Malabar Medical College Hospital and Research Center, Ulliyeri, Kozhikode

DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY


Malabar Medical College Hospital and Research Center, Ulliyeri, Kozhikode

Our Team

Dr. Chandrashekhara Murthy

MBBS, MD(MICRO)

Professor & HOD

Dr. Ronald Aloysius Roche

MBBS, MD(MICRO)

Professor

Mrs. Ramyagopal V.  

MSc, Medical Microbiology

Assistant Professor

Prinsa A

MSc, Medical Microbiology

Tutor

Mrs.Anoosha

MSc, Medical Microbiology

Tutor

Mrs.Vrinda.V

MSc, Medical Microbiology

Tutor

Mrs.Jinsha K

MSc, Medical Microbiology

Tutor

About our Department


Medical microbiology is a branch of medical science concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. It involves adaptation of microbiological techniques to the study of etiological agents of infectious diseases. A clinical microbiologist is responsible for a wide range of microscopic and cultural studies in bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. In addition, he is involved in performing various serological and immunological investigations for the diagnosis of diseases of both infectious and non-infectious etiology. The clinical microbiologist is often the most competent person available to determine the nature and extent of healthcare associated infections, the rational use of antimicrobials as well as public-health problems that affect both the hospital and the community.

The mission of the Department of Microbiology at Malabar Medical college and Research Centre is to impart quality education to undergraduate students, to train them in the discipline of Microbiology and to expand the body of knowledge of this scientific field through research.

Departmental Focus (Academics)

Our primary mission is to focus on ensuring quality education to MBBS, BDS, BSc Nursing, BSc Optometry and BPT by using innovative teaching methods and thereby ensuring that the students passing out from the institution serve as competitive medical professionals.

We have a dedicated set of teaching faculty actively engaged in academic, diagnostic and research activities.

We design our academic curriculum with didactic lectures, practical demonstrations, interactive symposia, group discussions, OSPE, seminar and quiz as per MCI norms.

We take initiation in involving students for mentorship programme, which is actively going on at departmental level to create interest in the subject.

We are educating and training the next generation of scientists and educators who will lead the fight against infectious and immune-mediated diseases.

The diagnostic section of microbiology department strives to deliver timely reports to patients within turn-around-time. Our dedicated and competitive technicians are well acquainted with newer diagnostic techniques.

We participate in an external quality program affiliated to CMC Vellore (EQAS Program).

Departmental Focus (Clinical)

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Infrastructure

The infrastructure of the department is spread out as two wings on the 4th floor of newly constructed college building, the academic wing and the diagnostic wing.

The academic wing of the department includes:

  • Demonstration rooms: Three rooms, each fitted with audio-visual aids and accommodates 75 students.
  • Practical Hall: With benches, fitted with shelves, cupboards, sinks, stain racks, microscopes and burners for the students and preparation room.
  • Museum: Contains a wide range of labelled specimens, charts and models with a seating capacity for at least 50 students. Twenty copies of catalogues for student’s use are provided.
  • Departmental library-cum-seminar room: Contains about 120 books and can accommodate 25 persons.
  • Departmental research laboratory: Equipped with instruments and reagents for the use of departmental research activity.

The diagnostic wing of the department includes:
Separate service laboratories for

  • Bacteriology
  • Virology
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Tuberculosis
  • Serology
  • Immunology

Separate accommodation is also provided for

  • Media preparation
  • Storage
  • Autoclaving and discard
  • Washing & drying
  • Technician’s common room

In addition to all the routine equipment, glassware, kits and reagents required in a microbiology diagnostic laboratory, our laboratory is equipped with state of the art equipment like,

  • VITEK 2 Compact – Designed for rapid and reliable identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing, contributing to improved therapeutic success and patient outcomes.
  • BacT ALERT 3D – Automated, colorimetric rapid microbial detection system for blood and body fluids
  • Abbott Ci4100 – Provides enhanced efficiency in performing serological and immunological assays with greater speed, efficiency and reliability.

Research Focus and Publications

The microbiology faculty are keenly interested in carrying out research and are involved in the following ongoing research projects approved by the Scientific and Ethical committee.

  • Surgical site infections – Isolates and their antibiograms with special reference to MRSA
  • Phenotypic characterisation and serotyping of uropathogenic E. coli
  • Prevalence of AmpC betalactamase resistance in Enterobacteriaceae isolates
  • Microbiological pattern of ear swabs in patients with chronic ear discharge in a tertiary care hospital in South India
  • Multidrug resistant Acinetobacter and other Non-fermenters: A clinico-microbiological study

The publications in national and international peer reviewed journals by the faculty of microbiology include the following.

