The Department of Microbiology, Assam Medical College, was established in the year 1977-78 with Late Dr. Lakhi Prasad Dutta, Dr. Kalyan Bhuyan, and Dr. Jitendranath Sarma Bordoloi as founder members.
The Department aims to provide up to date theoretical and practical training of MBBS, MD Microbiology and training of Laboratory Technicians (DMLT) apart from providing up-to-date laboratory services in Microbiology as well as leading the Hospital Infection Control, carrying out frontline research in various disciplines of this subject and encouraging and helping faculties and academicians.
The department consists of 7 service laboratories viz, Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Serology and Immunology, Parasitology and Mycobacteriology (equipped with Biosafety Level 3 containment facilities).The Department also renders services of State Reference Laboratory for HIV testing, ICTC laboratory, Hospital Infection Control laboratory and Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD). The laboratory is equipped with molecular facilities in all the streams with a special mention of ‘Molecular Mycology’.
The Department is the Regional centre of ICMR for Surveillance of Antibacterial and Antifungal resistance.
The laboratory facilities include Automated Blood Culture System like BacT Alert, Bactec, Versa Trek automated blood culture System, Automated identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing system (VITEK – 2 Compact), Conventional PCR, Real Time PCR, Sangers Genetic Sequencing as well as the newly added Matrix- assisted laser desorption ionization – time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI – TOF MS) along with other microbiological conventional tools.
The Department offers excellent opportunities for Research in Infectious Diseases to MD students, Undergraduate students and faculties of the Institute.
The Department has published more than 200 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals from 2006 to 2020.
Dr. Reema Nath
Professor and Head of the Department since 9thNovember, 2018.
She is the Laboratory Director of the NABL Accredited Microbiology Laboratory.
Her research interests are in Endemic Mycosis and Changing patterns of Antimicrobial resistance. She has pioneered molecular mycology works in AMCH, including Pan-fungal PCR from clinical specimen and cultures and also started antifungal susceptibility testing in AMCH. She was the Quality Manager during the process of ‘NABL accreditation’ in the year 2012.
She is the Principal Investigator in three multi-centric projects related to Antimicrobial Resistance and Surveillance.
She is also the Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Research Unit, Assam Medical College & Hospital, Dibrugarh.
She has published more than 40 number of papers in Peer reviewed National and International Journals. She is the PhD guide of SSUHS.
Dr. Achinta Kr. Borthakur
Professor since 1998
He was the Head of Department for the period from 1998 to 28/02/2012 at AMCH, from 07/12/2012 to 27/09/2016 at SMCH and from 05/10/2016 to 26/12/2017 at AMCH.
He has contributed towards the setting up of the DBT funded Molecular Virology Laboratory at AMCH.
Dr. Chimanjita Phukan
Associate Professor since 14/02/2011
She has been awarded the fellowship for ICMR-DHR International Fellowship for Senior Biomedical Scientist 2019-20 at UCSF,San Francisco,USA.
Dr. Jayanta Kr. Das
Associate Professor since 21/12/2013
He is presently working as Nodal person of “Biomedical Waste Management” of Assam Medical College & Hospital since July, 2020.
Dr. Gargi Choudhury
Associate Professor since 08.11.2018
She is presently working as Nodal person of the sole WHO-SEARO Reference Laboratory for Japanese Encephalitis/Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (JE/AES) in Assam.
Dr. Mithu Medhi
Associate Professor since 04/07/2020
Dr. Pallabi Sargiary
Associate Professor since 04/07/2020
Dr. Amrit Kr. Borah
Assistant Professor since 21/12/2013
He is the Quality Manager of the NABL accredited Microbiology Laboratory. Presently working as Hospital Infection Control Officer under Hospital Infection Control Committee, Assam Medical College & Hospital, Dibrugarh.
