Department of Zoology
The Department of Zoology, one of the youngest departments under the umbrella of the Goa University was established in 1990. Within this small tenure of a decade and a half, the department is spearheading the cause of higher education in the animal sciences vis a vis vocational education in the applied/ allied areas of the discipline. The highly qualified faculty as a team is engaged in the frontier areas of research such as Tissue culture, Electrophysiology, membrane physiology, Lipid biochemistry, Human Genetics, Wetland biology, Environmental Biology and Biodiversity.
DST-FIST Sponsored Department
The department conducts masters course in zoology with emphasis in the core areas and also specialisation with respect to the recent trends and areas of local importance. It also provides facility for doctoral programme in areas of animal physiology, genetic toxicology, wetland biology,environmental biology, ornithology and human genetics.
Major Facilities include Environmental chamber, Animal tissue culture facility, Light microscopy, Freeze microtomy, Electrophysiology, Gas chromatography, Flurospectrophotmetry , Clinical Autoanalyser, Animal House, Coldroom, Lyophiliser, Liquid Nitrogen Plant, Image Analyser and UV - Visible spectrophotometry
The Department also offers the PG diploma in order to train the science graduates in job-oriented fields such as Clinical Genetics and Medical Laboratory techniques. The course has both theory and pratical componenets and is run in collaboration with Goa Medical College and Goa Pharmacy College. More details can be had from the department.
Must have passed B. Sc. in Zoology, with 7 units of 100marks each, having a minimum of 40% score.
M. Sc. Degree in Zoology with first class or B+ grade from any recognized university.
B.Sc. with Zoology / Microbiology / Chemistry / Botany as one of the subject at the three years integrated degree course. However, candidates with Microbiology / Botany / Chemistry should have studied Zoology / Biology as one of the subjects at S.Y. B.Sc. course.
The faculty and research scholars are engaged in research activities in the fields of Animal Tissue Culture pertaining to stem-cells, nerve cell-lines of mollusca and other invertebrates; Electrophysiology of nervous/cardiac tissues, Neurochemistry; Protective roles of fatty acids and lipids from fish or marine bacteria towards inflammatory disorders and growth of animals; Membrane structure and cellular functions during adaptational process; Human Genetics concerning congenital malfunctions; Genetic toxicology/studies withanti-clastogenic, anticancer substances; Biodiversity and Eco-dynamic studies pertaining to zooplankton, ants and beetles of the region, Ornithological studies with respect to freshwater / esturine wetlands and Ecology of monoculture forest plantations.
A good number of PGs are placed as lecturers/ teachers in Degree colleges, Higher Secondaries and the Schools. A sizeable number find placements as RAs, Research Fellows, Project Assistants or Documentation assistants in National Institutes such as NIO, ICAR Complex, Zonal establishment of Fisheries Survey of India Etc. PGDCGMLTs find placements in Pathology Labs in Govt. and private sectors in the country and abroad.
FacilitiesEnvironmental chamber; animal tissue culture facility; Light microscopsy; Freeze microtomy; Electrophysiology; Gas Chromatography; Flurospectrophotometry; Clinical Autoanalyse; Animal House; Coldroom; Lyophilliser; Liquid Nitrogen Plant; Image Analyser UV -visible spectrophotometry
Courses OfferedM.Sc. in Zoology(Syllabus), PG Diploma, Ph.D, PG Diploma in Clinical Genetics and Medical Laboratory Techniques(Syllabus)
Faculties and Specialisation
M.Sc., M.Phil., Goa University
The Department is supported by DST through FIST program and Innovative Course Programme under UGC. Department has also been availing the major research grants from the funding agencies such as Central DST, Goa State DSTE, CSIR, DOD, and OSTC.
Department has collaborative research programmes with Leicester university, UK.
Many of the faculty members have been visiting international institutions of repute such as City University NewYork; Biological Research Centre, Hungary; Roslyn Institute, Ediburgh, UK; National Technical University, Trondheim, Norway; Aveiro University, Portugal etc. towards their involvements in academic/research programmes.
Faculty has also participated in Antarctic Scientific Expedition