ANI Photo | National symposium on biochemistry held at MS University of Baroda, Gujarat

The Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, recently hosted a National Symposium on “Facets of Biochemistry.” Professor (Dr) Vijay Kumar Srivastava, Vice-Chancellor of M. S University of Baroda, presided over the inaugural function and delivered a presidential address.
During his address, Professor Srivastava encouraged students to bring forth innovative solutions. He placed significant emphasis on reducing carbon emissions and exploring novel applications of plastics, stated the Ministry of Science and Technology press release.
Professor Haribhai Kataria, Dean of the Faculty of Science, extended a warm welcome to the attendees and highlighted the Faculty of Science’s contributions to the university’s overall performance.
Professor C Ratna Prabha, Coordinator and Head of the Department of Biochemistry, provided insights into the department’s various pursuits and elaborated on the symposium’s theme and objectives.
She expressed gratitude to Professor Ranjana Aggarwal, Director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR), New Delhi, for the opportunity to create a special issue for the Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IJBB), read the press release.
The symposium featured distinguished scientists and professors from across India. Prof. Jayant B. Udgaonkar, a renowned structural biologist and former Director of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, delivered a lecture on “How does a prion protein misfold?”
The session was chaired by Professor Harish Padh, former Vice-Chancellor of Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, and Dr NK Prasanna from CSIR-NIScPR, New Delhi, read the press release.
Professor Nanda Kishore from IIT Bombay, an eminent biophysicist and structural biologist, discussed “Molecular functionalities in preventing protein fibrillation-quantitative biophysical approach.”
Dr Rajesh Patkar from IIT Bombay, a specialist in host-pathogen interactions, gave an intriguing talk on “Small secretory proteins with big tailoring functions during fungal pathogenesis.”
Professor Krutika K Sawat, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, explored “Lymphatic Delivery: A New Paradigm for systemic and site-specific drug delivery.”
The symposium concluded with a valedictory session where Professor C Ratna Prabha, the event coordinator, provided closing remarks summarizing the key takeaways and the overall significance of the event, said the press release.
Professor Prabha, Head of the Department of Biochemistry, MS University of Baroda, Vadodara, extended a heartfelt vote of thanks.
This National Symposium on Biochemistry facilitated insightful discussions and knowledge sharing among experts in the field, contributing to the advancement of biochemistry and related sciences

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