Doctor of Philosophy | Ph.D.

Department of Microbiology offers a regular Ph.D. in Microbiology programme in domains such as Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Biochemistry.The objective is to inculcate and enhance scientific temperament and critical thinking. The admission rules and eligibility criteria are as per the guidelines from University of Mumbai.

Ph.D. programme initiates with an application by the student, followed by selection, interview and preparation of the Research proposal in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee and supervisor. This is followed by the admission, course-work completion, approval of research topic.

Career Prospects

After completing Ph.D. in Microbiology, the future career prospects are:

  • Pursue Post-doctoral research in Microbiology
  • Serve as an Assistant Professor in a degree College
  • Serve as a Scientist in a Research institute.
  • Serve as a Microbiologist in a government/private sector

Research Facilities

Recognized research center with a permanent recognition with effect from 2002 by University of Mumbai. Along with the basic infrastructure, the Laboratory is equipped with the following facilities:

  • Fermenter-1
  • Laminar air-flow units-3
  • Du-Nouy Tensiometer-1
  • UV-Visible Spectrophotometer-1
  • Cold centrifuge-1
  • BOD incubator-1
  • Soxhlet apparatus-1
  • Electrophoresis units-3
  • Distillation unit-1
  • Hot plates-2

Research Guides

  • Dr. Unnati Padalia (till 31-07-2021)
  • Dr. Lolly Jain

Research Area

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbial Biochemistry

Research Facilities

Completed Projects

  • Ph.D.s awarded: Study of Plasmodium infestation with reference to peripheral smears-Dr. Charu Mody
  • Study of Vesicular Arbascular Mycorrhizal fungi from western suburbs of Mumbai with special emphasis on its use as a biofertilizer-Dr. Shailaja Menon
  • Bioremediation of mangrove soil of Thane creek region for heavy metals- Dr. Padmaja Damle
  • Minor Research Projects sanctioned by University of Mumbai:
    • Immobilization of Beta-galactosidase and its application with respect to lactose intolerance.(2016-2017)
    • Studies on Applications of Biosurfactants from Halophiles (2016-2017)
    • Formulation of Probiotic Kefir ice-cream.(2017-2018)
    • Optimization and pilot-scale trials of microbial enzyme production for degumming of raw silk. (2018-2019)