The Department of Microbiology has strived to make fundamental discoveries on human welfare. The department has a history of conducting trend-setting research that is best exemplified by the pioneering contributions to the biology of actinomycetes. Department of Microbiology is presently the nodal point within the Institute, for research on basic biology of microbial pathogens (bacteria, fungi and viruses), utilizing the tools of cell biology, molecular biology and immunology. The areas of research have been augmented and expanded into other frontier areas such as metagenomic, microbial metabolites and biodegradation of toxic chemicals. The faculties has been successful in mobilizing highly competitive research grants from national agencies such as DST, TNSCST etc., and several international agencies as well as industries.
Students with excellent academic records are admitted to the department through a highly competitive procedure for B.Sc., and M.Sc., programmes. Many of our students and research fellows have become leading investigators in institutions of eminence within India and abroad. The department offers courses in B.Sc., Microbiology (from 1996) and M.Sc., Applied Microbiology (from 2001) and M.Phil., Microbiology (from 2015). In addition, “Vigyan Predipa” Association of Microbiologist a forum is running by department. The forum activities are to conducts the literature review seminars, Journal club and the research presentations in every month are integral components of the student training and publication of Bhamathi Microbiology News Letter. A large number of eminent scientists visit the department every year and deliver lectures.