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Animal Biotechnology


About Department

The Department of Animal Biotechnology was established in year 2003. Since then it is working on different aspects of Animal Biotechnology for the betterment of animal and poultry health. Presently the research area of interest of the department are Molecular Diagnostics, Animal forensics, Reproductive Biotechnology and Animal Genomics. Under molecular diagnostics, detection, isolation and characterization of viral pathogens of poultry as well as livestock are going on for the development of rapid diagnostic tools. Department is also focused on the Characterization of livestock breeds and their relation with traits of economic importance like mastitis resistant etc.

The department has developed nucleic acid based diagnostic tests (conventional PCR / real time RT-PCR / PCR and LAMP) for diagnosis of Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV), Bluetongue virus (BTV), Sheep and goat pox virus (SPV and GPV), Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), New Castle disease virus (NDV) and Marek’s disease virus (MDV). These tests for IBR and BTV are routinely used for screening of semen samples received from semen banks of Haryana A.H. & D. Department.

Under All India network project on Bluetongue, the department is providing national BTV molecular typing facility.

This department is having a project from Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India on Human Resources Development. Under this project fourteen students of Veterinary science are trained in animal biotechnology and awarded Master of Veterinary Sciences (M.V.Sc) in Animal Biotechnology.


S.No. Degree Programme No of seats
1 M.V.Sc. 13+2*
2 Ph.D 3

* There is a provision of admission of 15 students in M.V.Sc. (Animal Biotechnology) programme. The DBT has approved to reserve two(2) seats out of 15 for the students of Haryana Domicile while rest 13 students will be selected by JNU on the basis of All India written test as per the guidelines of DBT, GOI, New Delhi. All students are entitled for the Studentship of Rs. 5000/- per month.

Head of the Department :
Dr. Sushila Maan
Phone (O): 01662-289132 (O), +91-9466088610 (M)
E-mail: hod.abt@luvas.edu.in, sushilamaan105@gmail.com

 

Dr. Sushila Maan obtained her B.V.Sc & A.H (Hons.) and M.V.Sc (Veterinary Microbiology) degrees with distinction from COVS, Hisar. She has done her PhD degree in Molecular Virology from Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2004, under Commonwealth Scholarship Programme. She had been Post-Doctoral Fellow within the Arbovirus Molecular Research Group at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH), Pirbright, UK from 2006 - 2011.

During twenty-three years of her research career since 1995, she has published 115 peer reviewed research articles, out of which 74 are in various international journals of repute and 42 in national journals. She has also presented her research findings at several international conferences in the U.K., France, Portugal, Italy, Holland, Australia, South Africa, China and USA. Her work on sequence analyses of bluetongue and other related orbiviruses has revolutionized the genetic studies of these viruses globally. These research findings have led to development of RT-PCR based diagnostic kits for molecular detection and typing of economically important orbiviruses.

Dr. Sushila Maan has lead and coordinated an international project funded by BBSRC(UK)-DBT(GOI) under ‘Farmed Animal Disease and Health’ programme. She has also been awarded prestigious Bio-CARe fellowship for the Women Scientists by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. For her outstanding professional excellence at first convocation of LUVAS, she was conferred with ‘Best Researcher Award’ for the year 2015. She had also been awarded ‘ISVIB scientist award’ for the most cited publication by The Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology in 2017.

She is on scientific panel (as a referee) of various International and National journals viz. Virus Research, Plos One, Virology, Vaccine, Journal of Virology, Transboundary and emerging diseases, Indian Journal of Virology etc. and also listed as editorial board member of ‘The World Scientific Journal’ and ’Animal and Veterinary Sciences, ’ (Science Publishing Group).


