Department of Laboratory Sciences


About the Department:

The Department of Microbiology at Tata Medical Center in Kolkata offers services in the field of Diagnostic Microbiology, Clinical consultation in Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship, Hospital Infection Control. Most of the diagnostic tests offered by the department are accredited to the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). The department also offers services in Environmental Microbiology (testing of water quality and air quality), and sterility testing of various sterile products. The department’s diagnostic microbiology facilities include the following sections: Bacteriology, Serology, Mycology, Mycobacteriology, Virology, Parasitology, Molecular Microbiology.


  • Trained, skilled and experienced staff
  • Biosafety level- 2 and 2+ laboratory facilities
  • Type IIA2 Biosafety cabinets
  • Air Particle Counter
  • Water quality monitoring systems: TDS meter, chlorine meter, membrane filtration system for water microbiology
  • Automated blood culture system
  • Automated mycobacterial culture system
  • Automated bacteria and yeast identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing system
  • Light microscope and fluorescence microscope
  • Lyophiliser
  • Deep freezers (minus 30, minus 80 Celsius) and walk in coolers
  • Carbon dioxide and other incubators
  • Real-time PCR systems
  • Cartridge based nucleic acid amplification system
  • Automated nucleic acid extraction system
  • Sanger sequencing system
  • Automated serology systems
  • Future plans: MALDI-TOF
  • Laboratory Information System and Hospital Information System

Special Procedures / Operations

  • 16S rDNA sequencing for bacterial identification
  • ITS gene sequencing for fungal identification
  • COVID-19 testing laboratory by RT-PCR

Teaching programmes

  • Clinical Microbiology fellowship program: For Medical Doctors with MD/DNB degree in Microbiology
  • MSc in Molecular Medical Microbiology: with Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur http://www.iitkgp.ac.in/jpmm
  • DMLT: Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology by the State Medical Faculty of West Bengal https://smfwb.examflix.in/course-details
  • Application of real-time PCR for the diagnosis of invasive candidiasis and aspergillosis in immuno-compromised patients in an oncology center. Department of Biotechnology, India.
  • Invasive mould infections in Indian ICUs – descriptive epidemiology, management and outcome (FISF multi-centric study).
  • Regional Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network. Indian Council of Medical Research.
  • Capacity Building and Strengthening of Hospital Infection Control to detect and prevent antimicrobial resistance in India.
  • Expansion of antimicrobial stewardship program (AMSP) and infection prevention & control program (IPC) of ICMR in secondary care hospitals.


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