Zoology Department

Zoology Department

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1)Brief History
The Zoology Department of Wilson College earlier known as the Biology Department, was established in 1959 and inaugurated by the then, UGC Chairman, Dr. C.D. Deshmukh. Zoology is offered at UG level along with Fishery Biology as Applied Component and M.Sc. with specialization in Animal Physiology.

2)Brief Introduction about the Subject and its Significance
Vision: To prepare students who are environmentally conscious, skilled to preserve nature and sustain wildlife.
Mission: To provide extensive knowledge, inculcate learning and research attitude in students and to provide on field learning experiences to students.
About Zoology Department: To offer the Zoology students a better practical understanding while studying the various organisms, the department has a museum displaying an array of unique preserved specimens. Through the study of zoology, learners are able gain an understanding of the natural world and how we can help with conservation offering the opportunity to consider ways to face global challenges such as climate change, food security, diseases. zoologists work on various animal species and research their origins, evolution, diseases, life cycles, and behaviors. Career options for our students are researches in different fields such as medical sciences, veterinary sciences, evolutionary biology, environmental biology as do thorough research work and publish those in journals and often present the findings in conferences. With the combination of optimized theoretical and practical knowledge, our students have shown excellent results under Mumbai University with our Alumni well placed across the globe.

3)Career Options for Students
Students can opt for various careers in the field of zoology like Marine biologist Veterinarian Zookeeper Academic researcher Animal nutritionist Science writer Environmental Manager Environmental Scientist Ecologist Forest officer Wildlife biologist Zoologist Animal physiotherapist Associate professor Conservation Officer Conservationist Field trials officer Entomologist Fisheries Officer Indian Forest Services Laboratory Assistant Marine scientist Toxicologist Wildlife organisations

4)Department Email Address zoology@wilsoncollege.edu


1.National Science Day : The Department of zoology celebrates the national science day, to impart knowledge on innovative topics & to evoke a sense of curiosity and excitement in the spectators, the department exhibited numerous specimens, live and preserved, charts etc. Each exhibit had volunteers to describe and answer the questions asked. The students from MSc, volunteered for the exhibition. Students from various other departments and school kids had come to exhibition.
2.Other activities like “SHUTTERBUG (Photoshoot competition), OZONE DAY, QUIZ COMPETITION” are held by the Zoology Department throughout the year.

EDUCATIONAL FIELD VISIT/ ZOOLOGIAL EXCURSIONS Watching animals being their natural selves in their almost natural environment is an immense learning experience for students. In order to study live animals and their behavior, the Department arranges zoological excursions and study tours to various national parks and institutions.
RESEARCH PROJECTS. To address a research topic is the aim of a scientific undertaking. A case series, a case control study, a cohort study, or a randomized, controlled trial are some examples of research initiatives. • Compilation • Secondary data analysis, including cost-effectiveness analyses, decision analyses, and meta-analyses.
RESEARCH PAPER PRESENTATION. There are several research paper presentations happening to advance and enhance the topic of study. Research paper presentations facilitate the acquisition of in-depth knowledge.
RESEARCH WORKSHOPS. Numerous research workshops are being held to advance and enhance the field of study. these workshops assist students in expanding their subject-matter knowledge.
HANDS ON TRAINING. Through practice and direct experience, hands-on training is an active learning strategy that helps students understand concepts and abilities without only hearing or reading. We urge students to participate in these kinds of events.

Dr. Sushant J. Mane

Qualifications: Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Marine Science, Oceanography and Fishery Biology) in Zoology from M.D. College and Ph.D. From Mumbai University.
Research Interest: Fishery Sciences, Oceanography, Aquaculture, Marine Science, Immunology and Toxicology.
Short Biography: It is to bring my sense of dedication towards the Zoology subject. The research experiences, qualification, knowledge and skills which Dr. Sushant have gained throughout my professional tenure will always be available to his learners. Keeping the interest alive in the learners is an uphill task. He would like to encourage the learners to focus on challenging issues related to the subject and try to acknowledge it in a very persistent manner.

(Head of Department, Assistant Professor)

Ms.Neha Elizabeth Koshy

Undergraduate and Postgraduate in Zoology with specialization in Animal Physiology from Wilson College.

