The department participated in "In-service Training in Medical Laboratory Technology" Programme. Besides routine biochemical investigations the department manages 24-hour emergency laboratory service. More than 5 lakhs biochemical investigation were performed in routine lab and 2.5 lakhs investigations in emergency lab last year.
The major thrust areas of research in the department are biochemistry of plant-derived active principals for diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis, and environmental biochemistry with reference to Xenobiotic Toxicology. The department has been selected by DST for sanction of grant under FIST Programme. Presently, the department has received the grant-in-aid for projects from ICMR, CPCB and DST. Three students are persuing their PhD programme. HPLC, PCR have been procured.
The clinical biochemistry section of the department has synchron Cx-4, Olympus AV400 chemistry analysers , AVL-900 blood gas analyzer, Anthos ELISA Reader and a number of semi-autoanalysers. Apart from routine tests, hormone assays, viz., thyroid fertility, renal stone analysis, tumour markers are done. Quality assurance programme is being maintained.
The department has well established state of the art laboratories for clinical research, molecular biology, drug toxicology and plant research. Department plans to further develop advanced biochemical, immunotoxicological and molecular biological techniques such as PCR, RFLP and gel documentation for postgraduate students. Further research-work include: Extablishment of a cell-culture laboratory; role of medicinal plants in various diseases; therapeutic efficacy and toxicity testing of various drugs, chemicals, etc.