25-Mar-2015: Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit of Aligarh Muslim University today started a two-day National Symposium cum Bioinformatics Workshop on "Macromolecular Interactions in Biology."
Aimed to provide a scientific platform for participants to assemble and interact with subject specialties, the symposium includes plenary talks and oral presentations on newly emerging technologies in the area of biological sciences.
Delivering the keynote address, distinguished biotechnology Research Professor T P Singh from the Department of Biophysics, AIIMS (New Delhi) talked about the importance of the proteins of innate immune system.
Prof Singh said that the proteins of innate immune system provide the first line of defense against infecting microbes.
"These proteins recognize the conserved motifs that are present on the cell walls of micro organisms but are absent on human cells," said Prof Singh who added that the success of innate immune system depends on this aspect of discrimination between pathogens and humans.
He pointed out that concentrations, structural organizations and potencies of proteins differ from species to species in animals.
Prof Singh added that the concentration of several proteins is rather low in humans because humans have a large number of anti-bacterial proteins.
While delivering inaugural lecture, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Prof H S A Yahya said this workshop will summarize recent progress in Biotechnology that suggests that we are entering an era in which high-resolution prediction and design will make increasingly important contributions.
It is a proud moment to have a National Symposium with a thrust on 'Macromolecular Interactions in Biology' in AMU when we have been given Alpha grade in the recent NAAC Accreditation.
He added that it is a time when there are advances in high throughput technologies and the availability of human and other complex genome sequences now allow scientists to identify gene expression profiles, gene copy numbers, transcription factor binding sites (TFBS), dynamics of macromolecular interactions, pathways and networks on the genome scale.
"We have all the hopes that this workshop will be successful in achieving its objectives and outcomes and the outcome on the conclusion of the symposium will be an enlightening experience for all the participants."
While, Chairman National Symposium and Workshop Prof Rizwan Hasan Khan gave the welcoming address, Professor of Int. Bioletechnology Unit, Dr Asadullah Khan, delivered the vote of thanks.
Dr Hina Yusuf conducted the program.
Related PicturesProf. Yahya addressing at the workshop at Biotechnology Unit