Microbiology / Immunology

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  • Ashraya Jagadeesh MBBS, M.Sc
    Ashraya Jagadeesh MBBS, M.Sc
    Associate Professor
  • Nagalakshmi N Swamy, MSc, PhD
    Nagalakshmi N Swamy, MSc, PhD
    Assistant Professor
  • Balachandran Bharati, MSc, PhD
    Balachandran Bharati, MSc, PhD
    Professor & Chair
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Ashraya Jagadeesh MBBS, M.Sc
Associate Professor

Dr. Ashraya Jagadeesh received her medical degree from Bangalore University in India. Subsequently she went on to complete her masters in Immunology and Immunogenetics from the University of Manchester in the UK. She most recently earned her Diploma in Infectious Diseases through a joint program offered by UNSW School of Public Health –Australia in partnership with Apollo hospital Hyderabad.

As a medical educator she brings nearly two decades of teaching experience. She has taught a number of courses including Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Medical Genetics. She has had the opportunity to work both in the Caribbean and in the UK. While in UK she completed part 1 and 2 of PLAB exams gaining eligibility to register with GMC. She has also successfully completed her USMLE Step 1, 2 CK and CS exams to better help prepare her students.

Her research experience has been in the area of Bioinformatics. Her M.Sc. dissertation was on Interferon regulated genes on chromosome 21 where 7 new genes that were not formerly found to be regulated by interferon were identified using immunoinformatic techniques. Her teaching philosophy is to bring about horizontal and vertical integration and her current focus is on using TBL as an instructional strategy for year 2 students in the pre-clerkship curriculum. She is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence including the Dean’s award for outstanding contribution during her tenure at St. Matthew’s university college of Medicine in Grand Cayman where she held her last position for 11 years before joining AUA.

Nagalakshmi N Swamy, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Nagalakshmi received PhD in Medical Microbiology from the Manipal University. Her PhD thesis was on “Evaluation of in vitro and in vivo bactericidal activity of lysostaphin on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus” under the guidance of Dr. Indira Bairy. She started her career as Research Associate at Gangagen Biotechnology Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, India. Her research work was focused on the development of P128 (Bacteriophage derived protein) as anti-staphylococcal agent. She has been teaching Medical Microbiology since 2010 at Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC), Manipal campus, India. She has experience in diagnosis of infectious diseases, surveillance and molecular epidemiological studies on antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens at tertiary care hospital. She had received Summer Research Fellowship and Visiting Scientist Fellowship from Indian Science Academy, to work under Prof. Ch. Venkata Ramana at University of Hyderabad. India. She has been mentor for undergraduate student’s research projects at MMMC. Her research work has been published in peer reviewed international journals. Her research interest is antibiotic resistance and development of new antimicrobial agents to treat MDR bacteria.

Balachandran Bharati, MSc, PhD
Professor & Chair

Dr. Bharati received a Ph.D in medical microbiology from the Manipal University.

She started her career as lecturer in Microbiology at St. Aloysius College, Mangalore where she was entrusted with the task of planning and setting up the department of Microbiology for the B.Sc. degree course.

In 1992, she joined Kasturba Medical College as Lecturer and was teaching the undergraduate students of Medicine, Dental, Physiotherapy and the post graduate students of  microbiology. She was in charge of  the Molecular Diagnostic (PCR) section of  the Department where  she carried out PCR for the detection of M.tuberculosis and other infectious agents like leptospira, Herpes Simplex viruses from clinical samples. She was also actively involved in clinical diagnostic work at the microbiology college laboratory, Blood Bank, and the AIDS Surveillance Centre. She was actively involved in the design, planning and setting up of a state of the art clinical diagnostic and molecular diagnostic laboratory at Kasturba Medical College, Hospital, Mangalore and a research molecular laboratory at the Microbiology Department, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore

She was awarded a Ph.D. degree on “Evaluation of Conventional and Molecular Methods in the Diagnosis of Bacterial Meningitis” under the guidance of Dr. Indrani Karunasagar.