Concepts of life at the Biochemical and Molecular level
The mission of the Department of Biochemistry is to help build a better future by providing aspiring students with the opportunity to obtain an outstanding education by engaging in a program of instruction that emphasizes:
• Critical thinking
• Quantitative analysis
• Effective application of research findings
• Intensive experimental based learning activities
The mission of the PhD degree program in the Department of Biochemistry is to provide doctoral candidates with the ability to think individually and translatethe new knowledge for improvement in the quality of living.
Precise understanding of the molecular interactions that underlie both normal physiology and disease states is the foundation for rational approaches to genetic therapies, drug design and personalized medicine. Our goal in this endeavour is to obtain a molecular understanding of various disease mechanisms, generating new tools, such as, biosensors, cardiac biomarkers, rat models and therapeutic molecules that will enhance the quality of life through better medical care, disease prevention measures, nutrition, and environmentally sound processes.
Provide education, training, and work environments that are characterized by honesty, liability, impartiality, and a commitment to provide opportunities and support for all — especially to individuals belonging to underrepresented populations.
The Department of Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences is known for its renowned scientists and distinguished professors. It was founded by Dr. J. Jayaraman, a pioneer in the field of eukaryotic molecular biology who joined the university as a reader in the year 1971. The other pillars of the department include Dr. C. Rjamanickam (1977), molecular cardiology researcher and Dr. G. Shanmugam, a leading cancer biologist of the country. In the year 1978, Dr. J. Sadique served the department for a short span of time as a lecturer. Dr. G. S. Selvam, the Founder and Head (1989-1999), Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, joined as a reader in Madurai Kamaraj University in the year 1999 and currentlyserving as professor and Head of the Department. His research interests include medical and environmental biochemistry.
Innovative teaching is necessary for students to enhance their thinking ability, reasoning aptitude, and work individually and as a team. Class rooms and teaching hours provided to students are likened to discussion forum rather to one-dimensional teaching. The departmental library facilities and computer facilities encourage students to sharpen their current knowledge in science. The students are provided with platforms to portray their real skills by carrying out assignments emphasising the value of 3D model representations and innovative projects.
Our Department provides a rich environment for both faculty and student growth, and we welcome inquiries.