Dr Amita Shobha Rao

Associate Professor

Department of Microbiology

Qualification: PhD


    Amita Shobha Rao teaches MBBS, BDS, Allied Health Sciences, BSc Health Science.

    • Coordinator for Attendance Condonation Committe for Phase I Stage II.
    • Facilitate SDL and PBL sessions for undergraduates.
    • Set question paper, conduct examinations and evaluation of  the answer papers for the undergraduate courses- MBBS, BDS, Allied Health Science and BSc Health Science.
    • Mentoring undergraduate students.


Subject Subject code Semester
MBBS Microbiology Second year
BDS Microbiology Second year
Allied Health BSc Microbiology Second year
Allied Health MSc Microbiology Second year
BSc Health Science Microbiology Semester four


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD Microbial biofilms and their relevance to catheter induced infections MAHE, Manipal 2004
MSc (Master of Science) Medical Microbiology Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 1985


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Microbiology - MMMC, Manipal Associate Professor 2013 to till date
KMC-International Center -AUA (Manipal Campus) Selection Grade Lecturer 2007 to 2013
Department of Microbiology - MMMC, Manipal Senior Grade Lecturer 2004 to 2007
Department of Microbiology - KMC- Mangalore Senior Grade Lecturer 1992 - 2004

 Invitro evaluation of Antimicrobial Activity of Methanolic and Aqueous extract of Mucuna pruriens seed. 2018

 In vitro evaluation of Antimicrobial Activity of Some 2'-Hydroxy Chalcones

 Antibacterial and Antifungal effects of sesamol.

 To evaluate the test compounds for antibacterial & antifungal activity “Synthesis of some aryl and hetero-aryl substituted - Benzopyrones of biological interest, and study their role in the design of Pro-drugs of certain Chemotherapeutic agents”

 To evaluate antibacterial activity of medicinal plants

 To evaluate antibacterial & antifungal activity of medicinal plants - “Formulation & Standardization of herbal cosmetic creams with antiseptic property”


Area of Interest

Teaching Microbiology and research.

Area of Expertise


Area of Research

Microbial biofilms, Antimicrobial susceptibility

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Life Member of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists
  • Life Member of Karnataka chapter of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists
  • Life Member of Association of Microbiologists of India
  • Life Member of Association of Gastroenterologists of India.

Work Experience

Organisation Role Tenure
AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences. Rajeev Gandhi University Lecturer 1988 - 1992

 Amita Shobha Rao, Shobha K.L., Vishal Bhat, Shanthini Murugan, Gautam Hariish a/l Ratana Vallo, Madhuri Muniandy, Vishaal Jayabala. Study on presence of pathogenic bacteria in serving cutleries from food outlets in and around Manipal. Indian J. Public Health Dev. 2019

 Shobha K.L., Amita Shobha Rao, Thivyashini a/p B. Rajenthiran , Ee Hui Yin , Lim Yu Ern , Quek Chia Wei. Screening of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriers among food handlers. Indian J. Public Health Dev. 2019

 Amita Shobha Rao, Shobha K.L, Manjunath S Shetty, Sreedhara KR Pai. In vitro antibacterial and antifungal activities of aqueous and ethanolic leaf extracts of Acacia auriculiformis. Asian J Pharm Clin Res. 2018

 Shobha K.L, Amita Shobha Rao, Sreedhara KR Pai, Sujatha Bhat. Antimicrobial activity of aqueous and ethanolic leaf extracts of Anacardium occidentale. Asian J Pharm Clin Res. 2018

 Sujatha Bhat, Shobha K.L, Amita Shobha Rao, Gowrish S. Rao. Antibacterial Susceptibility Pattern of Uropathogenic Enterobacter Species from a Tertiary Care Hospital. The Journal of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences.2018

 Shobha K.L, L Ramachandra, Sunitha Kumawat, Amita Shobha Rao, Gowrish S Rao, Anand K.M. Pseudomonas species as uropathogen and its antibiogram at a tertiary care hospital. Asian J Pharm Clin Res, 2017

 Amita S Rao, Shobha K L, Prathibha M D’Almeida , Kiranmai S Rai. In vitro antimicrobial activity of root extract of Clitoria ternatea. Asian J Pharm Clin Res, 2017

 Shobha K.L, Subbramaniam Venkatachalam, Ashriina Nair, Buwanesswaran Elangu, Periyaiyadever Samuganathan, Barathi Subramanian, Amita Shobha Rao, Ramachandra L.Study of lung function on construction workers. International Journal of Health, 2017

 Shobha K. L., Lalitha Simon, Amita S. Rao, Ganesh Maiya B. C. and K. K. Srinivasan. 1-(5’-acetamido-2’-hydroxyphenyl)-3-propan-1-ones: Synthesis, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. Der Pharma Chemica, 2016

 Amita S. Rao, Lalitha Simon, K. K. Srinivasan, Shobha K. L. and Ganesh Maiya B. C. Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial activity of 7-Amino-2-Styrylchromones. Der Pharma Chemica. 2016

 Shobha K.L, Amita Shobha Rao., Shilpa K., Ramachandra L. Comparison of screening tests with urine culture in urinary tract infection. International Journal Of Medicine. 2014

 Amita Shobha Rao, Malathi Shekar, CV Raghuveer, Indrani Karunasagar, Iddya Karunasagar. RAPD – PCR typing of pseudomonas aeruginosa strains isolated from peripheral venous catheters. Current Research in Microbiology and Biotechnology (CRMB). 2014

 Amita S Rao, Lalitha Simon, K.K.Srinivasan, Sudheer Moorkoth, Zara A. HAleem, Shivender S Jadon, Ram M. Matsa avd Ravivarma Sagiraju. Synthesis and in vitro Antimicrobial Evaluation of 5’-Acetomido-2’-Hydroxy Chalcone derivatives. Res. J. Chem. Sci., 2014

 Amita S Rao, Rashmi. Kaup.S, Nayanatara AK, Kismat Anand, Dharnappa Poojary, Sheila R Pai. Effect of Antibacterial and Antifungal Activities Of Sesamum Indicum. World J Pharmaceut Res.; 2013

 Amita S Rao, Nayanatara A. K., Rashmi Kaup S., Arjun Sharma, Arun Kumar B., Bhavesh D. Vaghasiya Kishan K and Sheila R. Pai. Potential Antibacterial and Antifungal Activity of Aqueous Extract of Cynodon Dactylon. Int J Pharm Sci Res, 2011

 Mamatha Ballal, Amita Shobha Rao, Ashish. Opportunistic intestinal protozoal infections in HIV infected patients in a rural cohort population in Manipal, Karnataka [South India]. Ind. J. Pathol. Microbiol. 2005

 A. S. Rao, S. Baliga, N.C. Ananthakrishna. Nosocomial urinary tract infections and mortality. Int J Gynecol Obste. 1993

 Study on Presence of Pathogenic Bacteria Found in Serving Cutleries from Food Outlets in and Around Manipal. 2017

 Study on Students Perception on Anatomy Prosection. 2016

 Calcium/ Vitamin D Supplement and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A Retrospective Study In A Tertiary Care Hospital of South India. 2016

 Relationship between Head Circumference, Intelligence Quotient and Academic Performance. 2015

 Hair Fall Crisis Among MBBS and BDS Students: A Comparison Study. 2015

 Antibacterial and Antifungal effects of Cynodon dactylon extract 2011