Department of Microbiology
      Name Year of Joining
      Prof. T.N. Dhole 1988
      Prof. K.N. Prasad 1989
      Prof. J. Kishore 1990
      Dr. Ujjala Ghoshal 2004
      Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Nag 2004
      Dr. Rungmei S.K. Marak 2004

The Department of Microbiology started functioning in May 1988. It has the facilities for isolation and identification of various pathogenic microbes and determining their antimicrobial susceptibility, The department also conducts routine surveillance of various high risk areas of the hospital like transplant units, intensive care units (medical and surgical), dialysis unit, operation theatres, hospital water supply, air and environment. The department has laid down guidelines for care of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) at the Institute. The department has facilities for tissue culture. In collaboration with WHO, the department conducts surveillance for transmission of poliovirus in UP and Bihar. Disinfectant and antibiotic policies of the hospital are also formulated by the department from time to time. Consultations on management of infectious complications in patients are also offered on referral basis.


Clinical Services

  • Aerobic and anaerobic bacteriology
  • Mycobacteriology including molecular diagnosis and sensitivity testing
  • Serology and microbial immunology
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology including tissue culture and molecular diagnosis
  • Automated rapid BACTEC culture for aerobic bacteria, mycobacteria and fungi
  • Hospital surveillance and infection control programs

Special Services

  • Publication of News letter annually that includes distribution of pathogens, their antibiotic sensitivity and interesting case reports
  • Hospital infection prevention week is being organized every year.
  • Department is recognized as national centre for polio in the states of UP and Bihar. It takes important steps for maintenance of wild and vaccine  strains of polio isolated from the states.
  • Department regularly participates in External Quality Control Program with CMC Vellore and CDC, Atlanta (USA).
  • Direct observed therapy short course (DOTS) for tuberculosis.
  • Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centre (VCTC) for HIV.
  • Viral diagnostic services including PCR for endemic arboviruses.
  • Diagnosis of opportunistic parasitic pathogens.
  • Regular CME-cum Workshop on antibiotic stewardship and infectious diseases.

Community Activities

  • Investigation of measles, dengue and diarrhoeal disease outbreaks
  • Investigations for swine flu, epidemic/outbreaks of dengue/dengue hemorrhagic fever and acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis in and around Lucknow
  • Study on neurocysticercosis in Mohanlalganj block, Lucknow district
  • Arrangements of public lectures on health promotion

Teaching & Training

  • MD- Two candidates in a year.
  • PhD in Microbiology:  Areas of interest are Helicobacter pylori infection, Campyiobacter infection and Guillatn-Barre syndrome, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Neurocysticercosis, CNS infections (brain abscess and meningitis), Herpes simplex virus, HIV, Polio & non-polio enteroviruses, Japanese encephalitis, amoebic liver abscess etc.
  • PDCC in infectious disease: two candidates in a year with 6 months each posting in Microbiology and other clinical disciplines.
  • Teaching program: Five days in a week for residents/PhD students.
  • Teaching of MD/DM/MCh students: DM students from other departments undergo training for 02 weeks and MD students from Blood Transfusion and Pathology for one month.
  • Teaching of technician, nurses & other paramedical staff: Bench side teaching for technicians regularly. Nurses of the hospital are routinely taught basic microbiology. Time to time necessary instructions for control of hospital infections are circulated to the various departments.
  • Summer training program/project: MSc Microbiology and Biotechnology students from different universities including their dissertations.

Important CME/Workshops/ Conferences organized

1)         CME-Workshop on “Mycoplasma infections of man, animals and plants”, November 1991.
2)         CME-Workshop on “Automation in Clinical Microbiology”, November 1994. 
3)         Indo-US CME on “Infection in immunocompromised patients”, August 1995.
4)         National workshop on “Helicobacter pylori/Campylobacter”, January 1999.
5)         CME on “Encephalitis: current trends and challenges”, September 2003.
6)         XXXVIII Annual Conference of “Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists” (Microcon 2004), November 2004.
7)         CME-Workshop on “Update in Clinical Microbiology”- theme "Emerging antimicrobial resistance: are we doing enough?" November 2006.
8)         CME-Workshop on “Molecular Techniques in Clinical Microbiology” March 2009

Areas of Research Interest of the Departmental Faculty:

Prof. TN Dhole

  • Molecular epidemiology of poliovirus
  • Molecular epidemiology of non-poliovirus enteroviruses
  • Vector borne  viral diseases (JE/Dengue/Chikugunya)

Prof. K.N. Prasad

  • Enteric pathogens with special reference to Helicobacter pylori and Campyiobacter species.
  • Central nervous system (CNS) infections including brain abscess and neurocysticercosis.
  • Antibiotic resistance in nosocomial pathogens.
  • Infections in AIDS, transplant recipients and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients

Prof. J. Kishore

  • Virology: molecular diagnosis & molecular epidemiology of newly emerging viruses e.g. dengue and parvovirus B19, enteroviral conjunctivitis.
  • Transplant virology & microbial serology.
Dr. Ujjala Ghoshal
  • Parasitology- opportunist infections in AIDS, transplant recipients, haematological malignancies & amoebiasis
  • GI microbiology particularly small bowel bacterial flora
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Transplantation microbiology
Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Nag
  • Mycobacteriology & HIV
  • Epidemiology & drug resistance in HIV
  • Epidemiology & drug resistance in M. tuberculosis
  • Non tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM)

Dr. Rungmei S.K. Marak

  • Diagnosis of invasive fungal infections
  • Uropathogens and antimicrobial resistance
  • Surveillance of antifungal resistance in Candida/Cryptococcus

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