Qualifications: Undergraduate and Postgraduate in Zoology with specialization in Animal Physiology from Wilson College.
Short Biography: Ms. Neha is passionate about using innovative and interactive teaching methods so that students are engaged in the learning process. She wakes up each day and she has the opportunity to help inspire so many young minds. Every day is a learning experience for her and the challenge to keep students interested in the subject of Zoology is what drives her! My research interests include Reproductive Biology, Immunology, Epidemiology, Physiology and Genetics.
Research Interest: Reproductive Biology, Immunology, Epidemiology, Physiology and Genetics.

Faculty, Assistant Professor

Dr. Devdatta Lad

Qualifications: M.Sc. (Oceanography), M.Phil. (Toxicology), D.B.M., M.A. (Education), Ph.D. (Zoology, Oceanography)
Short Biography: Presently working as Assistant Professor in Department of Zoology, Wilson College, Mumbai. Post Graduate recognized teacher in M.Sc. (Zoology) (By Papers) and M.Sc. (Zoology) (By Research) of University of Mumbai. Total teaching experience is 16 years. Total 45 Research papers published in national and international journal. 5 Articles published in Science Reporter magazine. Jury member for Avishkar Research Convention and also Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan. Peer reviewer for Uttar Pradesh Journal of Zoology and Science Domain International. Member of M.Sc. Zoology Part One Syllabus Revision Committee. Guest faculty for M.Sc. Oceanography at Ruia College and Sindhu Swadhyay Sanstha, University of Mumbai. Fellow member of Academy for Environment and Life Sciences, (Agra) and International Institute of Organized Research (Chandigarh). Completed one Minor Research Project under University of Mumbai.
Research Interest: Fishery Sciences, Oceanography, Taxonomy and Cell Biology.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ananya Bar

Qualifications: Ph.D., (Zoology) M.Sc. (Zoology) St. John’s College, Agra, B.Sc. (Zoology Honors) Scottish Church College affiliated to Calcutta University
Research interest: Entomology, Bioacoustics and Environment.
Short Biography: Currently working in Department of Zoology, Wilson College, approved by University of Mumbai for the academic year 2021-22. Dr.Ananya has been a guest faculty for Zoology Honours program at Scottish Church College affiliated to University of Calcutta. She received her doctorate degree in Zoology on the topic “Insecticidal effects of medicinal plants extracts on the control of Dengue Vector, Aedes aegypti” from the School of Entomology, Department of Zoology, St. John’s College, Agra, India. Volunteered to work on research for determining the morphological characteristics of Dengue Vector in a UGC Sanctioned major research project to the Department of Zoology, St. John College, Agra during research. She has to her credit six research papers in reputed journals and has presented her research work at National and International Conferences. Apart from her academic qualifications she has also completed Diploma in Sangeet Bisharad Final (Vocal Classical) and Certificate of Sangeet Bhusan Final (Rabindra Sangeet, Vocal), by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. She is keen on motivating students academically and encouraging them to pursue excellence becoming global citizens with integrity and confidence.

Assistant Professor

Ms. Lakshika Hodar

Qualification: MH-SET -2023, M.Sc. (Zoology) with specialization in Animal Physiology from Wilson College, B.Sc. (Zoology) from Wilson College.
Short Biography: Recently working as Assistant Professor in department of Zoology, Wilson college. Qualified PET (Ph.D. entrance test, Mumbai University) examination. Two Research paper have been Published in International Journal of Scientific Research and International Journal of Basic and applied Research. Poster presentation at National Conference on New Dimension of Chemistry in Wilson College. Ms. Lakshika is enthusiastic about teaching and wants to share her knowledge and skills with her students while also motivating them to achieve their goals through hard work and perseverance.
Research interest: Immunology, Fishery biology, Cell biology

Assistant Professor

Ms. Roshni Agnes Joseph

Qualification: Undergraduate & post-graduate degree in Zoology with specialization in Animal Physiology-University of Mumbai, Executive diploma in Food QAQC-IGMPI -Delhi, IELTS
Short Biography: Ms. Roshni believes in the power of influence a teacher have on the minds of students. Therefore, deem teaching as an extraordinary opportunity. She believes that developing curiosity and encouraging the students nurture and expand their cognitive capabilities & performance is the duty of teacher and strive every day to help students challenge themselves to grow and become better, responsible citizens.
Research interest: Developmental Biology, Physiology

