A brief introduction to the department highlighting its growth from inception till now.
Welcome to the official page of the Department of Biochemistry, at Jorhat Medical College & Hospital, Jorhat, Assam. Founded in October 2009, the department started, headed by then Professor, Dr. Ranadeep Kumar Mahanta. The first batch of MBBS students were inducted officially in the year 2010, and today it runs in full capacity with one Professor, two Associate Professors, two Assistant Professors and four Demonstrators. In 2013, Dr. Saurabh Borkotoky took over charge as Professor and Head till 2019 and presently, the Department is headed by Professor Anju Barhai Teli since December 2020 .
Since its inception, the department has come a long way and presently is one of the advancing departments of the institute comprising of 9 faculty posts, 2 post graduate trainees (which started in the year 2014) having well equipped undergraduate and post graduate laboratories. Besides, it is well supported by laboratory technicians, laboratory assistants, office staff and research scientists. Apart from imparting academics to First Year Undergraduate students, the Department also engages in Post-graduate Integrated Seminars in collaboration with other departments. We have been actively involved in the Paramedical course which started in 2012 and the BPT( Bachelor in Physiotherapy ) course under Women’s University which started in 2015.
Besides these, to encourage students each year since 2018 a running trophy is awarded for the Best Scientific Model Making in the name of Late Professor Ganesh Chandra Baruah commemorating his contributions in the field of Biochemistry. To keep pace with time the Faculties of Biochemistry Department are involved in various intra-mural research works which are usually multidisciplinary in nature undertaken with the faculties of other departments of Jorhat Medical College and Hospital.
The department is a proud provider of round the clock laboratory services for all specialties of the Hospital as part of the Biochemistry Wing of CCL (Central Clinical Laboratory) of the Institute. Apart from routine clinical Biochemistry tests, our Department boasts of introducing special tests like Cardiac Panel, Tumor markers and fertility panel to name a few since August 2019. Our laboratory has been one of the strongest pillars of strength during the Covid pandemic providing not only routine and special tests related to Covid care and management ( IgG for Plasma donation, D-dimer, LDH, Quantitative CRP) but also delivering Fast Track Investigations for Covid patients in record time( placed under charge of our faculty Dr. Mainak Roy, Associate Professor), a move to have been introduced in Jorhat Medical College during the first wave of pandemic.