Dr. Partha Pratim Das
Assistant Professor since 04/07/2020
Dr. Arunjyoti Sarmah
Demonstrator since 23/03/2017
Dr. Prapti Bora
Demonstrator since 28/11/2018
1. Nath, Reema&Sargiary, Pallabi&Borkakoty, Biswajyoti&Parida, Pratap. (2017). Cutaneotrichosporon (Trichosporon) debeurmannianum: A Rare Yeast Isolated from Blood and Urine Samples. Mycopathologia. 183. 10.1007/s11046-017-0231-8.
2. Nath, Reema& Bora, Reeta&Borkakoty, Biswajyoti&Saikia, Lahari&Parida, Pratap. (2017). Clinically relevant yeast species identified by sequencing the internal transcribed spacer region of r-RNA gene and Vitek 2 compact (YST card) commercial identification system: Experience in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Assam, Northeast India. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology. 35. 588. 10.4103/ijmm.IJMM_17_100.
3. Nath, Reema&Lahon, Pinky&Timung, Longmindar. (2017). Molecular identification and phenotypic characterisation of Sporothrixglobosa from clinical cases of Eastern Assam, North-east India. Indian journal of medical microbiology. Year: 2017 | Volume: 35. 269-273. 10.4103/ijmm.IJMM_16_264.
4. Lahkar, Vicky &Saikia, Lahari&Patgiri, Saurav&Nath, Reema& Das, ParthaPratim. (2017). Estimation of biofilm, proteinase & phospholipase production of the Candida species isolated from the oropharyngeal samples in HIV-infected patients. Indian Journal of Medical Research. 145. 635-640. 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_1773_14.
5. Das ParthaPratim, SaikiaLahari, NathReema,Phukan, Sanjib. (2016). Species distribution & antifungal susceptibility pattern of oropharyngeal Candida isolates from human immunodeficiency virus infected individuals. The Indian Journal of Medical Research. 143. 495-501. 10.4103/0971-5916.184288.
1. Stewardson A, Marimuthu K, C Phukanet al. Effect of carbapenem resistance on outcomes ofbloodstream infection caused by Enterobacteriaceae in low-income and middle-income countries(PANORAMA): a multinational prospective cohort study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2019. 19(6):601-610
2. Das A, Phukan C, Baruah C. Combination of Serological Tests (Anti-CCP Antibody, RheumatoidFactor IgM ELISA and Latex Test) are more useful in Detection of Rheumatoid Arthritis.American Journal of Immunology.2017; 13 (3): 194-200.
3. Phukan C, Anjum N and Ahmed G. In vitro activities of linezolid, daptomycin, mupirocin and tigecycline in clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus in skin and soft tissue infections from north east India. European Journ of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research. 2016; 3(4):388-393.
4. Phukan C, Lahkar M, Saikia K, Ranotkar S. Emergence of VanA gene among Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci in a Tertiary Care Hospital of North -East India. Indian J Med Res. 2016; 143 (3): 357-361.
5. Weinshel K, Dramowski A, Hajdu Á, Jacob S, Khanal B, Zoltán M, Mougkou K, Phukan C, Inés Staneloni M, Singh N. Gap Analysis of Infection Control Practices in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2015; 36(10):1208-14.
