Department of the Biochemistry was started in 2006 as a part of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry. It is involved in teaching theoretical knowledge and skills related to biochemical pathways of humans and biochemical investigations and tests related to diseases. It renders its diagnostic services to the hospital patients through Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory with latest diagnostic instruments.

List of Faculties

Name Designation
Dr.S.Asmathulla Professor & Head
Dr.D.Rajagovindan Professor
Mr.Balakrishna Pai Assistant Professor
Mrs. Rajarajeswari Assistant Professor
Miss. Suwetha Tutor
Miss. Ramya Tutor

a) Library:

Department has library facility with text books and journals of latest editions. The library contains 276 books of 144 titles.

b) Student Practical Lab:

Student practical lab is equipped with five working tables to accommodate 80 students simultaneously. All work stations are supported by reagent racks, water sinks and properly maintained gas burners.

c) Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory (CBL):

The Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory was established in July, 2004. It is a well equipped, computerized, air conditioned laboratory providing round the clock patient care services.

It is connected to Hospital Information System (HIS), by which laboratory results are electronically sent to patient care terminus in addition to paper reporting. Laboratory Internal Quality (IQ) is maintained with BioRad Quality Control Sample periodically. Externally laboratory quality is assessed by External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) conducted by CMC, Vellore.

Equipments available in Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory:

  1. Fully Automated chemistry Analyzer (Cobas Mira Plus – Roche)
  2. Fully Automated chemistry Analyzer (Cobas Mira – Roche)
  3. Fully Automated chemistry Analyzer (Chemwell – Awareness technology, USA)
  4. 4) Fully Automated Chemiluminescence Immuno Assay Analyzer (Centaur XP -Siemens)
  5. Arterial Blood Gas Analyzer (ABL-80, Radiometer)
  6. Arterial Blood Gas Analyzer (ABL-80, Radiometer)
  7. Semi Automated Analyzer (Microlab-300; Merck)
  8. Electrolytes Analyser – 2 No’s (Rapidchem-744; Siemens)
  9. Lithium Analyser (Starlyte-V)
  10. ELISA Reader (Mios mini; Merck)

d) Central Research Laboratory (CRL):

CRL was started in 2012 with the mission of providing infrastructure and technical support for research activities in basic sciences and clinical sciences.

It is equipped with all the instruments needed to conduct proteomics and genomic research. CRL is supported by two research scientists and two technical staff.

Equipments of CRL:

S. No Name Of The Instrument Brand
1 (HPLC) 1220 Infinity LC Agilent Technologies
2 Thermal cycler (labnet) – for PCR Labnet
3 Electrophoresis apparatus Cleaver Scientific
4 Gel Documentation System Cleaver Scientific
5 Fluorescent Microscope Quasmo
6 Cooling Centrifuge Remi-C-24BL
7 -20 Refrigerator Blue Star CHF2003
8 Bench top centrifuge Remi-R8CBL
9 Table top centrifuge Remi-C85418
10 Electronic Balance Shimadzu – BL-220H
11 Incubator Technico
12 BOD Incubator Technico
13 pH Meter Hanna
14 Immuno Electrophoretic System SCIE-Plas
15 Water bath Niive NB-9
16 Refrigerator Samsung
17 Vortexer Tarsons
18 Magnetic Stirrer with Hot plate Spinot
19 Light microscope Labomed
20 Mini centrifuge (Eppendorf) Tarsons
21 Mini centrifuge (PCR tubes) Tarsons
22 Gradient thermal cycler Bio-Rad T100 BIO-RAD
23 Spectrophotometer Elico SL 150

Departmental Activities:

The Department is involved in teaching programmes for MBBS, Nursing (B.Sc), Post B.Sc Nursing and M.D (Biochemistry) courses.

Undergraduate training

Includes didactic lectures, tutorials and seminars based on the syllabus prescribed by the MCI. The didactic lectures are scheduled weekly.

