Department Department of Microbiology
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Dr. Reena Desai

Designation: Incharge Principal & Head of Dept.
Qualification: M.Sc. (Bioscience), M.Phil. (Micro.), Ph.D. (Micro.), P.G.D.M.LT.
Experience: 19 years

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Dr. Hetal Panchal

Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M.Sc. (Bioscience), Ph.D. (Micro.)
Experience: 17 years

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Dr. Krishpa Shah

Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M.Sc. (Bioscience), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Micro.)
Experience: 16 years

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Dr. Riddhima Khatri

Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M.Sc. (Micro.), P.G.D.M.L.T., Ph.D. (Micro.))
Experience: 8 years

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Mrs. Nisha Shah

Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M.Sc., M. Phil. (Micro)
Experience: 8 years

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Dr. Shruti Singh

Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M.Sc. Ph.D. (Micro.), P.G.D.M.L.T.
Experience: 5 years

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Ms. Bhavika Tandel

Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M.Sc. (Micro.),CSIR-(JRF)NET
Experience: 2 years

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Dr. Dhaval Vyas

Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M.Sc., Ph.D. (Botany)
Experience: 8 years

ABOUT MICROBIOLOGY

Microbiology is the study of microscopically-small living organisms such as bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, prions, protozoa and algae. Microbes are impossible to observe with the naked eye, they constitute up 60% of all living matter on Earth. They have huge impact on other living organisms. Microbiology is a vast and multidisciplinary field which overlaps with other life sciences such as genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and even engineering. It aims to gain and expand fundamental understanding of microorganisms by studying their morphology, metabolism, physiology, reproduction and genetics, while others investigate their interactions with other organisms and role in ecology. 

 

WHY IS MICROBIOLOGY IMPORTANT?

Activities and interactions of different microbes are vitally important to all processes on Earth and playing key roles in nutrient cycling, biodegradation, climate change, food spoilage, as well as the cause and control of disease. 

Microbiology research has been a key to address many of the historical and current global challenges, such as maintaining food, water and energy security for a healthy population on a habitable earth. Fundamental microbial knowledge has led to the development numerous medical, veterinary, industrial, environmental and other biotechnology applications that benefit mankind. 

By applying microbes in a range of controlled settings, microbiologists can harness their power for beneficial use in areas as diverse as healthcare, food production and agriculture. 

The 
Microbiology Society sum up the importance of the field:

“Microbiology research has been and continues to be, central to meeting many of the current global aspirations and challenges, such as maintaining food, water and energy security for a healthy population on a habitable earth. Microbiology research will also help to answer big questions such as 'how diverse is life on Earth?', and 'does life exist elsewhere in the Universe'?”

The essential ongoing work of microbiologists includes making agriculture more sustainable, cleaning up pollution, manufacturing biofuels, and processing food and drink. With the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and global pandemics on the rise, microbiologists are also helping to produce the vital life-saving drugs that many people around the world rely on for survival.

 

AREAS OF MICROBIOLOGY

Agricultural microbiology – try to combat plant diseases that attack important food crops, work on methods to increase soil fertility and crop yields etc. Currently there is a great interest in using bacterial or viral insect pathogens as substitute for chemical pesticides.

Microbial ecology – biogeochemical cycles – bioremediation to reduce pollution effects

Food and dairy microbiology – try to prevent microbial spoilage of food and transmission of food borne diseases such as botulism and salmonellosis. Use microorganisms to make foods such as cheese, yogurt, pickles and beers.

Industrial microbiology – used to make products such as antibiotics, vaccines, steroids, alcohols and other solvents, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes.

Microbial physiology and Biochemistry – study the synthesis of antibiotics and toxins, microbial energy production, microbial nitrogen fixation, effects of chemical and physical agents on microbial growth and survival etc.

Microbial genetics and Molecular biology – nature of genetic information and how it regulated the development and function of cells and organisms. Development of new microbial strains that are more efficient in synthesizing useful products.

Genetic engineering – arisen from work of microbial genetics and molecular biology. Engineered microorganisms are used to make hormones, antibiotics, vaccines and other products. New genes can be inserted into plants and animals.

 

 Eligibility Criteria for B. Sc. Microbiology Course: 

12th H.S.C. passed with Science (Group AB or B) from Gujarat Board / Any recognized Board.

Eligibility Criteria for M. Sc. Microbiology Course: 

Passed graduation in B.Sc. Microbiology/Medical Technology/Biotechnology.

 

After B.Sc./M.Sc. Microbiology

Job Profiles:

·         Research Assistant

·         Food, Industrial or Environmental Microbiologists

·         Quality Assurance Technologists

·         Sales or Technical Representative

·         Clinical and Veterinary Microbiologists

·         Medical Technologists

·         Biomedical Scientist

·         Clinical Research Associate

·         Microbiologist

·         Pharmacologist

·         Food Technologist

·         Scientific Laboratory Technician

·         Physician Associate

·         Research Scientist (life sciences)

Employment Areas:

·         Pharmaceutical Industries

·         Universities

·         Laboratories

·         Private Hospitals

·         Research Organizations

·         Environmental Agencies

·         Food Industry

·         Beverage Industry

·         Chemical Industries

·         Agriculture Department

 

 

 

B.Sc. Microbiology

Subjects offered in B. Sc. Microbiology
(3 years bachelor degree programme)

 

Semester

Core

Subject with Title

Paper No.

