Biochemistry

Teaching

Every year 150 students are imparted training as per the latest pattern recommended by the MCI. Assessment of the students is carried out by conducting various types of seminars, tutorials and examinations (written, oral and practical).

Quiz

After finishing a series of lectures on a particular system, a departmental quiz is organized by the faculty members for the undergraduate medical students.

Diagnostic Laboratory Services

In addition to the regular staff, the department has got 10 paramedical staff to provide routine as well as round the clock emergency services in the hospital.The Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory was established in July, 2004. Emergency services were started in May 2007. Presently the department is equipped with an Auto analyser, Semi-auto Analyser, Blood Gas Analyser, Electrolyte analyser and other equipments required to carry out different investigations.Approximately 40 parameters are measured in the department including routine as well as special investigations (like hormonal assays, stone analysis, lipid profile, tumor markers, 24 hours urine electrolytes, HbA1c, etc.). 24 hour emergency services are provided for the patient care and about 18 investigations are done round the clock.

Research

Our faculty members have many publications in reputed medical journals. They are also involved in the departmental research projects on GTT, Insulin resistance, Thyroid profile and PSA .

Awards / Honours

Dr. S. Asmathulla, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry 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. He also received the Second Prize in the Biochemistry Quiz during the same conference.

Gold Medal for M.B.B.S Students

Our students achieved 90 % pass percentage in the first year Final Examination conducted by the Pondicherry University. This is the highest pass percentage achieved among the all Medical colleges of Puducherry state. Besides, our students also secured the following University ranks in Biochemistry and other departments :

I – Batch ( 2006 – 07 ) Department 2006 -07 Uni. Ranks No. of Distn. % of Pass
Ist Year Anatomy 6 & 10 12 77%
Physiology -- 9 82%
Biochemistry I , 2 , 4 , 6 7, 8 & 9 69 86%
II Year Pharmacology 2,4,5,7,8, 9 & 10 17 99%
Pathology 1, 3,4,7 ,8 9 & 10 23 99%
Microbiology 4 , 6 & 7 10 99%
Forensic Medicine 4 , 6 , 7 , 8 9 & 10 56 99%
III Year Community Medicine 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 8 , 9 & 10 20 100%
Ophthalmology 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 8 , 9 & 10 14 95%
E.N.T 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 8 , 9 10 , 11, 12 & 13 22 97%
II – Batch ( 2007– 08 ) Department 2007 -08 Uni. Ranks No. of Distn. % of Pass
Ist Year Anatomy 2,3,6 & 8 19 83%
Physiology 6 , 7 & 10 28 85%
Biochemistry 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 , 9 & 10 58 85%
II Year Pharmacology 1, 4, 5 & 8 22 98%
Pathology 1 , 4 ,5 & 10 21 98%
Microbiology 6 27 98%
Forensic Medicine 2 & 10 54 98%
III – Batch 2008 – 09 Department 2008 -08 Uni. Ranks No. of Distn. % of Pass
Ist Year Anatomy 5 & 6 11 71%
Physiology 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 & 10 21 74%
Biochemistry 1,2,35,6,9 & 10 33 78%

Mr. Jaganattane and Mr. M. Thiagarajan of I M.B.,B.S., course from our college won the First Prize with Gold Medal in the “MED-BIOQUEST – 2007” competition organized by the Association of Medical Biochemists of India – Puducherry Chapter on 10th March, 2007 held at Arupadai Veedu Medical College, Puducherry.

Mr. Nivedhan Sundaram and Ms. Shaaron of I M.B.,B.S., course from our college won the First Prize with Gold Medal in the “MED-BIOQUEST – 2008” competition organized by the Association of Medical Biochemists of India – Puducherry Chapter on 10th March, 2007 held at Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry.

The students of our institution are continuously winning the First Prize – Gold Medal in the MED-BIOQUEST organized by the Association of Medical Biochemists of India – Puducherry Chapter.

Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory

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

It is connected to Hospital information system for electronic reporting of patients’ reports along with paper reporting to the patient care terminus.

Laboratory Internal Quality (IQ) is maintained with Bio-Rad Quality Control Sample periodically. Externally laboratory quality is assessed by External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) conducted by CMC, Vellore.

Achievements of Biochemistry Clinical Lab

The departmental 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 rank held 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
2006 15

Equipments

The Biochemistry Clinical Lab is equipped with:

  • Fully Automated chemistry Analyzer (Cobas Mira - Roche)
  • Fully Automated Hormones Analyzer (Immulite - Siemens)
  • Blood Gas Analyzer (Gastat-600, Technomedica)
  • Semi Automated Analyzer (Microlab-300; Merck)
  • Electrolytes Analyser (Rapidchem-744; Siemens)
  • Lithium Analyser (Starlyte-V)
  • ELISA Reader (Mios mini; Merck)

