Research is one of the major activities of the Department of Biochemistry at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. The department has well-equipped modern laboratories with facilities to carry out work in cellular biochemistry and molecular biology. Research work done in the department is funded by both intramural and extramural grants. Intramural grants provide funding for dissertations done by MD trainees and seed money for initiation of work. Extramural grants from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Wellcome-Trust–DBT India Alliance, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Science and Technology (DST) are the mainstay of funds for research. Major areas of research interest are as follows:

  1. Pathogenesis of toxicity of drugs
  2. Studies on endometrial carcinoma
  3. Studies on gestational diabetes mellitus
  4. Pathogenesis of dysregulated of iron homeostasis in conditions such as anaemia of inflammation, liver disease and insulin resistance
  5. Biochemical events involved in the pathogenesis of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced damage in the small intestine and kidney
  6. Medical education

The department runs a PhD training programme, with full-time research fellows funded by extramural grants and fellowships. MD trainees also receive research training during their course.

Research collaborations within the institutions are currently in existence with the departments of anatomy, gastroenterology, hepatology, rheumatology, nephrology, psychiatry, endocrinology, community medicine and the Wellcome Research Unit in CMC. Research links outside the institution include those with King’s College, London, and INSERM, Paris.

More details of the research work being done and the faculty members involved are available at the following link: