DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY

In order to keep pace with global technological advancements and to meet the demands and challenges of the present and future, the Department of Microbiology was established in June 1996 and Post Graduate course (M.Sc. Microbiology) commenced from July 2002. The college also has a recognized Research Centre for M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Microbiology.

Departmental Facilities:

  • Qualified and experienced faculty members.
  • Visiting faculty/Guest Lectures from Pune University and Research Institutes.
  • Well furnished separate laboratories: one for BSc., three for M.Sc. & one Research Laboratory.
  • Equipments/Instruments like Biosafety cabinets, PCR, UV-visible spectrophotometers, Rota Vac evaporator, high speed refrigerated centrifuges, electrophoresis units etc are available for practicals.
  • Microbiology Syllabus related books worth Rs. 6,50,000/- are available in Central Library.
  • The department subscribes National and International Scientific Journals.
  • Access to internet and thereby to e-journals is available.

 

ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT - MICROBIOLOGY SCIENCE

  • The department conducted “Genetic Engineering” Workshop for College Teachers at Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune-53 under Quality Improvement Programme of University of Pune, on 12 – 13 March 2005.
  • The department conducted the Symposium: “Recent Trends in Life Sciences” for College Teachers at  Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune-53 under Quality Improvement Programme of University of Pune (Jan 2007).
  • Guest lectures of renowned Scientists and academicians from institutes such as National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) and Departments of University of Pune and personnel from industry (from Serum Institute) are arranged throughout the year.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in annual Science Exhibition  and Poster Competition conducted by the college.
  • Department conducts Rangoli competition and Salad decoration competition for students based on Microbiology as a theme, during Science Exhibition.
  • Educational Visits: are conducted to various Research Institutes, Blood Bank, Effluent Treatment Plant and Water Treatment Plant as mentioned in the syllabus.

Workshops

  • Revision of B.Sc. (Computer Science) , MCA Syllabus
  • Revision & Re-structuring of Biotechnology Syllabus
  • Revision of FY & SY B.Sc. (Botany)
  • Revision of FY & SY B.Sc. (Mathematics)
  • Revision of FY & SY B.Sc. (Microbiology)
  • Revision of FY & SY B.A. (History)
  • Workshop for Administrative Staff


State Level Seminars

  • The Evolution of Cyber threats & Need for increased Security (2008-2009)
  • Can India export higher education(2006 - 2007)
  • Use of IT in field of Social Sciences(2007 - 2008)


National Seminars

  • Zoology (Progress in modern techniques & development in Bio- Business 2007-2008)
  • Arts & Commerce (Skill Development for Enhancing the Employability of Arts & Commerce students 2008-2009) Conferences : Innovation 2008( Regional research Conference for College teachers Commerce & Management)

