India's Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance & Research Initiative

Principal Investigators

Dr. Arti Kapil - Professor of Microbiology, AIIMS, New Delhi , India

Dr. Arti Kapil

Professor of Microbiology, AIIMS, New Delhi , India

Dr. Arunaloke Chakrabarti - Head, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Dr. Arunaloke Chakrabarti

Head, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Dr. Harpreet Singh - Head, Informatics, Systems & Research Management (ISRM), ICMR, New Delhi

Dr. Harpreet Singh

Head, Informatics, Systems & Research Management (ISRM), ICMR, New Delhi


Dr. Pallab Ray - Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Dr. Pallab Ray

Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Dr. Sujatha Sistla - Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, Puducherry

Dr. Sujatha Sistla

Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, Puducherry

Dr. V Balaji - Professor, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore

Dr. V Balaji

Professor, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore


Principal Investigators of Regional Centers

Dr. Camila Rodrigues -

Dr. Camila Rodrigues

Prof (Dr) Chand Wattal -

Prof (Dr) Chand Wattal

Dr. Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay  -

Dr. Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay

Dr. Dalip K Kakru -

Dr. Dalip K Kakru


Dr. Lahari Saikia -

Dr. Lahari Saikia

Dr. M. A. Thirunarayan -

Dr. M. A. Thirunarayan

Dr. Prashant Gupta -

Dr. Prashant Gupta

Dr. Raja Ray -

Dr. Raja Ray


Dr. Sanjay Bhattacharya -

Dr. Sanjay Bhattacharya

Col. Dr. Sourav Sen -

Col. Dr. Sourav Sen

Dr. Sujata Baveja -

Dr. Sujata Baveja

Dr. Sukanya Sudhaharan -

Dr. Sukanya Sudhaharan


Dr. T. Karuna  -

Dr. T. Karuna

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Nag -

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Nag

Dr. Vijayshri Deotale -

Dr. Vijayshri Deotale

Dr. Arti Kapil

Dr. Arti Kapil

Professor of Microbiology, AIIMS, New Delhi , India


Dr. Kapil is the chief of clinical bacteriology laboratory, co- chair Hospital Infection control committee and chairperson committee for “ Formulation of uniform antibiotic policy at AIIMS Hospital”. The laboratory performs antimicrobial susceptibility and performs various phenotypic and molecular techniques for the characterization of antimicrobial resistance amongst bacterial pathogens. The laboratory is a Nodal center for surveillance of Antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella under the ICMR funded project on AMR surveillance network.

Dr. Arunaloke Chakrabarti

Dr. Arunaloke Chakrabarti

Professor and In-charge,
Centre of Advance Research in Medical Mycology,
WHO Collaborating Centre & Research of Fungi of Medical Importance,
National Culture Collection of Pathogenic Fungi,
Head, Department of Medical Microbiology Head, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh India


Dr. Arunaloke Chakrabarti is a clinical mycologist and researcher in the area of fungal infections including antifungal agents and its resistance. He has experience also in managing invasive fungal disease especially those which are generally refractory to the treatment. His laboratory performs standardized susceptibility tests against both yeast and moulds. He is also curator of National Culture Collection of Pathogenic Fungi. They Identified novel mutations responsible for the resistance in fungi in India. He is also member of multiple international guideline committees on management of invasive fungal infections. Recently he has been entrusted with the responsibility of joint coordinator with Dr. Tom Chiller of CDC, Atlanta for Global Surveillance Antimicrobial Resistance in Invasive Candida infection under World Health Organization.

Dr. Harpreet Singh

Dr. Harpreet Singh

Head, Informatics, Systems & Research Management (ISRM), ICMR, New Delhi


Dr. Singh is a technical professional with 15+ years of experience in handling and analyzing Next Generation Sequence data, genotyping by sequencing, epitope prediction, comparative sequence analysis, annotations, phylogeny, database and web service development.

Dr. Pallab Ray

Dr. Pallab Ray

Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh


Dr Pallab Ray, Professor, department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh and In-Charge, Bacteriology, is a pioneer in rational and appropriate use of antibiotics. He initiated round the clock clinical bacteriology consultancy for diagnosis and management of serious infections for the clinical departments in early 1990s. He has delivered many lectures on rational antibiotic therapy for doctors in hospitals and private practice. He is the Principal Investigator of ICMR “Nodal Coordinating Centre for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in members of family Enterobacteriaceae”.

Dr. Sujatha Sistla

Dr. Sujatha Sistla

Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, Puducherry


Dr. Sujatha Sistla is the Professor and Head of Microbiology in JIPMER, Puducherry and is the member secretary of hospital infection control committee, JIPMER hospital. She is the principal investigator of the ICMR “Nodal Coordinating Centre for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in staphylococci and enterococci”. She has extensive research experience in antimicrobial resistance and molecular epidemiology of clinically important Gram positive cocci such as MRSA, VRE, Streptococcus pyogenes and Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Dr. V Balaji

Dr. V Balaji

Professor, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore


Dr. Balaji `s major research interest are clinical laboratory diagnosis of sepsis, detection of antimicrobial resistance, surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and vaccine preventable disease, medical education, methods and approach in teaching clinical microbiology; Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Hospital infection control.

Dr. Camila Rodrigues

Dr. Camila Rodrigues

Consultant Microbiologist & Chair of Infection Control, P D Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre


Dr. Camilla Rodrigues is a Clinical Consultant Microbiologist and researcher at the Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre. She also chairs the Infection Control Committee and is keenly interested in drug resistance and antimicrobial stewardship. She has 285 publications, has conducted 90 research projects and is a recipient of 18 awards. She is a Fellow of ESCMID - European Society Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Disease

Prof (Dr) Chand Wattal

Prof (Dr) Chand Wattal

Chairman, Dept. of Clinical Microbiology & Immunology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi


Dr. Chand Wattal has more than 35 yrs experience in the specialty. He has 93 publications, several books to his credit and has delivered more than 225 guest lectures. The department is one of the Surveillance centres for AMR in the country where monitoring of AMR has been going on since 1995 and the data has been in the public domain in the form of Microbiology Newsletter containing the yearly antibiogramme since then.

