Academic Department University Of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 2000

History of the department : Microbes have become an indispensible tool for ensuring human health and welfare. In recognition of the immense impact of this discipline on modern society the University of Calcutta established Masters programme in Microbiology at the Ballygunge Science College Campus in the year 2000. Initially Microbiology was a division under the Department of Biochemistry and the course was taught by faculty members from all the allied departments. With financial support under UGC-Xth plan Microbiology augmented its infrastructural facilities and the programme was given independent status as a full-fledged department in 2005. With further support from the University and the DBT-IPLS programme, the Department further upgraded its facilities in 2012.

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body :  Many students were placed within top 50 in CSIR-NET examination Our student, Sourav Bhattacharya, secured 1st position in CSIR-NET examination, 2010 and awarded with prestigious SPM fellowship.


Faculty Members
Name Designation Area of specialisation Email
Alok Kumar Sil
Professor Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Microbiology
Sagarmoy Ghosh
Professor Biochemistry, and Microbiology, RNA biology
Soumalee Basu
Assistant Professor & HOD Computational Biology and Biophysics sbmicrobio@
Sukhendu Mandal
Assistant Professor Microbiology

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.Sc Post graduate B.Sc Hons in Microbiology 15
Ph.D Doctoral M.Sc in any branch of life science  


Research Scholars :
Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Aayatti Mallick Gupta Structural and biochemical analysis of Mycobacterial ECF sigma and evaluation of its role on gene expression Dr. Sukhendu Mandal NA
Arnab Maiti A genetic and molecular study to understand the underlying mechanism of CS induced cellular death. Dr. Alok Kumar Sil August, 2014
Biraj Sarkar Isolation and characterization rubber degrading bacteria from rubber contaminated areas of Tripura. Dr. Sukhendu Mandal NA
Goutam Mukherjee A study to identify and characterize anti-mycobacterial agent(s). Dr. Alok Kumar Sil NA
Jayati Roy A study to understand the underlying mechanism of cigarette smoke induced-emphysema Dr. Alok Kumar Sil NA
Madhusudan Dutta Inhibition of aggregation of disease causing peptides by ligands of different origin Dr. Soumalee Basu 07/09/2012 (Reg No. 4346)
Md. Raihan Uddin Isolation and characterization of Psychrophilic bacterial isolates with the aim of synthesizing novel bioactive compound. Dr. Sukhendu Mandal NA
Pulak Kumar Maiti Selective isolation of Actinomycetes for Bioactive compound production from Kashmir soil. Dr. Sukhendu Mandal NA
Rusha Roy A genetic and biochemical study of biodegradation of commercially available plastics Dr. Alok Kumar Sil NA
Soudipta Pramanik A study of CS induced atherosclerosis at the molecular and cellular level Dr. Alok Kumar Sil NA
Sucharita Das Identification of new therapeutic molecules for Alzheimer’s disease targeting multiple mechanisms. Dr. Soumalee Basu NA
Suparna Ghosh Characterization of small RNA population in Berkholderia cenocepacia KC 01 under different stress condition Dr. Sagarmoy Ghosh July, 2014 (Reg No. 4766/Ph.D (Sc.) proceed/2014)
Projects :
Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget  
A Study of CS-induced atherosclerosis at the molecular and cellular level DBT, Govt. of India Dr. Alok Kumar  Sil October 27, 2014 to October 26, 2017 52,03,800  
Identification of the community structure of the polyurethane degrading microorganisms from east Kolkata solid waste dumping ground (DHAPA) DST, Govt. of West Bengal Dr. Alok Kumar  Sil January 2016 to December 2018 19,47,000  
Anti-amyloidogenic effects of some antioxidant phytochemicals present in common
traditional plant
DST, Govt. of West Bengal Dr. Soumalee Basu 3 yrs Rs. 13.65 lakhs  
Identification of novel BACE - 1 inhibitors by simulating BACE1 - flavonoid interaction to
identify new pharmacophore model followed by virtual screening in 3-D ligand database -
a de novo drug design approach.
DST, Govt. of India, Dr. Soumalee Basu  3yrs Rs.23.90lakhs  
Selective exploration of diverse soil, symbiotic and marine actinomycetes on the basis of their unique bioactive compound production DST Dr. Sukhendu Mandal 3 yrs 23.4 lakhs  
Characterization of the alternate gene locus that regulates chemolithotrophic sulfur oxidation in a novel bacterium Pseudaminobacter salicylatoxidans KCT 001 UGC Dr. Sukhendu Mandal 3 yrs UGC 6 lakhs
Structural and biochemical analysis of Mycobacterial ECF sigma and evaluation of its role on gene expression WB-DST Dr. Sukhendu Mandal 3 yrs WB-DST 15 lakhs
Collaborations :

We work in collaboration with different national level research institutions

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department / centre :

Teaching emphasis

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Bioinformatics

Thrust areas in Research

  • Bioremediation
  • Bio-fertilizer
  • Small RNA mediated controls in bacterial iron homeostasis
  • Development of anti-mycobacterial drug
  • RNA regulation in human infectious diseases
  • Cigarette smoke induced human diseases
  • Identification and designing of molecules against Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Study of leucine-rich repeats as protein motifs in plant defense

Teaching support : Department is equipped with e learning facilities

Research support :
Name of the equipment Funding agency
Bacterial culture room
Tissue culture facility
Refrigerated centrifuge
–80°C freezer
Temperature controlled bacterial shaker
Temperature controlled water bath
Thermal cycler
Fluorescent microscope
UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
Chemi Documentation facility
Major activities :

Department organizes scientific seminars and conferences by eminent scientists


Campus : Taraknath Palit Siksha Prangan (Ballygange Campus)

Address for communication : Department of Microbiology, University of Calcutta, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata - 700019, West Bengal, India