About the Department

The department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal was started in the year 2011, with initiation of PG course (MCI permission) in the year 2012 followed by recognition in the course by MCI in the year 2017. It has been awarded the best institutional award in the year 2019 during the TRANSCON 2019 National Annual Conference.

MD in Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion is a post-graduate course which is a unique multidimensional speciality that incorporates elements of blood banking, immune-hematology, coagulation, and hematology and integrates science technology, medicine, public health administration and the community as a whole.

After completing the course, the individual can work as a transfusion medicine consultant in hospitals, as an academician in teaching hospitals, as a medical officer in a blood centres, as a medical advisor for diagnostic/ manufacturing/ pharmacological companies, as a consultant in regenerative medicine centre/ transplant center, as a team member for government advisory boards- NACO (National AIDS Control Organization), NBTC, SBTC (National and State Blood Transfusion Council)



Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Daniela Hermalin MD

·        The department is proud to have Dr Daniela Hermalin, Pathologist from St. Louis University School of Medicine, USA with special training in Transfusion Medicine. 

·        She is a recipient of American Association of Blood Banking (AABB) Presidents award.

·        Member of board of directors of Heartland Association of Blood Bankers.

·        Member of Blood Management steering committee of St. Louis University School of Medicine, USA, Transfusion Social media working group of AABB.






PhD Awarded/Ongoing


Sl. No

Candidate name



Mr. Sangthang Singson



Mithun N




Javed Ahammad MM







Services Offered

·        Therapeutic Apheresis facility including Cascade Filtration and Stem cell collection

·        Thromboelastography (TEG) based transfusion support in massively bleeding patients

·        Centre for benign hematological disorders

·        Apheresis product availability

·        Availability of specialized modified blood components including Irradiated blood components

·        Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma/Fibrin for prolotherapy

·        Rare blood donor registry

·        Donor Wellness Clinic

·        100% Blood Component Transfusion Services

·        Advanced Immuno-hematological Laboratory with referral services

·        Thrombotic Microangiopathy Diagnostic Work-up

·        Clinical Transfusion therapy and consultation

·        Outreach programme including Blood Donation Drive and motivation, recruitment and retention activities for promoting voluntary blood donation

·        National and International collaboration ofr academic enhancement activities




Sl. No

Title of the grant

Granting agency

Principal Investigator

Duration of the project



Understanding the pathophysiology of Snakebite Associated Thrombotic Microangiopathies

Indian Council for Medical Research

Dr. Ganesh Mohan




Predictive value of Monocyte Monolayer Assay in assessing the clinical outcome of blood transfusion in a patient with auto or alloantibodies to Red Blood Cells

Terumo Penpol Private Limited

Dr. Shamee Shastry




Prevalence and Genotype distribution of hepatitis E among voluntary blood donors

Terumo Penpol Private Limited

Mr. Sangthang Singson




Establishment of Rare Blood Donor Registry

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Dr. Isha Polavarapu




Determining the Efficacy of Phlebotomy Site Disinfectants in Blood Donors

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)

Dr Manish Raturi






·        Shastry S, Satyamoorthy K, Acharya KV, Reddy VR, Mohan G, Deepika C, Reghunathan D, Joshi MB. Deletion in the A4GALT Gene Associated with Rare "P null" Phenotype: The First Report from India. Transfus Med Hemother. 2020 Apr;47(2):186-189.

·        Das S, Shastry S, Chakravarthy PK, Baliga PB. Clinical Implication of Immunohaematological Tests in ABO haemolytic disease of newborn: Revisiting an old disease. Transfus Med. 2021 Feb;31(1):30-35. 

·        Reddy K V, Shastry S, Raturi M, Baliga B P. Impact of Regular Whole-Blood Donation on Body Iron Stores. Transfus Med Hemother. 2020 Feb;47(1):75-79. 

·        Ahammad J, Kamath A, Shastry S, Chitlur M, Kurien A. Clinico-hematological and thromboelastographic profiles in glanzmann's thrombasthenia. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2020 Jan;31(1):29-34.

·        Polavarapu I, Mishra G, Shastry S, Kulkarni S. Molecular characterization of RhD variant phenotypes among blood donors: A study from the coastal region of India. Transfus Apher Sci. 2021 Apr 20:103142. 





·        Best institutional award in the year 2019 during the TRANSCON 2019 National Annual Conference.

·        NMC recognized MD Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion programme with annual intake of 2 students.

·        NABH accreditation from the year 2020

·        Nucleic Acid Amplification Technology (NAT) for infection screening implemented from 2016

·        Established First Rare Blood Donor Registry in South India in the year 2020

·        Credit for the identification of first case of p null phenotype in India

·        Collaboration with WHO and Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (AATM) for training of SEAR Countries, 2021





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Email: ihbt.kmc@manipal.edu 

Phone Number: +91-820-2922331