Dr. Chandrashekara Murthy

Sl.No Title of the Research Paper Name of the Journal Year of Publication. Vol. Page No.
1 Bacteriological profile and Antibiogram of uropathogens among antenatal cases in a tertiary care hospital Indian Journal of microbiology research 2017 4:3

Dr. Ronald A Roche

Sl.No Title of the Research Paper Name of the Journal Year of Publication. Vol. Page No.
1 Rifampicin in the treatment of uncomplicated gonorrhoea in men Indian J. of Sex. Transm. Dis. 1987 8 10-12
2 Salmonella Phage Types in Bombay from 1983 to 1987 Indian J. Pathol. Microbiol. 1991 34:1 17-21
3 Auxotyping, susceptibility pattern and plasmid profile of gonococcal isolates Indian J. of Sex. Transm. Dis. 1989 10:53 53-56
4 Serological characterization of Neisseria gonorrhoeae by Co-agglutination technique JAPI 1993 41:6 352-53
5 Comparative study of colony counts of different species of oral streptococci in saliva of dentulous, edentulous and in those wearing partial and complete dentures Kerala Dental Journal 2009 32:1 11-13
6 Diagnostic value of Platelet counts in Malaria Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2011 5 1-4
7 Prevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the Hepatitis B Virus and the Hepatitis C Virus among the patients at a Tertiary Health Care Centre : A Five Year Study Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2012 6:4 623-26
8 Bloodstream infections caused by Gram Positive Cocci: A closer look International Journal of A J Institute of Medical Sciences 2012 1 26-31
9 Prevalence of transfusion transmissible infections among blood donors in a tertiary healthcare centre: A five year study International Journal of A J Institute of Medical Sciences 2012 1 32-35
10 Incidence of occupational exposures in a tertiary health care centre Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS 2012 33:2 91-95
11 Infection Control Practices in MICU National Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2012 3:1 65-67
12 Uropathogens and their Antimicrobial Susceptibility Pattern in a tertiary care hospital Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences 2012 1:4 467-72
13 Immunoreactive α2 macroglobulin in tubal pregnancy: A possible tool for early diagnosis International Journal of A J Institute of Medical Sciences 2013 2 13-16
14 Bacteriological profile, antibiotic sensitivity pattern and detection of extended-spectrum β-lactamase in the isolates of urinary tract infection from children Indian J of Child Health Vol 2016 3:1 27-31
15 Correlation between biofilm formation and antibiotic resistance in uropathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa causing catheter associated urinary tract infections European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research 2017 4:10 248-52
16 Biofilm formation and extended spectrum beta-lactamase production in Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from respiratory samples in a tertiary care hospital International Journal of Comprehensive and Advanced Pharmacology 2018 3:1 6-9
17 Extended spectrum beta-lactamase production and biofilm formation in Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from urinary tract samples: A tertiary care hospital experience Indian Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology 2018 5:1 1-3
18 From Potpourri to Percipience: Developing problem solving skills in medical students through a computer assisted active learning strategy Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2018 12:4 11-14
19 Harnessing the strengths of Mentored Student Project to compile a handbook of case scenarios for Undergraduate Medical Students Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2019 13:2 05-09
20 Narratives as Active Learning Strategy to emphasise the clinical relevance of Enzymology in medicine Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2019 13:4 06-09
21 Hypermucoviscous uropathogenic strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae producing extended spectrum beta-lactamase: An experience in South Indian tertiary care hospital International Journal of Comprehensive and Advanced Pharmacology 2019 4:1 1-4

Mrs. Anoosha G R:

Sl.No Title of the Research Paper Name of the Journal Year of Publication. Vol. Page No.
1 Vaginal candidiasis in pregnant women Indian Journal of medical microbiology 2005 4:3
2 Effect of water storage in metal containers on the viability of enteric pathogens

Mrs. Jinsha K:

Sl.No Title of the Research Paper Name of the Journal Year of Publication. Vol. Page No.
1 Mupirocin resistance in clinical isolates of Staphylococci in a tertiary care centre in South India Indian Journal of medical microbiology 2010 28:4 372-75

Outpatient Services

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Publications

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Other Activities

  • Our department is a designated microscopy centre for RNTCP.
  • Our department participates in ICTC program.
  • Our diagnostic laboratory regularly performs internal quality control and participate in External Quality Assurance Scheme (EQAS) of CMC, Vellore and consistently high scores.
  • Our faculty is actively involved in the instituitional CME programme conducted by Medical Education Unit.
  • We conducted a national level CME on “Basic science in oncological practice” on 3rd November 2018.
  • We conduct quiz competitions for medical students on a regular basis and our students have participated in state and national level quiz programs and secured several prizes.
  • We are involved in spreading awareness to the public and the students by commemorating World TB Day, World Leprosy Day, World Hepatitis Day etc. We conduct awareness classes, poster making competitions, quiz and short film making on the concerned topics on these days.
  • Dr. Chandrashekara Murthy, Head of the department of Microbiology is also the Vice Principal of Malabar Medical College and Research Centre. He is also actively involved in Institutional Ethics Committee and Anti-Ragging Committee.
  • Dr. Ronald A Roche, Professor of Microbiology is the chairperson of Hospital Infection Control Committee.
Malabar Medical College Hospital and Research Center, Ulliyeri, Kozhikode