1st Semester Monday & Friday 9.30-10.30 am
Tuesday & Thursday 8.30- 9.30 am
II Saturday 10.40-12.40 pm
IV Saturday 8.30-10.30 am
2.30-4.30 pm
2nd Semester

Post Graduate training

Training of Postgraduates is an important part of departmental activities. The post graduates undergo full time residency program. The objectives of the training course in MD Biochemistry are –

  1. Teach requisite knowledge to the under graduate medical students.
  2. To teach laboratory skills to other medical / paramedical team members.
  3. To carry out routine investigations, internal quality control measures and data analysis in Clinical Biochemistry Lab
  4. To do case presentations on regular diseases and work-up of rare laboratory findings
  5. To inculcate the principles of research methodology, so as to enable the resident to write scientific paper for thesis, publication in reputed journals and presentation in national and international conferences.

Teaching program

Academics are of paramount importance in our postgraduate residency program. Acquisition of practical competencies being the keystone of postgraduate medical education, postgraduate training is skill-oriented. Learning in postgraduate program is essentially self-directed and primarily emanating from clinical and academic work. The formal sessions are merely meant to supplement this core effort.

Teaching methods

  • Seminar
  • Journal Club
  • Case discussion
  • Theory and practical discussion

The Departmeut of Biochemistry fdeilitates the leaming of血e UG and PG students dy invoIving them in more of research activities. UG students were encouraged to paIticipate in ICMR-STS prdyect and made them to leam the basics of research. PG students leam advanced techniques by invoIving themselves in molecular level research activities.

central Researoh Lal)orat(ny is equipped with instrunents to cany out research on Genomics and Proteomics.

Clinical Bioohemistry Laborat《ny has facilities to conduct research activities in EndocrinoIogy, ImmunoIogy and Clinical chemistry


