A delegation from two Australian Universities has visited Amity University Noida recently as to forge a partnership and to carry forward the discussions.
The delegation comprised of Professor Ross Barnard, Director of the University of Queensland Biotechnology Program; Associate Professor Mikael Boden, Director of the University of Bioinformatics Program, who delivered a guest lecture and Prof. Martin Bean CBE, Vice-Chancellor & President, RMIT University, Australia who discussed on various areas of potential collaboration.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. Martin Bean commented Amity for its E- Learning programmes and said that the world needs access to reach people in order to provide scale quality education for mutual development and Amity University has created that bridge with online education that reaches to different nooks and corners across the globe.
Presenting a brief on RMIT University, Prof. Bean said that RMIT is a University of Technology and Design which believes in providing unique talent to students through learning. He emphasized that Amity and RMIT have similar vision to provide global education to students. Prof. Bean expressed his hope for a mutually productive collaboration on potential areas.
Elucidating on the spectrum of Antibody Engineering, Prof Ross Barnard said that before the discovery of Monoclonal Antibodies, the therapeutic applications of antibodies were limited. However, the Monoclonal Antibodies are expensive, time consuming and majorly taken as foreign molecules by the human immune system during diagnosis. He elaborated that a major application of Antibody Engineering was the possibility to create Chimeric Antibodies which are 70% human can be used as therapeutic drugs and has been tested for diagnosing of scrub typhus disease.
Prof Mikael Boden delivered the lecture on “Reconstructing ancestral sequence to explain and engineer Biological Diversity”. Prof Boden explained that Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction have emerged as important tools for examining the trajectory of molecular sequence evolution and testing hypotheses about the functional evolution of ancient genes. He said that the mainstay of bioinformatics in rich theory, algorithms and many applications. Hi explained that to understand the sequence, humans should imitate nature and through this people can understand the basis to nature’s outcomes and re-purpose its starting material.
Welcoming the guests, Dr. Gurinder Singh, Additional Group Vice Chancellor, Amity briefed them about the history and achievements of Amity Education Group and said that Amity is reckoned as the largest group of education in India with 8 Universities, 150 Institutions, International campuses, School, and Pre-schools.
During the visit, the delegation was taken for a campus round wherein they visited various laboratories, Amity Innovation Incubator, and Communication Studios. The delegation appreciated the infrastructure, faculty and research work carried out at Amity.