The Department of Microbiology is functioning since the inception of medical college (2005). The department includes Bacteriology, Serology, Parasitology, Mycology, Mycobacteriology, Immunology and Virology Laboratories for routine microbiological/immunological investigations.
The Department is also involved in assessing the surgical theatre sterility of government and private hospitals in Theni district.
The Department plays an important role in detecting and controlling outbreaks of fever & acute diarrheal diseases. The department is also the part of Infection control program and Bio Medical Waste Management program of the hospital.
The Department also motivates MBBS student to involve in various Short term Research Projects and also Offers Laboratory Training and Project work for M.Sc Students from other colleges.
The Department is recognized as State Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS and conducting periodical training programs on HIV/AIDS for the Medical officers and Laboratory technicians of Theni, Dindigul & Karur districts.
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Associate Professor - 1
Assistant Professor - 1
Tutors - 2
Name of Courses Offered: M.B. B.S and D.M.L.T
Regarding the details of the Courses, eligibility, Selection procedure and University Examination details refer Student information Center.
Regular Theory and Practical Classes are being conducted for M.B.B.S and D.M.L.T students.
Central Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory
Prizes and Award Constituted by the Department:
A Gold Medal Examination is conducted every year for the MBBS Students
CMEs, Workshops / Conferences conducted by the Department
- CME on “Opportunez – 09: Opportunistic Infections in Immunocompromised” organized in association with IAMM (TN & PY chapter) & The TN Dr. MGR Medical University on 25th July 2009.
- Many Training Programs conducted on HIV/AIDS for the Medical Officers and Laboratory Technicians of Theni, Dindigul & Karur districts under the patronage of NACO & TANSACS.
- Research Papers
- Sekar R, Amudhan M, Sivashankar M, Mythreyee M. Higher prevalence of sexually transmissible co-infections among the human immunodeficiency virus-infected population of South India. J Med Microbiol 2011;60:394-395.
- Sekar R, Srivani R, Sivashankar M, Suresh A. Higher incidence of Enterococcus faecium and ampicillin resistance among the gut commensal enterococci isolated following oral antibiotic therapy. Chemotherapy 2011;57:54-55.
- Mythreyee M, Jayachandran C, Amudhan M, Sivashankar M, Mythily N, Sekar R. Low prevalence of transfusion-transmissible infections among voluntary blood donors in South India. J Infect Dev Ctries 2011;5:410-412.
- Sekar R, Amudhan M, Sivashankar M, Veeran R, Jayachandran C, Mythreyee M. Declining trend of HIV infection among the rural population of South India – A comparison of HIV prevalence in high risk and low risk groups. J Infect 2011;63:91-92.
- Sekar R, Mythreyee M. Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Diabetes – Is it time to think together? J Medical Microbiol Diagnosis 2012;1:e103.
- Sekar R, Amudhan M, Sivashankar M, Mythily N, Mythreyee M. An outbreak of cholera among a rural population in South India: Is it time to vaccinate the children in endemic areas? Indian J Med Res 2012;135:678-679.
- Sekar R, Mythreyee M. Carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae – A growing threat to public health. Open Access Scientific Reports 2012;1:324.
- Sekar R, Amudhan M, Sivashankar M, Mythreyee M. Recent trends in HIV prevalence in a remote setting of southern India – Insinuations for arranging HIV control policies. J Infect Dev Ctries (In Press).
ON-GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS:
- Sekar R, Mythreyee M. Microbiological Investigation of Diarrheal Outbreak in South India. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, 2012. ISBN: 978-3-659-27510-4.
LABORATORY INVESTIGATIONS PERFORMED:
- Cross sectional study on epidemiology and mechanisms of carbapenem resistance among Enterobacteriaceae members.
- Molecular charecterization of Dengue virus in Theni.
- Gram's Stain
- Acid Fast Stain
- Modified Acid Fast Stain for Stool Parasites
- KOH Mount for Fungus
- Wet Mount & Iodine Mount for Ova/Cyst – Stool Parasites
- Hanging Drop Technique for Cholera
- Urethral smear for Gonococci
- Vaginal smear for Bacterial Vaginosis/Vaginitis
- Negative Staining for Cryptococcus neoformans
- Routine Bacterial Culture & Sensitivity
- Blood Culture & Sensitivity
- Fungal Culture
- Bacteriological Testing for Drinking Water Quality – Potability test
- Bacteriological Testing for Food Quality – VVIP visit
- Bacteriological Testing for Surgical Theatre Quality
- Serological Tests
- Widal Test
- ASO Test
- CRP Test
- RPR Test
- RF Test
- Leptospira Antibody
- Dengue IgM Antibody
- Hepatitis B surface Antigen (HBsAg)
- Hepatitis C Antibody
- HIV Antibody
- CD4+ cell count