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Department of Microbiology
Department of Microbiology
  • Introduction
  • Staff Members
  • Departmental Activities
  • Students Achievements
  • Staff Achievements
  • Career Options
Shri Vile Parle Kelvani Mandal’s Mithibai College of Arts, Chauhan Institute of Science and A. J.  College of Commerce and Economics was established in 1961.  The Department of Microbiology was founded in 1979 and was headed by Prof. Mrs. V. C. Sharma.  

The department admits students at the F.Y.B.Sc. after the H.S.C. or equivalent examinations.  The subject of Microbiology is taught only at the Degree level.  The post graduate department was started in the year 1988.
 
Presently, there are seven teachers actively participating in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. The department is actively involved in research. In the year 1997 the University of Mumbai recognized the Department of Microbiology as a centre for post-graduate research in Microbiology. The progress of the department continued every year and currently it is one of the few departments affiliated to the University of Mumbai which are recognized for the Doctoral programme in Microbiology.  The University of Mumbai recognized the department as a centre for Ph. D ( Doctoral Programme) degree in Microbiology in the year 2002.

The Department has a library for   students. This library has the requisite text books as well as the reference books needed as per the prescribed syllabi.

The departmental staff is involved in admission procedure, administrative activities, cultural, extra curricular or co-curricular activities. The Department of Microbiology regularly conducts exhibitions based on various significant and relevant themes.

The teaching staff of the Department of Microbiology has been involved in the framing of Syllabi at both under-graduate and post-graduate level.  Not only does the Department conduct workshops related to curriculum development but the staff are also invited as resource persons at similar workshops.
  • Geeta NarayanDr. Geeta NarayanAssociate Professor
    Head of Department
  • Dr. Mrs. Krutika   DesaiDr. Mrs. Krutika DesaiAssociate Professor
  • 1Ms.Selina ShahAssociate Professor
  • Dr. Mrs Sambhare Mrunalini VidyutDr. Mrs Sambhare
    Mrunalini Vidyut
    Assistant Professor
  • 1Dr. Pooja MehtaAssistant Professor
  • Geeta NarayanDr. Geeta NarayanAssociate Professor
    Head of Department
  • Dr. Mrs. Krutika   DesaiDr. Mrs. Krutika DesaiAssociate Professor
  • 1Ms.Selina ShahAssociate Professor
  • Dr. Mrs Sambhare Mrunalini VidyutDr. Mrs Sambhare
    Mrunalini Vidyut
    Assistant Professor
  • 1Dr. Pooja MehtaAssistant Professor
Student Activities
Outreach activity
An exhibition, “The Unseen Fascination: The World of Microbes”, was held on 5th January, 2018. 170 students of standards 9 and 10 from several schools in the vicinity participated in the activity.

Guest lectures
1.By Dr. Aparna Khanna, Dean, Sunandan Divatia School of Science, on “Stem Cells”on 6th January, 2018. 115 students of undergraduate and postgraduate classes attended the same.
2.By Dr. Narendra Chirmule, Senior Vice President, Head of Research and Development, Biocon, India on ‘NEW AND CHANGING TRENDS   IN BIOTECHNOLOGY’ held on 9th February, 2018. 110 students of undergraduate classes attended the same
3.By Ms. Anuradha Maheshwari, Founding Partner, LEX MANTIS, on “Intellectual Property Studies” held on 7th August, 2018 for 30 students of the T.Y.B.Sc. class.
4.By Dr. Roshni Thakker, University of Tennessee Medical Centre, Knoxville,TN USA on “Neurobiology” held on 21st August, 2018 for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Microbiology. Almost 90 students attended the talk.

Workshops
By Dr. Narendra Chirmule, Senior Vice President, Head of Research and Development, Biocon, India on the Process for the Development of New Molecules held on 9th February, 2018.

Faculty Activities
A faculty development workshop on ‘Active and Engaged Learning’ by Ms. Manjeet Sahmbey, Faculty, Hansraj Jivandas College of Education was held on 28th August, 2018. 30 faculty members from the Science faculty participated in the workshop.
  • Three teams of students from each class of Microbiology ( FY, SY and TY ) participated in 16th State Level Microbiolympiad, a Quiz competition. 
  • Ms. Mrumayee Saraff, Ms. Pankti Navadiya and Ms. Priyal Desai of S.Y.B.Sc won the third prize.

No

Name of the student

Class

Event

Award

1

Dhwani Shah

T.Y.BSc.

T.Y.BSc. Results

First rank with 90% marks

2

Jani Manthan

F.Y.BSc.

