Microbiology

MICROBIOLOGY DEPARTMENT (Estd. 1979)

**The department is a proud 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*

 

The college has a well-developed PhD lab with high end instruments and has started enrolling students for Ph.D. in Microbiology from the academic year 2016-17.

List of Students enrolled for Ph. D. and M.Sc. by Research in Microbiology

Lab To Land Project

Mr. Alok Singh (MSc By Research student) working under the guidance of Prof. Mrs. Santhini S. Nair in the Microbiology Department on his research project ‘Development of a Novel Economic Pilot System for Bioremediation and Recycling of Canteen Greywater for Non Consumption Purposes’, hasset up a Greywater treatment system for treatment & reuse of their canteen wastewater at the Indian Women’s Scientific Association (IWSA) Campus, Vashi.

National Level Research Scholar Meet held on 18th January 2017 in collaboration with Konark Group

The B.Sc. program in the subject of Microbiology was introduced in the year 1979 when the College was established. The department has grown in stature and recognition and is renowned for the subject. M. Sc (by papers) in the subject was introduced in 2002 and M.Sc. by research was started in the year 2005. Under the directions of the College, the Microbiology department set up the Biotechnology department in the year 2003.

 

The intake numbers for U.G. and P. G. courses in Microbiology are as follows

Program

Year

Intake No. of students

U.G.

First Year (FYBSC)

45

Second Year (SYBSC)

40

Third Year (TYBSC)#

35

P.G. By Papers

First Year (MSc)

10*

Second Year (Msc)

10

P.G. By Research

MSc by Research and PhD

15

# At T. Y. B.Sc. we offer 6 units of Microbiology, with Biotechnology as the Applied Component subject.
* 7 university seats and 3 college seats

 

REVISED SYLLABI
F.Y.B.Sc. (Sem I & Sem II) Microbiology
S.Y.B.Sc. (Sem III & Sem IV) Microbiology
T.Y.B.Sc. (Sem V & Sem VI) Microbiology Main
T.Y.B.Sc. Microbiology, (SEm V & Sem VI)Applied Component Biotechnology

M.Sc. Microbiology Part I (Sem. I and Sem. II) 

M.Sc. Microbiology Part II (Sem. III and Sem. IV)

STAFF PROFILE

  • Principal (Dr.) Jayashree K. Phadnis: M.Sc., M.Phil. (Microbiology), P.G Diploma in Edu. Mgt., Ph.D. (Education)
    Email: jayashree.phadnis@ves.ac.in
    Areas of Interest: Biochemistry and its applications & Curriculum related studies.
    Research areas: Microbiology and Education Management.
    Recognitions:

    • Co-opted as Member of BOS in Microbiology, University of Mumbai (2005-2010)
    • Recognized teacher for M.Sc. (by papers) & M.Sc. (by research) in Microbiology at University of Mumbai.
      Publications and paper presentations
  • Dr Nagesh N. Malik: M.Sc., Ph.D., Associate Professor & Head of Department
    E-mail: nagesh.malik@ves.ac.in
    Areas of Interest: Immunology, Medical Microbiology & Biotechnology
    Research Areas: Applied Microbiology, Biotechnology, Medical Microbiology
    Recognitions:

    • Recognized Guide for M. Sc. (by Papers), M. Sc. (by Research) & Ph.D. in Microbiology
    • Co-opted as Member of BOS (Microbiology), University of Mumbai (2011-2015)
    • Nomninated member of the BOS in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, D Y Patil University, Navi Mumbai (2017-2020)
    • Associated with HomiBhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE, TIFR) since 1991 in connection with Science Olympiads
    • Has guided 35 M.Sc. by papers student’s dissertations and 2 M.Sc. by research students.At present guiding 2 M.Sc. by research and 5 Ph.D. students and 4 students are awaiting their registration.
    • Visiting Lecturer for M.Sc. in Biochemistry at University of Mumbai and VES College of Pharmacy
    • Recipient of Major Research Project grant from UGC and Minor Research Project grant from University of Mumbai, twice.
    • Has published 17 Research papers in National and International Journals.
    • Has published one patent entitled” Stable squash preparation and method for preparation thereof”.
    • His Ph.D. Research project was on “Production of SCO by marine occurring Yeast”

               Paper publications and paper presentations

  • Ms. Santhini S. Nair (on FIP): M.Sc., Associate Professor
    Email: santhini.nair@ves.ac.in
    Areas of Interest: Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Industrial Microbiology, Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Technology
    Research areas: Medical Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology,Bionanotechnology
    Recognitions:

    • Recognized Teacher for M.Sc.(by papers) & M.Sc. (by Research ) in Microbiology at University of Mumbai
    • Recipient of Minor Research Project grant from University of Mumbai, (2009) and (2012)
    • Adhoc Member of BOS (Microbiology), SNDT University of Mumbai (2015-16)
    • Has guided 27 M.Sc. (by papers) students’ Dissertations and at present guiding 1 M.Sc. (by Research ) student
    • Visiting Faculty in Microbiology at Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences(CBS), Kalina in 2014
    • Published 03 Research papers in National and International Journals
    • Pursuing Doctorate degree on the topic “Development of Entrapped Silver Nanoparticle Antibacterial Sanitizer and Its Efficacy Testing for swimming pool water treatment under the guidance of Dr. (Mrs.) P. D. Anthappan,Bhavan’s College, Andheri.
      Research Projects, Paper Presentations & Publications
  • Ms. Dona J. Joseph: M.Sc.,SET qualified,Assistant Professor
    Email:
     dona.joseph@ves.ac.in
    Teaching experience: 18 years
    Areas of Interest: Genetics, Virology and Environmental Microbiology
    Research areas: Environmental Microbiology
    Recognitions and activities:

    • Recognized teacher for M. Sc.(by papers) in Microbiology at University of Mumbai.
    • Recipient of Minor Research Project fund from University of Mumbai (2011)
    • Pursuing a Ph.D. on the topic “Characterization of plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) from mangroves in Navi Mumbai for their potential application in mangrove re-forestation” under the guidance of Dr. D.B.Thakare at K.B.P. College, Vashi
    • Has guided 13 dissertation projects of M.Sc. (by papers) students
    • Established a collaboration with HBCSE through Dr. Arunan and introduced its CUBE (Collaborative Undergraduate Biology Education) program to the department in 2012
    • Worked with a team of under-graduate students on a research project titled “Screening of bacteria for plant growth promoting activities” which was presented at various intercollegiate research events including Avishkar. The work has been published as a research paper with the names of the under-graduate students included as co-authors
    • Experiment with creative methods of teaching such as skits, group activities and peerlearning. Has beenfelicitated by VESLARC for the same
    • Has written and directed several subject based skits that have consistently won prizes at inter-collegiate events. Conceptualized and edited a departmental Biology magazine called “in vivo” involving the Microbiology and Biotechnology students.
    • Actively involved in the literary activities of the college, including editing of the college magazine and organizing literary events
      Research Projects, Paper Presentations & Publications
  • Mr. Malay D. Shah: M. Sc.,NET qualified, Assistant Professor
    Email:malay.shah@ves.ac.in
    Area of Interest: Industrial Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Immunology
    Research areas: Environmental Microbiology
    Recognitions and activities: 

    • Recognized teacher for M. Sc.(by papers) in Microbiology at University of Mumbai.
    • Recipient of Minor Research project grant from U.G.C. (2014-16) and Minor Research Project grant from University of Mumbai (2011)
    • Pursuing Doctorate degree on the topic “Characterization of Keratinolytic bacteria and their application in feather waste management” under the guidance of Dr. R. B. Vaidya, Institute of Science, Mumbai.
    • Sports in-charge of the college since 2010
      Research Projects, Paper Presentations & Publication
  • Ms. Shweta A. Patil: M. Sc., SET qualified, Assistant Professor
    Email: shweta.patil@ves.ac.in
    Areas of interest: Molecular Biology, Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Biochemistry
    Research areas: Environmental Microbiology
    Recognitions: 

    • Recognized teacher for M. Sc.(by papers) in Microbiology at University of Mumbai.
    • Recipient of Minor Research Project grant from UGC (2015-16) titled Studies on Microbial Pigments Optimisation and Characterisation
    • Recipient of Minor Research Project grant from University of Mumbai (as co-investigator 2014 -15) titled Water Quality assessment of Kandarpada  talao, Dahisar with respect to the effect of religious rituals and sewage pollution.
    • Recipient of Minor Research Project grant from University of Mumbai (2013- 14) titled Isolation and optimization of parameters for fungal pigment producer.
    • Pursuing a Ph.D. on the topic “Microbial pigments- Characterisation and applications” under the guidance of Dr. D.B.Thakre at K.B.P. College, Vashi
    • Other interest: An extension teacher coordinator in collaboration with the Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension (LLLE), University of Mumbai since 2013-14.
      Research Projects, Paper Presentations & Publications
  • Mr. Suman P. Ganger: M. Sc.,SET qualified, Assistant Professor
    Email: suman.ganger@ves.ac.in
    Areas of interest: Biotechnology and Fermentation technology
    Research areas: Environmental Microbiology and Biophysics (Space Biology)
    Publications
  • Ms. Amrin N. Gaonkar (Substitute Teacher under FIP) M.Sc., NET qualified
    Email:amrin.gaonkar@ves.ac.in
    Areas of interest: Microbial Genetics and Immunology
    Research areas: Enzymology and Environmental Microbiology

 Salient Features:

  • 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 Bio-informatics.
  • 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 lectures 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 visits 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 Microbiolympiad

  • 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 equipments, 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…
  • Departmental library
    The department has a regularly updated library with more than 250 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
  • 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 at intercollegiate events –                                                     Some of the M.Sc. Dissertations of our post graduate students
  • 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
  • Alumni
    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:
    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 MilegaDobara’. In 2014-15 they won the third prize for the street play on female foeticide titled ‘Ekkadamparivartankeaur’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-teachingstaff 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 centres
  • 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, additional Lab 28 students participated from VESASC College, Royal College, Kirti College
CUBE Christmas Workshop 26th December 2014 to 7th January 2014 Biotechnology department, additional Lab 26 students of Biotechnology and microbiology from our college
CUBE Summer Workshop 13th April 2015 to 22nd April 2015 HBCSE, TIFR 10 students of Biotechnology and microbiology from our college