Admission 2019

Faculties

mscbio-science

Dr Swapna Merlin David

Research Associate

Specialisation: Molecular Biology

Room:

swapnamerlin@scmsgroup.org


Educational Qualifications

  • PhD in Biotechnology (November 2014) Bharathiar University
  • M.Sc in Biotechnology (April 2006) Bharathiar University
  • B.Sc in Biotechnology (April 2004) University of Kerala

Employment History

  • Joined SCMS Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology on 1st June 2016
  • PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu (May - Nov 2014)

Key Responsibilities Held

Responsibilities held at SCMS

  • Undertaking independent research
  • Project guidance for post-graduation and graduation students
  • Handling theory classes for post-graduation and graduation courses

Responsibilities held at previous institutions

  • Worked as Research Assistant in PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore
  • Research on NPMASS-ADA Project, DRDO, Govt. of India entitled Fabrication of PDMS based platform/Micro fluidics based microPCR for the detection of oncogenic miRNAs in retinoblastoma patients serum.

Teaching Interests

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Transgenics

Research Interests

  • Enzyme Kinetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Gene expression

Publications

International publications

  • Nawaz, K. A., David, S. M., Murugesh, E., Thandeeswaran, M., Kiran, K. G., Mahendran, R., Palaniswamy, M., & Angayarkanni, J. (2017). Identification and in silico characterization of a novel peptide inhibitor of angiotensin converting enzyme from pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan). Phytomedicine, 36, 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2017.09.013
  • Salim, B., David S. M., Beta, M., Narayanan, J., Krishnakumar, S., & Lazar Mathew T. (2015). PMMA Platform Based Micro Fluidic Mixer for the Detection of MicroRNA- 18a from Retinoblastoma Serum. Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques, 6(4). doi:10.4172/2155-9872.1000258
  • David, S. M., Soundararajan, L., & Boopathy, R. (2015). The allele frequency of T920C mutation in butyrylcholinesterase gene is high in an Indian population. Gene, 555(2), 409-413. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2014.11.040
  • David, S. M., Venkatesan, S. K., & Boopathy, R. (2013). An Indian butyrylcholinesterase variant L307P is not structurally stable: A molecular dynamics simulation study. Chemico-Biological Interactions, 203(1), 30-35. doi:10.1016/j.cbi.2012.10.010

Technical programs attended

  • Attended Training Programme on Plaxis 3D organised by Department of Civil Engineering, Cochin University of Science and Technolgy, Kalamasserry in 2013 /li>

Patents

  • A molecular beacon probe and a method for quantification of miRNA copy number directly from biological fluid with molecular beacon probe. (Co-inventor, Patent No. 3035/CHE/2015

Paper Presentations

International

  • Presented a paper entitled 'Why human butyrylcholinesterase L307P variant is not structurally stable: A molecular dynamics simulation study' in 11th International meeting on Cholinesterases held in Kazan, Russia from 4th-9th June, 2012

National

  • Presented a paper entitled 'Sociogenomic variations of four populations of south india with reference to butyrylcholinesterase activity' in 29th Kerala Science Congress held in Marthoma College, Thiruvalla, Kerala, India from 28th-30th January, 2017.

Conferences/seminars/workshops attended

    International

  • International conference ‘CANCERCON-2014’ in IIT Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India from 29th Jan-1st Feb, 2014

National

  • One day seminar as part of National Technology Day-2017 on Indigenous technologies for the growth and development of Kerala, organized by SCMS Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology, Cochin, Kerala, in collaboration with KSCSTE, Govt. of Kerala on 12th May 2017
  • 29th Kerala Science Congress held in Marthoma College, Thiruvalla, Kerala, India from 28th-30th January, 2017
  • One day seminar on Intellectual Property Rights jointly organized by SCMS School of Technology and Management and Patent Information Centre, KSCSTE, Govt. of Kerala on 29th November 2016.
  • National level seminar on ‘Frontiers in Biotechnology’, organized by Department of Biotechnology, School of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore from 22nd-24th July 2009.
  • National seminar on man and microbes’, by the Dept. of Microbial Biotechnology, School of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore – 46, held on 27th January, 2009.
  • National level seminar on ‘Modern tools in Biotechnology’, organized by School of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore – 46 on 22nd February 2008.
  • National seminar on ‘Neutraceuticals: status and prospects’ conducted by the School of Biotechnology, Dr. G R Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore, T.N on 23rd and 24th September, 2005.
  • National seminar on ‘Biochemistry based technology development’ conducted by the School of Biotechnology, Dr. G R Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore, T.N on 2nd and 3rd December, 2004.
  • National seminar ‘Motif’, conducted by the Dept. of Bioinformatics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, held on 5th October, 2004.

Membership in any professional bodies

  • Member of DBT-IBSC (Govt. of India) committee of SCMS Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology, Cochin.

Special Achievements (if any)

  • Awarded Research Fellowship in Science for meritorious students (RFSMS) from UGC, Govt of India.