Microbes-16

Ruia College

First Prize for poster

3

Khedekar Tanishka

F.Y.BSc.

Microbes-16

Ruia College

First Prize for poster

4

Karunakaran Jainisha

F.Y.BSc.

Microbes-16

Ruia College

First Prize for poster

5

Gupta Savita

T.Y.Bsc.

Microbiolympiad, 2016 ( State level)

Third Prize

6

Joshi Shivangi

T.Y.Bsc.

Microbiolympiad

( State level)

Third Prize

7

Mishra Ruchi

T.Y.Bsc.

Microbiolympiad

( State level)

Third Prize

8

Saraf Mrunmayee

F.Y.BSc.

Microbiolympiad

State level)

Third Prize

9

Shah Nainisha

F.Y.BSc.

Microbiolympiad

( State level)

Third Prize

10

Patel Ferin

F.Y.BSc.

Microbiolympiad

( State level)

Third Prize

11

Siddiqui Iram

M.Sc.

Konark Research meet, 2016

Consolation prize

(Poster)

12

Valia  Sidhhi

M.Sc.

Konark Research meet, 2016

Second Prize

(Poster)

13

Jani Manthan

F.Y.BSc.

Konark Research meet

First Prize (Poster)

14

Khedekar Tanishka

F.Y.BSc.

Konark Research meet

First Prize (Poster)

15

Karunakaran Jainisha

F.Y.BSc.

Konark Research meet

First Prize (Poster)

16

Malukar Darshini

F.Y.BSc.

Konark Research meet

First Prize (Poster)

17

Shetty Sangeeta

Ph.D.

3rd International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, 2016

Pune.

First Prize (Poster)

18

Sureka Ritweek and

Joshi Shivangi

T.Y.BSc.

Published a paper in IOSR J. of Env. Sci., Toxicology and Food Tech. 10 (4), April, 2016

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Dr.Geeta Narayan

  • Participated in regional workshop on ‘Research Methodology’ organized by Joint Director, Higher Education and Secondary Training College in May, 2013. 
  • November, 2013- Kothari N. and Geeta N. presented a paper on ‘Evaluation of anti-cariogenic activity of extracts of barks of Acacia arabica and Salvadora persica’ at the International Conference ‘Biotechnology for a Better Tomorrow’ at Mauritius organized by Microbiologist Society, India, Barathi Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, India, Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Osmamabad, India, Aadicon Biotechnologies Ltd, Mauritius & Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Mauritius.

Dr. Mrs. Krutika Desai

Paper presentation at conferences

  • Presented paper ‘Thermostable, Organic Solvent Tolerant Lipase From Staphylococcus Warneri: Its Purification, Characterization and Application in Detergent Industry  at 56th Annual Conference of Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI-2015) & International Symposium on “Emerging Discoveries in Microbiology” December 7-10, 2015 JNU, New Delhi.
  • Presented paper ‘Oral paper presentation-Effect of C-Phycocyanin containing protein extract on human matrix metalloproteinases at International conference on Innovative Approaches in Applied Science and Technologies  during 1st-5th Feb, 2016 at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand 

    Publications
    • Viraj Gala1, Nithya John1 And Krutika Desai(2013) Evaluation Of The Potential Of Five Medicinal Plants To Inhibit Acyl Homoserine Lactone Based Quorum Sensing In PseudomonasAeruginosa And Acinetobacter Baumannii in Int J Pharm Bio Sci 2013 Apr; 4(2): (B) 445 – 453 ISSN : 0975-6299
    • Sonam Malhotra,, Neetu Jha & Krutika  Desai (2014) A Superficial Synthesis Of Selenium Nanospheres Using Wet Chemical Approach in International Journal of Nanotechnology and Application (UNA) Vol. 3, Issue 4, Apr 2014, 7-14 ISSN(ONLINE): 2277-4777; ISSN(PRINT): 2278-9391
    • Sagar Chhabria & Krutika Desai (2014) Sulphur metabolism in Garlic: Integrating complexity of  Flavour Precursors in HelixVol. 3:541- 545  ISSN 2319 – 5592
    • Viraj Gala & Krutika Desai (2014)Plant Based Quorum Sensing Inhibitors Of  Pseudomonas Aeruginosa in International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences(2014) Vol 6, Issue 8
    • Viraj Yele & Krutika Desai (2015)A New Thermostable and Organic Solvent-Tolerant Lipase from Staphylococcus warneri; Optimization of Media and Production Conditions Using Statistical Methods in  Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology Part A: Enzyme Engineering and Biotechnology Vol-175(2)
    • Sonam Malhotra, M. N. Welling, S. B. Mantri, Krutika Desai(2015) In vitro and in vivo antioxidant, cytotoxic, and anti-chronic inflammatory arthritic effect of selenium nanoparticles J Biomed Mater Res Part B 2015:00B:000–000 DOI: 10.1002/jbm.b.33448 Print ISSN: 1552-4973
    • Sindhwad Pratik1 And Desai Krutika (2015)Media Optimization, Isolation And Purification Of L-Asparaginase From Marine Isolate in Asian Pac. J. Health Sci., 2015; 2(3):72-82 e-ISSN: 2349-0659, p-ISSN: 2350-0964
    • Sagar V. Chhabria, Mohammad A. Akbarsha, Albert P. Li , Prashant S Kharkar, Krutika B. Desai.(2015)In situ allicin generation using targeted alliinase delivery for inhibition of MIA PaCa-2 cells via epigenetic changes, oxidative stress and cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor (CDKI) expression. In Apoptosis  DOI 10.1007/s10495-015-1159-4 ISSN 1360-8185