Workshop on Genetic Engineering
youth week

Teaching Staff

Name : Mrs. Sneha Sanjeev Ogale
Designation : Head of Department
Qualification : M.Sc., M. Phil, CSIR NET , PG Recognition in subject of Microbiology
Experience : 13 years teaching and 4 years research
High Lights
    • Paper published: Ogale Sneha S. and Deobagkar D. N. (1988), “A High Molecular Weight Plasmid of  Zymomonas mobilis Harbours Genes for HgCl2 Resistance”,  Biotechnology Letters,    Vol. 10, No. 1: 43-48
    • Was awarded the “Adarsh Pradhyapika” Award (25/01/2005) by Progressive Education Society, Shivajinagar, Pune-5, on Founder’s Day, in recognition of the efforts taken towards development of Microbiology Department, Modern College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune-53.
    • Was awarded the “ManiRatna Shikshak Gaurav Award-2009”, on 2/10/10 by Padmashree Dr. Manibhai Desai Manavseva Trust, Uruli Kanchan, district-Pune.
    • Principal Investigator for Research Project sanctioned by BCUD (Board of College & University Development), University of Pune. Duration of the project is two years (2008-2010). Title of the Project: “Isolation and characterization of pathogens causing Urinary Tract Infections”.
    •  Co-author of Paper presented at National Symposium on “Emergence of Modern Techniques & Development in Biobusiness”, Feb 18-20, 2008, conducted by Zoology Department, Modern College, Ganeshkhind and Association of Zoologists of India, under Quality Improvement Programme of University of Pune. Title of Paper: Isolation of Plasmids from Clinical Isolates and their Characterization with respect to Resistance conferred to different Antibiotics. (Abstract published in Abstracts Book).
    • Presented Poster at National Conference: 77th Annual Meeting of SBC (I): “Impact of Basic and Translational Research on Medicine, Agriculture and Industry”, Dec. 18-20, 2008.
    • Presented Poster at National Conference: 50th Annual Conference of AMI: “Third Golden Era of Microbiology”, Dec. 15-18, 2009.
    • Was Coordinator for “Genetic Engineering” Hands-on Training Workshop for College Teachers, organized by Dept. of Microbiology, Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune-53 under Quality Improvement Programme of University of Pune, March 2005.
    • Was Coordinator for Symposium: “Recent Trends in Life Sciences” for College Teachers, organized by Dept. of Microbiology, Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune-53 under Quality Improvement Programme of University of Pune, Jan. 2007.
    •  Invited as Guest Lecturer to Fergusson College and Modern College, Shivajinagar for Microbiology and Vocational Biotechnology courses.  
    • Life Member of Association of Microbiologists of India and Society for Biological Chemists (India).  
    • Attended various State-level and National Workshops/Seminars/Conferences on Biotechnology, Biodiversity, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.
Email ID : sneha.ogale@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Mrs. Anupama Sonawane
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc. in Microbiology, SET qualified.
Experience : 12 years
High Lights
    • Principal investigator of BCUD sanctioned project on “ Environmental Biosensor” for two years 2006-08.
    • Member of Organizing Committee – ‘Genetic Engineering ’ Hands-on Training Workshop for College Teachers, organized by Dept. of Microbiology, Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune-53 under Quality Improvement Programme of University of Pune, March 2005.
    • Participant – Workshop on ‘Recent Trends in Genetic Engineering’ arranged by Modern College Shivajinagar, Pune in 2005.
    • Member of Organizing Committee – Symposium on ‘Recent Trends in Life sciences’ at Modern College, Ganeshkhind, under Quality Improvement Program, University of Pune in Jan. 2007.
    • Participant and Poster Presentation – National level Symposium on ‘Emergence of Modern Techniques & Development in Biobusiness ’ at Modern College, Ganeshkhind in 2008. (Consolation prize for Poster Presentation)
    • Life Member Association of Microbiologists of India.
Email ID : anupama.sonawane@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Mrs. Mrudula R. Nadgauda
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc,  CSIR- NET , SET, PG Recognition in subject of Microbiology
Experience : 7 years
High Lights
    • Co-investigator of BCUD sanctioned project on “Environmental Biosensor” for two years 2006-08.
    • Invited as Guest Lecturer to Fergusson College and Modern College Shivajinagar for Microbiology and Vocational Biotechnology courses                            
    • Participated in One-Day Workshop on “Biotechnology” on 17/11/05, organized by Depts. Of Biotechnology & Microbiology,  Modern College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Shivajinagar, Pune-5.
    •  Member of Organizing Committee – ‘Genetic Engineering ’ Hands-on Training Workshop for College Teachers, organized by Dept. of Microbiology, Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune-53 under Quality Improvement Programme of University of Pune, March 2005.
    • Member of Organizing Committee – Symposium on ‘ Recent Trends in Life sciences ’ at Modern College, Ganeshkhind, under quality improvement Program, University of Pune in Jan. 2007.
Email ID :
Name : Dr. Mrs. Neelima Jitendra Kulkarni
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc., Ph. D in Microbiology, CSIR-NET
Experience : 8 years teaching and 11 years research
High Lights Publications:

  1. Kulkarni N. and Gadre R. V. (2002) Production and properties of an alkaline thermophilic lipase from Pseudomonas fluorescens NS2W. J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 28:344-348.  
  2. Kulkarni N. and Gadre R. V. (1999) A novel alkaline thermostable, protease free lipase from Pseudomonas sp. Biotechnol. Lett., 21:897-899.
  3. Kulkarni N. and Gadre R. V. (1998) Simple gas chromatography method for lipase assay. Biotechnol. Tech., 12: 627-628.
  4. Kulkarni N. and Gadre R. V. (2008) Seperation of alkaline thermophilic liapase from fermentation broth of Pseudomonas fluorescens NS2W by foam fractionation: optimization of physicochemical parameters. (Under preparation)
Oral Presentation

  • Paper presented  at National Symposium on “Emergence of Modern Techniques & Development in Biobusiness”, organized by Zoology Department, Modern College, Ganeshkhind, Pune-53 in Feb 2008. Title of Paper: Optimization of Physico chemical parameters for dowmstream processing of alkaline lipase from Pseudomonas fluorescens NS2W using foam separation

Poster presentation:

