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We welcome you to the department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad to give you a glimpse of its culture and ethos. In its sojourn towards enthusing students’ interest in the subject, the department has focused on three aspects: building a conceptually sound foundation of the subject knowledge; the importance of basic and applied research; and the benefits of the subject in development of the society. The department has adopted traditional as well as modern methods of teaching and has put a lot of emphasis on learning by doing. The seeds of research, entrepreneurship, innovations, team work and efficient working are sown by the qualified staff members by establishing a one to one interaction with students through mentoring sessions. We believe in learning and growing together and this belief has seen the department grow from a single room to multiple labs with state of the art infrastructure. We envisage that we will be a place worth a mention by taking small but definite strides. Our students are pursuing research in premier institutions in India, USA, UK, Australia, Austria, Germany and France. They have also been successful in industries and many of them today are Project Heads.


Our Vision: Excel in Biochemistry and Biotechnology teaching, create world class students with a scientific temperament.


Our Mission: Prepare students with academic excellence and social orientation to make the society a better place to live.


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Biochemistry was introduced in 1977 at St. Xavier’s College under COSIP (College Science Improvement programme) as a certificate course. Students were offered this course in addition to their usual science subjects and hence, the course was taught before and after college hours. An overwhelming response and keen interest shown by the students inspired the college management to begin an undergraduate course in Biochemistry. The proposal was accepted; an adhoc board of Biochemistry subject was formed and thus began the BSc. Biochemistry programme in affiliation with Gujarat University in 1978. With Biotechnology emerging as a new field in the early 1990s and the UGC promoting Vocational Courses, the department applied for and began Vocational Biotechnology as an additional subject along with Biochemistry in 1995. There has been a steady demand for Biotechnology, which encouraged us to begin a BSc. programme in Biotechnology (Self Finance) under the autonomous status of the college. We now are in preparation of launching a Masters programme in Biochemistry from July 2016. Thus, the department offers three undergraduate courses, one graduate course and three certificate courses in Nutrition and Dietetics, Microbial Technology and Bioinformatics.

The department has a qualified team of 6 teaching faculty members, and three administrative staff members.

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses:

B.Sc. in Biochemistry

B.Sc. in Biochemistry with Vocational Biotechnology

B.Sc. in Biotechnology (Self – finance course)


3 years (6 semesters)

Batch Strength:

30 per course

Post-Graduate Courses:

M.Sc. in Biochemistry


2 years (4 semesters)

Batch Strength:



The Faculty/Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad offers an opportunity to national as well as international students for pursuing an academic career in the field of Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Biochemistry involves the chemistry of life and it touches the various aspects surrounding life as we know it today. Being an upcoming field in pure sciences, our department offers a course that is not only interesting but covers a wide range of topics. Basics of cell and molecular biology, microbiology, bio-physics, cell culture techniques etc. are illustrated over the course of three years by the dignified faculties. A correspondence of the theoretical basics to practical work is what makes the course/department unique.

An overview of the syllabus for B.Sc. in Biochemistry can be found clicking here.

The Graduate Program in Biochemistry goes into depths of working of the multifaceted proteins, DNA and RNA with the objective of highlighting why understanding basic mechanisms and techniques together ensure significant basic research. The programme is formulated for developing competent Biochemists leading towards a PhD programme. The programme obliges students to read original publications and envisages significant inputs in laboratory work, communication skill, creativity, planning, execution and critical evaluation of the studies undertaken.

An overview of the syllabus for M.Sc. in Biochemistry can be found clicking here.

Biotechnology is emerging as a revolutionary field of research and development in the 21st century. With that very concept in mind, here at St. Xavier’s college we aim to introduce students to the broad horizons of the new science of biotechnology. Being a more practical and analytical approach to the basic principles of biochemistry, students are given an acquaintance with both the fundamentals as well as the practical applications.

An overview of the syllabus for Vocational Biotechnology and B.Sc. in Biotechnology can be found clicking here.

The department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology thus aims at giving you intensive education, training and tutoring with a strong emphasis on original research, thus providing you with an optimal start-off for further graduate programmes in this field.

