Message from the Desk of Director Research Dr.B.G.Unni, Director Research The research policy of Assam down town University aims to generate, support and strengthen the research and development and scientific temper among its faculties and students for enriching and increasing the professional capability of the faculty members. Assam down town University is the first private University from North East region being awarded two Mega Network Projects such as (1) on Scented rice Joha and Black rice coordinated by Dr. Saikat Sen and Dr. Raja Chakraborty, Associate Professors, Department of Pharmacy ,and high value phytochemicals of anti-diabetic and immunomodulatory properties in North Eastern banana varieties” coordinated by Dr. Ananya Kashyap, and Ms. Daisy Sharma, Department of Food, Nutrition & Dietetics, funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India respectively. The main objective of the project is to analyze the complete profile of the high value phytochemicals of few varieties of bananas of NE region and to find out the glycemic index , anti-diabetic, anticancer and immunomodulatory properties in vitro and in vivo and also to develop a therapeutic strategy. The first mega net work project is aimed to profile the antioxidant molecules present in the Joha and black rice And to explore the functional properties. Through these two mega network projects, the University is now linked with more than 100 top most research institutions/ Universities in the country. The third project entitled “Foldscope a Tool for Evaluation of Genotoxic Effect of Food Preservatives: A Model Experiment for Under Graduate Students of Life Science” is also funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and coordinated by Dr. Jyotchna Gogoi, Department of Biochemistry. A total number of 445 approved schools/colleges/institutions/universities within and outside NE region are taking part in the project. The outcome of the project is to find out simple technique by using biological tools to find out the toxic substances/ contaminants in the vegetables and food. The project is also aimed to train the students on such techniques and make an awareness programs regarding the toxicity of such substances associated with vegetables and food items etc. This project will be implemented in semi urban high schools of Bonda, Panikhaiti and Chandrapur area of Gauhati. The outcome of the project would help the student to understand the toxicity at the gene level which leads to different types of health and environmental issues. The fourth project entitled “Design and Fabrication of Portable Friction Welding Machine" is supported by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India under a special scheme implemented by Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC), Govt. of Assam. The project is coordinated by Mr. Manash Jyoti Borah of Department of Mechanical Engineering. The main objective of this project is to make a simple device to join process/ welding easier, and also to make popularity of portable friction welding machine among small scale industries which will help in “MAKE IN INDIA” project. The fifth project entitled “Development of APP for speaking English into Assamese and vice-versa” is a mini consultancy project for a short duration sponsored by Assam association of North America (AANA), USA a NGO to enhance social values of the assamese language. The project team comprises of Mr. Mriganka Sarmah and Mr. Gautam Borah. The main aim of this project is to make conversation easier and understandable between two persons speaking daily usable easy English sentences or Assamese. The project is under the broad area of Natural Language Processing which encompasses computational methods for determining the natural meaning of the spoken or written sentences. The University is also providing mini research grants to the deserving faculties to pursue research in various areas. The aim of the scheme/ mini grant is to strengthen the research activities especially among the young faculty members which will act as a Catalyst for them to apply to various funding agencies for major grants. In addition to this, the following projects mentioned below are under peer review with following funding agencies (ICMR, DBT, NTRF, Tea Board of India) Sl no. Project Title Principal Investigator Funding agencies Total duration 1 “Tea waste in Nanoformulation; An effective remedy for Paronychia prevalent among tea workers”. Ms. Banasmita Devi Biochemistry NTRF), Tea Board Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India 3 year 2 “Identification of Novel prognostic markers, intervention targets and development of novel therapies for Triple Negative Breast Cancer of North East India” . Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma The mega net work project submitted to DG-ICMR jointly by BBCI & Assam down town University 3 year 3 “Impact of Betel Nut Extracts on Guts Micro-flora and pathogens”. Dr. Rajeev Sarma Biotechnology ICMR 3 year 4 “Outreach Programme for Creating Awareness and Sensitization about Cancer: “NE-Can”. Dr. Sthiti Porna Dutta (Biochemistry) DBT Twinning Program –under a special scheme -North East Region on studies on Cancer 3 year 5 “To study the relationship of MT-2, GSTM1 and CYP1A1, Genes and heavy metal and their impact on treatment of osteosarcoma patients”. Dr. Minakshi Bhattacharjee (Biotechnology) DBT Twinning Program (North East Region) 3 year 6 “Formulation and Evaluation of Dry Powder Inhaler Containing Targeted Paclitaxel Loaded Nanoformulation for Treatment of Lung Cancer”. Mr. Rituraj Bharadwaj (Pharmacy) DBT Twinning Program (North East Region) 3 year 7 “Supramoleculahilic fibroinbased smart hydrogelfororiginal tissue regeneration in burn and wound injuries”. Dr. Papia Dutta (Chemistry) & Ms. Banasmita Devi (Biochemistry) DBT Twinning Program (North East Region) 3 year Project Proposals/ Research Ideas on NRL Startup – Ideation 2018 1 Pressure Biofeedback - Hand Dexterity Device Dr. Priyabrata Kalikinkar Ojha (PT), Physiotherapy NRL Startup – Ideation 2018 Under Review 2 Motor Assisted