Major Achievements

Notable scientific contributions from the department in the recent past include i) screening of 200,000 newborns for inborn errors of metabolism collaborating with 20 hospitals across the Delhi state, and generating the first ever epidemiological and genetic data for over 45 common and rare genetic disorders in the country- a good example of translational research and technology for the masses; ii) discovery of putative causal genes for a few brain disorders; iii) spearheading research on transgenic mustard for hybrid seed production, approved by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) - a first such translational product from any university in India; and iii) development of non-transgenic hybrids of mustard with improved oil quality which has already reached the farmer’s field.

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