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History of Department of Biochemistry

Biochemistry is taught to the medical students during the first four terms of their course of study.  Therefore the Department of Biochemistry was established in the Faculty of Medicine since the inception at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna from 1978.

Staff

The department has seven academic carders, one academic supporting carder and eight non-academic carders.  The names of the present academic and non-academic staff members and their date of appointments are given in Table 1.

Table 1: Present academic and non-academic staff members attached to the Department of Biochemistry.

Name Position Date of First Appointment
Academic staff
1 Prof. Ms. Vasanthy Arasaratnam Senior Professor 1984
2 Dr. S. Balakumar Senior Lecturer Grade I 2003
3 Dr. SivarathyAmarasinghe Lecturer (Probationary) 2009
4 Dr. K. Kandeepan Lecturer (Probationary) 2009
Non-Academic staff
1. Mrs. Kirubahary Sritharan Chief Technical Officer 1980
2. Mrs. Ketheeswary Nithiyanantharajha Senior Staff Technical Officer 1984
3. Mr. K. Thayaananthan Staff Technical Officer 1991
4. Mr. M. Sutharsan Technical Officer Gr.IISeg A 2005
5. Mr. N. Nithiyanantharajha Staff Technical Officer 1978
6. Mr. T. Santhiramoorthy Staff Assistant (Clerical) 1993
7. Mr. V. Jayabalasundaram Laboratory Assistant (Special Grade) 1985
8. Mr. P. Mohanakanthan Laboratory Assistant (Lower Grade) 2011
9. Mr. P. Kirubanantharajha Laborer Grade I 1993

Academic and non-academic staff who previously served the Department are given in Table 2.

Table 2: Academic and non-academic staff served in the Department of Biochemistry.

  Name Position From To
Academic staff
1. Prof. A. A. Hoover Professor 1978 1981
2. Prof. Ranjan Ramasamy Professor 1982 1983
3. Prof. K. Balasubramaniam Senior Professor 1984 1997
4. Dr. K. Jayaseelan Senior Lecturer Grade I 1982 1984
5. Dr. T. Vignayagamoorthy Senior Lecturer Grade I 1985 1988
6. Dr. Ms. S. Mahendran(Nee Ms. S. Seevaratnam) Senior Lecturer Grade I 1985 1994
7. Dr. A. Senthuran Senior Lecturer Grade II 1993 2007
8. Mr. N. Naveenan Lecturer (Probationary) 1979 1984
9. Dr. C. T. Ravirajan Lecturer (Probationary) 1981 1991
10. Dr. N. Ilanko Lecturer (Probationary) 1988 1991
11. Ms. M. Ramadas Lecturer (Probationary) 1989 1995
12. Dr. P. Navaratnam Temporary Assistant Lecturer 1990 2003
13. Mr. A. Narendran Temporary Assistant Lecturer 1983 1983
14. Mr. T. Murugapoopathy Temporary Assistant Lecturer 1981 1993
15. Ms. K. Chandrsegarar Temporary Assistant Lecturer 1994 1997
16. Dr. Ms. T. Mayooran Temporary Assistant Lecturer 2005 2006
17. Ms. M. Nadarajha Temporary Demonstrator 1989 1990
18. Ms. S. Kanagaratnam Temporary Demonstrator 1990 1991
19. Mr. W.S. Tambirajh Temporary Demonstrator 1994 1996
20. Ms. M. Kanagasingam Temporary Demonstrator 2002 2003
21. Ms. S. Senthilkumaran Temporary Demonstrator 1998 2000
22. Dr. Ms. S. Shanmugalingam Temporary Demonstrator 2008 2009
23. Mr. C. Kulendran Visiting Lecturer 1991 1998
Non Academic staff
1. Mr. S. Parameswaran Technician Supra Grade 1980 1985
2. Mr. S. Balachandran Technician Seg ‘B’ Grade II 1984 1985
3. Mr. G.R.P. Kulasingam Casual Technical Officer 1991 1993
4. Ms. M. Sivalingam Clerk
5. Ms. M. Balasingam Senior Staff Technical Officer 1990 2007
6. Ms. D. M. Shanmuganathan Clerk Grade III 1988 1990
7. Mr. V. Chandravijayakumar Clerk Grade III 1991 1993
8. Mr. S. V. Sandrasegaram Laboratory Attendant (Lower Grade) 1982 1992
9. Mr. S. Palanithurai Laboratory Attendant (Special Grade) 1981 2011

The department has been headed by different senior academics (Table 3).

Table 3: Former Heads of the Department of Biochemistry.

 

Names From To
Professor A. A. Hoover 1978 1981
Prof. R. Ramasamy 1982 02.10.1983
Dr. K. Jeyaseelan 03.10.1983 31.12.1983
Snr. Prof. K. Balasubramaniam 02.01.198401.10.198616.9.1996 31.07.198530.04.199029.09.1997
Dr. T. Vinayagamoorthy 01.10.1985 30.09.1986
Dr.  Ms. S. Mahendran 04.10.1989 3.11.1989
Snr. Prof. Ms. V. Arasaratnam 02.05.199016.10.1997 15.09.199631.12.2000
Dr. A. Senthuran 01.01.2001 30.06.2005
Dr. S. Balakumar 01.07.2005 to date