Mumbai, India
Departmental Information - Microbiology
Senior College:  Ms. Ila Shah – M.Sc, Head of the Department.
Dr Arjumanara Surti, MSc, PhD.
Ms Gianni Erevelles Mapara, MSc. (On FIP Leave)
Ms Suparna Dugal, MSc.
Dr. Rajbinder Kaur Dehiya, MSc, PhD.
Ms. Shraddha Prabhu,  MSc.
Mrs. Jyoti Mantri, BSc. M.Sc., M.Phil.
Ms S.Panditrao, MSc
Microbiology is the study of Microorganisms – Living things that are too small to be seen by the unaided eye. Throughout history, microorganisms have had a huge impact on human affairs. These tiny creatures that we cannot see are changing the definition of life itself.

The department was started in 1966 and was the fourth college to offer Microbiology as a principal subject at the B.Sc Level. The number of student's admitted at the entry point is 60 – 70 students.
Facilities in the department include a well-equipped air-conditioned laboratory, which caters to the needs of 150 undergraduates students, a postgraduate laboratory and preparation and sterilization rooms. There is a departmental library with the collection of 150 books related to the subjects, as well as women related issues.
The Department has been involved in drawing up and implementation of the EXSP (Excellence in Science Education program) introduced in the Science faculty. The objective of the program is to enrich the students academically and motivate them to explore frontiers of knowledge in addition to those prescribed in the syllabus. The program enables students to develop skills in presenting scientific reports and literature surveys. It also makes them aware of how to plan and execute a research project. This is the unique opportunity available to the students at undergraduate level.
Mrs. Ila Shah (Head of the department)
Joined the Department of Microbiology, Sophia College in 1975. Recognized Postgraduate Teacher of University of Mumbai .
Dr. (Ms.) Arjumanara Surti (M.Sc, Ph.D)
Reader, Joined the Department of Microbiology, Sophia College in 1988. Recognized postgraduate teacher of University of Mumbai


Mrs. Gianni Erevelles Mapara (M.Sc) On FIP Leave
Joined the department of Microbiology, Sophia College in 1988.Worked as lecturer in Microbiology at the K.J. Somaiya College of Science from 1986 to 1988. Recognized post-graduate teacher of University of Mumbai .


Ms. Suparna Dugal (M.Sc)
Joined the Department of Microbiology, Sophia College in 1997. Recognized Postgraduate Teacher of University of Mumbai .
Dr. (Mrs.) Rajbinder Kaur Dehiya (M.Sc; Ph.d)
Joined the department of Microbiology, Sophia College in 2000. Recognized post-graduate teacher of University of Mumbai

Ms. Shraddha Prabhu. (M.Sc)
Joined the Department of Microbiology, Sophia College in 2003
Ms S.Panditrao, MSc
She has taught at The Pharmacy College (MET) And  Patkar-Varde College Of Science As The Co-ordinatorOf Micro-Biology She Joined Sophia College In 2009 as a Lecturer on a FIP Vacancy Post
COURSES : (Click on papers to view Syllabus)
PAPER I Fundamentals of Microbiology
PAPER II Applied Microbiology
PAPER I Concepts in Immunology
PAPER II Microbial Biochemistry
PAPER III Applied Microbiology
PAPER I Genetics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology and Virology.
PAPER II Medical Microbiology and Immunology
PAPER III Microbial Biochemistry
PAPER IV Bioprocess Engineering
  Applied components Food Possessing and preservation
  Paper I - Food Production
  Paper II - Food Processing
Subject combinations with maximum students strength is as follows
1. Microbiology Chemistry Zoology 30 students
2. Microbiology Chemistry Physics

20 students

3. Microbiology Chemistry Maths 20 students
1. Microbiology Chemistry  
2. Microbiology Zoology  
1. Microbiology Single Major 6 Units
2. Microbiology Double Major

3 Units and 3 units in


Post graduates :

1. Master of Science (MSc) by papers
Number of seats 10 (7 university & 3 college seates)

Note: For admission to university seats students have to apply to the University of Mumbai after the declaration of BSc results. The college seats are for the college students and the admission is on the basis of university guidelines and merit.

2. Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Analysis (DCA)
This is a one year self financed autonomous course started since 1978.

Students :

M.Sc students are motivated to undertake reseach projects. Students keen on pursuing a career in research are motivated to apply for the Lady Tata Memorial Trust Scholarship. Five students were the recipients of the Lady Tata Memorial research Fellowship. The research project were
• Antibacterial effect of silvernanoparticles impregnated on bone cement
• Effect of tea tree oil and EDTA on C.albicans biofilms
• Antibacterial effect of chemically synthesized zinc oxide nanoparticles.
• Susceptibility of methicillin resistant S.aureus ATCC25923 to vancomycin using liposomal drug delivery system.
• Evaluation of ability of brewery spent grain to reduce chromium toxicity through biosorption.
• Antimicrobial activity of chilli extract and its effect on food spoilage causing microorganisms.
• Identification and characterization of amino acid producer and study of effect of mutation on product yield.
• Effect of antimicrobial agents on biofilms produced by Strep.mutans-an in vitro studies.