I

 

Language through Literature (English)

 

 

Environmental Studies

 

I

History & Scope of Microbiology

MB 101

Fundamentals Of Microscopy

MB 102

Practicals

MBP 103

II

Botany: Plant diversity

BOT - 101

Botany: Plant diversity, Nursery management and utilization

BOT - 102

Botany practicals

BOT - 103

III

Zoology: Systematics and Animal diversity

Z - 101

Zoology Practicals

Z- 101

Zoology: Cytogenetic ecology and ethology

Z - 102

Zoology Practicals

Z - 102

OR

 

Chemistry - I

 

Chemistry - II

 

Chemistry Practicals

 

II

 

Language through Literature (English)

 

 

Environmental Studies

 

I

Procaryotic and Archaeal cell structure

MB 201

Nutrition and bacterial growth

MB 202

Practicals

MBP 203

II

Botany:  Plant physiology, plant ecology, plant anatomy, medicinal plants and plant pathology

BOT - 201

Botany:  plant diversity and weed management

BOT - 202

Botany Practicals

BOT - 203

III

Zoology: Comparative anatomy of Chordates, Applied zoology, wild life biology

Z - 201

Zoology Practicals

Z - 201

Zoology: Life processes, biochemistry, immunology and tissue system

Z - 202

Zoology Practicals

Z - 202

OR

 

Chemistry - I

 

Chemistry - II

 

Chemistry Practicals

 

III

 

Written and Spoken Communication (English)

 

 

Nutrition and Dietetics

 

I

Principles of bacterial systematics

MB 301

Control of microorganisms in the environment

MB 302

Virology

MB 303

Practicals

MBP - 304

II

Plant physiology and plant ecology

301

Plant anatomy, plant embryology and genetics

302

Diversity of gymnosperms and angiosperms

303

Practicals

304

IV

 

Written and Spoken Communication (English)

 

 

Biodiversity

 

I

Biological molecules

MB 401

Mycology, phycology and protozoology

MB 402

Microbial Ecosystem

MB 403

Practicals

MBP - 404

II

Lower cryptogams

401

Higher cryptogams

402

Plant geography, economic botany, seed plants and plant pathology

403

Practicals

404

V

 

Language Through Literature (English)

 

 

Hazards and Precautions in Microbiology Laboratory

IDS

I

Principles of Bacterial Genetics

MB 501

Basics of Imuunology

MB 502

Microbial Metabolism

MB 503

Applied Environmental Microbiology

MB 504

Food and Dairy Microbiology

MB 505

Hematology and Blood Banking

MB 506

Practical

MBP - 507

VI

 

Language Through Literature (English)

 

 

Biosafety in Microbiology Laboratory

IDS

II

Genetic Engineering

MB 601

Epidemiology and Medical Microbiology

MB 602

Industrial Microbiology

MB 603

Diagnostic Microbiology

MB 604

Microbial Products

MB 605

Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics

MB 605

Practicals

MBP - 607

 

 

 

M.Sc. Microbiology

Subjects offered in M.Sc. Microbiology (2 years Master degree programme)

SEMESTER

Paper Title

Paper Number

I

Core Paper -I (CC-1): Microbial diversity

MB - 1001

Core Paper - II (CC-2): Molecular biology and genetic engineering

MB - 1002

Core Paper - III (CE-1): Environmental microbiology and biofuels

MB - 1003

Inter / multidisciplinary (AECC) 4:

Elective Paper –1 Biophysical techniques and instrumentation

OR

Elective Paper –2 Cell chemistry and molecular interactions

MB - 1004

Practicals

MBP - 1005

Skill Based elective paper / Swayam/ other MOOC courses

GE-1 Biosecurity and Biosafety in Public Health Laboratories

MB - 1006

III

Fermentation technology

MB - 3001

Microbial products

MB - 3002

Bio-chemical engineering

MB - 3003

Pharmaceutical microbiology

MB - 3004

Practicals

MBP - 3005

IV

Seminar presentation

MB - 4001

Dissertation

MB - 4002

 

B.Sc. Microbiology

 

All theory Papers

EXTERNAL MARKS

INTERNAL MARKS

50

20

Practical (Sem1/2)

40

20

Practical (Sem3/4)

60

30

Practical (Sem5/6)

120

60

 

M.Sc. Microbiology

 

All theory Papers (Sem 1/2/3)

EXTERNAL MARKS

INTERNAL MARKS

70

30

Practical (Sem 1/2/3)

140

60

Seminar(Sem 4)

70

30

Dissertation (Sem 4)

350

150

 

B. Sc. MICROBIOLOGY

SEM - I = RS. 15755

SEM- II = RS. 15185

 

M. Sc. MICROBIOLOGY

SEM - I = RS. 40355

SEM- II = RS. 39805

 

Note:-

Fees are subject to change as per Veer Narmad South Gujarat University norms coming into force from time to time