Dr Ciraj Ali Mohammed

Professor of Microbiology

Deputy Director, CCEID, MAHE & Course Director, MAHE-FAIMER

Department of Microbiology

Qualification: PhD: Medical Microbiology, MAHE, Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) with specialization in Assessment and Accreditation, Keele University United Kingdom MSc Medical Microbiology, Mangalore University


    Ciraj AM conducts theory, practical classes, Self - Directed Learning and Problem Based Learning sessions for the medical and dental programs.


    • Implements and periodically reviews the curriculum of the health science courses (Medical, dental and allied health science).
    • Sets question papers for the progress examinations and final summative examinations.
    • Is Mentor for an assigned group of undergraduate medical students of Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus) and guide for their mentored student project



Subject Subject code Semester
Microbiology and Parasitology Third and Fourth semesters MBBS
Microbiology and Parasitology Third and Fourth semesters BDS
Microbiology Second year Allied Health Science (BPT, BOT, BRTT)
Microbiology and Parasitology BSc and MSc MLT courses
Microbiology BSc Optometry


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
FAIMER INSTITUTE fellowship (a two-year fellowship program for international health professions educators by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, Philadelphia, USA) Health Professions Education FAIMER Institute, Philadelphia 2012
Certificate course in Biostatistics and Research Methodology Biostatistics and Research Methodology Manipal University 2008
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) Manipal University 2002
MSc (Medical) Microbiology Mangalore University 1994
Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) Assessment and Accreditation Keele University, United Kingdom 2017


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Microbiology - MMMC, Manipal Professor 2011
Department of Microbiology - MMMC, Manipal Associate Professor 2007
Department of Microbiology - MMMC, Manipal Assistant Professor 2002
Department of Microbiology - MMMC, Manipal Lecturer 1997
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Florida International University, USA Fulbright Visiting Scholar As a visiting scholar I was associated with the teaching-learning activities at the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 3 months


Area of Interest

Interprofessional education and Practice, Faculty development, Epidemiology of infectious diseases, Conflict management and Team building

Area of Expertise

Interprofessional education, Health Professions Education, Project Management, Collaborative leadership, Problem Based Learning, Academic leadership, Diagnostic Bacteriology and Active learning

Area of Research

Interprofessional education and practice, Antimicrobial resistance, Virulence determinants of uropathogens, Student engagement, Enteric fever

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Life Member of ASM (American Society for Microbiology), 1998.
  • Life Member of IAMM (Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists), 1997.
  • Life Member of IAHPE (Indian Academy of Health Professions Educators), 2012.  

Avenues for professional development: faculty perspectives from an Indian medical school


Kathmandu Univ med J 2012, 10(3):60-65.

Influence of gender, ethnicity, eating habits and exercise on body mass index among students of an Indian medical school


Webmed Central Obesity 2011, 2(11):WMC002474.

Anti-arthritic property of the plant tinospora cordifolia wild


Journal of Herbal Medicine and Toxicology, 2011 5(1):11-16.

Sphingomonas paucimobilis urinary tract infection in a renal transplant recipient: A rare case.


Students' perspectives regarding an ideal PBL case


Med Teach. 2011; 33(2):169-70.

Inculcating practices based on adult learning principles in medical schools-a possible framework for professional development


Medical Teacher 2010; 32(6):538.

Enhancing active learning in microbiology through case based learning: experiences from an Indian medical school


Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2010 October-December; 53(4):729-33.

Inducible clindamycin resistance among clinical isolates of staphylococci


Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology, 2009; 52(1): 49-51.

Microbial contamination of culture reports


J Hosp Infect. 2007 October, 67(2):202-3.

Synthesis of novel furobenzopyrone derivatives and evaluation of their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity


Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2007: 69(2):326-331.

Godinho, M.A., Murthy, S. and Mohammed, C.A., 2019. Academic health policy debates for local climate change leadership. The Lancet Planetary Health, 3(10), p.e407.

AM C, Godinho MA, Murthy S, Manapure NH, Ramadevi N, Kinjawadekar A, Burdick W, Gilbert J, Fisher J, Vinod Bhat H. The built environment and health: fostering interprofessional collaboration for better policy recommendations. Journal of interprofessional care. 2019 Sep 4:1-4.

Myron Anthony Godinho, Shruti Murthy & Ciraj Ali Mohammed. Debating evidence-based health policy in an interprofessional classroom: an exploratory study. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2018 Oct 31:1-3

Myron Anthony, Shruti Murthy Ciraj Ali Mohammed. Health policy for health professions students: Building capacity for community advocacy in developing nations. Education for Health 2017(30): 254-55

Suresh Kumar B Shetty, Sharada Rai , Rohit C Shet ,Shashidar M Kotian, Navjot Singh, Ishka Mahajan and Ciraj AM. Effect of Role Play Video-An Innovate Tool on Court Room Procedures to Educate Medical Graduates. Medico-Legal Update. 2018;19(1):108

Soumendra Sahoo, Ciraj AM. Fostering critical thinking and collaborative learning skills among medical students through a research protocol writing activity in the curriculum. Korean Journal of Medical Education. 2018;

Soumendra Sahoo, Ciraj AM. Fostering critical thinking and collaborative learning skills among medical students through a research protocol writing activity in the curriculum. Korean Journal of Medical Education. 2018;

Rajiv Mahajan, Ciraj AM, Monika Sharma, Piyush Gupta and Tejinder Singh. Interprofessional Education: An Approach to Improve Healthcare Outcomes. Indian Pediatrics. 2018; 55(3):241-249

Komattil R, Hande SH, Ciraj AM, Subramaniam B. Evaluation of a personal and professional development module in an undergraduate medical curriculum in India. Korean Journal of Medical Education. 2016; 28(1):117-121

Govindan S1, Maroli AS, Ciraj AM, Bairy I Molecular epidemiology of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonizing the anterior Nares of school children of Udupi Taluk. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2015 Feb; 33 Suppl: 129-33

Hande SH, Ciraj AM, Komattil R, Evaluation of Problem-based Learning: Straight from the horse’s mouth. JETHS, 2015: Volume 2(1):38

Hande SH, Ciraj AM, Komattil R. Acquisition of knowledge, generic skills and attitudes through problem-based learning: Student perspectives of a hybrid curriculum. Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences, 2014; 9(3): 171-256

S Govindan, CA Mohammed, I Bairy. Inducible Clindamycin Resistance among the Staphylococcus aureus colonizing the Anterior Nares of School Children of Udupi Taluk. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology 2014; 4(1): 337-40

Ciraj AM, Abaraham RR, Pallath V, Ramnarayan K, Asha Kamath, Ramachandra Kamath. Exploring attributes of effective teachers - student perspectives from an Indian medical school, South‐East Asian Journal of Medical Education. 2013; 7(1): 8-13

HLAR and vancomycin resistance among enterococcal isolates

2014-01-01 Dhruva Sharma

MSc MLT MSc MLT, Clinical Microbiology and Immunology.

Assessment of risk factors for quinolone resistance among E.coli isolates causing nosocomial UTI

2014-01-01 Simarjeet Kaur

MSc MLT, Clinical Microbiology and Immunology.

Nalidixic acid screening test for decreased ciprofloxacin susceptibility in salmonella

2014-01-01 Seema DS

MSc (Medical) Microbiology.

Virulence determinants in uro-pathogenic escherichia coli

2014-01-01 Madhulika Nambiar

MSc (Medical) Microbiolog.

Drug resistance among salmonella isolates causing enteric fever

2014-01-01 Veerendra Kumar Reddy

MSc (Medical) Microbiology.