Biotechnology and Wine Technology

1. Year of Establishment : 2003

2. Programmes offered by the department

UGPG Research Center Certificate/ Diploma
B.Sc. Biotechnology
B.Sc. Wine, Brewing and Alcohol Technology
M.Sc. BiotechnologyPh.D. Biotechnology

3. Faculty Profile

Sr. No. Name QualificationDesignationDate of Joining Experience Profile
1.Dr. S.S. MoharekarM. Sc. Ph. D. (Biosciences)Head14/07/200814
2.Dr. S.T. MoharekarM. Sc., M. Phil (Plant Physiology),  Ph. D. (Biosciences)Assistant Professor14/07/200814
3.Dr. S.R. DeshmukhM. Sc., Ph. D.
Assistant Professor26/07/201012
4.A. S. WaniM.Sc. Biotechnology,
Assistant Professor08/07/201111
5.M. C. KandepalliM.Sc. Biochemistry
Assistant Professor09/07/201308
6.P. J. ThokalM.Sc. Microbiology NET ICARAssistant Professor06/07/201507
7.V. S. NarodeM.Sc. Biochemistry
Assistant Professor02/07/201706
8.Ms. G.B.AherM.Sc. MicrobiologyAssistant Professor27/07/201804
9.M.D.WalkeM.Sc. PhysicsAssistant Professor17/07/201903
10.R.V.GavitM.Sc. Biotechnology, SETAssistant Professor02/12/201903
11.S. B. KhedkarM.Sc. Biotechnology, ICAR NETAssistant Professor15/02/202101
12.S. S. PansareS. S. Pansare
M.Sc. Biotechnology, ICAR NET JRF, SET, GATE
Assistant Professor12/11/20210.6
13.R. H. KoholeM.Sc. BiotechnologyAssistant Professor04/04/2022

4. Details of seminars/conferences/workshops organized by the department

Theme of the Seminar/ Conference/WorkshopLevelSponsoring AgencyDates
Two Days Hands on training Workshop on Fundamentals of HPLC University LevelSelf funded23rd – 24thApril 2022
Two Days Hands on training Workshop on Fundamentals of HPLCUniversity LevelSelf funded9th – 10thApril 2022
Two Days Hands on training Workshop on Techniques in Molecular BiologyUniversity LevelSelf funded4th – 5th Feb 2020
Workshop on Intellectual Property RightsCollege LevelDBT funded8th Jan. 2020
Two Days workshop on “Beer Making”Department LevelSelf funded5th and 6th Sep 2019
Induction ProgrammeDepartment LevelSelf funded22nd – 27nd July 2019
Two Days Hands on training Workshop on Fundamentals of HPLCUniversity LevelSelf funded7th – 8th Sept. 2018
Two Days Hands on training Workshop on Techniques in Molecular BiologyUniversity LevelSelf funded9th – 10th Feb 2018
Two Days Hands on training Workshop on Fundamentals of HPLCUniversity LevelSelf funded27th -28th Feb 2017
One Day Skill Training Programme on CakemakingDepartment LevelSelf funded24th January 2017
NET/SET Examination guidance workshop for Life Science studentsUniversity LevelStudent welfare board, SPPU, Pune16th – 17th  Feb. 2016
Hands on training Workshop on Discovery of potential bioactive compounds from local botanical resources- In vitro studies to drug designingCollege LevelSelf funded21st – 25th Oct. 2015
Hands on training Workshop on -Enzymology (Enzymes Rennet and Bromelain) and its impact in industries.College LevelSelf funded11th -14th Aug. 2014

