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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

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Dr. Mrs. Krutika Desai

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Dr.(Mrs.) Pooja Mehta

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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.