1. Devi U, Bora R, Das JK, Mahanta J. Extended-spectrum β-lactamase & carbapenemase-producing Gram – negative bacilli in neonates from a tertiary care centre in Dibrugarh, Assam, India Indian Journal Med Res 2018; 147(1):110-114.[NATIONAL]
2. Devi U, Bora R, Malik V, Deori R, Gogoi B, Das JK, Mahanta J. Bacterial aetiology of neonatal meningitis : a study from North – East India. Indian J Med Res2017; 145: 138-143. [NATIONAL]
3. Devi U, Mahanta B, Borah PK, Das JK, Barman N, Rabha J, Borah A, Mahanta J. Menstrual hygiene practices among adolescent girls in rural areas of Dibrugarh: an exploration into the need for health promotion activity. Int. J. Exp. Res. Rev 2017; 13: 1-9. [INTERNATIONAL]
4. Devi U, Barman N, Barua P, Malik V, Das JK, Baruah PJ, Mahanta J. Vaginal carriage of antibiotic resistant Escherichia coli by pregnant women: A concern for the neonate. Clin Microbial 2014, 3:4. [INTERNATIONAL]
5. Devi U, Bora R, Das JK, Malik V, Mahanta J. Sneathia species in a case of neonatal meningitis from Northeast India. Oxf Med Case Rep 2014; 2014 (6):112-114. Doi: 10.1093/omcr/omu044[INTERNATIONAL]
1. An integrated approach to detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis using BD MGIT 320 system and other diagnostic modalities. Gargi Choudhury*, Partha Pratim Das, Lahari Saikia ; Annals of Applied Bio-Sciences, Vol 4; Issue 4:A176-181
2. Early detection of multidrug resistant tuberculosis using genotype MTBDRplus Line Probe Assay in a tertiary care centre, Assam; Gargi Choudhury*,ParthaPratim Das, LahariSaikia, NagenTairai. Int J Med Res Prof.2016; 2(2); 40-43.
3. Drug resistant Shigellaflexneri in an around Dibrugarh, north East India, Reema Nath, Lahari Saikia, Gargi Choudhury, Daisy Sharma. Indian J. Medical Research 137, January 2013 PP 183-186.
4. Isolation of Shewanella algae from rectal swabs of patients with bloody diarrhea. R. Nath, L. Saikia, G. Choudhury, P.P. Das. Indian J. Med. Microbial 29:422-5, 2011.
5. Salmonella Weltevreden food poisoning in a tea garden of Assam: An Outbreak Investigation. Saikia L, Sharma A, Nath R, Choudhury G, Borah A. Indian J. Med Microbiology 33(4): 503-6.
1. Seroprevalence of Scrub Typhus in a Tertiary Care Hospital of Upper Assam. MithuMedhi, AparnaSonowal, LahariSaikia, SanjeebKakati, MdEzazHussain. Int J Med Res Prof.2016; 2(3); 24-27
2. Incidence of Japanese Encephalitis amongst acute encephalitis syndrome cases in upper Assam districts from 2012 to 2014: A report from a tertiary care hospital. MithuMedhi, LahariSaikia, SauravJyotiPatgiri, Vicky Lahkar, Md. EzazHussain&SanjeebKakati. Indian J Med Res 146, August 2017, pp 267-27
3. Roy JS, Saikia L, Medhi M, Tassa D, Epidemiological Investigation of an outbreak of Typhoid fever in Jorhat town of Assam, India. Indian Journal of Medical Research 2016; 144(4): 592-596.
1. PallabiSargiary, Angshurekha Das, PurnimaRajkhowa, PirbonRafiqul Hussain, Reema Nath, First Outbreak of Dengue in Jorhat District of Assam, India. Indian Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2018 April, Vol – 12(4) : DC 01 – DC 03
2. BinitaBhuyan, PallabiSargiary, Reema Nath, Study of Extended spectrum Beta Lactamase and Metallo Beta Lactamase Production among Gram negative clinical isolates from a tertiary case hospital, North – East India. Int Journal Medical Research Prof. 2018 July : 4(4) : 64 – 68
3. NathReema&SargiaryPallabi&Borkakoty, Biswajyoti&Parida, Pratap (2017). Cutaneotrichosporon (Trichosporon) debeurmannianum:A Rare Yeast Isolated from Blod and Urine Samples. Mycopathologia. 183. 10.1007/s11046-017-0231-8.
4. Nath Reema & Barua Shyamanta & Barman, Jahnabi & Sargiary Pallabi & Borgohain, Mondita & Saikia Lahari. (2015). Subcutaneous Mycosis Due to Cladosporium cladosporioides and bipolaris cynodontis from Assam, North-east India and Review of Published Literature. Mycopathologia. 180.10.1007/s11046-015-9926-x.
