The scientific discipline of ‘Microbiology’ is one of the most critical components of modern day science. Microbiology also constitutes an important section of study of applied biological science at various levels of graduate and post-graduate education. Therefore, study of microbiology offers tremendous potential in applied sciences. Department of Microbiology, Central University of Rajasthan came into existence in July 2012 under the School of Life Sciences. The mandates of the department are to undertake detailed post-graduate level teaching, enable students for national/ international competitive examinations e.g. CSIR- UGC- NET and ICMR fellowship; GATE Exam etc. The department also envisions extending in the field of world-class microbiological research. The department boasts of highly qualified faculty with Ph.D. and Postdoctoral trainings from world-class institutes in India and abroad. The department of microbiology works in close association with other departments in School of Life Sciences and other departments like Environmental Science for giving best quality education to Integrated MSc students. 

The department of Microbiology has infrastructure and facilities to take on an average 25 students for MSc and Integrated MSc program and 8 students for Ph.D. program every year.  The selections for admission were made on the basis of Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET). The state of art classroom and laboratory for MSc and Research lab for PhD students has been have been initiated in permanent campus building (4A3) in Bandarsindri campus.

M. Sc. Microbiology

Objectives of the program: Master Program  focus on providing comprehensive training to the students in various disciplines of basic and applied microbiology. The department of Microbiology is following a multidisciplinary approach towards teaching and makes use of traditional as well as   audio-visual assisted classroom teaching and practical training. The course curriculum is designed to train our students in basic Microbiology as well as in allied biological subjects including Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Recombinant DNA technology, Virology, Enzymology, and Bioinformatics etc. The curriculum also provides essential training on supportive courses of Bio-safety, Intellectual Property Rights, Biostatistics, Physics, and Mathematics etc

Intake and eligibility: 25 students with Bachelor’s degree with Microbiology/Zoology/Botany/Life sciences / Biochemistry/ Genetics/ Biotechnology/ Medicine/ Pharmacy/ any other discipline of Biological sciences as one of the main subjects and Chemistry as one of the optional subjects at least for One year or Two semesters with minimum 50% of marks or equivalent grade in aggregate for general category and 45% or equivalent grade for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates.

Integrated M.Sc. Microbiology

Objectives of the program: Integrated Masters Program focus on providing comprehensive training to the students in various disciplines of science with detailed emphasis on Microbiology. The objective of the program is to transform student into trained microbiologist with the in-depth knowledge of basic science that can be used in the professional career and clearing various national level entrance exams. Hence the course is designed in a way that for initial two years students are trained in basic sciences and from third year they are trained in applied biology and microbiology. During fourth and fifth year of the course the students are trained with the direct MSc students in the subjects like Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Recombinant DNA technology, Virology, Enzymology, and Bioinformatics etc. The curriculum also provides essential training on supportive courses of Bio-safety, Intellectual Property Rights, Biostatistics, Physics, and Mathematics etc.

Intake and eligibility: 25 students with 10 + 2 in Science Stream or equivalent of any recognized board in India with Biology as one of the optional subjects having 50% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate for general category and 45% or equivalent grade for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates.

Doctor of Philosophy

Objectives of the program: The Ph. D. program envisions providing detailed research specialization in basic and applied areas of Microbiology e.g. Microbial diversity, Microbial Metabolism & Physiology, Agricultural Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology, Medical Microbiology and Microbial Genomics etc. The course curriculum for doctoral studies is designed to meet the guidelines of the University Grant Commission e.g. candidates are selected thorough selection procedure which consists of entrance exam and personal interview. The selected candidates are required to successfully complete a Pre-Ph. D. course-work.

Intake and eligibility: Intake vary every years (Usually 4-6 every academic session) with A consistently good academic record possessing a Master’s Degree in the subject concerned or in a cognate / allied subject with minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognized University at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; 5% relaxation in minimum requirement of marks is granted to SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates.

