Department of Microbiology offers education to students at post-graduation level, at Davangere University Central Campus, Shivagngothri. It is one of the oldest established departments in the campus started then by Kuvempu University in the year 1994. Students who have passed degree in biological science are eligible for admission. The department also offers M.Phil. and Ph.D. progrmme in Microbiology. Post graduation course covers both basic and applied aspects of Microbiology like Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Microbial diversity, Physiology, Genetics, Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Agricultural Microbiology, Phytopathology, Food Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology, Biotechnology. The students are required to submit a project work based on experimental work. The Department has qualified, experienced and highly motivated teachers involving themselves in teaching, research and extension activities and published more than 100 national and international research papers in highly reputed journals with Springer, Elsevier, Wiley publishers, popular articles and books. In recognition of their research contribution the faculty members have obtained a number of awards/ recognitions like, Outstanding project award, Project of the year award, Best paper award, Research fund for Talented teachers award, Young scientist award to name a few. The Department has produced six Ph.D. and seven M.Phil degree and other ten candidates are persuing their Ph.D. programs. All types of audio-visual equipments are available for knowledge transfer. This Department is one of the leading centers in Microbiology education in Karnataka state carving its own niche.
The basic training in microbiological methods and sound theoretical background make the student an appropriate candidate to take-up research program and also competent enough to join Pharmaceutical, Diagnostics, Food, Agriculture and allied industries. The practical training is exemplary including hands-on experience in most of the microbiological techniques. Field trips and industry/institute visits are compulsory component of the curriculum.
In order to encourage the students to take up research program and to update knowledge every year the department has been organizing special lecture series and seminars by inviting eminent scientists from reputed institutes/universities. These programs are highly useful for providing a platform for direct interaction of students with scientists. Sponsored (KSTA) Symposium/Seminars also have been organized regularly. The students who have successfully finished the course have joined to reputed research institutes, industries and Universities. Several students have qualified UGC /CSIR-NET/ SLET/GATE examinations and also won several awards.
Presently, the department is functioning in first floor of Bioscience building in Shivagangotri campus, comprising of three research laboratories, two student laboratories and one instrumentation laboratory. The department has procured all the basic instrumentation required. Six Major Research projects with external funding agencies UGC, DBT-R&D, DAE-BRNS, RFTT-VGST, and few KSCST Sponsored SPP student Biofuel projects have been completed, and few sponsored students projects are underway. Students are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities like sports, cultural events, talent shows, academic festivals, exhibitions etc.
To develop skilful human resource in the field of Microbiology by imparting quality education and to establish sustainable study center contributing to the development of knowledge-based society.
To create congenial acadmic atmosphere for the betterment of Microbiology education by spreading the knowledge to the needy to make pupil fit to achieve personal and societal goal.
- Departmental Thrust Areas of Research:
- Microbial diversity, Fungal Biochemistry, Secondary metabolites.
- Immunodetection of Microbial Antigens, Probiotics, Bioremediation, Lichen biology
- Microbial enzymes, Fermentation,
|1||Dr. S. Shishupala
|Mycology, Phytopathology, Immunotechnology|
|2||Dr. Gayathri Devaraja
|Professor, Dean & Chairperson||Environmental Biotechnology,
|Professor||Enzymology & Fermentation Technology,|
|1||Dr. Ramesh A||Teaching Assistant||Bioative secondary metabolites from endopytic fungi, drug discovery and their toxicology.||1 Year|
|2||Dr. Abhishek Mundaraji||Teaching Assistant||Fermentation Technology||1 Year|
|3||Mr.Prashantkumar S Chakra||Teaching
M.Sc. I Year 16 Students
M.Sc. II Year 24 Students