Overview of Subjects in BSc. Biochemistry

Semester I:
▪ BC – 1501 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
▪ BC – 1502L Fundamentals of Biochemistry (Lab sessions)
▪ CH – 1501 General Chemistry
▪ CH – 1502L Chemistry Practicals
▪ PH – 1501 Physics
▪ PH – 1502L Physics Practicals

Semester II:
▪ BC – 2501 Concepts in Cell Biology
▪ BC – 2502L Fundamentals of Biochemistry (Lab sessions)
▪ CH – 2501 General Chemistry
▪ CH – 2502L Chemistry Practicals
▪ PH – 2501 Physics
▪ PH – 2502L Physics Practicals

Semester III:
▪ BC – 3501 Concepts in Microbiology
▪ BC – 3502 Biophysical Chemistry
▪ BC – 3503L Fundamentals of Biophysical Techniques and Microbiology

(Lab Sessions)
▪ CH – 3501* Organic Chemistry
▪ CH – 3502* Physical Chemistry
▪ CH – 3503L* Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (Practicals)
▪ PH – 3501* Physics
▪ PH – 3502* Physics
▪ PH – 3503L* Physics Practicals

Semester IV:
▪ BC – 4501 Molecular Physiology
▪ BC – 4502 Nutrition
▪ BC – 4503L Nutrition and Haematology
▪ CH – 4501* Inorganic Chemistry
▪ CH – 4502* Analytical Chemistry
▪ CH – 4503L* Organic and Analytical Chemistry (Practicals)
▪ PH – 4501* Physics
▪ PH – 4502* Physics
▪ PH – 4503L* Physics Practicals

Semester V:
▪ BC – 5501 Metabolism – I
▪ BC – 5502 Molecular Biology – I
▪ BC – 5503 Enzymology
▪ BC – 5504 Applied Biochemistry
▪ BC – 5505 Research Methodology and Biostatistics
▪ BC – 5506L Clinical Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Enzymology (Lab)

Semester VI:
▪ BC – 6501 Metabolism II
▪ BC – 6502 Molecular Biology II
▪ BC – 6503 Immunology
▪ BC – 6504 Genetics
▪ BC – 6505 Model Organisms
▪ BC – 6506L Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology & Genetics (Lab)*The students can make a choice between Chemistry (CH) and Physics (PH) for their second subsidiary subject

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>Overview of M.Sc. in Biochemistry

Semester I:

▪ PBC – 1501 Protein: Structure, Synthesis and Working
▪ PBC – 1502 Nucleic Acids: Structure and Working
▪ PBC – 1503 Carbohydrates and Lipids
▪ PBC – 1504 Techniques in Biochemistry
▪ PBC – 1505L Practical Biochemistry – I
▪ PBC – 1506L Practical Biochemistry – II

Semester II:
▪ PBC – 2501 Cell Biology
▪ PBC – 2502 Enzymology
▪ PBC – 2503 Immunology
▪ PBC – 2504 Neurobiology
▪ PBC – 2505L Enzymology (Lab)
▪ PBC – 2506L Cell Biology and Immunology (Lab)

Semester III:
▪ PBC – 3501 Molecular Biology
▪ PBC – 3502 Recombinant DNA Technology
▪ PBC – 3503 Diseases: Nutrition and Molecular Biology Perspective
▪ PBC – 3504 Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
▪ PBC – 3505L Molecular Biology Techniques (Lab)
▪ PBC – 3506L Plant Biochemistry (Lab)

Semester IV
▪ PBC – 4501 Research Methodology and Scientific Writing
▪ PBC – 4502 Project Work

• Overview of Vocational Biotechnology

Semester I:
▪ BC – 1501 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
▪ BC – 1502L Fundamentals of Biochemistry (Lab sessions)
▪ VBT – 1401 Plant Biotechnology
▪ VBT – 1402L Lab: Plant tissue culture

Semester II:
▪ BC – 2501 Concepts in Cell Biology
▪ BC – 2502L Fundamentals of Biochemistry (Lab sessions)
▪ VBT – 2401 Biostatistics and Entrepreneurship
▪ VBT – 2402L Lab: Mini Projects (in-house)

Summer Trainings

Semester III:
▪ BC – 3501 Concepts in Microbiology
▪ BC – 3502 Biophysical Chemistry
▪ BC – 3503L Fundamentals of Biophysical Techniques and Microbiology

(Lab Sessions)
▪ VBT – 3401 Animal Biotechnology
▪ VBT – 3402L Lab: Basic techniques in animal cell culture and immunology

Semester IV:
▪ BC – 4501 Molecular Physiology
▪ BC – 4502 Nutrition
▪ BC – 4503L Nutrition and Haematology
▪ VBT – 4401 Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology
▪ VBT – 4402L Lab: Basic Environmental & Industrial BT techniques

