Amrita School of Biotechnology Newsletter: July 2018


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Aegis Graham Bell Awards 2017 in the Innovation in mHealth category

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, jointly won the Aegis Graham Bell Awards (AGBA) 2017 in the Innovation in mHealth category. They were recognized for their joint initiative- ‘Redefining Primary Comfort Using mHealth’ at the eighth edition of the Aegis Graham Bell Awards. .....


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Amrita Faculty Discover the Effect of Natural Product Clove Bud Oil on Pathogenic Bacteria Virulence and Host Response

Amrita School of Biotechnology faculty published on “Clove Bud Oil Modulates Pathogenicity Phenotypes of the Opportunistic Human Pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa” in the high impact Nature publishing group’s Scientific Reports.


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Decoding the barcode of bacterial pathogen - a clonal identifier of antimicrobial resistance

Misuse and overuse of antimicrobial drugs against pathogens results from drug-bug mismatch, worsening the threat of antibiotic resistance worldwide. Dr. Sujay Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor, School of Biotechnology, is leading a project that tests the clonal evolution hypothesis of antibiotic resistance.


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Amrita's Virtual Labs Project Receives the 2018 GOLC Online Lab Award

The nomination was titled "vlab - Sustainable Laboratory Skill Education through Free Online Labs and Connecting Teachers and Students across the Country" and recognizes the efforts in deploying free educational tools and promoting its outreach across students, professors and institutions


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It's always better to lose than to die, and a successful pathogen knows it all

Dr. Sujay Chattopadhyay, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is collaborating with Prof. Evgeni Sokurenko, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, on the project which aims to develop an analytical approach to distinguish the adaptive fraction of truncation mutations from the reductive ones in a microbial species, using Salmonella as a case study.


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Dr. Shyam Diwakar Delivers Talk at Netherland Ministry's RIKILT Food Safety Institute

Dr. Shyam Diwakar was invited to deliver a talk at RIKILT, an organization of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) at Wageningen, Netherlands. RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety.


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Student Life


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School of Biotechnology celebrates Annual Athletic Meet 2018 on February 16-17, 2018. The day unfolded with a colorful parade of different houses namely Amritamayi, Anandamayi, Chinmayi, and Jyothirmayi. Read More

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The Student Exchange Program during my final year BSc project as a part of BRITE program has given me an opportunity to explore and enhance my skills in the field of Biotechnology. As an Undergraduate student, it is very important to build one’s skill set and gather as much hands on experience as possible. Being a part of this four months internship program at National Ilan University, Taiwan has given me a platform to gain first-hand experience and learn more about research methodology. Read More



Recent Publications
Parasuram H, Nair B, Naldi G, D’Angelo E, Diwakar S, Understanding Cerebellum Granular Layer Network Computations through Mathematical Reconstructions of Evoked Local Field Potentials. Ann Neurosci 2018, 25:11-24.
Nair D, Krishna J, Panikkar M, Nair B, Jayashree G, Nair SS. Identification, purification, biochemical and mass spectrometric characterization of novel phycobiliproteins from a marine red alga, Centroceras clavulatum. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 2018, 114: 679-691.
Porayath C, Suresh M, Biswas R, Mishra N, Nair B, Pal S. Autolysin mediated adherence of Staphylococcus aureus with Fibronectin, Gelatin and Heparin. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 2018, 110; 179-184.
Haripriyan J, Omanakuttan A., Menon N, Vanuopadath M, Nair SS, Corriden R., Nair B, Nizet V and Kumar G. Clove Bud Oil Modulates Pathogenicity Phenotypes of the Opportunistic Human Pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Scientific reports. 2018, 8(1): 3437.
Nedungadi D, Binoy A, Pandurangan N, Pal S, Nair B, Mishra N. 6-Shogaol induces caspase-independent paraptosis in cancer cells via proteasomal inhibition. Experimental Cell Research. 2018, 364(2): 243-251.
Porayath C, Salim A, Archana PV, Babu P, Nair B, Madhavan A, Pal S. Characterization of the bacteriophages binding to human matrix molecules. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 2018, 110: 608-615.
Bhat M. Y, Advani J., Rajagopalan P., Patel K., Nanjappa V., Solanki H. S., Patil A. H., Bhat F. A., Mathur P. P., Nair B., Prasad TSK., Califano J. A., Sidransky D., Gowda H. and Chatterjee A. Cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco alter expression of different sets of miRNAs in oral keratinocytes. Scientific Reports, 2018, 8(1):740.


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