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St Aloysius holds International Conference – ENZYbridge 2k24

March 15, 2024

Mangaluru: The Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences of St Aloysius (Deemed to be University)  organized a one-day International Conference – ENZYbridge 2k24 – Bridging Enzymes and Industry for a Sustainable Future” on March 14, 2024, in L.F. Rasquinha Hall of the College.

Dr Soottawat Benjakul, Professor, Faculty of Agro-Industry, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, was the Chief Guest. Rev. Dr Praveen Martis, SJ, Vice Chancellor, St Aloysius (Deemed to be University) presided over the programme.  Dr Narayana Bhat, Director of Science Block; Dr Alwyn D’Sa, Registrar & Controller of Examinations, Dr Hemachandra, Dean of Biological Sciences; Ms Shameena, Convenor of the Program; Dr Vaishali Rai, and Dr Sana Sheikh, Co-Convenors, were present on the dais.

Dr Soottawat Benjakul, in his address, gave brief glimpses of enzymes and their uses in food science and industry. He also explained how to link the enzymes to the food industry and bring them to markets. During his keynote address, he emphasized Fish and Shellfish Visceral Proteases: Molecular Characteristics, Recovery, and Potential Applications.

Rev. Dr Praveen Martis, in his presidential remarks, congratulated the departments for organizing such a useful conference. He told the audience that enzymes are nature’s catalysts and must be discovered and collaborated on scientifically to connect them to industry.

During the program, there were 3 sessions by eminent speakers such as Dr Robin Joshi, Senior Research Investigator, Department of Systems, Pharmacology, and Translational Therapeutics, ITMAT University of Pennsylvania, who spoke on the topic ‘Metabolomics: A Tool to Explore Dark Metabolites’. Dr Dharam Singh, Principal Scientist, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, India, spoke on the topic ‘An Extremozyme from Himalayan Niches: A Learning and Industrial Perspectives’. Mr Mallikarjun C. P., Research Scholar, ICE-SSI, Faculty of Agro-industry, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand, spoke on the topic ‘Rapid Softening of Mantis Shrimp Meat during Iced Storages: Role of Endogenous Proteases and Their Prevention’.

Around 400 students and research scholars from various colleges participated in this conference.

Dr Renita Maria D’Souza compered the program. Dr Hemachandra, Dean of Biological Sciences, welcomed the gathering. Dr Sana Sheikh introduced the Chief Guest. Ms Shameena proposed the vote of thanks.