About the Department
The Department was started in the year 2009 and was housed under the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Life Sciences. The Department is committed to excellence in education, research and extension. The Department is being strengthened with various research units and periodical update / modernization of the curricula. The Department of Microbiology at the Pondicherry University, School of Life Sciences, brings together a variety of researchers as faculty of this programme who are specialized in their domains and united by the common goal of understanding the “Microbes”.The department has been offering M.Sc. and Ph.D. courses in Microbiology. As the microbial activities are so diverse, the microbiology programme is a multidisciplinary subject, which will have the roots of life science, environmental science, and engineering. Traditional microbiology is considered to be an important area of study in biology since it has enormous potential and vast scope in fermentation, bioremediation and biomedical technology. But the recent developments from human microbiome project, metagenomics and microbial genome projects have expanded its scope and potential in the next generation drug design, molecular pathogenesis, phylogeography, production of smart biomolecules, etc. Modern Microbiology has expanded its roots in genome technology, nanobiotechnology, green energy (biofuel) technology, bioelectronics, etc. Considering recent innovations and rapid growth of microbiological approaches and applications in human and environmental sustainability, the M.Sc. Microbiology curriculum is designed to enlighten the students in basics of Microbiology to recent developments.
Prof. Joseph SELVIN is a Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (FNAAS), Recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Award by ICAR (2003); Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist medal 2006; INSA-Prof. L.S.S. Kumar award 2006, INSA-Anil Kumar Bose award (2009), DST Young Scientist project (2004), UNESCO-TEMA grant and NPG award in ‘GRC on Marine Microbes’ (2006); DBT Young Investigator project (2008), ESCMID Grant in EUROBIOFILMS (2009); INSA- Anil Kumar Bose Memorial Medal, Indian National Science Academy – (2009); BOYACAST Fellow (2010), ICMR International Fellow (2018) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Academic Editor of PLOS One; Delivered Key note address in Asia-Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference (APMBC) 2017, University of Hawaii, USA. Course Director, National Workshop on ‘Biotechniques’, Malankara Catholic College on 22nd – 26th September 2003; Organizer, Indo-UK conference on Shrimp Aquaculture January 25-27, 2012, funded by Royal Society, UK, funded by Royal Society; Course Director, DBT sponsored short-term training course on Fermentation and Bioseparation Methods, January 2-17, 2015. Member of Task-force in Marine Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Department of Biotechnology (2012-2013); Member of Empowered task-force in Marine Natural Products, Department of Biotechnology-Ministry of Earth Sciences (2014-2016); Member of Task-force in Kerala State Council (Biotechnology task-force) 2016-2017; Member of Kerala Biotechnology Commission 2017-2018; Member of Gujarat Marine Biotechnology Board 2016-2018; Chairman (2010-2011), Board of Studies in Microbiology, Bharathidasan University; Chairman of Board of Studies in Microbiology, Pondicherry University; Principal Investigator of Indo-Mexico collaboration on shrimp disease management (2014-2018), Published 116 papers in international journals (h-index-40, i10-index-92, Cumulative impact factor 256.071), guided 13 Ph.Ds, mentor of 3 post-doctoral fellows, Principal Investigator of 14 research projects, Coordinator of a national marine microbiome project and a project partner of EU2020 Global Microbiology Support project.
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The Department has state-of-the-art laboratories with an excellent modern instrumentation facility for teaching and advanced research in Microbiology. The instrument facility includes- Laminar air flow, autoclave, microbial incubators, BOD incubator, High Speed Refrigerated Centrifuges, HPLC, Ultracentrifuge, PCR, CO2-incubators, microscopes, UVVis Spectrophotometers, water-purifier and -80°C. Further major equipment are available in the Central Instrumentation Facility.
Thrust Area of Teaching & Research
The faculty members are actively engaged in research and published papers in international impact journals. Various funded projects by UGC, DST-SERB, DBT, DST Indo-Ireland and CSIR are being implemented in Department of Microbiology. Based on the expertise of the faculty, the following thrust areas of research are being promoted in the Department of Microbiology: Metagenomics and Microbial Bioprospecting Fungal Genetics and Mycotoxicology Microbial Biocatalysis and Drug Discovery Enzyme Technology Host-Pathogen interaction
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