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Department Name - Microbiology

Department Description

Established in the year, 1977, Department of Microbiology is  one of the Highly rated deptartment under CE grant  and also has the DBT Star status.

The department is located in the new building and spans an entire floor wing that is occupied by well-equipped UG, PG and research laboratories, one seminar room with ICT facilities, a preparation room and an instrumentation room.

 The Unique Serving Pursuits (USP’s) of the department are:

  • Extensive use of ICT in teaching learning- E-Classroom, Lab computers, Google groups, Google Drive, Google Sites /Class Sites, LMS – Moodle ,  Student generated Syllabi wiki,  Personal Learning Environment / e- portfolio
  • Unique interactive atmosphere – second home to students and staff
  • Value Added services: Summer Schools, Workshops, Research Projects, Brain Storming, Skill development in multiple areas.
  • Strong Alumni Linkage
  • Research Culture from UG level
  • Hands on training with all instruments
  • Year- long activities- also during vacations
  • Innovative Teaching Learning Methods- Flip the classroom, Pre-lab post lab, Critical thinking, case study based approach.

The Department of Microbiology has an excellent track record of academic excellence, a student progression to PG studies of 90-95% and an exceptional list of achievements in curricular and cocurricular activities, some of which (2012-2017) are listed below:

  • 2 students selected for Prestigious Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship
  • PhD research student selected for 9 months training at Technical University of Ilmeanu, Thuringia, Germany
  • Co curricular – State Level MicrobioOlympiad- First Prize and Gold medal 2015, 2016 and 2017, Prizes at inter Collegiate Competition-20
  • Research Meets- SelectBio International Conference- Best Poster, State Level Avishkar – First Prize-1, Selection- 2, Sajjan Gupta Memorial-Konark Research meet- Prize-4, Jigyasa Research Meet-Prize -6
  • 10 Students completed Summer training at institutes like CCMB, Delhi University, MSU, NCCS, Bose Institute, IIT, NCL, IISER

Research Projects

In the last five years the department was granted one Major research Project by UGC, two Minor research projects by University of Mumbai and has completed several Mini Research Projects under the CE and DBT Star College Status.

The faculty have published several research papers in international and National journals and a book – ‘Immunology: Essential and Fundamental’ , 3rd Edition coauthored by Urmi Palan.

Through the UG projects done under Star College and Microfliudics based projects done by UG and PG students the department boasts of developing a Solar Distillation unit and a Kit for water potability    testing using portable culture devices. The department has also filed a patent on Araldite Epoxy Resin Coating Composition.

Collaborations:

In the past five years the department has collaborated with MIT, USA (Foldscope), Stanford Foundry, USA (Microfluidics), USDA (Bacteriophages), ICT, Mumbai- (Biofuel), IGIB, New Delhi-(Microsymbionts in Earthworm), Central Dogma Pvt Ltd (Molecular Biology), D.Y. Patil University (Lab on Paper), Bacil Pharma Ltd (Probiotic Product Development).

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBJECT

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. This discipline includes fundamental studies on the biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, ecology, evolution and clinical aspects of microorganisms, including the host response to these agents and applied studies on Soil Microbiology, Water and Sewage Microbiology, Food and Industrial Microbiology.

 

COURSED OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Course Name- BSc

Intake Capacity- TYBSc- 30

Eligibility- 12th std scores

POST GRADUATE COURSES

Course Name- MSc (By papers)

Intake Capacity-20,

Eligibility – BSc Scores

Course Name- MSc (By Research)

Eligibility – BSc Scores

DOCTORATE COURSES

Course Name- PhD

Intake Capacity- MSc by research +PhD-10

Eligibility- PET, NET, GATE

 

FACULTY NAMES, QUALIFICATION & DESIGNATIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT

Name

Highest Qualification

Designation

 
 

Dr. Anushree Lokur

MPhil, PhD

Head, Associate Professor

 

Ms. Urmi Palan

MPhil

Associate Professor

 

