Department of Microbiology

About Us

  • The Department of Microbiology is a vibrant and essential component of our esteemed SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, dedicated to exploring the fascinating world of Clinical microorganisms and their impact on human health. Clinical Microbiology is a specialized branch of medical science that focuses on the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, providing critical insights into infectious diseases, their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • At the Department of Microbiology, our motto is to foster excellence in education, research, and clinical practice. We are committed to equipping our students with a deep understanding of the microbial world and its relevance to clinical medicine. Through innovative teaching methods and state-of-the-art facilities, we aim to cultivate the next generation of skilled clinical microbiologists, clinicians, and researchers who will play a pivotal role in advancing healthcare.

Cutting-edge Research:

  • The Department of Microbiology is at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the field of infectious diseases. Our faculty and researchers are actively engaged in investigating novel pathogens, understanding host-pathogen interactions, developing new diagnostic tools, and exploring innovative therapeutic strategies. Our commitment to research excellence enables us to make significant contributions to the global effort in combating infectious diseases and improving public health.

Clinical Services:

  • In addition to our academic and research endeavors, we actively participate in providing clinical services related to medical microbiology. Our clinical laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, ensuring accurate and timely diagnoses of infectious diseases. Our dedicated team of clinical microbiologists collaborates with other departments to ensure optimal patient care and management.
  • Join us on this exciting journey into the world of clinical microbiology. Whether you are a prospective student, researcher, or healthcare professional, we invite you to explore the diverse opportunities and experiences offered by the Department of Microbiology at SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Kattankulathur. Together, let us make a difference in the fight against infectious diseases and shape the future of medicine.

Our Vision

  • To impart a strong conceptual and relevant factual grounding to Medical undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • To strive for excellence in the Microbiology Teaching Programs and Advanced Diagnostics in Infectious Diseases
  • To achieve International recognition for the Research Centre with state-of-the-art equipment

Our Mission

  • A very systematic teaching schedule which involves the current competency-based curriculum put forth by NMC for MBBS students
  • Newer interesting teaching methodologies like flipped classes, seminars, vertical and horizontal integrated teaching, section wiz quizzes, etc. to facilitate and enhance the involvement of students
  • State-of-the-art teaching modalities like PowerPoint presentations with videos and audio incorporated to help better understanding of difficult concepts by students
  • Encourage students to participate in various inter and intra-college academic competitions like quiz competitions, model-making competitions, oral paper presentations, poster presentations, etc. in state level and national-level


We offer a comprehensive range of academic programs ranging from undergraduate degrees to Doctoral degrees tailored to suit the diverse interests and career aspirations of our students. Whether you are an aspiring medical student seeking a strong foundation in microbiology or a postgraduate researcher seeking advanced training in infectious diseases, our department has a program for you.

Our faculty members are renowned experts in the field, renowned for their groundbreaking research and contributions to clinical microbiology. They are committed to providing exceptional mentorship, ensuring that students receive the guidance and support needed to thrive in their academic journey.


The Microbiology Department is a modern and well-equipped facility dedicated to education, research, and innovation in microbiology. It provides students and faculty with top-notch resources for their studies and scientific endeavors:

  • Practical Halls: Spacious and well-furnished halls with 60 seats and 74 binocular light microscopes for hands-on learning and collaborative work.
  • Smart Demo Rooms: Two state-of-the-art rooms with audiovisual facilities and AC for interactive lectures and presentations.
  • Museum: Impressive collection of 342 display items showcasing various microorganisms for education and insights.
  • Wi-Fi Connection: Reliable and high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the department to access online resources and collaborate globally.
  • Research Laboratory: Well-equipped lab for cutting-edge research, including molecular equipment for nucleic acid studies.
  • Unidirectional Facility: Ensures controlled airflow to prevent contamination during sensitive experiments.
  • Autoclaves: Horizontal and vertical autoclaves for sterile media preparation and safe microbiological experiments.
  • -70 Degree Deep Freezer: Preserves microbial cultures for extended periods without compromising viability.