  1. Kulkarni Girish, Raut Ambadas, Wakhale D. M. and Kulkarni Neelima (2005) Isolation and characterization of yeasts from honey and their application for ethanol production. At Intenational conference on Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biodiversity analysis 8th-10th August 2005.
  2. Kulkarni Neelima and Gadre R. V. (2008) Synthesis of ricinoleic acid using immobilized lipase from Pseudomonas fluorescens NS2W. At National symposium on Emergence of Modern Techniques and Development in Biobusiness, 18th -20th February 2008.
  3. Corresponding author for six other posters presented at National symposium on Emergence of Modern Techniques and Development in Biobusiness, 18th -20th February 2008.
  • Principal Investigator for Research Project sanctioned by BCUD (Board of College University Development), University of Pune. Duration of the project is two years (2008-2009).Title: Production of ethanol and polyalcohols by yeasts, using cellulosic and non- cellulosic, agricultural and forest waste.
  • Executive Council member and life member of Association of Microbiologists India, Pune unit; life member of Society for Biological Chemists (India) and Indian Women Scientists Association.
  • Attended various State-level, National and International Workshops/Seminars/Conferences on Biotechnology, Biodiversity, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.
Email ID : neelima.kulkarni@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Mrs. Nanditha Shenoy
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc, CSIR NET
Experience : 8 years
High Lights
  • Participated in International Conference on "Biotechnology for Sustainable Development", Jan 2008, NCL, Pune.
  • Participated in and Co-author of 2 posters presented at National Symposium on "Emergence of Modern Techniques & Development in Biobusiness", organized by Zoology Department, Modern College, Ganeshkhind, Pune-53 in Feb 2008. Titles:
  • Isolation of Siderophore producing organisms from Root Nodules;
  • Effect of heavy metals on Lysosome stability of Earthworm coelomocytes evaluated by neutral red retention time assay.
Name : Mr. Prasad Deshmane
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc. in Microbiology
Experience : 6 years of teaching experience
High Lights
  • Qualified CSIR NET LS-JRF examination
Email ID : prased.deshmane@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Ms. Deshpande Vrushali Vinod
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc. in Microbiology
Experience : 3 years
High Lights
  • Qualified CSIR NET JRF examination
  • Life member of Association of Microbiologists of India
  • Poster presented at National Symposium on "Emergence of Modern Techniques & Development in Biobusiness", Feb 18-20, 2008, conducted by Zoology Department, Modern College, Ganeshkhind and Association of Zoologists of India, under Quality Improvement Programme of University of Pune.
  • Title of Poster :
    Production of beta-galactosidase by a low sporulating mutant of Aspergillus oryzae in SSF.
Email ID : vrushali.deshpande@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Mrs.Dande Vaidehi Virendra
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc. in Microbiology
Experience : 5 years
High Lights
  • Life member of Association of Microbiologists of India
  • Industrial experience of six years
  • Paper presented at AMI, Coimbatore in 1991 on   
 “ Permeabilization of Aureobasidium pullulans  for lactose” 
Email ID :
Name : Mrs. Satbhai Ashwini Hrishikesh
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : M.Sc. in Microbiology
Experience : 5 years
High Lights
  • Industrial experience of four years as a Senior Microbiologist in Himedia Laboratories, Mumbai
  • Life member of Association of Microbiologists of India
Email ID : ashwini.satbhai@moderncollegegk.org
Name : Dr (Mrs.) Kavita Parekh
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : Ph.D. in Health Sciences
Experience : Teaching experience of 5 years and research experience of 6 years
High Lights
  • Interdisciplinary skill sets in Microbiology, Epidemiology, Molecular biology, and Health Sciences.
  • Receipient of Senior Research Fellowship from CSIR. Passed UGC- NET test for lectureship.
  • Experienced with working with biohazardous material. Specialization in molecular diagnostics for M. tuberculosis.
  • Worked as a consultant to set up molecular diagnostic facility for M.tuberculosis for a leading hospital and research centre in Pune. Currently involved in standardizing a molecular diagnostic for HIV for the same hospital as a part of research activity.

Papers published and presented

  • Modi Parekh K, and Kar A. Monitoring of bacteriological diagnostic efficiency under RNTCP- the Pune Experience. Health Administrator 2003;15:106-12.
  • Kar A, Modi –Parekh K, and Chakraborty A.K. Advances in tuberculosis diagnostics. Health Administrator 2003;15:118-123.
  • Modi –Parekh K , Jog A, Inamdar V, and Kar A. a comparative study on the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis using conventional tools and polymerase Chain reaction. Indian J Tuberc 2006;53:69-76.

