Department of Biochemistry | K.S. Hegde Medical Academy (KSHEMA), Mangaluru

DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY

The department trains both undergraduate and postgraduate students of the medical and dental sciences. It also trains the undergraduates of all paramedical sciences.

The undergraduate program for MBBS is for 12 months. Undergraduates are trained to acquire knowledge to integrate molecular events with structure and function of the human body in health and disease. They are also exposed to basic practical skills required in biochemical investigations in order to support clinical diagnosis of common disorders in the community.

The post graduate course of biochemistry (MD Biochemistry) involves regular journal clubs, seminars, microteaching, research work and clinical laboratory practice.

Facilities
The department consists of fully equipped students practical laboratory, research laboratory, clinical laboratory. Department also has two demonstration rooms and departmental library with all standard reference books.

Practice of small group teaching, problem based learning and OSPE is carried out in addition to pedagogic teaching. The lecture notes are updated regularly in the Nulearn website.

Clinical services
The Department of Clinical Biochemistry offers diagnostic support to the physicians and surgeons to provide a good clinical service round the clock. The laboratory is equipped with modern instrument such as fully automated chemistry analyser, fully automated immuno analyser, semi autoanalyser, electrophoresis unit and electrolyte analyser which are operated by skilled technicians. Internal and external Quality Control are being carried out regularly to ensure good quality results.

Community services
Laboratory technical staffs are involved in the medical camps (diabetic and kidney disease screening) and blood donation camps.



Faculty

Sl.No.

Name

Designation

1

Dr.(Mrs.) Sukanya Shetty

Professor & HOD

2

Dr.Usha Sachidananda Adiga

Professor

3

Dr.(Mrs.) Suchetha Kumari N.

Professor

4

Dr.Parinitha Kataraki

Associate Professor

5

Dr. Tirthal Rai

Associate Professor

6

Dr. Kathyayani Sathish

Assistant Professor

7

Dr.Roopa Bhandary

Assistant Professor

8

Dr.Srinidhi Rai

Assistant Professor

9

Dr.Srikantha K.

Tutor

10

Dr.Binoy G.R.

Tutor

11

Dr.Dyna Ann Roby

Tutor


Academic activities and Publications

Research activities:

  • Our Department is selected for Fist program- 2015 for support level-I category by DST based on the recommendations of the FIST Advisory board (FISTAB). Rs. 25 lakhs has been sanctioned to augment the research facilities in the department.

List of ongoing externally funded projects
Sl.No

Project Title

Year

Funding Agency

Out lay

Principal Investigator

1 Assessment of Relationship between Glycosylphosphatidylinositol and IgG Levels in Repeated Malarial Infection. 2014

NIH (Penn State University) 23,400 dollars Dr. Suchetha Kumari
2 Our Department is selected for Fist program- 2015 for support level-I category by DST based on the recommendations of the FIST Advisory board (FISTAB). Rs. 25 lakhs has been sanctioned to augment the research facilities in the department.

November 2015

Fist program by DST 25,00,000

Dr. Sukanya Shetty


List of Nitte University funded ongoing projects
Sl.No

Project Title

Year

Funding Agency

Out lay

Principal Investigator

1 Association of sex hormones and sex hormone binding globulin gene polymorphism in pre and post-menopausal women with and withy type 2 diabetes mellitus 2016

Nitte University Rs. 2,00,000 Dr. Suchetha Kumari N.

2

Sunshine vitamin deficiency a myth or a fact?

2016

Nitte university Rs. 52,000 Dr. Tirthal Rai
3 Association of single nucleotide polymorphism rs6415084, rs10945682 and rs6919346 of LPA Gene with serum Lp(a) levels and risk of cardiovascular disease A Cross Sectional Study

2017

Nitte university 1,64,800 Dr. Sukanya Shetty
4

Association between heat shock protein 70(HSPA1A) and glycemic index levels in gestational diabetes mellitus.

2017

Nitte university 1,10,000 Dr. Suchetha Kumari
5

Impact of blood sample collection using different tubes on glucose levels: a preliminary study

2017

Nitte university 10,000 Dr. Srinidhi Rai
6

Association of insulin resistance with liver biomarkers in type 2 diabetes mellitus

2017

Nitte university 1,00,000 Dr. Usha S Adiga

Awards and Achievements 2016-17
  • Dr. Suchetha Kumari was conferred upon the award of Lifetime Achievement for the contribution and achievement in the field of Radiation Biology by Venus International Foundation on 3rd December 2016 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Dr. Shruthi Rai P, Post graduate (2014-17 Batch ) - Winner of A.F.M.C Quiz award in the Biochemistry Quiz competition held during 43rd National Conference of Association of clinical Biochemists of India held at Dr. T.M.A Pai International Convention Centre, Mangalore from 12th to 15th December 2016
  • Mr. Varun J Shetty, Mr. Udath and Miss. Meghana Kurup, I MBBS students 2016-17 Batch, bagged the second place in Scintilla -2017, a regional intercollegiate quiz competition for medical undergraduate students, conducted by the Department of Biochemistry, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, on 29th April 2017.