  • Asmathulla S, Rajagovindan D, Kasthuri TB, Vani G, Jakanattane V, Sathiyapriya V. Insulin Resistance : Its association with cardiovascular disease risk in pregnancy induced hypertension. Biomedicine 2010;30(4):554-559
  • Asmathulla S, Koner BC, papa D. Does oxidative stress play a role in altered serum protein homeostasis in pregnancy – induced hypertension? Acta Physiol Hung 2011;98(3):339-46
  • Asmathulla S, Rajagovindan D, Sathyapriya V, Pai B. Prevalence of prehypertension and its relationship to cardiovascular disease risk factors in Puducherry. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2011;55(4):343-50
  • Sasmita Mishra, P. Padmanaban, G.N. Deepti, G.Sarkar, S. Sumathi, B.D.Toora- Serum Magnesium and Dyslipidemia in Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus, Biomedical Research 2012; 23 (2): 295-300
  • Asmathulla S, Ragunathan, Ramchandar and Rajarajeswari R. Assessment of Ischemic Heart Disease and its Risk Factors among Asymptomatic Hospital Visitors. International Journal of Biomedical And Advance Research.2013;4(6):414-19
  • Asmathulla S, Rupavani, Kripa, Rajarajeswari Insulin Resistance and its relation to Inflammatory Status and Serum Lipids among Young women with PCOS. IJRCOG. 2013;2(3):325-329
  • Ashok V, Sumathi S, Asmathulla S, Divya R, Chandra S. Evaluation of lipid levels and physical fitness in Euthyroid and Hypothyroid states. National Journal of Basic Medical Sciences. 2014;4(2):123-127
  • Sakthibalan M, Maruti Sawadkar S, Asmathulla S, Erli Amel Ivan, Muthu G. Study of Cardio protective effect of N-acetylcysteine, Vitamin C and enalapril given in combination to prevent doxorubicin induced cardio Toxicity in wistar rats. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences. 2013 November; 36(36): 1902-1908.
  • Deepti GN, Lakshmi K, Sumathi S. Study on Microalbuminuria in apparently normal postmenopausal women. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical research. 2014;7:87-89
  • Abeetha S, Mitali Srivatsava, Shivali Srivatsava. Progression of acute transverse myelitis to multiple sclerosis: A case report. IJBAMR. 2014;3(3):233-236
  • Swithraa C, Sumathi S, Asmathulla S, Annapoorna. Evaluation of oxidative stress and protein bound sialic acid in diabetes with and without retinopathy. International journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology. November 2014; 13(1): 183- 186.
  • Mitali Srivastava, Annapurna Kumar, Sumathi S. Association of Lipid Profile with Severity of Retinopathy in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of Research in Medical Education and Ethics. November 2015.
  • Abeetha S, Shiva YogappaTeli, Mitali Srivastava, Divya R, Ashok V. Can sleep deprivation make us sweeter? International Journal of Healthcare & Biomedical Research. 3 (3), April 2015, 69-76.
  • Mitali Srivastava, Abeetha, Shivali Srivastava. Posterior Inferior Cerebellar Artery Syndrome (Wallenberg Syndrome) – a case report. International J. of Healthcare and Biomedical Research, Vol.3(2), January 2015, 76-79.
  • Hariharan A, Asmathulla S, Suresh S. Does hypovitaminosis D have a role in lipid profile alteration among non-obese diabetics? International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology. August 2015; 16(1): 45-48
  • Srivatsan R,Asmathulla S, Girija S. How Accurate is the Pulse Oximetry Reading in an Intensive Care Setup? Int J Pharm Bio Sci. 2015 Oct;6(4):1069-76
  • Srivatsan R, Asmathulla S, Girija S. Hepatic and Renal Biochemical Markers as predictors of mortality among critically ill Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome patients. Ind J Clin Biochem (published online in February 2018)
  • Vinod Babu S, Santhi Silambanan, Krithika B. Osazones of the Uncommonly Encountered Reducing Sugars. International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies (IJIMS). 2015;2(9):24-29.
  • Karthikeyan, D.Polly, S.Asmathulla, R. Balamurugan, M. Kaviraj. Topical proline therapy in prolidase deficiency. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology. (Accepted for publication 17 February 2018)

a) Gold Medals in University Biochemistry Exams – UG:

Year Name of the students
2006 – 2007 Prathap Vasigar
2007-2008 Anisha Mohan
2008-2009 Dhanika Suresh
2009-2010 Magesh. P
2010-2011 Inparasi. G
2011-2012 Bhagya Laxmi. C

b) University ranks by UG students:

Year University Ranks
2006 – 2007 I , 2 , 4 , 6 7, 8 & 9
2007-2008 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 , 9 & 10
2008-2009 1,2,3,5,6,9 & 10
2009-2010 1
2010-2011 1
2011-2012 1,3

b) Number of Distinctions secured and Pass percentage of UG students:

Year No. of Distinction Pass percentage
2006 – 2007 69 86 %
2007-2008 58 85 %
2008-2009 33 78 %
2009-2010 82 87 %
2010-2011 80 88 %
2011-2012 59 79 %
2012 – 2013 76 82 %
2013 – 2014 66 93 %
2014 – 2015 55 81 %
2015 – 2016 73 99 %
2016 – 2017 78 88 %
2017 – 2018 76 93 %

c) MED-BIOQUEST: Inter-college Quiz Competitions:

“MED-BIOQUEST” is an inter-college Biochemistry quiz competition conducted by Association of Medical Biochemists of India (AMBI)-Puducherry chapter for the I MBBS students of Puducherry state.