5. Details of research projects undertaken by the department.

Name of the Principal InvestigatorTitle of the ProjectDurationSponsoring Agency
Dr. S. T. Moharekar and
Dr. S. S. Moharekar
Upward migration of sub-nival plants in E. ladakh: the role of plant traits and interactions under climate warming2008-2013Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Dr. S. T. Moharekar and
Dr. S. S. Moharekar
Eco-physiological and Biochemical studies of Vignakhandalensis: A rare endemic species from western ghats of Maharashtra2014 – 2016BCUD, SPPU, Pune
Dr. S. R. DeshmukhInhibition of breast cancer by the apoptosis induced by bioactive compounds of Vitis vinifera L.2014 – 2016BCUD, SPPU, Pune

6. Details of research papers published (in UGC notified journals notified only)

Name/s of the AuthorTitle of the ProjectJournalISSN NumberVolume and Page Numbers
JayashriB Patil, Sushma J Takate, Sanjay T Moharekar,
Bhaskar H Zawareand Shubhangi S Moharekar
Green Synthesis of Co3O4 Nanoparticles using Mappia foetida leaf extract and its Antimicrobial PotentialOriental Journal of Chemistry
ISSN: 0970-020 X37 (4): 979-983
Dare S B, Mhaske S D, Karle C S, Deshmukh P CComparative study of caffeine content of various tea brands.International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews
E-ISSN 2348-1269,
P- ISSN 2349-5138
7 (3), 416-419
Nitin H. Kolhe, 
Shridhar S. Jadhav, Dilip R. Thube, Sushma J. Takate, Ashok V. Bankar, Sanjay T. Moharekar, Hari R. Pawar & Shubhangi S. Moharekar 
New Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) homoleptic complexes with 6-chloro-5-7- dimethyl-4oxo-4H-chromene-3- carbaldehydes and its heteroleptic complexes with quinoline-8 ol: synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial activity.Research on Chemical Intermediates
09226168, 1568567547, 459–481
ST Moharekar, SD Lokhande, T Hara, R Tanaka, A Tanaka, PD ChavanEffect of salicylic acid on chlorophyll and carotenoid contents of wheat and moong seedlings
Photosynthetica (2003)P ISSN: 0300-3604
E ISSN: 1573-9058
41, 2,
SD Lokhande, K Ogawa, A Tanaka, T HaraEffect of temperature on ascorbate peroxidase activity and flowering ofArabidopsis thaliana ecotypes under different light conditionsJournal of plant physiology (2003)E ISSN 0176-1617160 (1), 57-64
S Moharekar, S Moharekar, R Tanaka, KI Ogawa, A Tanaka, T HaraGreat promoting effect of high irradiance from germination on flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana—a process of photo-acclimationPhotosynthetica (2007)P ISSN: 0300-3604
E ISSN: 1573-9058
45 (2), 259-265
S Moharekar, P Raskar, A Wani, S MoharekarSynthesis and comparative study of zinc oxide nanoparticles with and without capping of pectin and its applicationWorld Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
E ISSN 2278-43573 (7), 1255-1267
SL Moharekar, S Moharekar, T Kobayashi, H Ishii, A Sumida, T HaraPhenotypic plasticity and ecotypic variations in growth and flowering time of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) under different light and temperature conditionsIndian Journal of Experimental Biology
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online) 
ISSN: 0019-5189 (Print)
52, 344 – 351
