Microbiology

Brief History of Department

The Department was established in 1992 by introducing M.Sc. Microbiology programme and it had been functioning as a separate section in the Department of Studies in Botany till 2008. On 23rd July, 2008 a separate Department of Studies in Microbiology started functioning and now it is housed in the Life Science building. Department has a faculty strength of one professor, two associate professors and two assistant professors. Department is  offering M.Sc. programme in Microbiology, PG Diploma in Food Quality and Safety and Ph.D programme. The PG Diploma programme is introduced in this academic year under the aegis of UGC-Innovative Programme. Department has been receiving financial assistance under DST-FIST programme to strengthen post graduate teaching and research. A well equipped research lab, computer lab with internet facility has been established under DST-FIST programme. Teaching faculty is accomplished with individual projects from various funding agencies like UGC, DST, ICMR, DIBER,etc. 

Our mission is to impart skill based scientific and technical knowledge to students, with a vision to produce trained microbiologists. Research and development activities in the department are focused to fulfill the needs of various fields such as agriculture, industry, healthcare system etc. As a part of our social mission, we are offering free consultancy services to the farming community, plantation growers, in identifying the causal organism and suggesting the control measures to manage the plant diseases.  Departmental culture collection provides cultures to other institutions for academic purposes. Department has been organizing invited lectures and awareness programmes regarding waste management and environment in collaboration with Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI), Mysore chapter. 

 

Thrust areas of research

  • Agricultural Microbiology/ plant pathology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Bioprospecting from medicinal plants
  • Endophytic metabolites
  • Molecular Mycology
  • Drug resistance in pathogens
  • Biofilm & Quorum sensing
  • Microbe mediated corrosion

 

Ongoing Departmental Projects:

Sl. No

Title

Funding Agency

Year

Amount

1.

FIST Programme

Dept. of Science and Technology,

Govt. of India

2010-2015

32   Lakhs

2.

UGC-Innovative Programme

(PG Diploma in Food Safety and Quality)

UGC, Govt. of India

2012-2017

58.5  Lakhs

Total grant received   90.5 lakh

 

List of individual ongoing projects by teaching faculty:

Sl. No.

Title

Funding Agency

Year

Amount

 Prof (Dr.) Ravishankar Rai V

1

Biodiversity, conservation and Phytochemical, Molecular Characterization of rare Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats

MHRD, Govt of India,Institution of Excellence (IOE)

2009-2012

7.5 Lakh

2.

 Endophytic microorganisms from rare medicinal plants producing bioactive compounds

DIBER, DRDO, Govt. of India.

2011-2014

10 Lakh

3.

Studies on Quorum Sensing Inhibitory Activity of Medicinal Plants

 

ICMR, Govt. of India

2012-2015

20 Lakh

Dr. Shubha Gopal

1.

Incidence of Listeria monocytogenes in clinical samples and their characterization using molecular methods

UGC, Govt. of  India

2011-2014

9.27Lakh

Dr. N Lakshmi Devi

1.

Investigation on biopharmacological properties against antimicrobial, antioxidant and antidiabetic properties of selected medicinal plants".

Institution of Excellence, MHRD, UGC, New Delhi.

2009-2012

7.5 Lakh

2.

Isolation and characterization of biomolecules from selected medicinal plants for hypoglycemic antioxidant and antimicrobial properties against diabetes mellitus complications

 

UGC, Govt. of India

2011-2014

9.58 Lakh

Dr. S . Satish

1.

Isolation and characterization of antimicrobial active principles of endophytes

UGC , Govt. of India

 

2010-2013

7.81 Lakh

2.

Isolation and Identification of endophytes for antimicrobial activity from Western Ghats medicinal plants.

Institution of Excellence, MHRD, UGC, New Delhi

2010-2012

7.5 Lakhs

Dr. Sreenivasa, M.Y.

1.

Development of Multiplex PCR for the Early Detection of Fumonisin-producingFusarium verticillioides occurring on cereals and their Molecular characterization

DST, Govt. of India

2009-2012

19.45 Lakhs

2.

Microbiological Screening and Molecular Characterization of Potential Probiotic strains from Traditional Fermented Food/Products used in Karnataka, India

UGC, Govt. of India

2011-2014

6.24 Lakhs

3.

Molecular detection and characterization of phytoplasma  associated with little leaf of Brinjal in South India

DST, Govt. of India

2012-2015

18.4 lakhs