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GNDU professor gets research project of Rs 42.5 lakh

A research project has been granted to Prof Dalbir Singh Sogi, department of food science and technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, to study the level of celiac disease causing proteins in north Indian wheat.

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2013 19:29 IST
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A research project has been granted to Prof Dalbir Singh Sogi, department of food science and technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, to study the level of celiac disease causing proteins in north Indian wheat.

The project is sponsored by the department of biotechnology, ministry of science and technology that has sanctioned Rs 42.5 lakh to carry out the research work.

Prof PK Sehajpal, department of molecular biology and biochemistry of the university, is the co-investigator in the research project. The team will carry out advance research to help celiac disease patient to have a wider dietary choice. Biotechnological techniques would be used to degrade the proteins present in wheat responsible for adverse reaction in the intestine leading to the celiac disease.

Prof Sogi is a Fulbright fellow who recently visited Michigan State University to carry out the research work. He is associated with Dr Venu Gangur, department of food science and human nutrition, Michigan State University, US, who has been working on plant and animal allergenic proteins.

The work will help understand the nature of the allergen present in the local cultivars. The research will focus on the development of the protocol to evaluate the gluten-free products for the absence of gluten contamination. The number of people suffering from celiac disease is increasing.