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The Department of Zoology, the first science department of the University of Madras, was founded in 1927 and is presently celebrating its Platinum Jubilee. The Department of Zoology is offering teaching program for M.Sc., special Zoology with M.Phil and Ph.D research programs. Their major research areas include:
  • Nutritional biochemistry of mammalian and marine model systems
  • Eyestalk neuropeptides and control of reproduction in crustaceans
  • Cryobiology of crustacean gametes and embryos
  • Immunobiology of cultivable parasitic and viral diseases of shrimp
  • Biomagnification and residual toxicity of heavy metals and pesticides in various animal models
  • Biology of living resources
  • Pharmacological and biochemical aspects of bioactive compounds from marine organisms
  • Aquaculture of economically important live-feed organisms
  • Coastal monitoring and management
  • In appreciation of the quality of teaching and research potential, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi has identified this Department for support under FIST programme of DST to develop the infrastructure with a financial support of Rs. 47 lakhs under DST-FIST programme (2003-2008).
    Prof. H. Devaraj is a visiting faculty to Clemson University, Bioengineering Department, USA and actively working in frontiers areas like embryonic stem cell research, nanotechnology, neuro computing and biorobotics with Prof. James Hickman. They are also working towards the in vitro reconstruction of the strech reflex arc. Artibial surface (DETA) was successfully used to pattern and determine the polarity of hippocameal neurons, the first step in the creation of a hybrid representation of the reflex arc. Besides, Prof. H. Devaraj is an Honorary Coordinator for a collaborative research program between Clemson University, USA and Sriman Andavan Trust, Trichirappallai, India.
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