Ph.D. Microbiology

The Department have been collaborated with Ireland, Mexico, United Kingdom and Taiwan for research and student internship programmes. A MoU was established with ICMR center, Hyderabad. The Department has been implementing major research projects funded by DST, SERB, DBT, UGC, CISR and international collaborative projects with Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland and Mexico. The Department is a consortium partner in European Union funded H2020 initiative on MicrobiomeSupport. The department has been established with modern research facilities and equipment. The Department is promoting research in various specialization under the faculty research units include 1. Microbial Genomics and Microbiome Bioprospecting Research Unit: a research team is working on the exploration of microbiomes associated with marine sponges, corals, bat and human gut. Microbiomes. 2. Enzyme Technology Research Unit: The principal research interest is focused on microbial enzymes of industrial and ecological importance. 3. Cell Signalling Research Unit: This lab is focused on understanding the signaling mechanism during microbial infections and is also interested in understanding signaling pathways via the stem cell factor and cytokine receptors in hematopoietic cells. 4. Fungal Genetics and Mycotoxicology Research Unit: Fungal Genetics and Mycotoxicology Research Unit focusses on studies of gene organization and expression at the cellular and molecular levels in mycotoxigenic fungi. 5. Microbial Biocatalysis and Drug Discovery Research Unit: The research unit of Biocatalysis and Drug Discovery is aimed to biocatalysis and biotransform natural & synthetic compounds and pharmaceutical intermediates using microbial whole cell system or isolated enzymes. An INSPIRE faculty is working on Understanding the role of miRNA in malaria pathogenesis and developing new class of antimalarial agents for treating Plasmodium infection.

Focus Areas


of the program

Microbiome Biology, Microbial Bioprospecting

Host-pathogen interactions

Fungal Genetics and Mycotoxicology Enzyme Technology Microbial Biocatalysis and Drug Discovery

Malaria Parasite Biology

Who can prefer this Course


Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology / Biotechnology/ Botany/ Biochemistry/B.Sc., MLT/ Zoology/ or in any other branch of Life Sciences with a minimum of 55% of marks For admission to the Ph.D program, UGC/CSIR- NET qualified students are directly admitted to the program. Students can join the Ph.D. Program based on merit as per list prepared following the National Level Entrance Examination conducted by Pondicherry University and are entitled to receive the University Fellowship. Research Fellows selected in Research Projects who are desirous to register for Ph.D. have to appear for the Entrance Examination.

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