CHENNAI: The School of Life Sciences at B S Abdur Rahman University (BSAU), Vandalur, organised an International Conference on Applications of Gene Technology (ICAGT 2014) here recently, which focused on applications of gene technology such as bio defence, pathology, health care, microbiology and food manufacturing. This premier event highlighted the need for the research on the molecular pathways and cellular responses to environmental disturbances or for disease treatment by gene technology and its varied applications.
The conference saw engineers, biotechnologists, biologists, chemists, scientists, industry personnel and medical practitioners discussing inventive and resourceful ideas and solutions for the various challenging problems in the field of genetic engineering. Many delegates including renowned speakers from abroad took part in the conference. It was inaugurated by prof JAK Tareen, vice-chancellor, BS Abdur Rahman University and he emphasised the importance of interdisciplinary team work and application oriented research for the benefit of the society. Dr VM Periasamy, pro-vice chancellor, BS Abdur Rahman University delivered the presidential and stressed the need for a deeper study and research in the field of genetic engineering.
The conference started with a welcome address by Dr S Hemalatha, organising secretary and dean, School of Life Sciences and ended with vote of thanks by Dr R Karthikeyan, associate professor, School of Life Sciences.
The guests of honour Dr Samarijit Das, Johns Hopkins University, USA and Dr Raji Sudararajan from Purdue University, USA delivered special address for the conference highlighting the importance of gene technology in the coming years. The conference was a two day feast for all the young researchers.