Department of Microbiology

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

  • Recipient of the DST-FIST (Department of Science and Technology Funding for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure) grant and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) - STAR College grant from A.Y. 2016-17
  • Courses offered: B.Sc. Microbiology, M.Sc. Microbiology, M.Sc. By Research, Ph.D. Microbiology.
  • We encourage our students to take part in various competitive examinations including SET, CSIR NET and IIT-JAM examinations etc. Our best practice is the conduct of a special coaching lecture series for students who are appearing for the Chemistry Aptitude test.

 

STAFF PROFILE

1) Dr. Santhini Nair:
  • Designation: HOD, Associate Professor, Vice Principal
  • Qualification: M.Sc. Ph.D.
  • E-mail: santhini.nair@ves.ac.in
  • Areas of Interest: Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Industrial Microbiology, Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Technology
 

 

  • Research Interest:
    1. Medical Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Bionanotechnology
  • Membership of professional bodies:
    1. Life member of Indian Women Scientific Association.
  • Recognition/ Achievements/ Activities :
    1. Recognized PG teacher for M.Sc (By Papers) and M.Sc. (By Research).
    2. Completed Minor Research Project (Mumbai University)
  • PUBLICATIONS

 

2) Dr. Dona Joseph:
  • Designation: Associate Professor
  • Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D., SET Qualified
  • E-mail: dona.jospeh@ves.ac.in
  • Areas of Interest: Genetics, Virology and Environmental Microbiology
 

 

  • Research Interest:
    1. Environmental Microbiology
  • Membership of professional bodies:
    1. Life member of Indian Women Scientific Association (IWSA)
    2. Life member of Mangrove Society of India
    3. Life member of Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS)
  • Recognition/ Achievements/ Activities :
    1. Recognized teacher for M.Sc. by papers in Microbiology.
    2. Completed Minor Research Project (Mumbai University)
  • PUBLICATIONS
3) Dr. Malay Shah:
  • Designation: Assistant Professor
  • Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D., NET Qualified
  • E-mail: malay.shah@ves.ac.in
  • Areas of Interest: Industrial Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology
 

 

  • Research Interest:
    1. Environmental Microbiology
  • Recognition/ Achievements/ Activities :
    1. Recognized teacher for M.Sc. by papers in Microbiology.
    2. Completed Minor Research Project (UGC)
    3. Completed Minor Research Project (Mumbai University)
  • PUBLICATIONS

 

4) Dr. Shweta Patil:
  • Designation: Assistant Professor
  • Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D., SET Qualified
  • E-mail: shweta.patil@ves.ac.in
  • Area of Interest: Molecular Biology, Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Biochemistry
 

 

  • Research Interest:
    1. Environmental Microbiology and Biophysics
  • Recognition/ Achievements/ Activities :
    1. Recognized PG teacher for M.Sc (By Papers) in Microbiology
    2. Completed Minor Research Project (Mumbai University)
  • PUBLICATIONS

 

5) Mr. Suman Ganger:
  • Designation: Assistant Professor
  • Qualification: M.Sc., SET Qualified
  • E-mail: suman.ganger@ves.ac.in
  • Areas of Interest: Biotechnology and Fermentation technology
 

 

  • Research Interest:
    1. Environmental Microbiology
  • Recognition/ Achievements/ Activities :
    1. Recognized teacher for M.Sc. (By Papers) and M.Sc. (By research) in Microbiology.
    2. Recipient of Minor Research Grant (UGC)
    3. Completed Minor Research Project (Mumbai University)
  • PUBLICATIONS

 

6) Ms. Sakshi Punjabi:
  • Designation: Lecturer
  • Qualification: M.Sc.
  • E-mail: sakshi.punjabi.vf@ves.ac.in
  • Area of Interest: Biotechnology and Fermentation technology
 

 

  • Research Interest:
    1. Environmental Microbiology and Biophysics
  • Recognition/ Achievements/ Activities :
  • PUBLICATIONS

 

SALIENT FEATURES OF THE DEPARTMENT:

  1. Well-established department with a strong academic record
  2. Well-equipped laboratories with several state-of-the-art equipments
  3. M.Sc. (by papers), M.Sc. (Research) and Ph.D. courses
  4. Research at all levels from B.Sc. to Ph.D.
  5. Strong links with the alumni
  6. Placements through alumni and other contacts
  7. Regular guest lectures by eminent scientists
  8. Regular career guidance sessions by the alumni as well as other resource persons
  9. Microbytes
  10. An active department association that conducts co-curricular activities and awards meritorious students
  11. Regular educational and industrial visits
  12. Departmental library

