The Subject Microbiology is taught in the second year of B. D. S. course. The Department of Microbiology has a full-time Professor and Reader, supported by a trained laboratory technician and attendant. Prof. Asha Mathur, M.D., F. N. A., FASc, FAMS, FRCP (Pathology) is the head of the department. The syllabus prescribed by the dental council of India is covered in detail. All the teaching is conducted with the help of the audio-visual system. Students are also updated with the latest developments in the field. The syllabus for microbiology consists of general microbiology, bacteriology, immunology, virology, mycology, parasitology and oral microbiology. Detailed information about medically important microorganism and microbiological procedures is provided to the students. The Department has a fully equipped laboratory for conducting practical classes. Each student has the facility to individually use the microscope and other equipment. Practical consists of bacteriological staining methods and demonstration of immunological methods, serological tests and important tests for virus identification. Added information is provided with the help of gross specimens and the latest immunological techniques such as gel precipitation, gel precipitation, gel electrophoresis, antigen-antibody reactions, ELISA etc. Regular assessment of the students is done by periodic internal assessment exams, class tests, group discussions, seminars, poster presentations and viva-voce. Subject improvement guidance is provided time-to-time. The department takes care of the post-graduate course of basic science by interacting with the PG students in the form of seminars. At present, an M.D. thesis is going on in the department, on oral microbiology utilizing the culture facility of both anaerobic and aerobic bacteria. The faculty is highly research oriented and currently, the department is actively engaged in the research work. A three-year research project, sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. Is going on Dental Fluorosis. A senior research fellow and social worker have been appointed in the project. Screening of 10,000 populations in fluorotic and in- the fluorotic area in different districts surrounding Lucknow, is being done. The faculty and the research staff have been attending All India conferences and presenting their work.
The Department has a well-equipped clinical pathology and microbiology laboratory. Diagnostic facilities to the dental patients as well as to the college staff and students are provided free of cost. All the biochemical, microbiological and pathological test are done, such as isolation and identification of bacteria and their antibiotic sensitivity, estimation of haemoglobin, blood-grouping, total and differential leukocyte count, general blood picture, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, bleeding time, clotting time, liver function tests, routine and microscopic urine examination etc.
Apart from all routine equipment like hot air oven, centrifuge, incubator, autoclave, spectrophotometer etc; the department has a number of specialized equipment such as biohazard hood, cold centrifuge and electrophoresis unit to support the research work.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENTS
Prof. Asha Mathur has been awarded “The Glaxo Oration Award” by The National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) for the year 2004.
Prof. Asha Mathur is the principal investigator and Dr. Aditi Singh is co-investigator in the research project sponsored by Department of Biotechnologies, New Delhi.
Dr. Apurva Srivastava, the senior research fellow in the project, has attended and presented a paper in The All India Dental Conference at Ludhiana.
Attributing recent outbreak of brain fever in India as the Japanese Encephalitis outbreak is misleading – by S.K.Saxena, M.Singh, A.K.Pathak, and Asha Mathur – published in the British Medical Journal, Dec-2005. Reply to Encephalitis outbreak find Indian officials unprepared-published in Nature Medicine-2006. –by S.K.Saxena, M.Singh, A.K.Pathak, and Asha Mathur