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Marian Centre for Animal Tissue-culture Studies (MCATS)

Marian Centre for Animal Tissue-culture Studies (MCATS) at St. Mary's College, Thrissur, pioneers advanced research in animal cell culture. Dedicated to fostering breakthroughs in biomedical sciences, MCATS serves as a hub for innovative experimentation and knowledge exchange. With state-of-the-art facilities and a talented team of researchers, the lab endeavours to unravel the intricacies of cellular biology, contributing significantly to scientific progress and healthcare advancements.

Research Interests in MCATS

  • Cytotoxicity Studies & Disease modelling: Cultivating animal cells to mimic diseases like cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and infectious diseases, enabling the study of disease progression and therapeutic responses
  • Cellular Signalling Pathways: Investigating the intricate signalling networks within cells that regulate processes such as growth, differentiation, and apoptosis
  • Drug Screening and Development: Screening compounds for potential therapeutic effects, evaluating drug efficacy, toxicity, and pharmacokinetics using animal cell models before moving to clinical trials
  • Genetic Engineering: Manipulating animal cell genomes to study gene function, disease mechanisms, and develop gene therapy approaches for genetic disorders
  • Toxicology and Environmental Health: Assessing the effects of environmental toxins, pollutants, and pharmaceuticals on animal cells to understand their mechanisms of toxicity and potential impact on human health
  • Immunology: Investigating immune responses, including inflammation, antigen presentation, and immune cell activation, to elucidate mechanisms of immunity and develop immunotherapies
  • Stem Cell Research: Exploring the properties and behaviour of stem cells, including pluripotent and multipotent cells, to understand their potential for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering applications


  • To become a leading centre of excellence in animal cell culture research, recognized for our contributions to biomedical sciences, drug discovery, and regenerative medicine. We aim to address critical healthcare challenges, drive technological innovation, and inspire scientific curiosity while upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and academic rigor
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  • To advance scientific knowledge and contribute to societal well-being through innovative research in animal cell culture, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and nurturing the next generation of scientists.


  • "Sapientia Cellulis" (Wisdom from Cells)

Governing Board


Dr. Sr. Beena T L,
St. Mary’s College,Thrissur


Dr. Sr. Meena. K. Cheruvathur,
St. Mary’s College,Thrissur

Assistant Director,

Dr. Ben Raj,
Assistant Professor& HOD,
Department of Biotechnology
St. Mary’s College,Thrissur