Department of Microbilogy | K.S. Hegde Medical Academy (KSHEMA), Mangaluru


The Microbiology department was established in 1999 with MBBS Course. As of now it caters to MD (Microbiology), BDS, BPT, B.Sc. Nursing and Various Allied Health Science courses including B.Sc. Medical Laboratory technology, B.Sc. Medical Imaging technology and B.Sc. Operation Theater. The department also offers a doctoral programme under the faculty of medicine as a part of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Programme of Nitte (Deemed to be University). The medical academy houses full-fledged academic sections for training Undergraduates and Postgraduates. The department has one undergraduate practical hall and two demonstration rooms with the capacity for 80 students. The department has a museum to support the teaching activities. The well-equipped service laboratories in the academic sections cater to training postgraduates and undergraduates for academics and research purpose.

An additional asset to the department is its well qualified teachers who adopt innovative methods for teaching. The training methods include diabetic lectures, seminars, web based learning, small group teaching, mind map classes and laboratory based training. Initiatives have been taken to provide supplementary online learning material through a course website hosted on the institutions online learning management system. Regular assessment of students in the form of multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks, short answers, match the following and long and short essay questions help us identify slow learners and give them an opportunity to improve. Laboratory training is delivered to the students by the teachers in the form of hands on training classes, work stations, applied exercises, student to student interactions and teacher to student interactions. Regular postgraduate seminars, journal club, culture seminars, slide discussions, clinical sample discussions and instrument seminars are conducted as a part of MD teaching programme. The department conducts yearly CME programmes for faculty and postgraduates and workshops and competitions for teaching learning methods for undergraduates.

The central laboratory at Justice K.S Hegde Charitable Hospital, is a 24 hours laboratory which caters to diagnostics. It is equipped with high specific and sensitive instruments to aid early diagnosis and treatment. Skilled and trained technicians are available round the clock. Well qualified clinical microbiologists are available through the week for reporting and advice. The department has obtained research grants from a number of external funding agencies. The staff and postgraduates are involved in publications in various indexed journals. Staff members have undergone fellowship programme in stem cell from outside university.

The department participates in medical health checkup camps and blood donation camps conducted by the Hospital. The department looks forward to introduce innovative teaching techniques to make learning more interesting and to start newer diagnostic techniques for better patient care.

Faculty Photograph





Dr.Rekha Rai

Professor & HOD


Dr.Vimal Kumar Karnekar

Professor &Head


Dr. Veena Shetty

Addnl. Professor


Dr.Asha Pai K.B.

Associate. Professor


Dr.PrathibhaBhat U.

Asst. Professor



Asst. Professor


Mr.Ganesh H.R.



Mr.Rajesha P.



Dr.Rameena Anver



Dr.Sarin J.H.


Academic activities and Publications

  1. Assessment of knowledge and practice of Hepatitis B vaccination among doctors in a tertiary care center. Kannika Kaveramma, Dr. Rekha Rai
  2. Evaluation of seroconversion rates of Hepatitis B vaccination among medical students in a tertiary care hospital in Karnataka; Dr. Ankeeta Menona Jacob, Dr. Rekha Rai
  3. Assessment of Knowledge and Attitude Regarding Prescription and Resistance Among Health Care Providers; Ashna Malhotra, Dr. Vimal Kumar Karnaker
  4. Efficiency of Rapid diagnostic tools in the diagnosis of Malaria -Irene Rose A, Dr. Vimal Kumar Karnaker
  5. Mycological profile of Rhinosinusitis from a tertiary care teaching hospital.- Dr. Sanki Santhosh.C, Dr. Vimal Kumar Karnaker
  6. Evaluation of the rapid card test and capture Elisa test in diagnosis of dengue infection.- Dr. Rameena Anver, Dr. Vimal Kumar Karnaker
  7. Aerobic bacterial profile of blood stream infections and antibiotic susceptibility pattern of the isolates.- Dr. Sarin J.H, Dr. Vimal Kumar Karnaker
  8. Determination and Characterization of Phenotypic and Genetic attributes of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC). - Mrs. Sabitha Baby, Dr. Vimal Kumar Karnaker.
  9. Application of radiation to prevent post-harvest loss in fishes.- Dr. A Veena Shetty
  10. Attenuation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence by dietery phytochemicals from vegetables as quorum sensing inhibitors - Dr. A Veena Shetty
  11. Association of white discharge and psycho social risk factors in women of reproductive age in South Canara – A community based study. - Dr. A Veena Shetty
  12. Bioremediation of organochlorine-endosulfan contaminated soils using bacterial isolates - Dr. A Veena Shetty
  13. Sequencing and molecular characterization of NDM Carrying isolates form hospital effluents.- Dr. A Veena Shetty
  14. Detection of prevalence of Human Papilloma Virus strains in cervical biopsies by PCR method in South Canara district and North Kerala region. - Dr. A Veena Shetty
  15. Evaluation of the antimycotic activity of grape fruit plant extract on candida species - An invitro study. Dr. A Veena Shetty
  16. Evaluation of IG A & secretory leucocyte protease inhibitor in subjects with oral potentially malignant disorders & oral squamous cell carcinoma. - Dr. A Veena Shetty
  17. Antibiotic resistance in Gram-negative bacteria isolated from hospital effluents and environment. - Divyashree M, Dr. A Veena Shetty
  18. Prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from community-acquired infections.- Preeja P P, Dr. A Veena Shetty
  19. Molecular characteristic of CTX-M type bector lactamases in E.coli isolated form extra intestinal infections in Chennai. - Anusha Rohit, Dr. A Veena Shetty
  20. Characteristics of community acquired extended spectrum B-Lactamases (ESBLS) among patients attending tertiary hospitals. - Mohan N.K, Dr. A Veena Shetty
  21. Role of Human Papiloma Virus among Patients with oral potentially Meligant. - Dr. Vidya Ajila , Dr. A Veena Shetty
  22. Effectiveness of Denture Base Resins Containing Silver Nanoparticles on Candida Albicans.- Dr. Aashritha Shenava, Dr. A Veena Shetty
  23. Gene - Environmental Factors in the Etiology of Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip with or without palate.- Dr. Savitha Sathyaprasad, Dr. A Veena Shetty
  24. To study the Feasibility of Determination of Gender through Molecular Analysis of Deciduous Teeth Exposed to Different Media. - Dr. Manju R, Dr. A Veena Shetty
  25. Effectiveness of Citrus Paradisis Extract and its Synergistic Effect with Commercially Available Anti-Fungal Agents on Tissue Conditioners against Candida species. - Dr. Anupama Prasad D. Dr. A Veena Shetty
  26. Evaluation of virulence factors among clinical isolates of multidrug resistant and drug sensitive Pseudomonas aeruginosa.- Dr. Asha Pai K.B
  27. Study on biofilm-forming properties of clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus and its correlation with the antibiogram.- Dr. Pratibha Bhat. U
  28. Evaluation of seroprevalence and early diagnosis of leptospirosis in and around Mangalore by various diagnostic techniques- Mr. Ganesh H.R, Dr. Vimal Kumar Karnaker, Dr. A Veena Shetty.

Awards and recognitions for faculty, best paper/poster awards, etc
  2. Dr. A Veena Shetty had recieved Guerrant International Travel Grant Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). She attended the international conference held at San Diego, California, USA from October 7, 2015 and presented her paper on Emergence of New Delhi Metallo Lactamase (NDM 1) Encoding Gene among Gram Negative Bacteria Isolated from Hospital Effluents