Achievements, Publication &
(i) A rare non-synonymous c.102CG SNP in the IFNB1 gene
might be a risk factor for cerebral malaria in India
populations, Aditya Nath Jha, Vipin Kumar Singh,
Rajender Singh, Sudhanshu S.Pati, Pradeep K. Patra,
Lalji Singh, Kumarasamy Thangaraj, Infection, Genetics
and Evolution 14 (2013) 369–374
(ii) Fetal Haemoglobin and -globin Gene Cluster
Haplotypes among Sickle Cell Patients in Chhattisgarh,
Sanjana Bhagat, Pradeep Kumar Patra, Amar Singh Thakur,
Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 2013
February, Vol-7(2): 269-272.
(iii) Effect of Natural Daily Meal Frequency on Lipid
Profile and Body Mass Indices in Young Adult Medical
Students, Dr. P.K.Patra, Dr. Goutam Banerjee, Dr. Jayant
Dr. Suneeta Patra, International Journal of Biomedical
and Healthcare Science, Volume 3, Number 1 (2013), pp.
(iv) Variations in ncRNA gene LOC284889 and MIF-794CATT
repeats are associated with malaria susceptibility in
Indian populations, Aditya N Jha1†, Pandarisamy
Sundaravadivel, Sudhanshu S Pati, Pradeep K Patra and
Kumarasamy Thangaraj, Jha et al. Malaria Journal, 2013,
IIn November 2004, a three day National Conference of
Association of Medical Biochemists of India was
organised by the Department with the theme “Role of
Biochemists in Hemoglobinopathies and Cancer”.
On 25 th July 2005, M.Sc. Medical Biotechnology course
was started by Hon’ble Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh
inaugurated the laboratory in the presence of Hon’ble
Health Minister Dr. K. M. Bandhi. It is for the first
time in the country that any state government funded
medical college has started this specialized course. Ten
students being admitted every year and the first batch
has passed out on 2007.
To celebrate the foundation day every year, the
Department organizes National Symposium and Work shop to
orient and train the students and aspirants in
The theme for symposium organised on the occasion of
first foundation day on 25th July 2006 was
Biotechnology in Future Medicine and six days Hands
on Workshop for on Diagnostic PCR followed.
The Genetic laboratory in the Department is actively
involved in routine diagnosis of the patients,
organizing diagnostic camps, training Medical and
Technicians and in research related to Sickle cell
disease.The Government of Chhattisgarh has started Pt.
Deen Dayal Upadhyay Regional Centre for Genetic Diseases
and Molecular Biology in the Department to facilitate
the diagnostic and research work.
Recent scientific works on stem cells have shown
promising results for the patients of Sickle cell
disease which is highly prevalent in the region and
therefore it was planned to celebrate the 2nd foundation
day (25th July 2007) by organizing symposium on the
theme “Stem cells-in Future Medicine” This was
followed by five day Hands on Workshop on Flowcytometry.
This year (25th July 2008) another national symposium
with the theme "Trends in Regenerative & Molecular
Medicine" was convened followed by 6 days workshop
on HPLC techniques and Real-time PCR.
The Department of Biochemistry convened these national
symposium to hear from leading scientists engaged in
stem cell research and from policymakers, ethicists and
legal experts to discuss the scientific and public
policy concerns that present both opportunities and
barriers to progress in this field. This symposium
deliberated on a wide range of topics dealing with the
recent developments in stem cell research in India and
Research work on sickle cell disease (The Head of the
Department, Dr. P.K. Patra is presently the Principal
Investigator of two projects; one sanctioned by the
Government of India (DBT) and another by the state
Government on Sickle cell Disease)along with
interventional studies to exploit the stem cells for the
benefit of the sickle cell patients is among the
priorities of the Department. PhD in Biochemistry has
been started, soon to be followed by Ph.D in Medical
Biotechnology and MD in Biochemistry.