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Oct 29, 2019
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Students, staff and teachers of the Department celebrated Diwali including rangoli decorations. The pictures gallery is here.

Oct 5, 2019
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The Teachers day was celebrated in Department on 05-Sep-2019 and Microbiology day on 26-Sep-2019. The details of celebrations and pictures are here and here.

Sep 14, 2019
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The puzzle for Sep 2019 was created by Babbal and Shilpa Mohanty (both PhD Students). The competition was held on 13-Sep-2019 and the winners are- First: Aparajita, and Second: Nupur and Tanu. More details here.

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Overview of research focus of the Department

Faculty members who are eligible to guide Ph.D. students as supervisors are:

Prof. Rani Gupta
Prof. J.S.Virdi
Prof. R.C. Kuhad
Prof. Swati Saha
Dr.Yogender Pal Khasa
Dr.Rajeev Kaul

 

The Department has focus on two broad areas of research: 'Industrial, Food and Environmental Microbiology' and 'Molecular Biology of Microbial Pathogens'.

Industrial, Food and Environmental Microbiology

In the broad area of Industrial, food and environmental microbiology, the specific research interests of the department are in the areas of production of industrially important microbial enzymes, biofuels, bioactive compounds and carbohydrates, metagenomics, structure-function analysis and molecular modification of enzymes, lignocellulose biodegradation, ethanol production from lignocellulose, molecular biology of lignin degradation, carbon sequestration using heterotrophs, bioremediation, gene expression and bioprocess engineering.

 

A snapshot of ongoing industrially important research  in Department: Dr. Rani Gupta's group has identified a novel keratinase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Dr. Y.P. Khasa's group is focused on devising ways for large scale production of various proteins including thrombolytics of therapeutic importance for clinical applications

Industrial Micro

 

Molecular Biology of Microbial Pathogens

In the broad area of molecular biology and pathogenesis of microbial infections, the specific areas of research interest include molecular epidemiology of emerging water-borne pathogens like Yersinia enterocolitica and E.coli, and mechanism of antibiotic resistance with special focus on β-lactamase; understanding host pathogen interactions; microbial genomics and proteomics. The research interests also include investigations into the DNA biology of the protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani (the causative agent of kala-azar); and using Epstein barr virus, KSHV and Hepatitis C virus as models to investigate viral causes of cancers. 

 

A snapshot of microbial pathogenesis research being carried out in Department: Dr. Swati Saha's group has identified cell cycle-specific activation of promoters in Leishmania donovani, uncovering new facets of gene regulation in these microbes. Dr.Rajeev Kaul's group has identified role of cellular metastasis suppressor Nm23-H1 in Hepatitis C virus mediated cancer metastasis

Microbial Patho