Dr Dhanashree B

Associate Professor

Department of Microbiology


    Dhanashree B teaches Medical Microbiology.

    She is involved in

    • Standardisation, performing and reporting PCR results at clinical diagnostic laboratory
    • NABL internal auditing of KMCH laboratories
    • Guidig students for research projects.


Subject Semester / Year
Medical Microbiology


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Post-Doctoral Fellow Molecular biology University of Wurzburg, Germany 2005
PhD (Medical Microbiology) Medical Microbiology and Molecular Biology KMC, Manipal Academy of Higher Education 2001
MSc Medical Microbiology Mangalore University 1990
BSc Vijaya College Mulki 1987


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Associate Professor 2006 onwards
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Selection Grade Lecturer 2003-2006
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Assistant Professor 2001-2003
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Senior Grade Lecturer 2000-2001
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Lecturer 1992-2000

As Principal Investigator (PI):
 1. Short-term Overseas Associateship 2003-04, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India
Was awarded overseas associateship to carry out post-doctoral research for a period of Six months (February-August 2005) at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. Successfully completed the “Study of differential expression of virulence genes and tissue tropism in Listeria monocytogenes serotypes using Microarray.” under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Werner Goebel, Chair of Microbiology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany.

2. Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) funded extramural - Adhoc Research Project RFC No. ECD/Adhoc/18/2002/2003 Amount: Rs 6,85463/-
“Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) in foods of animal origin and clinical samples”, Three years duration; 2003-2006.

3.MAC ID funded project : Amount Rs. 2Lakhs. (ongoing)Detection of common diarrheagenic bacterial and viral pathogens in faecal samples of paediatric patients by polymerase chain reaction’ One year duration April2019 to March 2020

As Co investigator (CO-PI)
1. DRDE, Gwalior funded Sub – project/ Task
Project title: Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST) of Clinical Isolates of Burkholderia pseudomallei from Western Coastal Region of South India” May 2016-April2017
Order No. DRDE/TC/05414/Proj/TASK-219/16 dtd. 13-may-2016 Grant amount of Rs. 9.30 lakhs
2. MAC ID funded project :Association of virulence genes with clinical presentations and outcomes in melioidosis. Funding Agency: Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases January 2017 to Dec 2017. Amount: Rs. One lakh.

Awards/Travel Grants:
1. Short-term Overseas Associateship 2003-04, Department of Biotechnology (DBT),
Govt.of India., to visit University of Wuerzburg Germany
2. Distinguished Alumni award yr.2003 Manipal University, Manipal.
3. Dr. TMA Pai Gold Medal for Outstanding Research for the Yr. 2003-04.instituted by
Manipal University (MAHE) Manipal


Area of Interest

Bacteriology, Immunology & Molecular Biology

Area of Expertise

Bacterial Virulence Gene Detection, Detection of Drug Resistance by PCR

Area of Research

Molecular detection of pathogenic bacteria in clinical, food and environmental samples and molecular typing of bacterial pathogens

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Awarded with Dr TMA Pai Gold Medal for outstanding research, 2003.

Member of Doctoral Advisory Committee, KMC Mangalore.

Member of the Editorial Board for International Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (IJHRS).

Life member of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologist.

Life member of the Association of Microbiologist of India.

Life member of Society of Biological Scientist of India.

Life member of Gastro Intestinal Society of India.


1.Shridhar S, Dhanashree B. Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern and Biofilm Formation in Clinical Isolates of Enterococcus spp. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases. Volume 2019, Article ID 7854968, 6 pages. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/7854968
2.Nayak, P. P., Dhanashree B., Shenoy, S., & Kotian, S. M. Antibiogram and genetic relatedness of clinical isolates of enterococcus spp. in Mangalore, India. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, 2018 12(11), 985-990. doi:10.3855/jidc.9966
3.Shrikala Baliga, Christina Murphy, Leesha Sharon, Suchitra Shenoy, Dhanashree Biranthabail, Helena Weltman, Steve Miller, Ranjan Ramasamy, Jyotsna Shah Rapid method for detecting and differentiating Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and non-tuberculous mycobacteria in sputum by fluorescence in situ hybridization with DNA probes. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 75 (2018) 1–7
4.Munmun B. Marak and Biranthabail Dhanashree. Antifungal Susceptibility and Biofilm Production of Candida spp. Isolated from Clinical Samples International Journal of Microbiology, Volume 2018, Article ID 7495218, 5 pages. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/7495218
5.J.M. Hoh, B. Dhanashree Antifungal effect of cow's urine distillate on Candida species Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine 8 (2017) 233-237
6.Singh Y, Vasanth R, Baligala S, Dhanashree B Utility of antigen detection test and polymerase chain reaction in the differentiation of tuberculous and non-tuberculous mycobacteria. Asian J Pharm Clin Res 10: (6) 2017, 289-291
7.Chakraborty A, Adhikari P, Shenoy S, Rao S, Dhanashree B, Saralaya V, Molecular characterization and clinical significance of extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli recovered from a south Indian tertiary care hospital Microbial Pathogenesis 95 (2016) 43-48
8.Chakraborty A, Adhikari P, Shenoy S, Baliga S, Bhat G, Rao S, Dhanashree B, Saralaya V. Molecular characterization and clinical signifi cance of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamases-1 producing Escherichia coli recovered from a South Indian tertiary care hospital. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2015;58:323-7.
9.S. Mariyam Sunaifa, Somdatta Roy and B. Dhanashree. Prevalence of Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) in Adult Diarrhea Cases and their Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern. British Microbiology Research Journal, 2015 8 (5) :560-566
10.Bhat S, Acharya PR Dhanashree B, Rangnekar A, Shiragavi S A Case of Lower Respiratory Tract Infection with Canine-associated Pasteurella canis in a Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2015 Aug, Vol-9(8): Page 3-4