revised syllabus of F. Y , S.Y., T.Y. B.Sc Biotechnology. 
4.Participated in workshop on F.Y.B.Sc  Biotechnology Credit based semester system organized by Mithibai college held on 14th July 2014 
5.Participated in Seminar on ‘Energy options for India;Non- conventional sources of energy ‘ organized by Mithibai college in association with Chemical Research society of India held on 23rd August 2014
6.Participated in National Seminar on Advances in Bio imaging” Dept. of Biophysics, Information Technology and Biotechnology, University of Mumbai, 2014 
7.Presented paper at National symposium on Multidisciplnary in biomedical and applied sciences, on November 2013, organized by NMIMS
8.Participated in workshop on “Revised syllabus of Credit based and Grading system for M.Sc. Part II Biotechnology” organized by Vaze College,Mulund, Mumbai on 1st August 2013.
9.Participated in workshop on “Credit based semester system for T.Y.BSc. Biotechnology” organized by Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College,Ghatkopar Mumbai on 15th June 2013.
10.Co- authored Poster titled ‘Estimation of Flavonoids and their Antimicrobial Activity’ at International conference on ‘Emerging frontiers: Genesis of drug and its journey to patients.’ NIPICON- 2013 (Nirma Institute of Pharmacy International Conference) on January 18TH – 20TH, organized by Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
11.Co- authored Poster titled ‘Enzymatic transformation of glycosides from Centella asiatica’ at International conference on ‘Emerging frontiers: Genesis of drug and its journey to patients.’ NIPICON- 2013 (Nirma Institute of Pharmacy International Conference) on January 18TH – 20TH, organized by Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
12.Co- authored Poster titled ‘Microbial transformation of alkaloids’ at International conference on ‘Emerging frontiers: Genesis of drug and its journey to patients.’ NIPICON- 2013 (Nirma Institute of Pharmacy International Conference) on January 18TH – 20TH, organized by Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

PAPERS PUBLISHED:
1.“Antifungal activity of lipase modified flavonoids from Citrus limetta”  in IJPPS, 2014, 6(9), 116-118.
2.“Aspergillus niger assisted transformation of alkaloids” in Bionano frontier, 2013, 6(2),46-48.
3.“Enzyme assisted transformation of glycosides” in SAJBS 2013, 3(2), 42-45

The close faculty-student interaction of the department has enabled to foster holistic growth among our students. The department has encouraged students and mentored them for diverse activities from academics to extracurricular.
We are proud of our students' accomplishments, and make sure to celebrate them.
ACADEMIC
The university examination results exemplify our academic excellence.
University rank holders
  • Ms.Smriti Vaswani
  • Ms.Monali Kavadia
  • Ms.Pooja Gohil
  • Ms.Sripriya Natrajan
  • Ms.Tanvi Shah
  • Ms.Devaki Bapat
  • Mr.Aniket Sharma
  • Ms.Tejal Madhwani
INTERNSHIPS / SUMMER TRAININGS
In our department, we provide opportunities for students to acquire practical skills and knowledge through internships and research projects. Several students have been placed for internships at:
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)
  • ACTREC
  • BIOCON- Bangalore
  • National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH)
  • National Institute Of Immunohaematology
  • Serum Institute of India
  • Haffkine Institute
  • IIT Mumbai
  • Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute
  • Tata Memorial Hospital
  • P.D. Hinduja hospital and Medical Research Centre
  • Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital
  • SRL Diagnostics
  • Piramal | Life Sciences
  • Metropolis Health Care Ltd.
  • IPCA Laboratories
  • NM Medical
CO-CURRICULAR AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACHIEVEMENTS
The Department always motivates the students to participate in various seminars, workshops, conferences and intercollegiate competitions for their overall development. Many students have won awards in the form of trophies, medals, certificates and cash prize.
Students have been awarded at various platforms like:
  • State level Microbiological contest
  • Avishkar
  • Manshodhan
  • National Symposium on Multidisciplinary Research in Biomedical and Apllied Sciences
  • Konark Memorial Awards for Excellence in Bioresearch
  • GeneRations –IIT Mumbai
  • HELIX- R. D. National College
  • Pallindrome- St. Xavier’s College
  • Biogenei- K.C. College
Innovative approaches for overall development of learner
  • Transformation of the individual learner through academic excellence and novel learning experience.
  • Providing a high level of dedication and support to our students.
  • Organizational excellence through continuous learning, innovative planning, communication and adaptability.
  • Leadership and teamwork.
  • Passion for Academic and Extracurricular Excellence.
  • Inculcating Creativity, resourcefulness, perseverance, patience, prudence and hard-work 
  • Competitiveness through Quality education
  • Translation of theory into practice by experiential learning.

    Innovative Approaches for Teaching and Learning

    • Consistent Academic Performance. 
    • State of the Art Laboratories and Class Rooms.
    • Excellence in students’ progression for Post graduate and doctoral studies
    • Seminar and presentations
    • Use Of ICT
    • Performance Improvement Programme (PIP)
    • Active Students Participation In Co curricular,  Extra-Curricular and extension Activities 
    • Summer Trainings and internships at research institutes and industries. 
    • Departmental library
    • Add- on Certificate course.
    • Parent – teacher Interaction

    Research Activities
    • BCUD and UGC Research projects 
    • Publications in peer reviewed journals by staff and students
    • Paper presentations by staff and students at University, State, National , and International conferences, seminars, and symposia 
    • Organization of research meet