Regular

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

Assistant Professor

M.Sc. (Microbiology), Ph.D. (TERI University, Specialization: Petroleum Microbiology) Postdoc:2009-2013: Petroleum Microbiology research group, University of Calgary, Calgary

akhilagrawal@curaj.ac.in

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Dr. Arvind P. Singh

Assistant Professor

M.Sc. (Microbiology), Ph.D. (Life Sciences; CSIR-IITR, Lucknow), CSIR- UGC NET- JRF  Postdoc:2008-2012: Genome Institute of Singapore(A-Star Agency, Singapore)

arvindpsingh@curaj.ac.in

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Dr. Chandra Sekhar Gahan (on Lien)

Assistant Professor

M.Sc. Applied & Industrial Microbiology, Utkal Univ. Odisha; Lic.Tech. Engg. Proc. Metall. LTU; Ph.D. Engg. Proc. Metallurgy, LTU Sweden; Post Doc. UCT South Africa; Scientist KIGAM South Korea; Asst. Prof. SRM Univ. Chennai; Marie Curie Fellow SDU Turkey

csgahan_mbio@curaj.ac.in

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Dr. Deeksha Tripathi

Assistant Professor

MSc. (Microbiology; University of Delhi), PhD (Biotechnology; Jawaharlal Nehru University), AMI Young Scientist Award, DBT Research Associate Fellowship, National Postdoctoral Fellowship-DST SERB, CSIR/UGC NET-JRF

deeksha.tripathi@curaj.ac.in

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Dr. Nidhi Pareek

Assistant Professor

M.Sc., Ph.D. (IIT Roorkee), CSIR-UGC NET-JRF, GATE, National Doctoral Fellow- AICTE

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Dr. Pawan K. Dadheech

Associate Professor and Head

M.Sc.; Ph.D.

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Prof. Pradeep Verma

Professor and Dean (School)

M.Sc.; Ph.D.(Microbiology)

pradeepverma@curaj.ac.in

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Dr. Vijay K. Verma

Assistant Professor

MSc. (Applied Microbiology), PhD (Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, JNU, New Delhi), UGC Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship award, ICMR- Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship, CSIR-UGC NET Postdoc:2014-2016

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Description about lab facilities

Departmental Facilities

Name of Laboratory

Facilities Available

State of Art Departmental Central Instrumentation Facility

1. FPLC

2. Ultra Centrifuge

3. PCR

4. Real Time PCR

5. UV-Visible Spectrophotometer

6. Gel Documentation System.

7. High Speed refrigerated Centrifuge 

8. Millipore Water Purification System

9. -20 Deep Freezer

10. -80 Deep Freezer

11. Carl Ziess Microscope

12. Anaerobic Chamber

Bioinformatics Laboratory (Established under DST-FIST Grant)

1.Desktop-05

2. Workstation-64 GB

3.Netwroking facility

Photoautotrophic Culture Facility

Temperature Regulated room with Photo incubators/Cyanobacteria culture facility- 03 Nos.

BSL-2 Laboratory

1. BSL-2 Cabinet (Laminar air Flow system)

2. CO2 Incubator

3. Autoclave

M.Sc. Laboratory

1. Laminar Air Flow -02 Nos.

2. Visible Spectrophotometer

3. UV-Visible Spectrophotometer

4. Shaker Incubator-02 Nos

5. BOD- Incubator

6. Incubator Shaker

7. Fume Hood

8. Weighing Balance-03 Nos.

9. pH Meter-02

10. High Speed refrigerated Centrifuge -02 Nos.

11. Horizontal and Vertical Gel Electrophoresis System

12. Gel Rocker

13. Hot plate with stirrer

14. Hot Air Oven

15. Microscopes 20i, 21i

16. Colony counters

17. UV trans-illuminator

18. Refrigerators

19. Dry bath

20. Water bath

*In addition to the above instruments, the laboratories are also equipped with appropriate Lab Safety Supplies and Equipments., e.g. First Aid Kit, ABC-type fire extinguisher, Emergency Shower and Emergency Eye Wash Station

 

In addition to the central instrumentation facility of the department of microbiolgy there are number of research laboratories according to the expertise of the faculties in the department. Details of these research labs are given below:

1. Bioprocess and Bioenergy Laboratory:

Group Leader: Prof. Pradeep Verma

Area of Research: Microbial Biodiversity, bioprocess development, enzymology, biomass and bioenergy, microbial fuel cell technology and algal biofuel.

The laboratory focuses on developing scientific process and technologies to produce various economically important products such as enzymes, metabolites and biofuels. The Laboratory works broadly on three major areas:

  1. Study of microbial diversity of various ecological niches.
  2. Bioprocess development for production of biotechnologically important products.
  3. Development of efficient biomass pretreatment system for cost effective production of bioethanol and other value added products.

Bioprocess and bioenergy laboratory has collaboration with various national/international research organizations. The laboratory has completed two national collaborated projects of worth 152 lakhs, funded with grants from DBT.

Major Research Facilities available: Microwave digestor System; Rotatory Evaporator; Bioreactor; Incubator Shaker; Incubator; Hot Air Oven; Water Bath; Horizontal and Vertical Gel Electrophoresis; Tissue culture Rack; Autoclave; -20 Deep Freezer; Refrigerator; Single Distillation Unit

Research Staff: 03 PhD Scholars

Research Output (Last 3 Years): 08 Research Paper; 02 Book Chapter; 16 Presentations at different Scientific meetings at the national and international levels.