Overall, the department offers a stimulating environment for academic and research pursuits, contributing to the advancement of microbiological sciences.

The Microbiology Department offers a dynamic learning environment, employing innovative teaching methods to enhance student understanding and critical thinking.

Key approaches include:

  • Didactic Lectures with PowerPoint: Engaging lectures with multimedia aids for a solid grasp of microbiology principles.
  • Innovative Postgraduate Methods: SPA for unexpected practical assessments and TL-20 for daily focused learning.
  • Integration with Clinical Departments: Emphasizing practical applications in patient care for a holistic understanding.
  • Flipped Classroom Model: Pre-class resources for interactive discussions and active learning.
  • Quizzes through Zoom Polls: Immediate feedback to reinforce key concepts and encourage participation.
  • Video Demonstrations: Visual aids to enhance comprehension of laboratory techniques and procedures.
  • Self-Directed Learning: Encouraging independent research and initiative for a deeper passion for microbiology.

In conclusion, the department strives to provide a stimulating and enriching educational experience, equipping students with strong microbiology knowledge and skills

We are committed to providing comprehensive and hands-on skill training to our students, preparing them for successful careers in the field of microbiology. Our skill training focuses on various aspects of clinical microbiology and research, empowering students with the knowledge and expertise to excel in their professional journey. Here are some of the key skill training opportunities we offer:

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Training: We equip our students with the essential skills to make informed decisions in choosing appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Understanding antimicrobial stewardship is crucial for combating antibiotic resistance and ensuring optimal patient care.
  • Mentor-Mentee Program and Research Methodology: Our active Mentor-Mentee Program allows students to engage in research projects and gain valuable research methodology skills. Additionally, we emphasize publication ethics to instill integrity and responsible conduct in scientific research.
  • ICMR-Funded Short-Term Studentship Projects: We encourage MBBS students to participate in ICMR-funded Short-Term Studentship projects annually. This offers them a unique opportunity to undertake research and contribute to advancements in microbiology.
  • Interpretation of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Reports: During central laboratory postings, students receive training in interpreting and applying clinical microbiology laboratory reports, essential for accurate diagnosis and patient management.
  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Training: We provide training in IPC practices, biomedical waste management, and surveillance of hospital-acquired infections to ensure a safe and sterile environment in healthcare settings.
  • DOAP - Demonstration, Observation, Assistance, Performance: Practical Microbiology follows the DOAP principle, allowing students to learn through hands-on experience with gradual guidance and support, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject.
  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL): Problem-based learning is incorporated in university theory and practical exams, assessing students' knowledge and skills through real-world scenarios, and enhancing their analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Teaching Attitude, Ethics, and Communication (AETCOM): We impart the teaching of attitude, ethics, and communication in both theory and practical classes, emphasizing the importance of professional conduct and effective communication in the medical field.
  • Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE): OSPE is used to teach students to approach and solve clinical case scenarios, promoting critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Leadership and Teamwork Development: To nurture well-rounded individuals, we organize student seminars, medical quiz programs, and poster and oral presentation competitions, fostering leadership skills and teamwork.
  • Molecular Diagnosis and Fellowship in Infectious Molecular Diagnostics (FIMD): Postgraduate students receive hands-on training in molecular diagnosis, preparing them for the rapidly evolving field of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. We also offer the Fellowship in Infectious Molecular Diagnostics (FIMD) program to further enhance their expertise.
  • 74 Binocular light Microscopes for practical skill teaching.
  • 1 Universal / Fluorescent Microscope with Digital Capturing
  • 1 Digital Microscope with Camera for Image Capturing
  • Museum with a variety of 342 Display items – Laminated Charts, Models, Gross specimens of Immunology, Parasitology and Mycology.
  • 115 books and 10 International Journals as reference materials.
  • Research Laboratory with Unidirectional Facility with Molecular Equipment