The Department of Microbiology at Kasturba Medical College Mangalore possesses faculty and training programs that are one of the best in the field. During the teaching of every topic of Microbiology, the infectious disease correlation is emphasized upon so that the students can apply their knowledge in the diagnosis of Infectious disease.
In the practical curriculum, a student is introduced to Case-based learning along with applied topics being taught by horizontal integration i.e. by interacting with the clinicians. The faculty interests include basic research on the molecular biology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, microbial pathogenesis, and diagnostic methods. The state of art laboratory of the department offers a variety of testing methods in diagnosis of infectious and autoimmune diseases. The stress on quality control and assurance can be seen in the reliable reproducible valid reports of the NABL accredited laboratory.
The Microbiology Laboratory has carved a name for itself as a centre of excellence for diagnostic microbiology. The department also focuses on interdepartmental research activities aiding various departments to complete their research in the state of art Research Laboratory of the department. The department focuses on microbiological diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases including community health and preventive activities. It monitors community health and preventive activities such as the rates of sexually transmitted diseases (State reference laboratory), tuberculosis (RNTCP), bacteriological analysis of water or investigations of outbreak of communicable diseases.
The department deals with newer diagnostic techniques, research and teaching methods. The department provides high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and a breadth of research programs covering areas of bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology, immunology and molecular biology. The department has contributed well in the private and public enterprise through active involvement in national programs like RNTCP, HIV testing laboratory methods.
- In existence since 1956
- Encouraging students to learn more about infectious diseases by using innovative teaching-learning methods, interdepartmental liaison and well-equipped library.
- Best in class accredited laboratory, one of its kind in the region
- Curriculum designed to facilitate students in pursuing higher education by encouraging research, publications and attending conferences
- Excellent faculty profile setting an example for students
- Postgraduate students are given opportunities to interact with the clinicians through compulsory hospital postings and case discussions
- Various seminars and workshops held by the department ensures the opportunity to interact with professionals from other institutes. It also helps to build team spirit.
- Placement offered by national and international laboratories and medical colleges
- Grants to students from external funding agencies for research
At the University level:
- The faculty are committed to conduct various research activities with clinical and dental departments.
At the National level:
- Collaborated with NACO (National AIDS Control Society) since 2008 and successfully manages the State Reference Laboratory. It conducts induction training, refresher training and EQUAS (External Quality Assurance scheme) workshops for the technicians at ICTC, the grassroot levels for HIV testing
- The DOTS Microscopy Centre of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme functions in the department.
At the International level
- Research project titled “Fluorescence insitu hybridisation for diagnosis of tuberculosis” in collaboration with I Genex USA.
About the area of study
Microbiology is the branch of Medicine that deals with diagnosis of infectious diseases, possible treatment and its control. The branch is expanding in terms of newer rapid specific diagnostic methods like molecular methods which help in faster detection of possible infectious agents. It helps clinicians to choose antibiotics judiciously and aid in the control of antibiotic usage by definite testing methods and guiding the physician in the treatment. Microbiologists play a crucial role in the hospital infection control committee and in the biomedical waste management of any health care set up by applying methods of disinfection and sterilization to control and prevent hospital and community acquired infections. The training imparted opens new avenues for more research and development in the field of infectious disease diagnosis and vaccine development for prevention of communicable diseases.