St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), 30 Mother Teresa Sarani Kolkata 700016 West Bengal, India

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Department of Microbiology (B.Sc.)

Dr. Sudeshna Shyam Chowdhury M.Sc., Ph.D.
Head of the Department

B.Sc. Microbiology Department

The Microbiology Department of the St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata started its journey almost 15 years ago. Since its inception, the endless enthusiasm and indomitable zeal to attain perfection of both the faculty and the students made the department the best in research activity in the college. The able guidance and the heartfelt endeavor of the entire faculty have enabled the Department to prosper and grow into its present extortionate stature.


The Department of Microbiology has initiated two year Microbiology M.Sc. course on August 2010 and now has 10 faculty members representing different domains of Microbiology. Departmental students are usually involved in projects and present their papers in Indian Science Congress. The microbiology department conducts a two day seminar on Modern trends in Microbiology where the of 2nd year graduate students presents review papers. The field of microbiology is taken up by Dr. Arup Kumar Mitra, Ms. Debjani Dutta, Ms. Lopamudra Roy and Dr. Madhumita Maitra. The subject of Biochemistry is taken up by Dr. Sudeshna Shyam Choudhury, Dr. Kasturi Sarkar and Dr. Jaydeep Ghosh. Dr. Anindita Banerjee’s expertise lies in the field of plant tissue culture and plant physiology. The field of molecular biology is taken by Dr. Mahasweta Mitra Ghosh. The Biophysical part of the syllabus is taught by Dr. Jaydip Ghosh and Dr. Riddhi Majumder.

Thrust Areas:

Module based syllabus encompassing Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Instrumentation and Biostatistics.


Students are taught with audio and visual aids in the field of modern Biology.


Department has encouraged student based research and they have been participating in different seminars within and outside the state and have received many laurels for the Institution.


The students are encouraged to take up industrial or lab based training in the form of summer internship.


The Department also undertakes student centric learning in the form of paper presentations, writing and critical appreciation of scientific papers, etc.


All these activities clearly indicate that the Department is different from other traditional teaching learning centre in the form of student opportunity and development.


Staff Members:


  • Actively participates in research and publication of books.
  • Recognized as PhD guides and with projects (major and minor) funded by national agencies.
  • Three major and three minor research projects are running in the Department.
  • The teachers have also prepared unique textbooks on Environmental studies, microbiology and practical manuals.
  • The teachers are engaged in consultancy and analysis of industrial samples.
  • Students from other colleges have completed their M.Sc. dissertation in Microbiology from the department.
  • Students from other technical colleges have completed their summer training from the department.
  • Students have completed their M.Phil and PhD thesis under the guidance of departmental professors.
  • The entire faculty is involved in research and publishes papers in peer reviewed journals.
  • The department has hosted four chapters of an international seminar ‘Frontiers in Biological Sciences’.
  • The association of faculty with a national level education programme titled SWAYAM which disseminates MOOC courses.
  • The Microbiology and Biotechnology department has jointly received a major grant ‘DBT builder’ from Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India in 2021. The sanctioned money for the project is 3 crores and three project assistants have been appointed to carry on the proposed works.
  • A project proposal submitted to the West Bengal State Council of Science and Technology (WBSCST) by the department of microbiology has been sanctioned recently.

Brief synopsis of the distinguished accomplishments by the faculty members:

  • Dr. Arup Kumar Mitra, Mrs. Debjani Dutta and Mrs. Lopamudra Roy have published a Comprehensive book of Microbiology named ‘Comprehensive Microbiology’ (Publication- Current Book International).
  • Dr. Sudeshna Shyam Chowdhury has published the book Fundamentals in Microbiology.
  • Dr. Ritun Chakraborty is the first research scholar to receive the doctoral degree from the college.
  • Along with six other professors, Dr. Mitra (as the coordinator) is associated with a national level education programme titled SWAYAM which disseminates multi-online open access courses (MOOC). This programme is based on current choice-based credit system (CBCS) syllabus of UGC and would be disseminated in 10 different courses.


  • Got top positions in the University and admissions into different M.Sc. Programme all over India.
  • Every year students get the opportunity in summer fellowship or POBE programme of the JNCSR (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for scientific research).
  • An Indian patent have been submitted on Hand Sanitizer by UG students.
  • Participates actively in National Seminars including the Indian Science Congress, where students present papers as posters or oral presentation.

Notable achievements by students this year:

  • Many students of the UG batch of 2021, have qualified the entrance exams like JAM, TIFR/JGEEBILS and secured admissions in renowned institutes all over India viz, TIFR, IIT, IISc, NBRC, IBAB etc.
  • Mr. Shreyans Chatterjee of 2021 batch has got the chance in Molecular and cellular biology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Research Projects:

Ongoing projects:

Dr. Arup Kumar Mitra and Dr. Mahasweta Mitra Ghosh has ongoing projects from WBDBT on the topics ‘Arsenic mitigation from Plant microbe interaction along with an industrial project — Active Principles from mangrove plants and their anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-cancerous properties’ and ‘Isolation of resistant bacteria from soil and their bioinformatics analysis’ respectively.


Completed projects: 

Many projects have been completed by the faculty members of the department.


Air-conditioned Lab with different state of art instruments, some of which are detailed below:
Laminar flow
Incubator Shaker, Multiple autoclaves
Cold Centrifuge
Deep Freeze
UV Visible Spectrophotometer
Trinocular Microscope
Air sampler
Gel electrophoresis unit with transilluminator
Blotting Apparatus
Digital balance
Table top microcentrifuge
Multiple refrigerators
Microwave and Hot air oven
PCR machine

Summer Training, Seminar and Collaboration

This department holds reputation for having students who are selected to various prestigious fellowships and institutions every year for their summer training. This year, one of our students have been selected for the prestigious Khorana Scholarship and is heading to the University of Wisconsin, Madison for summer internship. Many of our students have also qualified for the Indian Academy of sciences- SRFP fellowship and are placed in premium institutes all across the country like IISc Bangalore, IISERs, IITs as well as CCMB, Hyderabad for their summer training. Apart from this, students also intern in reputed laboratories like that of IACS, IICB, University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University and Bose Institute in Calcutta. Those interested in industry have also been sent for industrial training in companies like Cipla as well as Reputed hospitals including Institute of Neurosciences, CMRI and Medica.


The annual seminar Modern Trends of Microbiology-is organized by the 2nd year students of UG and PG every year. Invited lectures are delivered by eminent scientists from across the globe. Selected students present review topics based on recent research in microbiology,


  1. Microbiology Hons. (3 Years Undergraduate degree course)
  2. Microbiology (2 years Postgraduate degree course)
  3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Students Activities

Syllabus and Q-Bank

Microbiology General

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