Department of Biochemistry
The Department of Biochemistry, Andhra University was established in year 1971. At present 7 teaching faculty members are working in the Department - 4 Professors, 1 Associated Professor and 2 Assistant Professors. All of them have specialized in various fields of Biochemistry and most of them have obtained Ph.D. Degrees and Post Doctorial training in leading National and International institutes. Prof. B.Naganna (Late) steered the Department from 1971 to '76. Prof. T.M.Radhakrishnan from 1976 to '80 & 1983 to '86, Prof. T.Goverdhana Reddi from 1980 to '83 & 1998 to 2002, Prof. D.Siva Prasad from 1986 to '89 & 2002-2005, Prof. T.Ramana from 1989 to '92, Prof. G.Seshagiri Rao from 1992 to '95, Prof. Rama Rao Athota from 1995 to '98, Prof.K P J Hemalath from 2005 to 2008 have successively served as Heads of the Department. Dr. T.Raghava Rao is heading the Department since October, 2008.
The Department offers a two year M.Sc course, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Till now 38 batches of M.Sc. students have completed the course successfully. 25 candidates have obtained their Ph.D. degrees so far. Several research papers have been published by teachers and scholars of the Department in national and international scientific journals. Some of our former students have occupied very high positions in India and abroad in academic and administrative fields.
Several research projects have been undertaken by the teaching faculty. The teaching staff members and research scholars regularly participate in national and international conferences/symposia/seminars.
The Department has organised several symposia/conference/seminars sponsored by Andhra University and DST, DBT, CSIR, UGC, INSA etc. such as XXIII annual meeting of the Indian Immunology Society, 1996(Silver Jublee Celebrations), Recent Developments in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 1997, 66th annual meeting of the Society of Biological Chemists (India), 1997, Archaebacteria: Reflections and Prospects, 2002, Biochemical Energetics and Biological Membranes: Present Perspectives, 2003, Emerging Trends in Biochemical Education, 2003. Present Senario in Biochemical education 2006. Biological and alternative enrgies - present and Future. 2009
Based on the perforamance of the Department over the years. it has been recognized with financial assistance by FIST & UGC Nom-SAP.
The Academic and Administrative Audit Committee visited the Department and stated "The Department of Biochemistry is one of the strongest Departments in the university which has caused the growth of two other emerging disciplines - Biotechnology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (a Twinning programme with Kansas State University, USA) ". The Department has also been accredited by NAAC of the UGC along with the other Departments of Andhra University.
Department of Biochemistry
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
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