Senior College


About the Subject

Throughout history, microorganisms have had a huge impact on human affairs. Microbiology is the study of microorganisms – Living things that are too small to be seen by the unaided eye. This discipline includes fundamental studies on the ultrastructure of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cell, Genetics, Biochemistry, Ecology, Analytical techniques, pathogenic microorganisms and the host immune responses to these agents as well applied studies on Air, Soil, Water, Sewage, Food and Industrial Microbiology. All the above, are a part of the UG and PG curriculum designed by the department.

About the Department

The Department of Microbiology at Sophia College established in the year 1966 was the fourth college to offer Microbiology as a principal subject at the B.Sc Level. The M.Sc (by Papers) degree course was initiated in 1977 and extended to 10 seats in the year 2003.It is also one of the departments recognized under Star College Scheme, Department of Biotechnology (DBT).


The UG program is open to female students only

The Department provides excellent education in Microbiology in both teaching and research to meet the demands of this growing field. The conventional, yet effective chalk and board teaching is supplemented with several innovative teaching-learning methodologies. Some of these are-

  • ICT based methods such as E-Classroom and Flip the classroom
  • Active learning by involving students in simple research activities through the use of “Research Based Pedagogical Tools (RBPTs), research paper and poster presentations. Some of these activities are supported by the DBT STAR College Scheme. A few selected students get an opportunity to enhance learning and acquire high order skills through three-year Excellence in Science Education Program (EXSP). The EXSP activities are on topics that are not a part of the UG Curriculum.
  • Hands on training for use of instruments - The Department has a well airconditioned laboratory with basic and advanced instrumentation facility. Students are trained to use these instruments.
  • Value Added Courses –A one Credit certificate Course “Introduction to Scientific Writing” has been introduced for the F.Y.B.Sc students
  • Experiential learning through promotion of short-term internships, educational visits to food and dairy industry, sewage treatment plant, pharmaceutical laboratories, hospitals and research laboratories
  • The M.Sc degree course is open to both female and male students.
  • The M.Sc course is an extension of the undergraduate curriculum dealing with all the branches of the subjects at a considerable depth and blends the upcoming fields as well advances in the subject.
  • Research is an integral aspect of the curriculum and includes topics such as research methodology as well as training in planning and execution of dissertation research project. A number of these dissertation projects have resulted in publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Participation in conferences, workshops and research meets is encouraged.
  • Educational visits and short-term internship at a pathological laboratory are also included.


Post graduate course ‘Diploma in Clinical Analysis (DCA)’-Medical Laboratory Technology.

  • Founded in the year 1978.
  • Recognized by the University of Mumbai through Garware Institute.
  • 66 credit program.
  • The course has a status of being one of the best for medical technology and also aims at overall personality development.
  • The students find placement in reputed hospitals and private pathology laboratories.
  • It is also recognized as 16th year of education by some universities in the USA for students who wish to pursue M Sc, Ph D program.


Ph.D programme

  • The department is recognized for Ph.D programme

Dr. (Ms.) Arjumanara Surti

Head of Department

PhD, Associate Professor
Subject Expertise /Research Interest: Biochemistry/ Biodegradation studies


Areas of expertise and research interests: Microbiology, Biodegradation studies and study of enzymes from microbial sources and their applications.

Association with academic bodies: Life member of Association of Microbiologists of India

Research projects ($) Additional infotmation: I am a PhD guide. One student is registered and working on her project and another one is working on her research project proposal.

Dr (Mrs.) Rajbinder Kaur Dehiya

PhD, Associate Professor
Subject Expertise /Research Interest: Genetics /Environmental Microbiology


This program serves as viva media for her to motivate undergraduate students to take the first tentative steps towards a research career. She is a recognized Postgraduate Teacher of University of Mumbai and has guided sixteen postgraduate students for their M.Sc dissertation projects. She is a recipient of three minor research grants from the University of Mumbai and two awards from the college. She is a life member of the “Association of Microbiologist of India (AMI). She strongly believes that the formative years that young students spend at Sophia should be used not only in the pursuit of academic knowledge but also in turning out responsible and valuable individuals for society.

Ms. Shraddha Prabhu MSc, Assistant Professor Subject Expertise /Research Interest: Food / Agricultural Microbiology and microbial enzymes


As a researcher, she has received a minor research grant from the University and a College research fellowship. She has presented research work at a National Conference and won an award. Her expertise in ICT instigates active learning during lectures. As a supplement to regular lectures, she is interested in developing online courses for her undergraduate students. She has been actively involved with the NSS in conducting the practical for the Municipal School Project. She has been on the committee for development of the herbal garden, non-teaching staff development and is currently on the college examination committee. She has been actively involved in guiding the students for the Excellence in Science Program.

Mrs. Jyoti Mantri MSc, MPhil Subject Expertise /Research Interest: Medical and Immunology/ Biofilms


Her expertise lies in the field of Immunology and Medical microbiology which she has been teaching for the past 20 years. She is liked by both the PG and UG students who find her dependable, sincere, knowledgeable and approachable. She has kept herself abreast with the modern teaching aids and audio visual aids, at the same time not undermining the importance of the chalk and duster in her teaching. She believes that as a teacher she plays an important role in moulding students to become better human beings and counsels them regularly. She is a recognized post-graduate teacher of University of Mumbai. Has been involved in the framing of the syllabus for T.Y.B.Sc and the M.Sc (I) CBS course. Is on the examination committee, press committee and instrumentation committee of the college. Has been invited as subject expert for interviews to select candidates for the post of assistant professors. She is a life member of “Association of Microbiologist of India (AMI) and also Indian Immunology Society. She has been a recipient of a number of minor research grants from the college. She has guided several M.Sc dissertation projects, some of which were awarded prizes at National Symposia. She has en invited as subject expert for interviews to select candidates for the post of assistant professors at a number of colleges. She believes in a holistic approach in life and practices yoga and meditation to keep herself healthy. Her hobbies are gardening and reading.

Mr. Vijay Vig



Areas of expertise - General Microbiology, Microbial Genetics, Molecular Biology, Virology, Bioprocess technology, Fermentation technology. 

Research interests- Fermentation technology, Extremophiles, Environmental Microbiology

Waheedunnisha Chaudri 



Ms. Ayesha Shaikh



Area of expertise: General Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Nano-biotechnology

Research Interest: Medical Microbiology, Nano-biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Biodegradation studies.