(Received R.C. Garg award for the best paper in Indian Journal Of Tuberculosis in 2006-2007)

  • Presented paper at 58th National conference On Tuberculosis and Chest diseases titled “A comparative study on the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis using conventional tools and Polymerase Chain Reaction”.
  • Presented paper at annual conference of Indian public health Association titled “Polymerase Chain Reaction For Tuberculosis: A study to explore its utility  under programme settings and as a tool for community survey.”

 

Email ID :
Name : Dr . Jyoti Rao
Designation : Assistant professor
Qualification : Ph.D. in Microbiology
Experience : 8 months teaching and 16 years research
High Lights
  • Post-doctoral research scholar at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, USA, (Jan 2008 to Jan 2010).
  • Awarded the Senior Research Fellowship (2000 – 2002) by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Awarded the Golden Jubilee Fellowship for the year 2003 by the University Women’s Association (UWA), Pune.
  • Invited as a participant from India for the international workshop on ‘Exploring Subseafloor Life with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program’, October 2006, conducted by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program – Management International Inc. (IODP-MI), Washington D.C., U.S.A.
  • Worked on different industry-oriented research projects for the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and for the New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-NMITLI).
  • Life Member of Association of Microbiologists of India.

Papers published and presented (* presenting author)

  • Rao, J. U. and Ranade, D. R. (1999) Role of anaerobic bacteria in bioremediation of oil spills. In Proceedings of Oil Spill Response-’99, ISSN 0970-1214, (eds.) Pant, P. K., Lamba, S. S., Chakraborty, A. B., Pandey, A. M. and Kapala, B. C., pp. 49-51, Oil Asia Journal: Mumbai, India.
  • Mendonsa, E. S., Vartak, P. H., Rao, J. U. and Deshpande, M. V. (1996) An enzyme from Myrothecium verrucaria that degrades insect cuticles, for biocontrol of Aedes aegypti mosquito. Biotechnology Letters 18, 373-3376.
  • *S. D. Shete, J. U. Rao, P.P. Kanekar, D.R. Ranade, S. P. Kanekar and P. K. Dhakephalkar (2008) Cloning and expression of dissimilatory sulfite reductase genes of a novel Desulfovibrio sp. in Escherichia coli for production of cerium sulfide (poster presentation) - 49th Annual Conference of the Association of Microbiologists of India, New Delhi, India.
  • *Rao, J. U. and Ranade, D. R. (2006) Interactions between sulfate-reducing bacteria and fermentative acid-producing bacteria isolated from an oilfield - International Workshop on Biotechnology of Anaerobic Bacteria and Archaea, Pune, India.
  • *Rao, J. U. and Ranade, D. R. (2003) SRB help in limiting MIC caused by APB - 11th National Congress on Corrosion Control, Vadodara, India.
  • *Rao, J. U. and Ranade, D. R. (1999) Anoxic degradation of alkanes by bacteria isolated from the Arabian Sea - 8th National Symposium on Environment, Kalpakkam, India.
  • *Ranade, D. R., Ekbote, V. A., Rao, J. U., Singh, J. P., Bhardwaj, A. K. and Anto, P. F. (1996) Anaerobic bacteria involved in MIC of oil and gas system at Bombay offshore project - National Conference on Corrosion, New Delhi, India.

Workshops attended

  • Workshop on ‘Methods in Behavioural Ecology’ (Jan 2006), conducted by the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • ASM short course on ‘Molecular Ecology of Biodegradation’ (Mar 2005), conducted by Dr. Andrew Ogram from the University of Florida, USA at the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh.
  • Workshop on ‘Knowledge Discovery in Life Sciences – Sequence-Based Bioinformatics Approaches’ (Dec 2003), conducted by the Bioinformatics Centre, University of Pune, India

 

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Courses

UNDER GRADUATE COURSES


Course Name Duration of Course Current Strength
B.Sc. 3 years FYBSc 54
SYBSc 41
TYBSc - 33


POST GRADUATE COURSES


Course Name Duration of Course Intake Strength
M.Sc. 2 years MSc I 45
MSc II - 52

Non Teaching Staff

 

Name

Designation

Qualification

Experience

1) Mrs. Trupti Kulkarni

Laboratory Assistant

B.Sc. (Microbiology)

8 yrs – Modern College
3.5 yrs – Hindustan  
              Antibiotics

2) Mr. Sachin Kaldhonkar

Laboratory Attendant

HSC

8 yrs

3) Mr. Anup Ghume

Peon

SSC

3 yrs

4) Mr.Ashish Shindekar

Peon

SSC

1.5 yrs

5) Mr. Sandip Bahirat

Peon

HSC

5 yrs

Research Activities

  •  Recognized Research Centre for M.Phil and Ph.D in Microbiology.

         Prof. Emeritus: Prof. Dr. Anil Lachke.
      