dynamic splint device (MADS) Dr. Pritam Deka (PT) NRL Startup – Ideation 2018 Under Review University is having MoU’s with the best R&D institutions such as CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology (DSIR, Govt. of India)- Jorhat, Guwahati Biotech Park – Guwahati, Institute of Advanced study in Science and Technology, Guwahati (Govt. Of India), Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (DAE, Govt. of India), National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research ( Ministry of Chemicals and fertilizer, Govt of India), Guwahati, National Research Development Corporation ( DSIR, DST Govt. of India)– New Delhi and few more are under progress. The MoU’s with these research institutions has provided lot of scope for interaction between the students and faculties, and also sharing infrastructural facilities for research and other academic activities. In addition to this, in-house research activities as a part of graduate/ post graduate /Ph.D programmes in different areas (Faculties of Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Commerce, Management, Humanities & Social Sciences, Paramedical Sciences & Nursing )etc are also undertaken by the faculties of the University.The faculties of the University has published more than 350 research papers so far in leading national and international journal and filed patents as well. The University is already recognized by Department of Science & Technology as a research organization and received SIRO Certificate. University is having Animal house facilities approved by the Govt. of India to undertake research studies using small animals. The "Research Cell" of Assam down town University is having quite well equipped laboratory having infrastructural facilities to undertake research work in the areas mentioned. The University has earmarked and spending quite sufficient money for research and to strengthen the facilities in the areas of societal importance. Over and above, the scientific backgrounds of the faculties are extremely good to undertake challenging areas of research in health sector to serve and solve the health problems of the people of this region and country in general. The collective outcome of studies may bring a significant achievement in the research front and that will be very much useful for the people of the region Long live to Assam down town University! Dr.BG Unni Director Research 16th May 2018 Brief Biography Dr.B.G.Unni,(Balagopalan Unni) FRES ( London), FIANSc, FISAgBc, FICCE Director Research, Assam down town University Former Chief Scientist and Area Coordinator (Biotechnology & Biological Sciences ) and DADD ( Germany) and Fulbright Fellow (USA) retired from CSIR service on 31st Jan 2015 after 37 years of research career at CSIR North East Institute of Science & Technology Jorhat Assam. Currently at Assam down town University as Director-Research (March 2015) . He did his BSc Biology, MSc (Second Rank) and Ph.D in Biochemistry from Allahabad University and PDF in Molecular Biology from Texas A&M University, USA. Dr. Unni is specialized in Biochemistry Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology and well established in his area of research and completed more than 38 years of research in both basic and applied field of research. Dr.Unni got more than 110 research papers 175 abstracts, 35 papers in proceedings, 4 patents,1 technology.18 chapters in books, edited 3 books and 24 students received PhD degree under his guidance and supervision.Dr. Unni had completed more than 20 projects sponsored by Commonwealth Science Council, London, Ministry of Non conventional Energy Sources, Department of Non conventional Energy Sources Govt of India, North Eastern Council Govt of India, Department of Science &Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Central Silk Board,GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, CSIR and DRDO, Ministry of Defense, Govt of India during his scientific tenureat CSIR NEIST. Dr Unni received- Fulbright Travel Award/Fellowship (USA) Dr. B.M. Das Memorial Science award, Hebrew University Award-Awarded in the area of Juvenile Hormone Research H.R. Cama Memorial Travel Award,COSTED Travel Award,. DAAD- fellowship-Germany, Well Mark International Scholarship (USA) & Technology award in life sciences by CSIR,Govt of India . Best Fulbright Alumni Chapter Leader-South Asia Selected by the United States Education Foundation In India ( USIEF), New Delhi .Nominated to represent India at the International Fulbright Scholars meet at Marrakech, Morocco- Nominated by United States Education Foundation In India, New Delhi . Dr. Unni is in the editorial board of more than eight indexed journal in the country .Dr.Unni was nominated to various state and central committees such as High power committee for development of sericulture activities Muga, Eri,Tassar and Mulberry in Assam nominated by Governor of Assam, .Expert in the area of non mulberry sericulture, Ministry of Textiles, Advisory Board, Post graduate Biotechnology programme, Academic Council, Assam Agricultural University, Research Council, Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles , DBT’s Nominee for Bio-safety Committee ,Vice President SBC (India) Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Vice President Indian Academy of Neuro-sciences, Member Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology, USA, Board of studies- Botany Nagaland University and Biotechnology Saugar University Madhya Pradesh., Fellow, Indian Academy of Neurosciences & Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists, Fellow Royal Entomological Society, London UK and Scientific Advisor International Foundation of Science, Sweden, Member, Board of Studies Raiganj University ( 2017----), Member Research Review committee Tea Board of India (2016-----), Member Advisory Committee Cancer Research Advisory Board, North East Cancer Hospital & Research Institute ( 2017--) . Dr.Unni visited USA, Germany, Israel,Jordan, France, Morraco ,UK, Thailand ,Jordan, Singapore and China under various exchange programms.