Sanjay Moharekar, ShubhangiMoharekar, PradnyaBora, VishakhaDaithankar, MahadevUplane, VarshaKapreExploitation of Aspergillus niger for synthesis of silver nanoparticles and their use to improve shelf life of fruits and toxic dye degradationInternational Journal of Innovative Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research
ISSN 2347-2154 (Online)2 (9), 1915-1927
Deshmukh S.R.
Ashrit D.S., Patil B.A.
Extraction and evaluation of indole alkaloids from Rauwolfiaserpentina for their antimicrobial and antiproliferative activitiesInternational Journal of Pharmacy and  Pharmaceutical Sciences
Online ISSN: 0975-1491
Print ISSN: 2656-0097
4 (Suppl 5), 329-334
Deshmukh S.R., Wadegaonkar V.P., Bhagat R.P. and Wadegaonkar P.A.Tissue specific expression of Anthraquinones, flavonoids and phenolics in leaf, fruit and root suspension cultures of Indian Mulberry (Morindacitrifola L.)Plant Omics Journal
ISSN183606614 (1), 6-13
Deshmukh S.R., Kedari V.R.Isolation, purification and characterization of sweetners from Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) for their anticancerous activity against colon cancerWorld Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
E ISSN 2278-43573 (5), 1394-1410
Deshmukh S.R.
Dhas Y.K., Patil B.A.
Comparative account on medicinal importance of Momordicacharantia and its endophytesWorld Journal of Pharmaceutical research 
E ISSN 2277-71053(9), 632 – 640
Deshmukh SR Shinde MNComparative study for antioxidant activity of cold and hot water extracts of Pleurotussajor-caju and PleurotusfloridaInternational Journal of Biological & Medical Research
ISSN: 0976 – 66852(5), 332 – 342
Deshmukh SR, Habtemariam S, Wadegaonkar PAAntioxidant and Antiproliferative Activity of Root Suspension Culture of Morindacitrifolia L.Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
0974-360X (Online)
0974-3618 (Print)
3 (4), 1189-1193
Deshmukh SR, Karle SBComparative evaluation of probiotic properties of lactobacillus and its mutants with an isolate from a commercial probiotic preparation Vsl#3International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy
ISSN Print: 2277-43438 (4), 91-96
Wani A. S., Inamdar T.N., Kashid R.M., Shahane S.A., Moharekar S.T.Protection against oxidative stress by SemecarpusanacardiumTrends in Biotechnology Research
ISSN 2320–0421(Print);
ISSN 2320–043X(Online)
3 (1), 18-22
PJ Thokal, BL Shelar, SH Shaikh, NN AdhapureMicrobial optimized production of indole acetic acid and assessment of other plant growth promoting activitiesInternational Journal of Science and Nature
ISSN2229-64414 (4), 627-632
Vishal Dhundale, Vijayshree Hemke, Dhananjay Desai , Gayatri Aher, Pinky Khemchandani1 , Parthsarathi Dikonda and Bharati ThosareImprovement and Stable High Bioelectricity Generation Using AlkaliphilicOceanobacillusiheyensis BS1(2) in Microbial Fuel Cells and Effect of Different Anodic Operating ConditionsAnnals of Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Journal
ISSN: 2576-54262 (1), 1010-1016
Hemke, Vijayshree,
Khemchandani Pinky,
Aher Gayatri,
DikondaParthsarathi, Desai Dhananjay
Evaluation of Bioelectricity Productivity Using Alkaliphilic Bacillus Alkalogaya BW2(1) as a Possible Exoelectrogen for Improvement of Microbial Fuel PerformanceJournal of Applied Biology & Biotechnology
ISSN Print: 2455-7005, 
ISSN Online: 2347-212X
Vol. 8(01), pp. 69-75