Services Provided by Our Lab

Liver Function Test
  • Alanine Transaminase (ALT/SGPT)
  • Aspartate Aminotransferase (SGOT)
  • Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
  • Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT)
  • Total Protein
  • Albumin, Globulin, Albumin / Globulin Ratio
  • Bilirubin (Total, Direct & Indirect)
Lipid Profile
  • Total Cholesterol
  • HDL-C
  • LDL-C
  • GVLDL
  • Triglycerides
  • Total cholesterol/HDL ratio
  • LDL / HDL Ratio
Thyroid Profile
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Thyroxine - Free (FT4)
  • TriIodothyronine Free (FT3)
Cardiac Profile
  • Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST/SGOT)
  • Creatine Kinase MB (CK-MB)
  • Creatine Kinase (CK) - Total
  • Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH)
  • Cardiac specific Troponins
  • Myoglobin

Other Enzymes - Serum Amylase

Renal Profile

Serum Urea, Creatinine, Uric acid

Diabetic Profile

Fasting & Post-prandial blood glucose,

Oral Glucose Challenge Test,

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT), HbA1C.

Urine Sugar, Albumin, Protein, ketones

Fertility Profile

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH),

Luteinising Hormone (LH),

Prolactin (PRL),

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Hormones

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Thyroxine - Free (FT4), TriIodothyronine Free (FT3), Follicle

Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinising Hormone (LH), Prolactin (PRL), Cortisol

Blood Gas Analysis

pH, pCO2, pO2, Bicarbonates, Hematocrit

Tumor Markers

CA-125, Acid Phosphatase

Electrolyte Analysis

Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Bicarbonate, Lithium

Minerals & Nutrition Profile

Calcium, Phosphorous, Magnesium

Biochemical urine Analysis

Urine osmolality

24 hrs urine – Protein, Albumin, Calcium, Phosphorous, Urea, Creatinine, Uric acid, Sodium, potassium

Fluid Analysis (Pleural, Peritoneal, CSF)

Glucose, Protein, Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH), Adenosine Deaminase (ADA), Amylase.

Academics

Under-Graduate course

Every year 150 students are imparted training as per the latest pattern recommended by the MCI. Assessment of the students is carried out by conducting various types of seminars, tutorials and examinations (written, oral and practical). The College has well equipped lab for UG students for performing their practical experiments.

Achievements :

Results of UG students in the University examination over the period of six years

Year University Ranks No. of Distinction Pass percentage
2006 - 2007 I , 2 , 4 , 6 7, 8 & 9 69 86
2007-2008 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 , 9 & 10 58 85
2008-2009 1,2,3,5,6,9 & 10 33 78
2009-2010 *1 82 87
2010-2011 *1 80 88
2011-2012 *1,3 59 68

* will be updated soon

MED-BIOQUEST :

Every year Association of Medical Biochemists of India (AMBI) – Puducherry chapter, organize the quiz program, “MED-BIOQUEST” for the 1st year MBBS students. The students from this college have participated in the quiz program every year and the prizes won by them each year are 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

The college not only participated in MED-BIOQUEST, but also organized MED-BIOQUEST-2008 and 2012

Post-Graduate course:

M.D. Biochemistry

Post-Graduate course was started in 2011. The post-graduate students learn by exposure to theory classes & biochemistry clinical lab postings and become competent to work in teaching and research institutes. They are posted in our clinical laboratory to understand the techniques & methods adopted in the Lab.

Programs like journal club, seminar and clinical lab presentations & discussions are conducted for PGs as a part of their regular academic curriculum. The department has well equipped research laboratory for the PGs, to carry out their research work. The progresses of PGs are monitored through log books.

M.Sc (Medical Biochemistry)

The department also started M.Sc (Medical Biochemistry) course in 2012 with 3 PGs. They will be trained in various laboratory procedures during their period of course and have regular theory classes, journal clubs and seminars on related topics.

The faculty members have many publications in reputed medical journals. The department faculty members are involved in research activities in various interesting areas in biochemistry.

List of Projects
Name of the Project Faculty Status
Risk factor analysis in asymptomatic ischemic heart disease patients Dr. S. Asmathulla Completed
Evaluation of inflammatory status, serum lipids and insulin resistance among Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome patients Dr. S. Asmathulla On-going
Insulin resistance and inflammatory status related to thyroid hormones in hypothyroidism Ms. R.Rajarajeswari On-going
Dr. S. Asmathulla Submitted for ethical committee review
Association of thyroid status with renal disorder in pre- and post-menopausal women Mr. Balakrishna Pai Submitted for ethical committee review
Association of oxidative stress with thyroid dysfunction in Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Ms. R.Rajarajeswari Submitted for ethical committee review
Oxidative stress, lipid profile, liver enzymes in fatty liver disease Ms. G.Agilandeswari Submitted for ethical committee review

Awards/Honours

  • Dr. S. Asmathulla, Associate Professor of Biochemistry 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. He also received the Second Prize in the Biochemistry Quiz during the same conference.
  • Ms. R.Rajarajeswari, Tutor in Biochemistry received First prize in oral presentation of 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.