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Prof.Rani Gupta

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Microbiology is the study of very small living organisms or microorganisms namely viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Microorganisms are present everywhere – in soil, water, air, atmosphere and in the bodies of all plants and animals.  The number of microbes preset in the human body is almost ten times the number of the cells of the human body. Microorganisms thrive in inhospitable sites where no other forms of life possibly exist like thermal vents, permafrost and deep inside the sub surface soil. The activities of the microbes are so important that, without them, it would be difficult to imagine the existence of any other form of life on earth. However microbes are also known to cause some of the deadliest diseases of plants, animals and human beings.

In the last two decades or so, Microbiology has become an extremely exciting and happening discipline encompassing – Industrial, Medical, Molecular, Environmental, Agricultural and Food Microbiology. Microbes are being studied extensively for the production of a variety of enzymes including the recombinant enzymes and biomolecules like bioethanol and biobutanol. Whole genomes of viruses, bacteria and fungi are being sequenced at a rapid pace. This information would be useful for the development of molecular and POC diagnostics, and the newer vaccines for infectious diseases.  The emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and the scary situation of antibiotic resistance and MDR in infectious agents are almost staring us in the face and need solution.

The Department of Microbiology at University of Delhi South Campus has developed a very robust post-graduate teaching programme and state-of-art facilities for undertaking research in different areas of microbiology. The young and enthusiastic students joining the portals of Microbiology will have an ample scope and opportunities to learn and to prove their mettle in this highly interdisciplinary subject, making an extremely exciting career in the process.  

anuary 23, 2016
The Department organized a One-day Seminar on ‘Microbial Pathogenesis’ under the aegis of the Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of UGC sanctioned to the Department for a period of five years (2012-17). The seminar was held on Jan 23, 2017. Eminent experts – Prof. Umesh Varshney (Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru), Prof. Suman Dhar (JNU, New Delhi), Dr. Anirban Basu (National Brain Research Centre, Haryana) and Dr. S. Alavandi (ICAR-Central Institute of Brackish water Aquaculture, Chennai) delivered invited talks on emerging area of microbial pathogenesis.

December 5, 2016

Prof J.S.Virdi was awarded the Invitrogen Best Mentor Award 2017. The results were announced in the American Soc. for Cell Biology, San Francisco (USA) on Dec 2016.

University of Delhi South Campus AMR Research Group, from the Departments of Microbiology & Biophysics has been awarded the Discovery Award by Nesta (UK).
The team is to develop a rapid test (Point of Care/POC) for detection of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.



  • MSc Class Time Table for Jul-Nov 2016: here

  • Contact details of Anti-Ragging committee of Department: here

  • 2016: For admission to PhD program, download detailed advertisement here & syllabus for entrance test here. For registration please visit PhD admission portal.

  • Staring from 2016, the admission for MSc (Microbiology) program will be based on merit and entrance test. Download Bulletin here & syllabus for entrance test here. For further details, please visit admission portal.

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  • H.Pylori linked to Hepatitis B progresssion: CIMS.

  • Advisory issued by Ministry of Ayush regarding how to ptotect yourself from Dengue: Ministry, Ayurveda Homeopathy, Unani, Siddha, Yoga & Naturopathy, Cotact info.

  • Alumni Visit Department: Dr.Itender Singh who earned his Ph.D. Degree from the Department in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. J.S.Virdi visited the Department on July 9, 2016. He is currently serving as a permanent faculty as Assistant Professor at Washington University at St. Louis and working on Blood Brain Barrier & it role in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer and Dementia. He earlier served as Research Assistant Professor at Rochester Medical Centre. He interacted with all faculty members in the Department and appreciated the new developments and the progress made by the Department. The alma mater wishes him all the best in his academic endeavours. Pic 1, Pic 2 

  • AMR group lead by Prof.J.S.Virdi wins DBT-BIRAC-NESTA_Idea-Thon AMR Award for developing a Rapid test for dection of AMR. Pic 1, Pic 2 , Pic 3

  • No theat to Polio free status of India: WHO: Times of India

  • First cancer-killing virus finally approved by FDA for use in humans: Nature



Our History

Department of Microbiology was established more than thirty years ago in 1984 along with several other departments including Departments of Electronics, Genetics, Biochemistry and Plant & Molecular Biology. Initially, these departments started functioning in the main campus of the University with a Professor acting as a coordinator for each of them. Department of Microbiology started with Prof.H.S.Randhawa from Patel Chest Institute as Coordinator and Dr.R.K.Saxena from Kirori Mal College was associated with him for initiation of the teaching program in Microbiology. Thus, the postgraduate (MSc) program in Microbiology started with a yearly intake of five students at Patel chest institute of University of Delhi.  

The first appointment in the Department was made in March 1985 wherein Dr.R.K.Saxena joined as Reader, the first regular teaching faculty of the Department.  In 1986, the Department of Microbiology along with some of other Departments were shifted to South Campus of the University. Initially, all these departments were housed in a common building which at present houses the departments related to arts and social sciences and now known as ‘Arts faculty building’. Four additional faculty members joined the department in 1988 including Dr.T.Satyanrayana as Reader, and Dr.Rani Gupta, Dr.R.C.Kuhad, Dr.J.S.Virdi as Lecturer. In same year the Faculty of ‘Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences’ was established in South Campus of University and the Department of Microbiology was affiliated with this new faculty. In same year, the University started undergraduate program BSc(H) in Microbiology in three colleges of University: Swami Shradhanand College, Gargi College, Ram Lal Anand College. The program was later extended to two more colleges: Bhaskaracharya College, and Institute of Home Economics. Each college has an intake of 30 students every year, with a total student strength of 90 for all three years combined.

By 1988, the department had attained a sizable strength in terms of infrastructure, academic expertise. In same year, department started registration of students for PhD program. The first student who completed PhD from department was Dr.Sunita Agarwal nee Bansal who at present teaches in Institute of Home Economics. In addition to the PhD program, the MPhil program in Biotechnology in collaboration with other Departments of Faculty of Interdisciplinary Sciences was also initiated.

Department is now well established with state of the art facilities in different research areas of Microbiology with seven faculty members and has published more than 600 research papers. In addition, more than 100 students have completed their doctoral research training in the Department. The Department also participates in SAP and FIST programs and individual faculty members have several national and international collaborations with Universities and industries.

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