Important Links: http://www.vermapradeep-lab.com/

 

2. Microbial Diversity, CyanoTech and CyanoTox Laboratory:

Group Leader: Dr. Pawan K Dadheech

Research areas: Microbial Diversity; Bioprospecting of Extremophilic microorganisms; Cyanobacterial toxins; Cyanobacterial Biotechnology.

Facilities: ELISA reader, Thermocycler, Culture racks for cyanobacteria and algae, Laminar air flow, Deep freezer, etc.

 

3. Public Health Genomics Laboratory

Group Leader: Dr. Arvind P. Singh

Research Areas:

  • Assessing the functions of antimicrobials in animal agriculture: To know the level of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria from the food-animals origin is essential for regulating the safe use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, which in turn lead to our ability to combat the problem of antimicrobial resistance as well as to fight bacterial infectious diseases.
  • Understanding the ecology and behaviors of enteric bacterial pathogens in plants: What are the phenotypic and genetic factors that influence the survival of enteric pathogens in plants, are the top questions that we are addressing to reduce the risks of foodborne illness linked with contaminated raw agricultural produce.
  • Developing microbiome-based therapeutic targets: Considering the importance of human gut microbiome in medicine, we are exploring the microbiota of cow which may yield advance knowledge for new insights into the therapeutic potential.

 

4. Energy and Environment Research Laboratory (EERL)

Group Leader: Dr. Akhil Agrawal

Dr. Akhil Agrawal is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and is team leader of EERL. As on 2018, he has more than eight years of research experience in Petroleum Microbiology. He team consist of 4 doctoral students, JRFs, field assistants and PG and UG students. The cummulative effort of everyone has lead to the more than 20 research articles and chapters in reputed journal. Dr. Agrawal is cuurently working on pertigious IMPRINT2, DBT-Twining, DST-ECRA and DST-Rajasthan projects with more than 2.5 crores of research funding. He has several industrial (ONGC, OIL Assam and Cairn India Ltd) and international (University of Calgary, University of Toronto) colloaborations. He holds a patent in the field of MEOR and currently developing a BcEOR technology for Oil  fields of India. More information about his work and current positions is available on weblink: https://akhilagrawal-eerl.webs.com/

Expertise and Research interests:

(a)Petroleum Microbiology: Reservoir Souring control and Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery

(b) Cyanobacterial Biotechnology: Development of natural sunscreens

Facilities: Anaerobic Culture Facility; Oil field simulating bioreactor facility; Cyanobacteria culture and induction facility

 

5. Biocatalysis and Bioprocess Laboratory

Group Leader: Dr. Nidhi Pareek

Dr. Nidhi Pareek has established Biocatalysis and Bioprocess Laboratory at Department of Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, Central University of Rajasthan with the help of INR 51 lakhs grant received from DBT and DST, Govt. of India. Currently, the group has 02 doctoral students and guided 11 post-graduate and 6 graduate student research projects. The post-graduate students are now pursuing their doctoral studies at various premier research institutions viz. IIT Guwahati, Guwahati; CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar; KGMC, Lucknow. Some of the post-graduate students are well placed at Pharmaceutical industries. The research efforts of the group to date have led to publication of 27 refereed papers and 03 book chapter along with and 21 research presentations at professional meetings at the regional, national and international levels.

Research Area: Microbial Biotechnology, Bioprocess development, Microbial Proteomics, Bioenergy

Research focus:

  • Sustainable production of chitin derivatives through highly efficient biocatalytic conversion.
  • Better utilization of chitin from biomass processing.
  • Providing an integrated view for production of well-defined COS in terms of degree of polymerization and acetylation sequence along with the applications.
  • Integrated remediation of industrial effluents employing photoautotrophs (microalgae, cyanobacteria) and bioenergy generation

 

