Friday, March 25, 2011

GADVASU Microbiologists felicitated at World Biotechnology Congress


Dr. Hari Mohan Saxena, Professor cum Head of Veterinary Microbiology Department, GADVASU, Ludhiana delivered an invited keynote address at the recently concluded World Biotechnology Congress organized by the USA based Omics Publishing Group at the Hitech City, Hyderabad. The group publishes 100 international journals on various subjects and the congress was a global event aimed at promoting biotechnology business and academic collaborations worldwide. The congress was attended by nearly 2000 delegates from around the world including scientists from diverse academic backgrounds, entrepreneurs and world leaders in biomedical sciences and biotechnology research. Dr. Saxena presented his novel findings related to virus and host cell interaction in Infectious Bursal Disease, an immunodeficiency disease of young chickens.

Two other microbiologists from GADVASU, Dr. Deepti Narang, Scientist, and Dr. Mudit Chandra, Assistant Microbiologist, from the same department, presented oral papers in the congress on isolation and characterization of bacteriophages, the viruses which kill bacteria, reactive to Brucella and Salmonella, respectively. These bacteria cause diseases in humans and animals and resistance to antibiotics is not uncommon in these pathogens. Phages offer the hope of combating antibiotic resistant bacteria. Presentations of all the three GADVASU scientists were appreciated by the delegates and they were felicitated by the chairpersons of their sessions with certificates of honour.

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