The zebrafish lab facility was set up in October 2015, jointly by the Biochemistry department and Zoology department in collaboration with CSIR-IGIB, Mathura Road, Delhi, and Sansriti Foundation Delhi. The facility has been funded by Star Innovation projects DU, Star College project DBT, Govt. of India, and Innovation projects DU. It was developed with the aim of providing an alternative in vivo non –invasive model system for science education, teaching and research.
The state of the art temperature and photo-period controlled facility houses an automated re-circulatory fish habitat system, RO water plant, stereo-microscopes, inverted microscope with digital display screen ( Evos) and fluorescent microscope ( Nikon). Apart from ongoing research projects, the facility provides training in zebrafish model systems to faculty and students. Till date ~ 65 faculty members and ~500 students from various science streams from different Delhi University Colleges have participated in various workshops and training programs conducted by the zebrafish lab facility.
Summer internship programs are available to under-graduate and postgraduate students to get hands-on training and research experience. Zebrafish lab facility also serves as a resource center to provide zebrafish and embryos to other colleges/ departments and research institutes to support teaching and lab practicals.
Computational and systems biology programs involve usage of computational tools and approaches in teaching and research in biological, medical, behavioural or health data, including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze, or visualize such data. Daulat Ram College, biochemistry department believes in interdisciplinary goal-oriented research and innovation in the areas broadly related to computational sciences, such as computational & systems biology using mathematics and statistics. As the bioinformatics course is offered by the department, BIC provides services to cater the course in the department. Further the center aims to conduct workshops for students and faculties of other colleges to train them in basic bioinformatics tools. Small scale research can also be conducted with undergraduate students. The facility also assists students in developing skills such as scientific writing and presentation, knowledge of intellectual property rights, ethics, morals and socio-scientific attitude to ensure their overall development.
The Drosophila Resource Centre was set up in the Department of Biochemistry almost 10 years ago. The centre is funded by DBT Star College Project. It aims to teach the basic principles of genetics using Drosophila as a model system. Almost 250 students have been trained since its inception. Students of different life science streams such as Botany, Biochemistry, Life Sciences and Zoology from DU and Punjab University have been trained at the centre. A lab manual on ‘Rediscovering Genetics’ has been published in 2016 that covers the range of experiments performed by the students at the centre. The students have been immensely benefited by this training which is reflected in their selection and perusal of higher education in genetics from prestigious places. The centre also provides stocks and support to many colleges of Delhi University and AIIMS.
We are working on various aspects of Campus Sustainability like environment and Health
We have been working on health sustainability by focusing on issues like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) amongst young women studying on campus. We had undertaken a project on investigating the prevalence of PCOS in undergraduate girls.