Staff :

• Dehiya Rajbinder Kaur and Surti Arjumanara Mansoorali for their research project titled “Cytotoxic effects of Enteropathogenic E coli on lymphocytes: In vitro studies”.
• Surti Arjumanara Mansoorali for her research preoject titled “Microbial production of poly b hydroxybutyric acid – A Source of biodegradable plastic”
• Dugal Suparna & Prabhu Shraddha for their research project titled “Biofilm of Mutans Strerptococci: Susceptibility pattern before and after chlorhexidine exposure.”this project was awarded a consolation prize by the University of Mumbai .
• Mrs Gianni Erevelles Mapara & Surti Arjumanara Mansoorali for their research project titled “Bacteriocin from Staphylococcus : Isolation, partial characterization and study of antibacterial spectrum”
• 2008-2009 Ms Giani Erevelles Mapara was selected for the Smt. Dhandevi Mahindra Research Fellowship Award for the year 2008-2009 and was awarded the sum of Rs. 60,000/- for her minor research project ‘Development of a Rapid Method for Detection of Listeria Monocytogenes in Food Samples’
• The department successfully completed the consultancy project for Thane Municipal Corporation.Under this monitoring of the bioremediation process for New Shivajinagar lake of Kalwa in Thane district was carried out.

Announcement for Postgraduate Diploma Course: DCA-Diploma in Clinical Analysis and the laboratory management will start after the TYBSc. Results are declared.

Important features of the course curriculum are as follows:
• Wide variety of subjects like Mathematics, statistics, English, computer literacy.
• Highly specialized laboratory management program.
• Recognized as 16th year of undergraduate studies at many universities in USA


Dr. Dhananjaya Saranath
, Research Dirctor, Molecular Genetics Group, Reliance Life Sciences. Formerly Head of Laboratory of Molecular Medicine, Jaslok Hospital after a long stint at Cancer Research Institute.
Dr. (Ms.) Roshan Ghaswalla , Entrepreneur, Head, Rakiro Biotech & Risk Tech consultant.
Mrs. Nirupa Bhangar , former head of our department, acting principal of Sophia College, presently working with NGO.
Ms. Ruzbe Mowdawala , Education coordinator, DCA
Ms. Nishita Mhatre , Judge at the Mumbai High Court
Ms. Swati Wahal , HOD, Elphinstone College
Dr. (Mrs.) Nirmal Pathare , Ex-lecturer, Khalsa College
Ms. Sangeeta Sharma (2000-2001)- graduate student working for Ph.D degree at a Univ. in Switzerland .
Ms. Sheeba Koshy (2001-2002)- working at Tulip Diagnostics
Ms. Heena Shaikh (2001-2002) post graduate lecturer at Vishakapatnam
Ms. Eleena Sanyal (2003- 2004) Novartis Pharma Pvt. Ltd., Clinical Data Manager, Level II
Ms. Mita (2003- 2004) Siro Clin Pharm
Ms. Juili Nimkar (2004- 2005) Bhavan's Research Center , Technical Assistant
Ms. Namita D'Souza (2004- 2005) Hinduja Medical Research Center
Ms. Marissa Rodrigues (2004- 2005) Harkishandas Medical Research Cente
Ms. Namita Shroff (2004- 2005) Lecturer at Mithibai College
Ms. Aishwarya Korgaonkar (2005-2006) graduate student working for Ph.D degree at University of Texas , Austin .
Ms. Nidhi Mathur (2005-2006) Nicholas Piramal Research Center
Ms. Sneha Mhatre (2005-2006) Diploma in Patent Law at University of Mumbai
Ms. Crystal Colaco (2005-2006) Lecturer at Nirmala Niketan


The course is equivalent to 33 credits.
Program is open to both girls and boys.
Career opportunities after the program are many, for example

1. Laboratory Bench technologist.
2. Research and development in Pharma-diagnostics.
3. Sales and marketing in Diagnostic industry.
4. Quality control managers in laboratory.
5. Clinical trial technologists.
6. A career in Forensic science with advance training.

After graduation / postgraduation in Microbiology, students find excellent job opportunities in Quality Control, Research & Development and in Marketing Divisions in pharmaceutical companies like Merind, Cipla, Glaxo, Ranbaxy, etc. Career opportunities are also available in prestigious Research Institutes like CRI, BARC, TIFR, FMR to gain expertise in upcoming fields of genetic engineering, medical research, biotechnology, biochemistry etc. Our students also find placement in various hospitals, clinical reference laboratories and pathological labs as technical personnel or research staff. Food and Wine Industries, Dairy industry, Hotels, Packaging Industries, Airlines, Science journalism, etc, also offer employment for microbiologists.

Opportunities for higher studies leading to a Ph.D degree exist in various research institutes, hospitals or reputed Universities in India and Abroad. The potential for work in inter-disciplinary areas like Bioinformatics provide further scope for Microbiologists.

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