Dr.(Mrs.) Pooja Mehta

Publications

  • Shah PG, Shah SR, Kamat SD, Kamat DV. (2016). Characterization Of Carbapenem Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Isolated in a Tertiary Care Hospital: Epidemiology And Treatment Outcome. Int J of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 8(7):277-281.
  • Shah PG, Shah SR. (2015). Treatment and Outcome of Carbapenem-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacilli Blood-Stream Infections in a Tertiary Care Hospital. J of The Assoc of Physicians of India 63:14-18.
  • Shah PG, Shah SR, Kamat SD, Kamat DV. (2015). Epidemiology, Clinical characteristics and Outcomes of Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Infection in a Tertiary Care Hospital. Int J of Innovative Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research 3(4):267-77.
  • Shah PG, B A, Shah SR, Kamat SD, Kamat DV. (2015). Comparative evaluation of an in-house and commercially available medium for detecting carbapenem resistant Gram negative bacilli in surveillance rectal swab and identification of predisposing risk factors for colonization. Int J of Pharma and Bio Sciences 6(2):1387-91.
  • Shah PG, Shah SR, Kamat SD, Kamat DV. (2014). Colistin-carbapenem combination therapy against carbapenem resistant Gram negative bacilli infections: clinical and an in-vitro synergy study. Int J of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 6(10):497-500

    Paper presented at conferences
  • Shah P, Shah S, Kamat S D, Kamat D V. Characterization of Carbapenem Resistant Gram Negative Bacilli Isolated in a Tertiary Care Hospital: Epidemiology and Treatment Outcome. Oral presentation at MAHAMICROCON 2013 (XIXth Maharashtra Chapter conference of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologist) at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India on 5th -6th October 2013 (Secured 1st prize).
  • Shah P, Shah S, Kamat SD, Kamat DV. Colistin monotherapy v/s combination therapy: A clinical and microbiological study. Poster presentation at National symposium on Multidisciplinary Research in Biomedical and Applied Sciences at School of Science, NMIMS, Vile Parle, Mumbai, India on 11th -12th November 2013.
  • Shah P, Shah SR. Prevalence of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae in a Tertiary Care Hospital, Mumbai. Poster presentation at HISICON 2013 (XIIth National conference on Prevention and Control of Health care Associated Infections), Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India on 8th -9th February 2013

Microbes matter because they affect every aspect of our lives - in us, on us and around us. Microbiology is a cutting edge science that helps lay down the foundations of many other developing areas of biology, such as
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Molecular biology
  • Biotechnology 
  • Immunology
  • Synthetic biology

Microbiology-related careers are, therefore, found in a diverse range of employment sectors. The need for qualified microbiologists continues to grow, both for basic research and practical applications. The career opportunities to choose from as a microbiologist are wide-ranging both in their reach and their impact. Employers value the scientific, analytical and problem-solving skills developed by microbiology graduates.

A microbiologist can fit into any field including-
  • Biopharmaceuticals- in research and development as well as in quality assurance/ quality control
  • Diagnostics  - Health Care
  • Food and beverage manufacturing  
  • Textiles and leather production
  • Environmental monitoring and in effluent treatment plants 
  • Agriculture and crop health

Many microbiologists also diversify into fields such as biotechnology management, hospital management, intellectual property management, and scientific writing. Besides this, one can pursue higher studies such as a PhD programme or post-doctoral studies.