Research Projects sanctioned by BCUD:    

      The teaching staff is actively engaged in carrying out Research Projects. The following Research Projects have been sanctioned by Board of College & University Development, University of Pune. Duration of the projects is two years.   

Sr. No.

Principal Investigator
Co-Investigator

Title

1

Mrs. Anupama  P. Sonawane
Mrs. Mrudula R. Nadgauda

Environmental Biosensor

2

Dr. Mrs. Neelima J. Kulkarni
Mrs. Nandita A. Shenoy

Production of ethanol and polyalcohols by yeasts,  using cellulosic and  non- cellulosic, agricultural and forest waste

3

Mrs. Sneha S. Ogale

Isolation and characterization of pathogens causing Urinary Tract Infections.

4

Mrs. Durga S. Kulkarni

Testing of Antibacterial Activity of Ficus benghalensis with special emphasis on its latex

  • Other departmental projects being carried out are on:
    •  Isolation of Halophiles from the Dead Sea sample and their potential commercial application
    • Isolation and characterization of bacterial pathogen causing blight of pomegranate and its bacteriophage
    •  Enzymes of industrial importance e.g. Cellulases, pectinases.
  • Research Consultancy: Dr. (Mrs.) Kavita Parekh: Worked as a consultant to set up molecular diagnostic facility for M.tuberculosis for a leading hospital and research centre in Pune. Currently involved in standardizing a molecular diagnostic for HIV for the same hospital as a part of research activity.

PLACEMENT CELL

  • Name of the Coordinator: Mrs. Vaidehi Dande and Mrs. Ashwini Satbhai
  • Pune being a Biotech hub, many industries approach our department for placement of students. Through placement cell our students have been placed at Serum Institute Pvt. Ltd., Morde Foods Pvt. Ltd., Pune. Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Evolvus (Clinical trial data management), Polchem Hygiene Lab Pvt. Ltd. etc.

Students’ Achievements:
Awards Received (2009-2010)

  1. Miss Priyanka Devi of MSc II has qualified CSIR NET LS examination.
  2. Scholarship of Lila Poonawalla  Foundation for 2009-2010 to Miss Mokshada Godbole of MSc I.
  3. Best student Prize: Ms Pranitha Natesan (2009-2010). She was also elected Ladies Representative of the college for 2009-2010.                                                                 

 

SrNo.

Name of student & Class

Conference in which Poster presented, date

Organized by

Prize won

1

Shweta Bansode, MSc II

National Conference on “Recent Trends in Life Sciences”; 18th & 19th Dec 2009.

Annasaheb Magar Mahavidyalaya and Mahatma Phule Institute of Management, Hadapsar Pune

1st

2

Amruta Mahalle, MSc II

1st

3

Chinmay Tikhe, MSc II

Biotrendz ’10: National Conference on Emerging Trends in Biotechnology, 5/02/10

MGM School of Biomedical Sciences and MGM College of Engineering and Technology, Navi Mumbai.

2nd

4

Sushant Gavhale, MSc II

 

2nd

5

Nikhil Gaitonde, TYBSc (Team member)

Mimamsa Quiz Competition, Jan 2010

IISER, Pune

3rd

Cultural Events:

Sr No.

Name of student & Class

Event
Harmony 2009-10

Organized by:

 

 

Rotaract Club of Poona South

Prize won

1

Mrunal Belvalkar, MSc I

 

Western Singing

 

1st

 

2

Amruta Joshi, MSc II

Flower Decoration

2nd                        

3

Pranita Natesan, MSc II

Photography

3rd

4

Shweta Bansode, MSc II, Rupal Manani, MSc I

Mehendi

-

5

Debangi Chattopadhyay, Sonali Goyal.                       Madhuri Wani, Swapna Jadhav, MSc I, Rutuja Banale, (FYBSc)

Fashion Show  

 

-

6

Pratima Mali, Tejashree Godambe, FYBSc

Dance

 

-

 

Sr No.

Name of student & Class

Event
Uthopia 2009-10

Organized by:

 

 

Prize won

1

Debangi Chattopadhyay, Sonali Goyal.                      MSc I, Sheetal Raheja, Pratima Mali (FYBSc)

Fashion Show  

 

1st


Sr. No.

Name of student & Class

Event

Organized by:

Prize won

1

Mrunal Belvalkar, MSc I

Inter –collegiate Seminar on Youth & Cinema

BMCC

1st

2

Mrunal Belvalkar, MSc I

Hindi Ekankika Spardha

Maharashtra Rashtrabhasha Parishad

1st Prize :
1) Best Play
2) Best Script.