7. Details of books, chapters in edited volumes/ papers published in National and International Conference Proceedings.

Name/s of the AuthorTitle of the PaperTitle of the Book/ ConferenceISBN NumberVolume and Page Numbers
Dr. S. S. MoharekarT.Y.B.Sc. Sem V-VI: Cryptogamic Botany and Plant Physiology and Metabolism978-93-92425-33-2Volume 1
Pages 270
Dr. S. T. Moharekar.Y.B.Sc. Sem V-VI: Medicinal Botany and Nursery and Gardening Management978-93-92425-18-7Volume 1
Pages 196
Dr. S. R. DeshmukhT.Y.B.Sc. Sem V-VI: Archegoniate and Biochemistry978-93-92425-38-9Volume 1
Pages 208
M. C. KandepalliT.Y.B.Sc. Sem V-VI: Cell and Molecular Biology & Advanced Plant Biotechnology978-93-92425-02-8Volume 1
Pages 222

8. Details of extension activities carried out by the department.

ActivityDateNumber of Student Participants
Outreach Activity at Snehalaya English Medium School, Ahmednagar31st Dec. 201923
Parent Teacher Meeting14th Sep. 201983
Induction Programme22nd July 2019 to 27th July 201956
Remedial Coaching2018 -201912
Awareness of Thalassemia and Importance of Blood Donation2017 -201889
Consultancy Services provided for sample analysis for students and teachers of Ahmednagar Region
(Antimicrobial, HPLC, etc.)
2018 – 2019
2019 -2020

9. Details of linkages/collaborations/ MoU signed by the department and activities under it.

Name of the Partner Institution/Industry
DateActivities undertakenNumber of Student Participants

10. Details of infrastructural facilities available in the department for the teaching and learning process.

Name of the Infrastructural FacilityNumberDimensions
General laboratories352 Sq.m. each
Research Laboratory152 Sq.m.
Genetic Engineering Laboratory125 Sq.m.
Animal Tissue Culture Laboratory120 Sq.m.
Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory120 Sq.m.
Instrumentation Laboratory125 Sq.m.
Bioinformatics Laboratory125 Sq.m.
Hargobind Khurana Seminar Hall125 Sq.m.

11. Details of capacity building and skill enhancement initiatives taken by the department.

Programme/ActivityDateNumber of Student Participants

12. Details of sports and cultural activities organized by the department.

ActivityDateNumber of Student Participants
Cricket MatchesSportsEvery yearAll UG and PG students
Badminton matchesSportsEvery yearAll UG and PG students
Cultural activitiesCulturalEvery yearAll UG and PG students
Scientific RangoliCo-curricularEvery yearAll UG and PG students
Debate competitionCo-curricularEvery yearAll UG and PG students
Poster and Model CompetitionCurricularEvery yearAll UG and PG students

13. Experiential learning activities organized by the department.

ActivityDate/sNumber of teachers involvedNumber of students participated

14. Departmental Laboratory Facilities:

  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Rotary Evaporator
  • Thermo MULTISKAN GO Microplate spectrophotometer with cuvette
  •  Fluorescent Inverted Microscope,
  • CO2 Incubator
  • Type II Biosafety Cabinet
  • Fermenter
  • Sonicator
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • PCR workstation
  • Shaker Incubators
  • -45°, -20° deep freezers
  • Ebuliometer
  • SO2 analyzer
  • Refractometer
  • Gel Documentation system
  • UV Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Plant and Animal Tissue Culture Facilities

Organization of Conferences/ Seminar/ Guest Lecture:

National Conference on Biotechnology for Sustainable DevelopmentState LevelBCUD, SPPU, Pune4th – 5th March 2016
Sr. No.Guest lectureAcademic year
1Guest lecture by Prof. Prashant V. Anubhule on Chemistry and Biochemistry15th Feb. 2020
2Guest lecture on of Dr. Syed G. Dastager, NCL, Pune on Life Sciences and Microbial Systematics29th Jan. 2020
3Guest lecture by Mr. Mandar Deshpande on Bioinformatics06th Jan. 2020
4Guest lecture by Mr. Sandip Vaslekar on Pustak Vachan:Eka Dishecha Shodh05th Dec. 2019
5Guest lecture by Dr. Manali Joshi, IBB, Pune on Bioinformatics05th Oct. 2019
6Guest lecture by Dr. R.N. Gachhe on Cancer Biology19th Oct. 2019
7Guest Alumni Lecture by Dr. Gajanan Sathe on Scope and Opportunities in Biotechnology25th July 2019
8Guest lecture by Dr. Giri Ashok, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune3rd Jan 2017
9Guest lecture by Dr. Mahesh Kulkarni, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune3rd Jan 2017
10Guest lecture by Dr. B. B. Nath, Dept. of Zoology, SPPU, Pune4th Jan 2017
11Guest lecture by Dr. Kulkarni Urmila20th Sept. 2016
12Guest lecture by Dr. Sawant Sangeeta, Assistant Professor, Bioinformatics Centre, SPPU, Pune20th Sept. 2016
13Guest lecture by Dr. Shouche Yogesh, Scientist G, MCC, NCCS, Pune26th Aug. 2016
14Guest lecture by Dr. Pal J. K., Department of Biotechnology, SPPU, Pune16th Feb. 2016
15Guest lecture by Dr. Sharma Rajesh, VSBT, Baramati16th Feb. 2016
16Guest lecture by Mr. Harne Shrikant, IISER, Pune17th Feb. 2016
17Guest lecture by Dr. Karve Shraddhha, IISER, Pune17th Feb. 2016
18Guest lecture by Dr. Godbole Dhanashree, Ferguesson College, Pune16th Feb. 2016
19Guest lecture by Dr. Patil Ulhas, R.C. Patel, Shirpur17th Feb. 2016
20Guest lecture by Dr. Patil Sandip, R.C. Patel, Shirpur17th Feb. 2016
21Guest lecture by Dr. Baravkar Vitthal, Department of Botany, SPPU, Pune16th Oct. 2015
22Guest lecture by Dr. Dholakia Bhushan, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune16th Oct. 2015
23Guest lecture by Dr. Kadu Narendra, Biochemical Sciences, NCL, Pune22nd Oct. 2014
24Guest lecture by Dr. B. B. Nath, Dept. of Zoology, SPPU, Pune23rd Oct. 2014