Our students have participated in the quiz program every year and the prizes won by the students each year is as follows:

Year Prize Name of the participant
MED-BIOQUEST – 2007 First Mr. Jaganattane Mr. Thiagarajan
MED-BIOQUEST – 2008 First Mr. Nivedhan Sundaram Ms. Shaaron
MED-BIOQUEST – 2009 First Ms. Dhanika Suresh Mr. Balamurugan
MED-BIOQUEST – 2010 Second Mr. Mahesh Mr. Arulselvan
MED-BIOQUEST – 2011 Third Mr. Hariprasad Ms. Inbarasi
MED-BIOQUEST – 2012 First Mr. Sibi Srivathsan Ms. Kanagalakshmi
MED-BIOQUEST – 2018 First Ms. Gopika I Ms. Nisha

d) Faculty awards:

  • S.Asmathulla, received the First Prize for his Best Poster Presentation on “Oxidative stress alters the plasma albumin homeostasis in pregnancy induced hypertension”, during the 33rd Annual Conference of the Clinical Biochemists of India held at AFMC, Pune, during 23rd to 26th of November 2006.
  • S.Asmathulla received the Second Prize in the National Biochemistry Quiz conducted during the 33rd Annual Conference of the Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI) held at AFMC, Pune, during 23rd to 26th of November 2006.
  • R.Rajarajeswari, received First prize in Paper presentation for her paper on “Insulin resistance and inflammatory status related to thyroid hormones in hypothyroidism” during the 3rd National conference, SOBSICON, held at Karpaga Vinayagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Madhuranthagam, Kanchipuram, during 4th to 6th of January 2013.
  • Balakrishna Pai R received the Best Oral presentation “P S Murthy award” on his paper titled “A study of SNPs of RAGE & its association with micro & macro vascular complications of T2DM in south Indian population during ACBI conference held at Mangalore from 12th to 15th Dec 2016

e) Achievements of Clinical Laboratory:

Our laboratory participates in the “ACBI/CMC External Quality Assurance Scheme” conducted by CMC, Vellore since 2006. Our lab secured 1st rank in 2007, in the above program.

Summary of the ranks hold by our lab for the past seven years is as follows:

Year Rank
2012 2
2011 4
2010 11
2009 3
2008 5
2007 1

f) University Medals in PG Exams:

Name of the Post graduate Batch University exam medal
Dr. Ashok 2012 – 15 Gold Medal
S.No. Date Nature of the Program Programme
1. 07.06.2014 Mid-term Conference under AMBI Mid-term Conference under AMBI titled “Metabolic Sydrome”
2. 22.02.2014 CME “Inborn Errors of Metabolism”
3. 30.06.2016 CME “Clinical Update on Renal Markers”
4. 2008 Quiz competition MED-BIOQUEST – 2008 under AMBI – Puducherry Chapter
5. 24.02.2012 Quiz competition MED-BIOQUEST – 2012 under AMBI – Puducherry Chapter
6. 31.03.2017 Quiz competition “HUNT – 2017” An Intercollegiate Quiz competition
7. 27.02.2015 Workshop “Step-wise interpretation of Arterial Blood Gas Analysis”
8. 18.08.2016 Workshop “Step-wise interpretation of Arterial Blood Gas Analysis”
9. 16.03.2018 Workshop “Step-wise interpretation of Real life ABG reports”
10. 12.10.2018 Workshop “Step-wise interpretation of ABG Reports”
11. 24.01.2017 Poster Competition for I MBBS “PLAKAT-2017”
12. 06.02.2018 Poster Competition for I MBBS “PLAKAT-2018”
13. 27.07.2016 Guest Lecture “Nutrition”
14. 31.03.2017 Guest Lecture “Stress Management”
Year Name Designation Institute E mail ID
2012 -2015 Dr. Ashok Assistant Professor Karpagam Faculty of Medical Sciences and Research
2012-2015 Dr. Swithraa Assistant Professor Government Tiruvannamalai Medical college and Hospital
2013 -2016 Dr. Mitali Tutor Nootan Medical college & Hospital, Visnagar, Gujarat
2013-2016 Dr. Srivatsan Assistant Professor Government Tiruvannamalai Medical college and Hospital
2013-2016 Dr. Hariharan Assistant Professor Velammal Medical College Hospital and Research Institute