Research is an important constituent of an institution of higher learning. Large numbers of distinguished personalities from academics, industry, and religious bodies have been assocaited with the SGGSWU for research. It is a matter of pride and honour for us to share with you some of research projects undertaken by faculty members of our university.
Dr. Pushpender Kumar Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology
Dr. Pushpender Kumar Sharma, worked on the project titled “Metatranscriptomic Analysis and Functional Characterization of the Metabolically Active Genes of Microbial Consortium of Polluted soil and water samples of Cancer Prone Belt of Punjab". It was first project underatken by Faculty of the SGGSWU. It was sponsored by DST-SERB. Budget was Rs 22 Lakhs.
Summary Of the project:
Increased usage of pesticides and fertilizers in the agricultural lands of Punjab, India has caused massive load of aromatic hydrocarbons and other toxic compounds in the environment. We contemplate that use of these chemicals may alter the microbial communities distribution and function. Project involved analyzing presence of pesticides and heavy metals in agriculture soil, followed by comparative analysis of metatranscriptome from organic farm and the agricultural soil.
The main purpose of the study was to identify novel microbial candidate genes and pathways involved in the detoxification of aromatic hydrocarbons in the environment, the other goal of the study was to engineer microbes in future to combat the environmental pollution.
Dr. Akshay Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Nanotechnology
The following projects are undertaken by the principal investigator Dr. Akshay Kumar, Department of Nanotechnology, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab.
1. “Synthesis and applications of boron carbide nanoparticle for neutron capture cancer treatment therapy” Sponsored by BRNS-DAE, Budget 25.13 Lakhs.
2. “Boron nitride nanocomposites for photodetectors and gas sensing applications” Sponsored by SERB-DST, Budget 36.08 Lakhs.
3. “Luminescent Nanoscale Metal Organic Frameworks Based Nanosensor for Detection & Remediation of Pollutant Pesticides” Sponsored by SERB-DST, Budget 22.9 Lakhs.
Project 1 &2: Boron based compounds such as boron carbide (B4C), boron nitride (BN) shows remarkable properties for its use in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) to effectively treat tumor cells. Therapeutic efficiency of present day boron agents is the biggest limitation and can be best improved by increasing the boron concentration in tumor, by improving the clearance of boron from normal tissue/blood and long retention time of boron in tumor. Boron carbide can provide high concentration of boron to the tumor cell because of its structure having 4B atoms per carbon. Also, the highly water dispersible property of hexagonal BN make it a promising candidate for its use in BNCT. These synthesized nano particles used on different cancer cells to study the neutron capture properties for cancer treatment.
Project 3: Pesticides are widely used in agriculture, but their residues can cause serious damages to ecological safety and result in hazardous impacts on human health and life quality through the food chain. Hence, the rapid and selective detection of pesticides has become one of the most pressing issues concerning human health and environmental protection. The MOF has a remarkably high fluorescence quantum yield and performs outstandingly in pesticide detection with a low detection limit down to very low concentrations.