Students Achievements:

1. Publications:

Anisha Patil (2021) The Potential Role of mRNA Vaccines In Treating SARS-CoV-2. International Journal of Advance Research, Ideas and Innovations in Technology.

Anisha Patil (2021) PANSPERMIA, International Journal of Advance Research, Ideas and Innovations in Technology on topic, 7(6).

2. Dnyaneshwari Joshi joined as a Scientist B at Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai

3. Competitive Examination

NET = 22, 

SET = 20

GATE = 12




Library Facilities:

College Library – Biotechnology

      a) No. of Books as on    : 234

      b) Total Cost as on       : Rs. 4,26,452.33/-

     c) Yearly Purchase cost: Rs. 50,000/-

Journals and Periodicals:

      a) No. of Journals and Periodicals     : 157

      b) No. of e- Journals and Periodicals: -79 (DELNET AND N-List)

      c) Yearly subscription                           : Rs.1,43,515/-

Departmental Library:

Total no of books in library: 232        

Total Cost: 1,44,360/-

Student’s visit to industries and research laboratories

National Chemical Laboratory, National Center for Cell Science, Indian Institutes of Science, Education and Research, Pune, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Indian Institute of Advanced Research, Ahmedabad; Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru; Indian Cardamom Research Institute (ICRI) – Spices Board, Gangtok; All India Institute of Medical Sciences Kalyani, West Bengal; Niphah Winery, Nashik; Bhenda Distillary; Karlsberg Industries Pvt Ltd, Aurangabad; Madurai University, Madurai; Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Trivendrum; National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani, Kolkata; Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata; Kalinga Institute of Information and Technology, Bhuvaneshvar;  Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), Chandigarh; Kolhapur University, Kolhapur; Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapith, Dapoli; Mahatma Phule Krishi vidyapith, Rahuri; Paul albert Center for Barcoding, Aurangabad; BAIF, Urali Kanchan, Pune, Sula Winery, Nashik.

Good placement ratio

14. Future Plan of the department (To justify the SWOCanalysis).

  1. To introduce certificate courses in Bioinformatics, Analytical Techniques, Animal and Plant Tissue Culture which will help our students to compete for job opportunities.
  2. To organize skill-oriented workshops and other programmes
  3. To undertake major and minor research projects
  4. To develop Collaborations with wine industries, research institutes for training and placements.
  5. To start Post Graduation in Wine, Brewing and Alcohol Technology
  6. To provide consultancy to the Local Farmers, Vineyard Personnel and Home Wine Makers.