Summer Trainings

Semester V:
▪ BC – 5501 Metabolism – I
▪ BC – 5502 Molecular Biology – I
▪ BC – 5503 Enzymology
▪ BC – 5504 Applied Biochemistry
▪ BC – 5506L Clinical Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Enzymology (Lab)
▪ VBT – 5401 Recombinant DNA Technology
▪ VBT – 5402L Lab: Techniques of Recombinant DNA technology

Semester VI:
▪ BC – 6501 Metabolism II
▪ BC – 6502 Molecular Biology II
▪ BC – 6503 Immunology
▪ BC – 6504 Genetics
▪ BC – 6506L Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology & Genetics (Lab)
▪ VBT – 6401 Medical Biotechnology
▪ VBT – 6402L Lab: Mini Project

Overview of BSc. Biotechnology (Self Finance)

Semester I:
▪ BT – 1501 Basic Chemistry of Biomolecules
▪ BT – 1502L Basic chemistry of Biomolecules (Lab)
▪ BT EC Biostatistics
▪ BO – 1501 Basics of Botany – I
▪ BO – 1502L Basics of Botany Practicals – I
▪ CH – 1501 General Chemistry
▪ CH – 1502L Practicals in Chemistry

Semester II:
▪ BT – 2501 Cell Biology
▪ BT – 2502L Basic techniques of Cell (Lab)
▪ BT EC Environment Sciences
▪ BO – 2501 Basics of Botany – II
▪ BO – 2502L Basics of Botany Practicals – II
▪ CH – 2502 General Chemistry
▪ CH – 2502L Practicals in Chemistry

Semester III:
▪ BT – 3501 Concepts in Biophysical Chemistry
▪ BT – 3502 Molecular Biology
▪ BT – 3601 Hormone Action
▪ BT – 3503L Fundamentals of Biophysical Techniques and Molecular Biology

▪ CH – 3501 Organic Chemistry
▪ CH – 3502 Physical Chemistry
▪ CH – 3503L Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (Practicals)

Semester IV:
▪ BT – 4501 Concepts in Microbiology
▪ BT – 4502 Recombinant DNA Technology
▪ BT – 4601 Nutrition
▪ BT – 4503L Fundamentals of Microbiology and Recombinant DNA

Technology (Lab)
▪ CH – 4501 Inorganic Chemistry
▪ CH – 4502 Analytical Chemistry
▪ CH – 4503L Organic and Analytical Chemistry (Practicals)

Semester V:
▪ BT – 5501 Enzyme Biotechnology
▪ BT – 5502 Metabolism
▪ BT – 5503 Immunology
▪ BT – 5504 Environmental Biotechnology
▪ BT – 5601 Genetics
▪ BT – 5505L Enzymology, Immunology, Environmental Biotechnology (Lab)

Semester VI:
▪ BT – 6501 Fermentation Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship
▪ BT – 6502 Plant Biotechnology
▪ BT – 6503 Animal Biotechnology
▪ BT – 6504 Project Work
▪ BT – 6601 Bioinformatics
▪ BT – 6505L Fermentation Biotech, Plant and Animal Biotech (Lab)


No Name Qualification Profile
1 Dr. Sebastian Vadakan A M.Sc. (Biochemistry), Ph.D.(Biotechnology)
2 Dr. Sudeshna Menon Ph.D. – Life Sciences
3 Shital Doshi M.Sc. Biochemistry, NET
4 Kinjal Desai M.Sc. Biotechnology, NET
5 Dweipayan Goswami B.Sc., M.Sc.,Ph.D.
6 Zankruti Dholakia MSc


As part of the Vocational Biotechnology, the students undertake a year long internship in a simulated plant tissue culture company, where they learn to manage and run a company. One of their services as a company is to conduct workshops on various modules like plant tissue culture, microbiology, molecular biology etc. This has enabled our students to spread awareness of biotechnology as a subject and some of its techniques to students from different schools and colleges across the city.

Research Internship

Every year for the past three decades, a select number of students after a thorough scrutiny have undertaken research projects, and after an evaluation have been awarded certificates and fellowships. The major areas of research by students have been in plant tissue culture, bioremediation, toxicity studies of herbal formulations, nutritional assessment of rural population, phytochemical analysis of medicinal plants, and molecular biology. A few of our students have also published their work in science journals. More than 70% of our students who have successfully completed their undergraduate research programme have progressed to pursuing doctoral studies or jobs in research and development.

