Zoology



The Department of Zoology is one of the oldest of the science departments. The Department has an excellent infrastructure and a well-qualified and experienced faculty. The zoological museum of the department is one of the best among the colleges under the affiliating university. It is interesting to note that the present full-fledged department of Pisciculture started as an offshoot of this department. The department is enthusiastically and wholeheartedly committed to all round development of the students.

Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Talks conducted by the department (2014-2018)

a. Talks:
  • “Relationship, personal growth and career guidance”, Dr. J. Montero and Dr. V. Sibal, Inspire, Mumbai on 21.04.2014
  • “Biodiversity of North-east India”, Mr. P. S. Nongbri, Chief Conservator of Forest, Shillong, Meghlaya on 01.08.2015.
  • “Human endocrine system: Mechanism of hormone action “, Prof. B.B.P. Gupta, Deptt. of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong, Meghalaya on 01.08.2015.
  • “Blood group systems”, Dr. H. Dkhar, MD, Nazareth Hospital, Shillong on 08.08.2015.
  • “Alternate carriers in Glaciology”, Dr. N. Dkhar, TERI, New Delhi on 24.06.2016
  • “Environmental conditions over the Southern parts of Khasi-Jaintia Hills”, Prof. H.J. Syiemlieh, Deptt. of Geography, NEHU on 02.08.2016.
  • “Microbes: Prospects and concern”, Prof. S.R. Joshi, Deptt. of Biotechnology, NEHU on 02.08.2016
  • “Euraxess Info session”, Ms. Ainhitze B. Bravo, Euraxess India, European Commission on 09.09.2017.
  • “Evolution of Tetrapods”, Dr. A.D. Roy, IISc Bangalore on 23. 10. 2017.
b. Conferences:
  • International Conference on “Water Resource Management in the Eastern Himalayan Region” (ICWRM–2015) - sponsored by Water Resources Development Agency, Govt. of Meghalaya, ICSSR, Meghalaya Basin Development Authority
c. Workshops:
  • National Workshop in Molecular Phylogenetics and its application from 25-28th October 2017 - Funded by DST-SERB. Resource Persons – Dr. P. Karanth, IISc, Bangalore, Dr. A. D Roy, IISc, Bangalore, Mr. R. Chaitanya, freelance biologist.
  • Workshop on Basics of Biological studies for higher secondary science students from 12-16 April, 2014 – Funded by DBT Star College Scheme. Resource Persons: Zoology Faculty.
  • Workshop on Collection, Preservation and Identification of Ants on 07.08.2015 – Funded by Deptt. of Zoology, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong. Resource Person – Dr. H. Kharbani, Deptt. of Zoology, Mairang College.
  • Workshop on DNA extraction from animal tissue on 15-17th October, 2015 – Funded by Deptt. of Zoology, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong. Resource Person – Dr. S. Khongsti, Deptt. of Zoology, NEHU, Shillong.
  • Workshop on Preparation of Metaphase chromosome from bone marrow on 6-7th November, 2015 - Funded by Deptt. of Zoology, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong. Resource Person – Mr. FA Lamare, Dr. LM Dkhar, Deptt. of Zoology, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong.
  • Workshop on Micronucleus Assay, on 15-16th March, 2016 - Funded by Deptt. of Zoology, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong. Resource Person – Dr. Dr. B. Massar, Deptt. of Zoology, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong.
  • Workshop on Collection, Preservation and Identification of insects, 24-25th June, 2016 - Funded by Deptt. of Zoology, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong. Resource Person – Dr. H. Kharbani, Deptt. of Zoology, Mairang College.
  • Workshop on “Analysis of water parameters and studies of plankton” on 09.07.2016 - Funded by Deptt. of Zoology, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong. Resource Person – Dr. S Pou, Deptt.of Zoology, NEHU

d. Awards:

Dr. Damanbha Lyngdoh

  • National Academy of Sciences, India - NASI SWARNA JAYANTI PURASKAR, for best Oral Paper Presentation in Biological Sciences at the 85th Annual Session of the Academy held at KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India on December 2015.
  • Won the Best Film at the First International Parasite Film Festival at the XII European Multicolloquium of Parasitology, Turku University, Turku, Finland, July 2016, awarded by the Jury.
  • Conferred the SUDEV BHUSAN GHOSH YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD for 2015-16 by the Zoological Society of India, Kolkata on the 29th July, 2016 for scientific contribution on the "Phylogeography of the common liver-fluke Fasciola spp (Platyhelminthes:Trematoda: Fasciolidae) using nuclear and mitochondrial gene markers: Clues from Northeast India"
  • Won the Euraxess Science slam 2016 organized by the Euraxess India (Euraxess worldwide) at Birla Science Centre in association with BITS Pilani, India Bioscience and Nuffic Neso India-Study in Holland and Finnair, and will be representing India at the European research area at Brussels, Belgium.
  • Conferred the YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD for 2016-17 by The Indian Society for Parasitology, for best research paper presented at the Annual Congress of the Society at National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, Karnataka, India on the 27th April, 2017.
  • Awarded the EURAXESS INDIA AMBASSADOR at the European Research Day on 28th September 2018 organized by Euraxess India at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.

Extra-curricular clubs of the department:
Though there are no clubs of the department but from time to time we conduct science outreach activities in villages to promote science education, environmental education and animal conservation programs. Moreover, two of our teachers are in-charge of the Anthonian Youth Club, a club that promotes social upliftment of students and people belonging to rural places.

Frederick A Lamare
Head

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Bashida Massar
Associate Professor

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Damanbha Lyngdoh
Assistant Professor

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Karen R R Mihsill
Assistant Professor

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Alban D Marbaniang
Assistant Professor

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Mr. Jeremy N Syiem
Assistant Professor

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Present Laboratory Assistants
Mr. F. Pyngrope and Mr. N. Wahlang.

Names of past Faculty:
Prof. P.K. Chaudhury, (L) Prof. P.N. Chaurasia, Prof. K. Singh, Prof. B.B Sharma, Dr. R.K. Bhattacharjee, Prof. A.K. Kakaty, Prof. K.K. Reddy, Prof. E. Pyrbot, (L) Prof. H. Deka, Dr. B. Bhattacharya, (L) Dr. P.S. Raja, Dr. M.K. Deb, (L) Dr. U. Sengupta.

Retired Laboratory Assistants:
B.K. Das, D. Rai.
Completed
  • “Documentation and Classification of Animal species of River Rymben in Meghalaya, India, and Scanning Electron Microscopy of Mouth parts of Sucker Fishes inhabiting the river”, Funding - UGC-MRP (2015-2017) – PI: Dr. B. Massar
  • Determination of Antibacterial properties of traditonal medicine produced from Umwai village, Mawlai town and Lyngkyrdem village of the state of Meghalaya, Funding - UGC-MRP (2015-2017) – PI: Mr. J. N. Syiem
  • Analysis of water quality of Lukha river, Meghalaya, isolation and characterization of bacterial bioindicators, Funding - UGC-MRP (2015-2017) – PI: Mr. J. N. Syiem
  • Determination and comparison of antibacterial properties of commonly used disinfectants and antiseptics – PI: Mr. J. N. Syiem
  • Assessment of the potability of water obtained from Umkhrah, Umshyrpi, Umshing and Mylliem rivers of East Khasi hills District, Meghalaya - PI: Mr. J. N. Syiem
  • A comparative study on the effect of UV irradiation on selected bacterial species – PI: Mr. J. N. Syiem
Ongoing
  • “Studies on the plankton community of water bodies of East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya”, Funding – DBT, 2018 – 201 - PI: Dr. D. Lyngdoh, Co-PI – Mr. F.A. Lamare
  • “Multigene Molecular characterization of Lymnaeid snail species associated with Fascioliasis in Meghalaya, Northeast India”, Funding – DST-SERB - PI: Dr. D. Lyngdoh