Assistant Professor

Ms. Akshita Ghodke

Qualification: - Undergraduate & post-graduate degree in Zoology, specialization in Animal Physiology-University of Mumbai
Short Biography: Currently working as an Assistant Professor in Wilson college (Autonomous) She has a passion for music and studies at the Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal. She is a trained classical vocalist.Ms. Akshita believes teaching is a noble profession, and that the students develop interest in the subject from a teacher's approach. To constantly make efforts to provide proper guidance to the students and encourage them to build confidence in the fields they choose. To give utmost attention and provide knowledge, develop skills and encourage to attend workshops widening their horizon
Research interest: Developmental Biology, Animal Physiology

Assistant Professor

Mr. Anish Gawande

Qualification: M.Sc. (Zoology) with specialization in Animal Physiology from Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, B.Sc. (Zoology) from Maharshi Dayanand College affiliated to University of Mumbai, UG Diploma in Environmental management from Globala Gymnasiet (College), Stockholm, Sweden.
Short Biography: Presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology, Wilson College (Autonomous). Multilingual Science communicator with an experience of more than Nine years in science communication and popularization. Research paper published in the international journal of Science and research (peer reviewed journal). Recipient two additional academic credits from University of Mumbai for conducting a research project in the domain of biodiversity. Record holder with name registered in the “India Book of records” for making scaled replicas of Indian rockets. Life member of National centre for science communicators, Mumbai and Ambassador for National Education policy 2020. Having administrative experience of running a non-governmental organization Teenovation (affiliated under Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and technology, Government of India). Visited the Stockholm city of Sweden in 2019 and exchanged views on environmental management and sustainable development with the Vice Mayor of Stockholm city and Swedish students. Mr. Anish believes in not only imparting knowledge to students but also to ignite their curious minds thereby increasing their interest in the subject. He introduces innovative and creative classroom activities to make the teaching learning process fun. His goal is to encourage the students to make the best use of their fullest potential and apply their learned knowledge in the practical world and explore new horizons.
Research interests: Biodiversity, animal physiology and astrobiology.

Assistant Professor

Mr. Vinit Bangera

Qualification: M.Sc. (Zoology) with specialization in Endocrinology from Institute of Science, B.Sc. (Zoology) from Siddarth college.
Short Biography: Recently working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Zoology. To develop, promote creativity and high order thinking skills that increases the performance of the students. Mr. Vinit believes teaching is profession which shapes the future of the students for their betterment.
Research interest: Magnetization, Silkworms, Enzymes.

Assistant Professor

Testimonies of some of our Alumni:

1)Dr. Krupa Mozello

Dr. Kripa holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from GS Medical College (KEM), a Master’s in Zoology and Biotechnology from Wilson College and a Diploma in Biological Sciences from St. Xavier's College. Her educational background has equipped her with a solid foundation in the biological sciences, which has been instrumental in her success in the industry. Her journey started as a research trainee at Bharat Serums, where she quickly developed her skills and gained a deep understanding of the industry. With determination and hard work, she continued to climb the ladder and eventually earned her Doctorate and became the Head of the Department. As the Head of the R&D Biological Division at Bharat Serums & Vaccines Limited and with nearly 20 years experience, she is responsible for leading a team of highly skilled researchers and scientists in the development of new and innovative biological products particularly in the field of Immunology. Additionally, she has been actively involved in developing strategic partnerships and collaborations with other pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions to further enhance the company’s research capabilities.

2)Dr. Deepak Modi

Scientist Deepak Modi works in the molecular and cellular biology department of the ICMR NIRRCH India. He received his undergraduate and post graduate degree from Wilson College and his PhD programs from BJ Wadia Hospital for Children. Understanding the mechanisms of embryo implantation and placental development, implantation causes, the genetics of sexual development and infertility, implant failure, and disorders associated to pregnancy are among his study interests. Since March 1997, he has worked professionally in the field of research. FNASc (National Academy of Sciences India 2020), PM Bhargava Oration Award (Academy of Clinical Embryologists 2017), GP Talwar Middle Career Scientist Award (Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction & Fertility. 2017), ICMR-Tilak Venkoba Rao Award (Indian Council of Medical Research, Govt of India 2010), GP Talwar Young Scientist Award (Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction & Fertility 2009), Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award 2007 (Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India 2007), Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award (National Academy of Sciences India (NASI)2007), Young Scientist Medal (Indian National Science Academy (INSA)2006 are just a few of the honors and accomplishments.