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Department of Microbiology
The department of Microbiology is an integral part of teaching and health care services of Pondicherry Institute Of Medical Sciences..

Teaching Learning Activities:

Teaching of Microbiology involves innovative methods with active student participation, stressing on clinical orientation and holistic approach emphasizing on integrated , self directed and problem based teaching learning activity. Practical sessions are clinically oriented, with special emphasis given to syndromic based learning, which facilitates the learners to be more creative. Students based teaching learning methods like students’ symposia, seminars, panel discussion and model exhibition have been introduced in the curriculum.

Research Activities:

The research activities are carried out regularly to keep abreast with continuing innovations and newer techniques in the field of Microbiology and infectious diseases. The faculty is involved in individual research projects in addition to guiding undergraduate and post graduate students. Some of the areas of research are molecular evidence of antibiotic resistance in clinical isolates, applied research towards improving patient care.

The department conducts research in emerging infectious diseases which pose a challenge to health care.
The department partners with the American Society for Microbiology in conducting workshops, training and CME on advances in evolving microbiology.

The Undergraduate students are encouraged to undertake ICMR short term student fellowship and PIMS fellowship. Approximately 8-10 students are awarded these fellowships every year.

Dr. Reba Kanungo Professor & HOD
Dr. Shashikala Professor
Dr. Sheela Devi Professor
Dr. Sandhya Bhat K  Professor
Dr. Johny Asir  Professor
Dr. Vivian Joseph Ratnam P  Professor
Dr. Sujitha Elan Seralathan Assoc. Professor
Dr. Anandhalakshmi Assoc. Professor
Dr. Arthi E Assoc. Professor
Dr. Ramya S R Assoc. Professor
Mrs. Patricia Anita Asst. Professor
Dr. Meghna C Asst. Professor
Diagnostic services:

The Laboratory services of the Department of Microbiologyform a vital component of quality health care services rendered to the population of Puducherry and its surrounding areas by Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences. The hospital provides state of the art diagnostic facilities for common diseases, with adherence to strict quality control and client satisfaction. Diagnostic tests carried out in the laboratory adhere to National and International guidelines and recommendations. It is a designated microscopic center for Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP). It is an integrated counseling testing center (ICTC) under the public private partnership of government of India’s National AIDS control organization.

The department offers round the clock laboratory services with specialized and rapid diagnostic techniques for emergency patient care. The laboratory strives to provide accurate reports to clients at the shortest time possible.This facility is extended to medical practitioners and hospitals in this region.Quality of the tests is strictly monitored by the National External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) conducted by the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists. Internal quality control for all laboratory Procedures are undertaken regularly to maintain high standards for Reproducible results.

Some of the highlights of the services available:

• Real Time PCR for Dengue virus, Chikungunya virus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis,Hepatitis B virus DNA,
  Malarial parasite (Plasmodium falciparum), and Salmonella spp. (enteric fever) detection.
• Automated and conventional cultures (aerobic and anaerobic) for all clinical specimens
• Serological tests for infectious diseases and their markers.
• Immunofluorescence assay for auto-immune disorders.
• Infection control surveillance for health care facilities