Dr. Varsha Shukla

PhD

Associate Professor

 

Mr. Vidyadhar Tupe

MSc

Assistant Professor

 

Mr. Swapnil Pradhan

MSc, NET

Assistant Professor

 

Mr. Sachin Rajagopalan

MSc , SET

Assistant Professor

 

Ms. Shveta Tiwari

MSc

Assistant Professor

 

Ms. Hera Azmi

MSc

Assistant Professor

 

Dr. Mayuri Rege

PhD Post Doc

DST INSPIRE Faculty fellow

 

 

ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY DEPARTMENT

GUEST LECTURES

  • Dr. Bhavin Shah, Post doctoral fellow at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany delivered a lecture on ‘How neurons polarize?’
  • Dr. Beena Pillai, Scientist, IGIB, ‘A hitch hiker’s guide to the Galaxy of Indian Science’ a talk on career options for students of Science stream
  • Dr. Arnob Dutta, Post Doc fellow, Stower’s Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO, USA ‘ A switch in Swi / Snf regulating remodeler recruitment to genes’
  • “Human role in maintaining sustainability of environment” by Padmashri Dr. S. P. Kale, Head, Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division, Head, Pesticide Residues and Soil Science Section Nuclear Agriculture and Biotechnology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
  • Dr. Avinash Shenoy Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection, Imperial College London. Host Immunity & Bacterial Evasion: A Quest for New Answers’

 

WORKSHOPS

  • Certificate course in Molecular Biology
  • Workshop on PCR & Primer design.
  • Hands- on session for both teachers &students - ‘Enabling digitization in education’ Conducted by Dr. Hemant Suryavanshi, IGIB
  • Workshop on Microfluidics
  • Green Volunteer training workshop conducted by WWF, India
  • Nano & biotechnology workshop in collaboration with Harrisburg university, Pennsylvania, USA

 

EDUCATIONAL VISITS

Gowardhan Diary, Manchar, Pune

Maneesh Pharmaceuticals, Mumbai

Biogenomics Ltd, Thane

 

PLACEMENTS (IF ANY)

Several of our students have been placed in industries (R&D) , QA –QC department, Working as lecturers in eminent institutions, research scientists in eminent institutions  & some are entrepreneurs.

 

ILLUSTROUS ALUMNI

  • Dr.Avinash Shenoy – Faculty, Imperial College, London
  • Dr. Beena Pillai – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology(CSIR), N. Delhi
  • Dr. Vinay Tergaonkar – Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, a-Star, Singapore
  • Dr. Nitin Baliga – SVP and Director, Institute of Systems Biology, Seattle
  • Dr. Laxminarayan Iyer – NCBI, NIH
  • Dr. Sobha Subramanium – Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Manisha Premnath – GM, Venture Centre, NCL, Pune
  • Dr. Annama Odenath – Associate Professor, ICT, Mumbai
  • Dr. Jyoti Kode –  Faculty, ACTREC, Mumbai
  • Dr. Nilima Khairatkar Joshi – Senior VP, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Mumbai
  • Dr. Rajesh Patkar, Ramalingaswami Fellow, MS University of Baroda
  • Dr. Archana Krishnan, Director, Biogenomics
  • Dr. Manjiri Bakre, Founder & CEO, OncoStem Diagnostics Pvt ltd
  • Dr. Rahul Warke, HiMedia, Mumbai
  • Dr. Deepa Bhajekar – Managing Director, D Technology Pvt Ltd.
  • Dr. Sachin Tendulkar – Deputy General Manager, Reliance Lifesciences
  • Anagha Tendulkar –Regulatory Affairs, Cipla
  • Dr. Shashwati Basak – Associate Research Director, Origin Discovery Technologies
  • Tanmay Agarwal -  VP and Head Global Business, CocoCola
  • Archana Shukla – Assistant Editor, Rural Affairs, Pharmaceuticals At CNBC- TV18