Welcome to the Department of Medical Microbiology of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. The department has a distinguished Faculty and conducts MD, PhD and MSc training programs that are ranked at the top in the country. The department is located at the Level 2 and Level 6 of Research Block A (S S Anand Block) of the Institute and includes an Emergency Laboratory in the hospital premises, providing diagnostic and clinical consultation services for bacterial and fungal infections round the clock every day including holidays.
All laboratories of the department are accredited by National Accreditation Board of Laboratories. It is the largest laboratory in the public sector catering diagnostic services to nearly 3,50,000 samples annually. The department also provides referral services across country and participates in epidemiological studies and containment of outbreaks in many parts of the country. The laboratories are equipped with state of art technologies including rapid and automated culture systems. MALDI-TOF and sequencing techniques are routinely used for identification of isolates.
Six Advanced/Reference Centers are run from this department:
Center of Advance Research in Mycology (initiated by ICMR, now handed over to Institute)
WHO Collaborating Center for Reference & Research on Fungi of Medical Importance (only WHO Collaborating Center in fungal diseases in the world)
National Culture Collection for Pathogenic Fungi (ICMR sponsored)
Nodal Coordinating Center for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance in members of Enterobacteriaceae (ICMR sponsored)
RNTCP approved Center for Culture, Susceptibility & Molecular diagnosis of Tuberculosis
Nodal Coordinating Center for Antimicrobial Resistance in Fungi (ICMR sponsored)
The department provides one of the finest and most modern training facilities including problem-oriented interactive bench-side sessions between Faculty and trainees, comprehensive module for molecular biology techniques, multidisciplinary clinical rounds and OSCE-based evaluation.
State of art facilities and an enthusiastic research group provide most advanced research in the field of epidemiology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of bacterial & fungal infections. Original research works carried out in the department and published in acclaimed journals are widely quoted. Specific thrust areas of research include several aspects of fungal diseases prevalent in this country, staphylococcal epidemiology & pathogenesis, biofilm-mediated resistance, diarrhoeal diseases, tuberculosis diagnosis & MDR issues, non-fermenting gram-negative bacterial infections, antimicrobial resistance epidemiology & mechanism, reproductive tract infections, rickettsial diseases, and hospital acquired infection dynamics.