1. Pathogenic Bacterial Isolates from Burn Wound Infection & Their Antimicrobial Susceptibility Pattern in Assam Medical College & Hospital; Dibrugarh.A.K. Borah, K Punam, M.E. Hussain, M Kataki. Assam Journal of Internal Medicine, January, 2019, Vol.9 Issue 1.
2. Prevalence of UTI and pattern of micro-organism involved in Diabetes Mellitur. J. Das, G.C. Deka, A.K. Borah, M. Handique. Assam Journal of Internal Medicine, July, 2018.
3. Menstrual hygiene practices among adolescent girls in rural area of Dibrugarh an exploration into need for health promotion activity. International Journal of Experimental Research and Review (IJER) Utpala Devi, Beauty Mahanta, Prasanta Kumar Borah, Jayanta Kumar Das, Nabanita Barman, Jolly Rabha, Amrit Borah, JagdishMahantaiInt. J. Exp. Res. Rev. Vol. 13:1-9 (2017)
4. Serotyping of Dengue Viruses Circulating During 2014–2015 in Assam, India. MuksedurRahman, Ajanta Sharma, SauravPatgiri, EzazHussain, Amrit Kumar Borah, Lahari Saikia. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology ¦ Volume 36 ¦ Issue 3¦ July-September 2018
5. A clinico-bacteriological study of leprosy cases in tertiary care hospital of north-east India. Borah AK, Bora Simi, Kataki Monjuri, Hussain Ezaz. International Journal of Health Research & Medico Legal Practice (ijhrmlp.org) Accepted for publication
1. Species distribution & antifungal susceptibility pattern of oropharyngeal Candida isolates from human immunodeficiency virus infected individuals. June 2016 The Indian Journal of Medical Research 143(4):495-501. DOI10.4103/0971-5916.184288. Partha Pratim Das, Lahari Saikia, Reema Nath, Sanjib Kumar Phukan
2. Recent Outbreaks of Diphtheria in Dibrugarh District, Assam, India. July 2016.Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 10(7):1-3 DOI10.7860/JCDR/2016/20212.8144. ParthaPratimDas, SauravJyotiPatgiri, LahariSaikia, Debosmita Paul
3. Inducible Clindamycin resistance in clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus; International Journal of Medical Research Professionals. 2016 2(1); 65-69Das PP, Choudhury G, Saikia L.
4. Fatal Cutaneous Mucormycosis in a Diabetic Woman: Case Report. International Journal of Medical Microbiology and Tropical Diseases, January-March,2016;2(1): 31-Partha Pratim Das, SauravJyotiPatgiri
5. Paragonimiasis in a Child from Assam, India. April 2016Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 10(4) DOI 10.7860/JCDR/2016/18160.7616 Jashbeer S. Roy, ParthaPratim Das, Amrit Kr Borah, Jayanta Kr Das
1. “A Retrospective Study on the Prevalence of HIV among Patients Attending a Tertiary Care Hospital of Northeast India” World Journal of AIDS, Volume 6 Issue 2: 28 June, 2016: Naba Kumar Hazarika, Syed Tanwir Alam, Arunjyoti Sarmah, Arnabjyoti Bhagawati
1. Bora P,DattaP,GuptaV,SinghalL,ChanderJ.Characterization and antimicrobial susceptibility of Coagulase negative staphylococci isolated from clinical samples. Journl of lab physc 2018; Oct-Dec;10(4):414-419
2. Sharma S, Bora P, Singla N, Gupta V, ChanderJagdish. Isolation of Morganellamorganii and Providencia species from clinical samples in a Tertiary care hospital; Infect Disord Drug Targets 2020 January.
a. ICMR-DHR International Fellowship for Senior Biomedical Scientist 2019-20
b. Awarded Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) under Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University in 2017
a. 2nd prize in Poster competition: Microbiological study on best incubation time period to positivity in orthopaedics device associated joint infection. (GMCH, Chandigarh; October 2018)
b. Diplomate of National Board (DNB) Microbiology Degree (Awarded on 21st September 2018)