The Department of Microbiology emerged from the Sri Venkateswara University post graduate Centre, Kavali during 2005. Since 2010, the Department of Microbiology was to transferred College of Sciences, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. The department presently runs Four academic programmes M.Sc. Microbiology (Regular & Self-Supporting), M.Sc. Industrial Microbiology (Self-supporting) and Doctoral Programme. The present intake in each Masters programme is 24. The post graduate programme is under Choice Based Credit Course in four semesters with 16 theory papers, 7 practicals and one project work. The Department has taken special interest in encouraging the students to take up pure, applied and strategic Ph.D research programmes at local and national level to restore the environmental quality and development of indigenous microbial technology. Several students of this department have been gainfully employed and are working in several leading National & International laboratories, Industries, research Institution and colleges.
The research activities of the Department are also well recognized and a number of projects funded by agencies such as UGC, DST, ICMR etc., The thrust areas identified are Molecular Microbial Ecology, Proteomics, DNA Bar-coding, EnvironmentalBiotechnology etc.,The department of Microbiology has developed and transformed itself into a progressive department with upto date laboratory equipments, reference books. The department conducts various activities like Saturday meets, Research Seminars and training programmes for the CSIR-UGC, SLET, NET, GATE examinations. On an average 4 - 6 out of 24 students of each course qualifying these examinations every year.The department has strong rapport with potential employers and the opportunities of employment are routinely displayed.With respect to service the faculty has an exemplary record of participation in National & International Organization and editing professional Journals. The research outcomes of the department are well evidenced by publication of several research papers in peer reviewed national and international Journals with good impact factor. The Department also excels in extra curricular activities too. The department regularly organizes national level seminars, symposia and workshops.
It is not only the effect of the faculties for all such success but it is the team spirit and the excellence of the post graduate and Doctoral students too. Students of Microbiology are self sustained and receive individual fellowships including DST inspire Fellowship, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, University Research Fellowship. From all these progresses and growth it is well envisaged that the members of Microbiology Department are well sustained to outrival the competitive scientific World. .
1. To provide an environment which fosters continuous improvement and innovation in the subject.
2. To provide a sound academic background for an overall development of personality for a successful career in Microbiology.
3. To inculcate the student the right skills oriented towards self development.
4. To develop and orientation towards the National and Global needs and civic responsibilities in their outlook.
The department is committed to empower the students with proficiency in relevant knowledge and capacity building skills that widen the scope for self development and vocation to become a socially useful and responsible citizens.
Dr. CHINTHALA PARAMAGEETHAM
Professor & HOD
Prof. PARAMAGEETHAM CHINTHALA currently working as Professor of Microbiology, Head of the Microbiology department, Co-ordinator- Industrial Microbiology, Board of Studies(BOS) Chairperson Microbiology, Executive council member of Sri Venkateswara university, Ex-officio member of Academic senate. She is a Board of studies member in Yogi Vemana University, IIIT Nuzivid, Vikrama Simhapuri University, D.K. Govt. College, SPSR district, PVKR govt. Degree college, Chittor. She is having 27 years of research experience and 24 years of teaching experience. Her main focus of research is on extremophiles, Biofuels, Novel drugs from lichenized fungi and actinomycetes and bioremediation of polluted environments. She obtained her ph.D degree from Sri Venkateswara University in 2002 with financial assistance from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR, New Delhi).She was a Raman Post doctoral fellow at Prof .Ruanbao Zhou lab, Department of Biology and Microbiology, South Dakota state University, Brookings, USA during 2014-2015.She has received many awards such as Raman post doctoral fellow (UGC, New Delhi),Young Scientist Award(DST-SERB, New-Delhi),Senior Research fellow(CSIR, New Delhi),Junior Research fellow(CSIR,UGC,ASRB), Best women Scientist Award (Nature Science Foundation, Coimbattore,TN).She is a life member in Association of Microbiologists of India(AMI), Mycological Society of India(MSI), Indian lichenological Society(ILS) and South dakota Academy of Sciences(SDAS),USA. She has guided six students for their doctoral degree and 120 students for their Masters degree. She published 80 research papers in National and International journals, published 10 book chapters, authored one international book and one national book and edited one International book. She has delivered invited talks in national and international conferences and attended more than 75 seminars/symposia/workshops. She organized two national workshops and two national conferences. She completed three major research projects and one minor research projects funded by UGC( New Delhi), DST-SERB (New Delhi), CSIR (New Delhi) and APCOST(Hyderabad). A total of 17 new bacteria were isolated from mica mines which have biosealant properties and mineral solubilising properties. A total of 14 indegenous Bacillus and Pseudomonas strains were isolated from Pharma effluent exhibited potential acetonitrile degradation capacity and bioelectricity generation. An 8 endo lichenic Aspergillus sp. with anticancer enzymes were characterized from horsely hills, Andhrapradesh. Several uncultured novel bacteria were identified through metagenomics from extreme environments. Several rhizomicrobiomes were characterized through Next generation sequencing technology. Two patents on algal biofuels, one patent on cellulosic biofuels and one patent on acetonitrile degradation were applied.