6. Microbial Hydrometallurgy Laboratory

Group Leader: Dr. Chandra Sekhar Gahan

The Microbial hydrometallurgy Laboratory in the leadership of Dr. Chandra Sekhar Gahan is currently working on microbial aided metal extraction from various industrial and electronic wastes such as waste mobile phone printed circuit boards, petroleum refinery spent catalysts and copper slag, steel slag etc. Apart from the waste, the research lab also carries out research on metal recovery process optimization of various sulphide ores and concentrates of copper, gold, zinc etc. Laboratory is equipped with Instrumentation facilities like Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, muffled furnace, Visible Spectrophotometer, vortex mixer, compound Microscope, Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) meter etc. The process engineering set up comprises of 4 Chemical/bioreactor with a volume of 2-5 Litres with overhead stirrer for homogenous mixing and hot plate at the bottom of the reactor for temperature control. The laboratory has been functional with the help of external research grant of 25.9 Lakhs from Department of Science and Technology (DST). At present two Ph.D. students are pursuing their research under the guidance of Dr. Gahan and have published 3 Research articles in peer reviewed International Journal after joining this University. The Broad research areas of this laboratory are Biohydrometallurgy, Bioprocess engineering of chemolithotrophic acidophiles, Industrial waste recycling, E-waste Recycling, Metal recovery and process optimization.

Broad Research Area: Bioleaching, Biosorption, Bioprocess Engineering

 

7.  Dr. Deeksha Tripathi’s Laboratory:

Tuberculosis is still a formidable challenge, causing nearly about two million deaths each year. The causative agent of the disease, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a highly flourishing intracellular pathogen. At present, the only vaccine against TB is live M. bovis, bacilli Calmette Guerin (BCG). It is however only effective in preventing the disease in children and does not confer protection against disease in adulthood or during reactivation of latent cases. As a consequence, persistent efforts are required for new TB vaccines and drug development.

Our research laboratory is interested in development of new immunotherapeutic interventions and vaccine candidates to combat tuberculosis. Our research is deciphering the molecular processes regulated by the pathogen to survive in hostile host environment.

 

8. Cell Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases Laboratory (CMBID)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Vijay K. Verma

 Infectious diseases still cause a threat at a global and local level, particularly as disease agents can evolve so quickly. For example, bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori, Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes infections that can have devastating consequences particularly in developing countries and they also show resistance to many antibiotics. To eradicate these deadly pathogens, we first need to focus on phenomenon which helps these bacteria to survive in host that is persistent infection. 

Dr. Vijay Verma has started to establish Cell Molecular Biology of Infectious diseases laboratory at Department of Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, Central University of Rajasthan by using DST Inspire and UGC Start-Up grant. The research laboratory is exploring the different mechanism by which these bacteria escape the host’s natural immune systems and reside in host for a long time (persistent infection).

Research Area: Molecular Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions, Phase Variation and Persistent Infection, Biofilm formation, DNA uptake machinery and Host Immune Evasion.

 Project details running under departments

S. No.

Faculty

Title

Funding agency

Duration

Total outlay

1

Department of Microbiology

Coordinator: Prof. Pradeep Verma  

DST-FIST

 

DST

05 Years (2017-2020)

44 Lakhs

2

Dr. Pawan K Dadheech

Evaluating bioprospects of extreme-tolerant cyanobacteria inhabit Sambhar Lake of Rajasthan

DST Rajasthan

3 years (2017-2020)

8.7 Lakhs

3

Dr. Arvind P Singh

Characterizing the Cattle Microbiome for Understanding its Therapeutic Value

DST-SERB

3 years (2017-2020)

48 Lakhs

4

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

Mitigation of Microbial Souring in the Oil fields of Western Rajasthan

DST Rajasthan

3 years (2017-2020)

9.8 Lakhs

5

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

Combining Chemical and Microbial Approaches to Develop an Alternative Enhanced Oil Recovery Method

DST-SERB

3 years (2018-2021)

33 Lakhs

6

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

Development and demonstration of Biochemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (BcEOR) technology for marginal oil wells of western India

MHRD- IMPRINT2 Scheme

3 years (2018-2021)

165 lakhs

7

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

Development of Biochemical enhanced oil recovery technology for northeastern oil fields of India

DBT-Twining Scheme

3 years (2018-2021)

85 lakhs

8

Dr. Nidhi Pareek

(Principal Investigator)

Exploration of thermostable chitinolytic enzyme system from Thar desert for production of bioactive oligosaccharides

DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award

2015-2020

35 Lakhs

9

Dr. Chandra Sekhar Gahan

Innovative Biohydrometallurgical approach to recover metal values from petroleum

refinery spent catalyst

Start-up Grant for Young Scientists (YSS)

DST-SERB

2015-2018

25.9 Lakhs

10

Dr. Deeksha Tripathi

(Principal Investigator)

Functional Characterization of FKBP type Peptidyl prolyl isomerase (Rv2462c) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis for its role in stress response of the pathogen

UGC Start up Grant

2017-2019

10 Lakhs

11

Dr. Vijay K Verma

Characterization of membrane / secretory proteins in Helicobacter pylori: Mystery of Bacterial Persistent Infection (An interphase of Host-Pathogen interaction)

DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award

2017-22

35 Lakhs

12

Dr. Vijay K Verma

Identification and functional characterization of novel membrane/secretory proteins in Helicobacter pylori responsible for host-pathogen cross talk and pathogenesis

UGC Start up Grant

2017-19

10 Lakhs

Achievement Title Attached File

Faculty achievements details

Faculty

Awards/ Achievement

Details

Prof Pradeep Verma

Invited as Plenary Speaker at XFBF,-2018, International Travel Support

XFBF,-2018, Xiamen University China, during 18-22 Oct 2018

Dr. Pawan K Dadheech

Guest Scientist

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Stechlin, Germany (21 May-5 July, 2018)

 

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

Best Business Plan Competition  – 3rd Prize

2nd runner up prize in Business Plan Competition held at 5th Rajasthan Science Congress-2017

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

JKLU Award for Water and Environment

For outstanding research in Water Conservation and Reuse at 4th Rajasthan Science Congress-2016

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

REIL Energy Innovation Award

 

  For outstanding research in Energy Innovation in Oil Sector at 3rd Rajasthan Science Congress-2015

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

International Travel Award by SERB-DST

International Travel Award to attend 3rd International Conference in Science and Engineering and Applied Science , Calgary, Canada, 2014

Dr. Akhil Agrawal

Guest Faculty

Lectures on Health Safety and Environment at University of Toronto, Canada from 22-29 September 2017

Dr. Nidhi Pareek

Young Scientist Award (Industrial Microbiology)

Received from Association of Microbiologists of India

58th Annual Conference of Association of Microbiologists of India, 2017

Dr. Chandra Sekhar Gahan

Resource Person

Invited as Resource person to deliver Lecture in 7-Day Workshop on “Research Methodology for Faculty of Science” (26th March -1st April 2016) at IIS University Jaipur.

Dr. Chandra Sekhar Gahan

Invited Speaker

Delivered a lecture on “Managing E-Waste” at Workshop on “Managing waste to Health” held on 15th February 2017 at JK Lakhsmipat University, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Dr. Chandra Sekhar Gahan

Best Oral Presentation Award

3rd Rajasthan Science Congress held between February 28th –March 2nd, 2015 at Manipal University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Dr. Chandra Sekhar Gahan

Keynote Speaker

Delivered lecture as Keynote Speaker at National conference RTMB-2018 held at Department of Biotechnology, MITS School of Biotechnology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Dr. Deeksha Tripathi

Young Scientist Award (Medical Microbiology)

Received from Association of Microbiologists of India in 2015.

 

Student achievement details

Student

Award/Achievements

Details

Komal Agrawal

(PhD Student)

Best Oral Presentation

International Conference on Biotechnology & Biological Sciences 2017, at University of Engineering & Management (UEM), Kolkata 25th-27th August 2017

Bikash Kumar

(PhD Student)

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Scholarship for doctoral studies

Received Scholarship for Doctoral Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial fund, New Delhi. January 2018

 

Ghanshyam Prajapat

(PhD Student)

CSIR-SRF

Received CSIR-SRF from CSIR-HRDG, New Delhi, May 2018

Himanshi

(PhD Student)

DST-INSPIRE

Received DST-INSPIRE fellowship from DST, New Delhi, June, 2016

Himanshi

(PhD Student)

CSIR-UGC-NET

Qualified CSIR-NET , June,2015

Himanshi

(PhD Student)

Oral Presentation

Won second prize at National conference on Waste to Wealth in Mineral and Metallurgical Industries (WWMMI-2018) held at CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar ,9-10 March,2018

Neha Nagar

(PhD Student)

GATE

Qualified GATE examination, February, 2017

Neha Nagar

(PhD Student)

CSIR-UGC-NET&JRF

Received UGC-JRF from UGC, New Delhi, June,2017

(39th Rank)

Neha Nagar

(PhD Student)

Best Group Seminar Presentation

Won First prize at BRNS-AEACI Thirteenth school on Analytical Chemistry (SAC-13) at CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, 23-30 April,2018

Saket Kashyap

(Integrated M.Sc. Student 2013-18)

Best Poster

Won best Poster Presentation award at International Conference on Trends in Biochemical and Biomedical Research: Advances and challenges, Held at BHU, Varanasi, during February 13-15, 2018.

Department of Microbiology

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF RAJASTHAN
NH-8, Bandar Sindri,
Dist-Ajmer-305817, Rajasthan [INDIA]

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