The staff of the department has been involved in research projects in areas such as molecular genetics, biotechnology, pharmacognosy, microbiology etc and have availed grants from funding agencies like UGC, GSBTM etc.

Research output by students

Guru Gayatri Novel Organisms to improve the process of Bio remediation
Christian Abhilash Effect of different microbes on the life span of C. elegans
Trish Das Biofilm: A Novel approach enhancing hydrocarbon degradation
Shilpi Agarwal BRET- A powerful technique to monitor cell death
Natasha Parikh Biodegradation of textile dye reactive black
Rashmiprabha Mahapatra From waste to power microbial fuel cell
Urmi Patel Comparative evaluation of heavy metal exclusion by bacterial cells using biosorption approach
Bhargavi Trivedi Bioethanol: Second generation fuel

Jahnavi Sheth Isolation Of Lactobacilli For Creating Auxotropic B-12 Mutants
Satyajit Pradan Comparative Analysis Of Engine Oil Degrading Bacterial Consortia
Neha Oli Cytotoxic Effects Of Herbal Drugs: Triphala And Ashokarishta On Schizosaccharomyces Pombe
Darshini Patni Biodiesel Production From Mixed Culture Algae
Ankita Patel Bioalcohol Production From Mixed Culture Algae

Krutika Vyas and Nikita Meghani Optimization of culture conditions for degradation studies of oil by microbial isolates from different sources
Shivani Maheswari Toxicity of herbal drugs on yeast and subsequent effects on yeast DNA
Kinjal D Shah To check the anti-proliferative potential of Triphala and Ashokarishta on Schizosaccharomyces pombe and effect on its protein content
Isha Majmudar Isolation of polyethylene degrading bacteria and assessment of their degrading efficiency
Jennifer Johnson Comparative Phytochemical Screening of Asparagus racemosus and study of its antibacterial activity
Prapti Purohit Comparative phytochemical screening of Withania somniferea and its claimed antifungal activity


The students and staff of the department have access to latest editions of book titles from Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Nutrition, Biostatistics, Enzymology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biophysics, Genetics, Genetic engineering etc. These books are housed in the departmental library as well as the Central Library in the campus. The Central Library also subscribes Science Journals.


There are no collaborative courses. However, a group comprising staff members and students of Marquette University, Wisconsin have been coming to do a case study on the student owned companies (Entrepreneurial simulated units) of the Vocational Cell for the last four years. They review the work done by our students and send back reports suggesting the necessary interventions to improve the functioning of the company. The Vocational Biotechnology students run the company, XplantR. These case studies by the Marquette group have helped XplantR grow.

Seminars And Events

▪ Bioutsav, State level Science competition was organized by the Department on campus
▪ Dr David Clark and Dr Beth Krey from Marquette University visited and interacted with students of Voc Biotechnology on developing marketing strategies of Xplant.
▪ Talk by Mr Dennis Ghoghara on ‘Nutrition and Good health’
▪ Talk by Dr Radhika Atit, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio on ‘Skin Development and Disease’.
▪ Capacity building workshop sponsored by GSBTM organized for students
▪ Talk by Dr Chetan Chitnis on “Biology to Biotechnology: From understanding life to using it for our future”, Infosys series lectures
▪ Talk on ‘Next Generation DNA Sequencing’ by iBIOA
▪ Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series by Dr Riddhi Shah on “Analysis of Archeal chaperonins in E.coli’
▪ Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series by Dr. Dweipayan Goswami on ‘Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR)’
▪ Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series by Dr. Bhadresh R. Rami on ‘Academia- Industry Interphase’
▪ Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series by Dr Priti Desai on ‘Vaccine in Today’s Scenario’
▪ Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series by Ms. Shanaya Shah on ‘Protein structure- function relation and its implications’
▪ Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series by Ms. Aara Patel on ‘Identifying genes responsible for Coloboma: A rare genetic eye disease’
▪ Diamond Jubilee State level Poster presentation competition on “Ease the Disease”.


Course Structure Overview of Subjects in BSc. Biochemistry
▪ BSc Biochemistry 2014-2017

Course Structure Overview of Subjects in BSc. Biotechnology
▪ BSc Biotechnology 2015-2018

Course Structure Overview of Subjects in BSc Voc. Biotechnology
▪ BSc Voc. Biotechnology 2014-2017

Course Structure Overview of Subjects in MSc Biochemistry Syllabus
▪ MScBiochemistrySyllabus2016-19

Contact us

Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
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