Faculty

Dr. Sushila Maan Professor and Head View Details
Dr. Minakshi Principal Scientist  View Details
Dr. Trilok Nanda Professor View Details
Dr. Inderjeet Singh** Assoc. Professor View Details
Dr. Sushila Maan Principal Scientist View Details
Dr. Aman Kumar Asstt. Res. Officer View Details
Dr. Pawan Kumar Assistant Professor View Details
Dr. Vinay Joshi Assistant Scientist View Details
 
**On deputation to CIRB, Hisar.



Supporting staff

Shyam Lal Sr. Lab Assistant
Surender Singh Lab Assistant
Raj Kumar Lab Assistant
Gaurav Rewri Lab Attendant
Dharmender Clerk
Hari Om Messenger
Bimla Devi Animal Attendant


Major Achievements

  • The first ‘Bluetongue Multivalent Inactivated Vaccine’ of India was released in July 2009. The Department of Animal Biotechnology was one of the collaborating centre for this mandate.
  • Novel set of primers were developed for the differentiation of buffalo & cattle meat and patent have been filed for the same. Patent (Application No. 590/DEL/2008 & Patent Application No. 591/DEL/2008)
  • Identification of animal species from reminiscent samples such as skin, tissue, bone marrow and feather follicle.
  • Real Time RT-PCR have been developed for Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV), Bluetongue virus (BTV), Sheep and goat pox virus (SPV and GPV), Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), New Castle disease virus (NDV) and Marek’s disease virus (MDV).
  • Loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay have been developed for BTV, Capripoxviruses (CPV) and PPRV.


Post graduate students/ Research assistants/ Senior research fellows

M.V.Sc. Students
  1. Gour Ch. Royc
  2. Sunayna
  3. Kanisth Batra
  4. Arnab Ghosh
  5. Shweta Balodi
  6. Lukumoni Buragohain
  7. Anjali Singh
  8. Aarti Singh
  9. Sambhu Saran Gupta
  10. Daoharu Baro
  11. Mahendra Singh
  12. Puneet Ranjan
  13. Sameni Deepika
  14. Vikas Verma
Ph.D. Student
  1. Dr. Pawan Kumar
  2. Dr. Vishwaradhya TM
  3. Koushlesh Ranjan
  4. Lambe Upendra Pradeep


Research Projects

Ongoing projects
  • National Network Project on Bluetongue, sponsored by ICAR, New Delhi
  • Human resource development project on animal biotechnology, sponsored by DBT, New Delhi
  • Isolation and characterization of animal adenoviruses for development of a novel viral vector for vaccine delivery, sponsored by DBT, New Delhi
  • Use of molecular markers for characterization of livestock breeds and their relation with traits of economic importance, sponsored by Government of Haryana
  • Development of molecular diagnostics for Canine parvo, fowl adeno, Marek’s disease, calf diarrhoea and peste des petits ruminants (PPR viruses), sponsored by Government of Haryana
  • Development of reproduction biotechniques for improvement of farm animal fertility, sponsored by Government of Haryana
  • Skill up-gradation of teachers/scientists and students in the area of Animal Biotechnology sponsored by Government of Haryana as a Self financing project
  • Monitoring and intervention strategy for bluetongue virus(BTV) epidemics in rural India, sponsored by ICAR (India) & B.B.S.R.C.(UK)
  • Development of diagnostic systems, reference collections and molecular epidemiology studies for important arboviral pathogens of livestock in India, sponsored by DBT (India) and BBSRC, UK.
  • Studies on orbivirus pathogenesis, host responses and epidemiology using molecular and reverse genetics approaches, sponsored by DBT (India).
  • Molecular Tools for the control of Peste des petits ruminants, Bluetongue and Capripox viruses in Haryana, sponsored by Government of Haryana under RKVY
  • Establishment of facilities for quality testing of cattle and buffalo semen/body fluids for genetic disorders and infectious agents using molecular techniques.
Completed projects
  • Molecular Studies on rotavirus of avian, bovine and human origin and development of multiplex RT-PCR for diagnosis, sponsored by ICAR, New Delhi Studies on Salmonella infections in domestic animals and birds, USAID (PL-480)
  • Taxonomy of Viruses, sponsored by Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi
  • Studies on prevalence of bacterial & Viral cause of calf scours amongst dairy cattle in India, sponsored by M/s. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals India Pvt. Ltd


P.G. Thesis

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