Microbiology

As a basic biological science, microbiology provides some of the most accessible research tools for probing the nature of life processes. Our most sophisticated understanding of the chemical and physical principles behind living processes has arisen from studies using microorganisms. This is in large part because microbial cells share many biochemical properties with cells of multi cellular organisms. And this, coupled with the fact that microbial cells can reach extremely high cell densities in culture and are readily amenable to genetic study, makes them excellent models for understanding cell function in plants and animals.

 

As an applied biological science, microbiology deals with many important practical problems in medicine, agriculture and industry. Some of the most important diseases of humans, animals and plants are caused by microorganisms. Microorganisms play major roles in soil fertility and animal production. Many large-scale industrial processes are microbial based, which has led to the development of a whole new discipline, biotechnology.

 

Establishment of Department

The department of Microbiology is the first post graduate department in the Marathwada region where the undergraduate and postgraduate courses were run under one roof. Twenty batches of PG have been successfully coached till 2011. And most of the students passed form this department has achieved success in academic and Industrial filed like, pharmaceutical, food & dairy Industry, Public health etc. all over India & abroad.

 

Another important achievement on the part of the department is the upliftment of the faculty. Initially the higher qualification of the faculty was Master’s degree. But during the period of 10-12 years most of teachers have achieved Doctoral Degree since then the department microbiology is recognized as Research Centre by SRTMU, Nanded.

Courses Offered

B.Sc. Microbiology as Optional Subject (Three Year Course with VI Semesters) 
Eligibility: A candidate who has passed 10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Pre-University.


M.Sc. Microbiology (Two Year Corse with IV Semesters) 
Eligibility: A candidate who has passed B.Sc. degree with Microbiology as one of the optional subject.

Add-on Career Oriented Course (COC) MLT

Medical Lab Technician

a. Certificate Course

b. Diploma Course

c. Advanced Diploma

 

Teaching faculty

Name of Lecturer

Designation

Qualification

Experience

UG                      PG

Dr. P. S. Wakte

Associate Professor

M.Sc. Ph.D.

29 Years

26 Years

Dr. A. V. Manwar

Associate Professor

M.Sc. Ph. D.

25 Years

25 Years

Dr. S. C. Aithal

Assistant Professor

M.Sc. Ph.D.

11 Years

24 Years

 Mrs. R. K.Joshi

 P.G. Teacher

M.Sc. B.Ed.

02 Years

  26Years

Dr. Zaheeer Mirza Baig

 P.G. Teacher

M.Sc.  Ph.D.

 06 Years

_

Dr. Pankaj Maknikar

P.G. Teacher

M.Sc. Ph.D.

 02 Years

_

Facilities in the Department

The department is well equipped with basic equipment and infrastructural facilities required for microbiological practices.

  • Three separate laboratories of size 40 x 20 (For B. Sc., M. Sc.-I, M. Sc.-II)
  • Inoculation room
  • Chemical room
  • Staff room
  • Research Laboratory (University Approved)
  • 24 h water supply
  • Adequate supply of distilled water
  • PC based UV/VIS  spectrophotometer
  • Cooling Centrifuge
  • High speed Centrifuge
  • BOD Incubators
  • Incubators
  • Hot air ovens
  • Microwave Oven
  • Refrigerators
  • Shaking Incubators
  • Visible spectrophotometers
  • Glass distillation plants
  • pH meter
  • pH meter with combined electrode (Digital)
  • Electric mono pan balances (Manual)
  • Electronic balance (Automatic)
  • Cyclomixers
  • Hotplates
  • Heating mantels
  • Soxhlet’s apparatus
  • CO2 cylinder
  • Laminar Air Flow
  • Pipette washer
  • Glass dryer
  • Paper chromatography chambers
  • Students/ Research Microscopes
  • Schimadzu Electronic balance
  • 5L Bioreactor with Online Monitoring System (Imported, China)
  • Spectronic 20 D
  • Schimadzudouble beam Spectrophotometer
  • Peristaltic Pump System
  • Brix Meter
  • Conductivity Meter
  • Illumination chamber (Fro Microalgae Cultivation)
  • Tissue Culture Racks

Research 

Faculty

Name of the Guide & Address

Research Topic

Year of Registration

Year of

Award

 Dr. P.S. Wakte

Dr. S. R.Dave, Prof. & Head, Department of Microbiology, School of Sciences, Gujrat University, Ahmedabad

Development of Bioextraction process for copper from Chitradurga chalcopyrite concentrate

1998

2003

 Dr. A. V. Manwar

Dr. S. B. Chincholkar, Director, School of Life Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon

Application of Microbial Iron Chelators (Siderophores) for improving yield of Groundnut

1998

2002

 Dr. S. C. Aithal

Dr. D.N. Kulkarni, Prof. & Head, Department of Food Sciences & Technology, Marathwada Agriculture University, Parbhani

Studies on utilization of blanked sorghum for production of Industrial alcohol”

1997

2002

Dr. Mirza Zaheer Baig

Dr. Smita Dharmadhikari, Assc. Prof. and Head, Dept. of Microbiology, GISc., Aurangabad

“Studies on production of bioethanol from cotton stalk”

2009

2014

Dr. Pankaj Maknikar

Dr. S. D. Patil, Head Dept. Microbiology and Biotechnology,

Shri Shivaji Science College, Morshi Road, Amravati.

Studies on synergic efficacy of antifungal drugs and essential oils for the management of Candida.”

2012

2015

Non Teaching Staff

  1. Mr. S. R. Gavahane is the senior most Lab attendant working for the past fourteen years and has developed a skills in the areas of Microbiology. He has been dedicatedly maintaining the basic requisites of a microbiology laboratory and also looking after the official stock registers pertaining to recurring and non-recurring instruments and chemicals.
  2. Mr. Govindrao Shinde recently has joined the Department and a self made computer job-work expert and an enthusiastic learner who is serving the department from couple of a lab attendant.

Merit Students

Name of student

Year of passing

Name of University

Rank

Mr.  Subodh Kulkarni

1993

Dr. BAMU, A’bad

Third Merit

Ms. Ajitha Nair

1994

Dr. BAMU, A’bad

Third Merit

Ms. T. Bhramra

1997

SRTMU, Nanded

First Merit

Ms. M. Rajani Mayee

1999

SRTMU, Nanded

First Merit

Ms. J. J. Bhuktar

2000

SRTMU, Nanded

Third Merit

Ms. G. Chandra Reddy

2001

SRTMU, Nanded

Third Merit

Mr. Joshi S.N.

2004

SRTMU, Nanded

First Merit

Ms. Pimpalgaonkar P. N.

2008

SRTMU, Nanded

First Merit

Mr. Sirdeshpande P. S.

2008

SRTMU, Nanded

Third Merit

Ms. Ambica Aithal

2014

SRTMU, Nanded

First Merit

Ms. Supriya Vaidya

2015

SRTMU, Nanded

First Merit

Ms Padmaja Gore

2015

SRTMUN, Nanded

BSc MERIT  FIRST GOLD MEDAL

Ms. Dnanashree Choudhari

2015

SRTMU, Nanded

Third Merit

Ms. Pooja Kakde

2016

SRTMU, Nanded

First Merit

Ms. Mayuri Shinde

2016

SRTMU, Nanded

Second Merit

Research Project

MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECT

  1. Aithal S.C. (Ongoing): Working on Major Research project as (Co-Investigator) entitled “Studies on Productivity of Pleurotus sp. On different straws and its effect on nutritional indices of Spent straw” sanctioned by UGC wide letter No. 34-230/2008 (SR) dated 26/12/2008 amounting Rs. 5, 56, 800/- only (Rupees Five Lakh Fifty Six Thousand Eight Hundred only).
  2. Manwar A.V. (Ongoing): Working on Major Research project as (Co- Investigator) entitled “Ecology Hydrochemistry and Microbiology of Meteorite Impact creator Lonar Lake (MS) India” sanctioned by UGC wide letter No. F. No. 34-457/2008 (SR) dated 29/12/2008 amounting Rs. 8,92,800/- only (Rupees Eight Lakh Ninety Two Thousand Eight Hundred only).

MINOR RESEARCH PROJECT

  1. Wakte P.S. (Completed): Bioextraction of copper from chalcopyrite concentrate by acidophilic consortium. Sanctioned amounting Rs. 22,500/- by UGC during 1996-98.
  2. Wakte P.S. (Ongoing): Studies on Isolation, Morphological and nutritional Characterization of spirulina sp. From Alkaline extreme environment. sanctioned by Swami RamanandTeerthMarathwada University, Nanded wide letter No. BCUD/Min. Univ./2008-09/6415 dated 10/03/09 amounting Rs. 60,000/- (Rupees Sixty Thousand Only)
  3. Manwar A.V. (Completed):A Minor research project entitled “Optimization of SiderophoreProducton by fluorescent Pseudomonads” has  been sanctioned amounting Rs. 65,000/- byUGC in April, 2004 and is completed in 2006.
  4. Manwar A.V. (Ongoing):Working on Minor Research Project entitled “Biological control ofsome fungal diseases of Groundnut” Sanctioned by SRTMU, Nanded(Rs. 28,800/-only) wide letter No. BCUD/Min.Uni./Science/2009-10/3859 dated 27.03.2010.
  5. Aithal S. C (Ongoing):  Working on University funded Minor Research as Principal Investigator entitled “Optimization of Ethanol Production from Hybrid Sorghum” sanctioned by Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded wide letter No. BCUD/Min. Univ./2008-09/6416 dated 10/03/09 amounting Rs. 70,000/- (Rupees Seventy Thousand Only)