Related Links

  1. Alumni
  2. Placements
  3. Students Research
  4. Syllabus
  5. Microbytes

GLIMPSES OF DEPARTMENT EVENTS / ACTIVITIES

  • Innovative Teaching Methods
    Teachers employ varied teaching methods including seminars by students, videos, animations, skits, games, group discussions, Program oriented guided interactive learning (POGIL) and quiz, besides lectures for curriculum transaction. Workshops are also conducted to give students a better understanding of new subjects like Bioinformatics.
  • Overall Student development
    The department conducts a variety of programs under the banner of the 'Microbiology-Biotechnology Association' to develop employable as well as soft skills of students. These activities include subject-based competitions (poster-making, model making, debates, seminar presentations and essay writing), movie shows, guest lectures12.1 by scientists, etc. Prizes are awarded to students who excel in academics as well as in co-curricular activities. The freshers are welcomed every year with a humorous skit based on Microbiology. Educational visits12.2 to research institutes and industries are conducted for the S.Y.B.Sc., T.Y.B.Sc and M.Sc. students. The students are also encouraged to undertake internships at research institutes, industries, pathological laboratories during their vacations. Some of our past students have undergone training at BARC, TIFR, KEM Hospital etc.
    Undergraduate Students of Microbiology & Biotechnology shine at 13th Microbiolympiad13
  • Well-equipped laboratories
    The department has one UG and 3 PG labs (M.Sc. by papers, M.Sc. by research and Ph.D.), 2 clean rooms with laminar airflow units and a preparation room. Besides the basic equipment, the lab is well-equipped with research equipments including a U.V. spectrophotometer, 5 L lab fermenter, cooling centrifuge, rotary vacuum evaporator, tensiometer and more…14
  • Departmental library
    The department has a regularly updated library with more than 500 books covering various topics in Microbiology. It serves as an additional rich learning resource for the students. We are proud to have strongly bonded alumni who generously donate books to the department library. List 15
  • Research
    Staff members of the department regularly apply to UGC and University of Mumbai for research projects funding. Since the inception of M.Sc. by Research in 2004, 4 students have completed their M.Sc. by Research in Microbiology. Currently 3 students are pursuing M.Sc. by Research in Microbiology and are working on various research projects. In addition to this, the staff members also guide the M. Sc. (by papers) students in their dissertation projects.
    Promotion of Undergraduate Research is one of the important highlights of the department, where B. Sc. students interested in pursuing short projects are allowed to explore and perform the experiments under the guidance of the staff members. These students are motivated to participate in various academic conferences and research conventions like ‘Avishkar - Mumbai University Research Meet Convention’ and ‘Jigyaasa - K. C. College Research Scholar Meet’ , Sajjan Gupta Memorial Awards by Konark Group etc
    Some of the posters and oral presentations presented by undergraduate studtents at intercollegiate events16.0
    Some of the M.Sc. Dissertations of our post graduate students16.1
  • Results
    Our students have been consistently performing well at the University examinations in spite of the low cut-off percentage at F.Y level. We have a pass percentage of nearly 100% at the B.Sc. and M.Sc. levels. On an average, 50% of our students secure a first class. We have had several University top rankers among our B.Sc. students, while at the M.Sc. level we have University rankers almost every year. University Rankers 17
  • Alumni 18
    The first batch of T. Y. B.Sc. Microbiology graduated in 1981. The Department is proud of its alumni and their achievements. We have an active alumni association with registered members. Several of our alumni work in internationally reputed institutes such as Harvard Medical School, Washington University School of Medicine, John Hopkins School of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Ludwig's Maximillian University, Germany, and occupy important positions in industries such as Abbott Molecular, US Children's Hospital, Boston, Syngene International ltd, Bangalore, Biocon, Bio-analytical Technologies India Pvt, Ltd. They help our current students through guest lectures, counselling sessions and provision of information about job openings.
  • Career guidance and Placements: 18.1
    We counsel our students on their career choices and bring job openings and vacancies to their notice by regular display of advertisements on the notice boards, emails and through personal contacts. We also help in their placements through our alumni network and contacts in industries.
  • Extension activities
    The students are actively involved in the Lifelong Learning and Extension activity of the University of Mumbai. The aim of this program is community awareness and making the students understand their social responsibilities. This activity ensures a holistic development of the students. The activities taken up by our students include, Status of Women in the society (SWS), Career project (CP) and Population Education Club (PEC). In 2015-16, our students won the first prize for poster on skin donation and third prize at GAIA event of Wilson College for their street play on water conservation titled ‘Pani NA Milega Dobara’. In 2014-15 they won the third prize for the street play on female foeticide titled ‘Ek kadam parivartan ke aur’
    In 2013-14, the SY students organized a health education program titled ‘Awareness on Alarming Diseases’. They exhibited posters on Typhoid, Cholera, Tuberculosis, Jaundice, Leptospirosis, Malaria and Dengue for the Non-teaching staff, students of our college and those of nearby Junior colleges.
    In the year 2014-15, Communicable disease awareness program was carried out by the SY students, teaching and non-teaching staff in the nearby slum areas where they gave the people information regarding tuberculosis, malaria, influenza and skin diseases with the help of poster presentations in the regional languages.
    Our students enthusiastically participate in the activities of the Outreach Cell of the college, such as fund collection drives for NASEOH, working for NGOs and visits to social welfare centers
  • Collaboration
    The Department has developed a collaboration with the CUBE program of HBCSE, TIFR. Started in 2012, Collaborative Undergraduate Biology Education is the brainchild of two scientists, Dr Nagarjuna G and Dr MC Arunan. It is headquartered at HomiBhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) and supported by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Our college has been associated with the CUBE program from June 2012.
    The aim of the collaboration is to expose undergraduate students to research methodologies.It's a nationwide-collaboration, where students from different cities collaborate to solve research problems http://gnowledge.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/cube. They have developed an online database of ideas and research findings http://www.metaStudio.org/cube/. Students work on model organisms viz. Earthworms, Daphnia, Drosophila, Zebra Fish.

 

Phase Dates Venue No. of Participants
CUBE- Diwali 2012 Workshop 5th to 17th November 2012 HBCSE, TIFR 5 students of VES Microbiology department along with students of 3 other colleges
CUBE Summer Phase II workshop 23rd May to 8th June 2014 Biotechnology department 28 students participated from VESASC College, Royal College, Kirti College
CUBE Summer Workshop 13th April 2015 to 22nd April 2015 HBCSE, TIFR 10 students of Biotechnology and Microbiology from our college