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Vision Statement :

“State of the art clinical microbiology laboratory with latest technology, equipment and qualified manpower to meet with the clinicians need for accurate and timely confirmation of presumptive clinical diagnosis.”


This department was established in the year 1978. The journey subsequently has strived to balance an efficient output with advancing technology. The department has a molecular diagnostic laboratory and since the last two years is providing Xpert based rapid diagnosis of TB and drug resistant TB. It has also procured BACTEC and VITEK 2 systems for blood culture and MIC. Xpert and Vitek have been procured through a donor. Currently, it is an NABL accredited laboratory for all the tests offered.

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Faculty List – 2022

Sr. No Faculty Name Designation Qualification
1 Dr. Chaya A. Kumar Professor & Head of Department M.D, FCPS
2 Dr. Lona Dash Addl. Professor and In-charge M.D
3 Dr. Shashir Wanjare Addl. Professor M.D
4 Dr. Swapna Kanade Associate Professor M.D
5 Dr. Priyanka Prasad Associate Professor M.D
6 Dr. Vasant Baradkar Associate Professor M.D
7 Dr. Vaishali Surase Associate Professor M.D
8 Dr. Pallavi Surase Addl. Associate Professor M.D
9 Dr. Vijaya Torane Addl. Associate Professor M.D
10 Dr. Alpana Wagh Assistant Professor M.D
11 Dr. Shreeraj Talwadekar Assistant Professor M.D
12 Dr. Pradnya Kale Assistant Professor M.D
13 Dr. Ranjana Thate Assistant Professor M.D
14 Dr. Roopal Nipurte Assistant Professor M.D
15 Dr. Swati Vijay Assistant Professor M.D
16 Dr. Kashyap P.L Assistant Professor M.D
17 Dr. Gita Nataraj Professor Emeritus M.D, DPB

Archive Faculty

Dr. Preeti R Mehta M.D Prof. and Head
Dr Gita Nataraj M.D Professor
Dr. M.G.Karmarkar PhD Professor
Dr. Avani Koticha M.D Associate Professor
Dr. M.J.Sathe PhD Associate Professor
Dr Shashir Wanjare M.D Associate Professor
Dr. Nayana Ingole M.D Associate Professor
Dr. Swapna Kanade M.D Associate Professor
Dr. Priyanka Prasad M.D Asst. Prof
Dr. Sunil Kuyare M.D Asst. Prof
Dr Supriya Paranjape M.D Asst. Prof
Dr Pallavi Surase M.D Asst. Prof
Dr. Milind Ubale M.D Asst. Prof
Dr Vijaya Torane M.D Asst. Prof
Dr Rupali Suryavanshi M.D Asst. Prof
Dr Shivani Salil M.D Asst. Prof
Dr Rajkunwar Phakade M.D Asst. Prof
Dr Alpana Mhashilkar M.D Asst. Prof
Dr Vaishali Solanke M.D Asst. Prof


Archive – Hightlight of the year gone by





2021 Meetings Brief

Three online meetings were held on 9th March 2021, 3rd June 2021, 28th December 2021. The meetings were chaired by Dean (G&K)

The continued COVID situation and the huge second wave necessitated the need to reemphasize control measures, enhance testing and monitor COVID appropriate behaviour. Antibiogram of pus and adult blood culture was presented in the meeting of 9th March.

In the meeting of 3rd June, the recent GoI directive on implementation of IPC in the wake of the second wave was reviewed, gaps were identified and measures to fill them were suggested. The guidelines provided by GoM on infection control measures with special regard to mucormycosis were also reviewed. A separate email id has been created for departments to send their surveillance data.

In view of the rising positivity in December 2021, preparation for the third wave was reviewed. The WHO advisory on ‘IPC in health care facilities in the event of a surge in COVID -19’ dated 16th December 2021 was reviewed. Antibiogram of MICU and NICU for the period June-November 2021 was presented. Strict implementation of pre-treatment of laboratory waste by labs where autoclaving was not being carried out through the microwave machines installed at gate number 8 was discussed.


List of ongoing projects other than dissertations

  • Utility of Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 assay for rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 in a tertiary care center.
  • Retesting of rifampicin resistant tuberculosis in newly diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis patients .
  • Is there an association between Tuberculosis and COVID-19 – A questionnaire based study.
  • Comparison of Xpert MTB/RIF®, Line Probe Assay and culture in diagnosing Pulmonary Tuberculosis using samples collected by bronchoscopy.
  • Oral swab as an alternative specimen for diagnosis of Tuberculosis
  • Comparison of Gastric lavage/ sputum and Stool specimens in the diagnosis of Paediatric Pulmonary Tuberculosis- A pilot study
  • Utility of rapid antigen test for COVID-19 at a tertiary care centre.
  • Persistent positivity of SARS-CoV-2 RNA
  • IPC interventions and strategies in a burns unit

PG Dissertations

  • Prevalence of invasive aspergillosis in hematological patients in a tertiary care hospital.
  • Clinico-Microbiological relevance of significant bacteriuria in kidney transplant patients.
  • Seroprevalence of Hepatitis D in HBsAg positive patients at a tertiary care hospital
  • Utility of laboratory diagnostic tests in women suspected of Genital Tuberculosis attending a tertiary care teaching hospital.
  • Evaluation of diagnostic performance of Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra assay in suspected Tuberculous meningitis cases in tertiary care setting
  • Fosfomycin susceptibility in Enterobacteriaceae and Enterococcus species causing Urinary tract infections.
  • Incidence and risk factors for catheter related blood stream infections in dialysis patients.
  • Prevalence of Hepatitis A and E in acute viral hepatitis patients.

For Student

Courses Offered
M.D – Microbiology (Six registrations a year) Affiliated to MUHS, Nashik, MCI recognised


Lecture on Rubella,Rota and Corona viruses

Photo Gallery

Visit on 29 May 23 by Professor Joseph Muenzer, Pediatric Geneticist , University of North Carolina

Workshop on “Principles of Scientific Writing” 12, 13 October 2017, conducted for Pfizer Ltd

Mr Ashnik Chauhan at the DIA meeting in Chicago in June 2017

90 years of Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, January 2016