Future Perspectives

  1. The department achieved a prominent position in imparting Microbiology knowledge, while enriching the faculty and students.
  2. Planning for major Research project for DST and DBT which could facilitate our department with advanced research facilities.
  3. Student association in Microbiology (SAM) is presently at the College level and aim is to work at district level by opening its unit at various places to undertake environment and health awareness issues.
  4. Through SAM we aim to introduce a social awareness programme called “Way to Happiness” which will be conducted for students of the region.
  5. To train students by introducing skill enhanced coursed at UG and PG level in Microbiology.

Research Candidate in Department

Ph.D. SCHOLARS IN THE DEPARTMENT

Name of

Ph.D. Guide

No.

Title of Thesis

Registration

Date/ RRC Approval

Research student/

Status of Work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Manwar A. V.

01

Investigation on biological control of major groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) diseases.

26.06.2006

13.07.2006

Mr. Rakh R.R.

Awarded

on 09.09.2010

02

Studies on Inhibition of Microbial xanthine oxidase by broad spectrum Flavones.

30.12.2005

13.07.2006

Ms. Bodade R.G.

Awarded

on 22.11.2010

03

Studies on cellulose production by using bacteria.

29.03.2006

13.07.2006

Mr. Pokalwar S. U.

Awarded

on 20.12.2011

04

Studies on microbial degradation of selected azo dyes.

13.12.2004

14.10.2005

Ms. Bhuktar J. J.

Degree Awarded

on 11.02.2012

05

Studies on rhizospheric bacteria for growth promotion of soybean.

29.05.2006

13.07.2006

Ms. Ardhapurkar N.

Degree Awarded

06

Studies on Siderophore producing microbes for growth promotion of wheat (Triticum aestivum).

22.01.2007

10.04.2008

Mr. Kshirsagar S. V.

Degree Awarded

Dr. Wakte P. S.

01

Improvement of C phycocyanin production by Spirulina spp. from basalatic meteoritic hypersaline lake

09.02.2007

27.02.2008

Mr. Mohite Y. S.

Degree Awarded

02

Optimization & Characterization of Protease by Bacillus Spp. Isolated from hot sulfur spring of Unkeshwar

30.12.2008

11.02.2009

Mr. Bhusare D. U.

Degree Awarded

ONGOING RESEARCH

Dr AVM

01

Studies on Lipase Producing probiotic bacteria as in vitro hypocholesterolemic agent

23.03.2015

Mr. Sonowane P. A

 

02

Studies of free living nitrogen fixing bacterial consortia for value added vermicompost production

15.06.2016

Harkal R. S.

Dr P. S. Wakte

01

Studies on phosphate solublising halophilic bacteria as a improved bioconditioner for agriculture soil

22.02.2016

Rathod S.Y.

 

02

“Studies on functional bioactive compounds from Arthrospira sp. isolate from Lonar Crater Lake”

28.12.2012

K. K. Kore

 

03

Augmentation of chickpea productivity in saline soils through mesorhizobium isolates

22.02.2016

Kamble G. A.

 

04

Development of Micrpphos by using Alkaliphillic  Actinomycetes as efficient Bioinoculant

10.12.2014

Kulkarni A. D.

M. Phil. SCHOLARS FROM THE DEPARTMENT

Guide

No.

Topic of Research

University

Research Scholar/

Status

 

 

 

 

Dr. Manwar A. V.

1

 

Studies on isolation and screening of siderophore producing organisms from rhizospheric soil

Bhardhidasan University, Tiruchrippali

Mr. Raut L. S.

Awarded

(2008)

2.

 

Screening of siderophore producing microorganisms form different habitats.

Bhardhidasan University, Tiruchrippali

Mr. Sajeed Ali

Awarded

(2008)

3.

 

Studies on Neisseria menengitidisisolated from patients and its response to bioactive compounds.

Annamalai University

Mr. Manish Ahir  Awarded (2010)

Dr. P. S. Wakte.

1.

Studies on Alkalophilic Azatobacter species from hypersaline habitat

Annamalai University

Mr. Rathod S.Y.

Awarded (2010)

Books Published by Department

 

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