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Department of Zoology

Department of Zoology

The first Science Department of this prestigious university was instituted by the senate in the year 1925. The department was started in the year 1927 in a single room in the "Marine villa", with Sir K. Ramunni Menon, M. A. (Cantab), I.E.S; as Honorary Director with one research student. When Sir K. Ramunni Menon became Vice-Chancellor of University of Madras in 1929, Prof. R. Gopala Iyer, M. A., L. T., M. Sc., was appointed as full time Director. The Department was subsequently moved to a spacious building, the "Madras Aquarium & Lumbdi Gardens" at Royapettah. In 1932, the Department was shifted to its own building at Chepauk, presently housing Department of French and Engineering wing of University of Madras.

Courses Offered :

=> M.Sc. Zoology
=> M.Phil in Zoology
=> P.G. Diploma in Immunotechnology
=> P.G. Diploma in Stem Cell Biology & Tissue Engineering

Research :

=> Being ideally placed for marine research, the Department has been researching on various aspects of Marine Biology with special reference to.
=> Biology of coastal marine organisms.
=> Productivity of sea through planktonic studies including the one and the only "planktonic calendar' for the Madras coast.
=> Physiology & Pathology of marine organisms with special reference to reproduction growth, moulting, nutrition and immunobiology of marine and brackish water organisms.
=> Ecology of coastal environment.
=> The Biology of marine bio-fouling organisms.
=> Entomology: Insect Pest Management - Natural Biopolymers with Potential Biomedical Applications
Herbal Sciences: Anti-atherosclerotic, Anti- cancer, Anti- Cataractogenic and pesticidal herbal compounds and products.

Other Research Facilities :

=> Tissue Culture Facility COSIST - UGC
=> Live Feed Culture Facility DOD - Govt. of India
=> Insectarium UPE / HSP - UGC
=> Computation & Internet facility DST - FIST - Govt. of India
=> EMCB - ENVIS Centre DOEN & F - Govt. of India
=> Circulating Sea Water Systems UGC - X Plan Grant
=> Animal House Non-Plan grant


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