Dr. Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay

Dr. Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay

Professor and Chairman -Infection Control, Department of Microbiology Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka


Dr. Mukhopadhyay’s research interest are emerging infectious diseases in Southern India with a special reference to Burkholderia pseudomallei, antibiotic-resistance in hospital and community settings, Hospital Acquired Infections and antibiotic policy. He is the faculty-in-charge of Critical care Microbiology laboratory, Research Cell Coordinator and Chairman of hospital infection control committee at KMC Manipal

Dr. Dalip K Kakru

Dr. Dalip K Kakru

Professor and Head, Dept of Microbiology, SKIMS, Srinagar, Kashmir, India


Dr. Dalip K Kakru is the Vice-chairman of Hospital infection Control committee, SKIMS and Convener, committee for antibiotic policy, J & K state. He has handled / handling scientific projects on Leptospirosis, Tuberculosis, MRSA, Hepatitis, Viral hemorrhagic Fevers, capacity building and strengthening of Hospital Infection Control.

Dr. Lahari Saikia

Dr. Lahari Saikia

Professor, Department of Microbiology, Assam Medical college, Dibrugarh, Assam


Dr. Lahari Saikia has done her MD in Microbiology from Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, Assam under Dibrugarh University and worked in department of Microbiology in AMCH in various capacities since 1994 and at present working as Prof. & Head, Dept. of Microbiology at Assam Medical College& Hospital. She has 25 publications in various national and international journals.

Dr. M. A. Thirunarayan

Dr. M. A. Thirunarayan

Senior Consultant and Head of the department of Microbiology, Apollo Hospital (Main) and Apollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai


Dr. Thirunarayan has about 25 scientific publications. His research Interests are AMR, TB diagnostics and nanotechnology based diagnostics

Dr. Prashant Gupta

Dr. Prashant Gupta

Additional Professor, Department of Microbiology, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, U.P, India.


Dr. Prashant Gupta is a clinical bacteriologist and mycologist. He plays important role in hospital infection control at his institution as infection control officer. His fields of interest are fungal infections in cancer patients and antimicrobial resistance in bacteria and fungi. He is also principal investigator in WHO funded project for “Detection of Diphtheria and Pertussis”.

Dr. Raja Ray

Dr. Raja Ray

Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata


Dr. Raja Ray has at least thirty international and national publications of research work in peer reviewed journal and has presented scientific papers at state, national and international conferences (European Congress of Chemotherapy, (Paris May, 2002). He has guided at least twenty MD theses and three PhD theses. Since last 7 years, he is serving as Professor at West Bengal Medical Education Service. He is Nodal Microbiologist, IDSP & NVBDCP, Principal Investigator, VRDL, AMRSP and AIIMS-CDC projects, all under ICMR. He is also in charge CB-NAAT testing at IPGMER. He also serves regularly as an MCI Assessor.

Dr. Sanjay Bhattacharya

Dr. Sanjay Bhattacharya

Consultant Microbiologist


Dr. Bhattacharya’s research interests are molecular microbiology, Hospital Infection Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship, capacity building and fungal infection study. He has more than 70 publications in peer reviewed journals and 5 book chapters. He has received research grants from ICMR, DBT, CDC-AIIMS-ICMR. He has teaching experience in Clinical Microbiology Fellowship program at Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, India.

Col. Dr. Sourav Sen

Col. Dr. Sourav Sen

Professor and Head, Dept of Microbiology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune


Col. Sourav Sen is an alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. He was awarded Fogarty fellowship 2004, and was trained at the HIV Genotyping Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, U.S.A. He completed PhD at Department of Molecular Virology, National AIDS Research Institute (ICMR), Pune in 2008, wherein his field of research was antiretroviral drug resistance genotyping. He was the Professor in Dept of Microbiology at Army Hospital (Research & Referral), Delhi from June 2013 till June 2016. At present, he is the Professor and Head, Dept of Microbiology at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune since June 2016.

Dr. Sujata Baveja

Dr. Sujata Baveja

Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology and Convenor HICC, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Sion Mumbai


Dr. Sujata Baveja has coordinated the airborne infection control (AIC) training programme for all medical officers of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, India. She is core member of WHO END TB transmission group as well as member of WHO for revising the Airborne Infection Control Guidelines 2018. She is an executive member of Hospital infection society of India and promotes awareness on AIC at national level. Dr. Baveja has participated in Building Design and Engineering approach to Air Borne Infection control programme at Harvard school of Public Health.

Dr. Sukanya Sudhaharan

Dr. Sukanya Sudhaharan

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana


Dr. Sukanya Sudhaharan, is a clinical microbiologist with research experience in Bacteriology and Mycology. She has delivered lectures on infection control modules and involved in preparation of cumulative antibiogram for the institute. She is actively involved in surveillance, as a part of ICMR –CDC –AIIMS project.

Dr. T. Karuna

Dr. T. Karuna

Associate Professor, Microbiology Department All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


Dr. T. Karuna’s major areas of work are hand hygiene, AMR surveillance, clinical mycology with focus on traumatic and opportunistic fungal infections.

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Nag

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Nag

Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS, Jodhpur (Raj)-342005


Dr. Vijayalakshmi Nag has more than 27 years of post MD experience in teaching & training of MBBS, MD, PDCC, dental & nursing students. She has extensive research work experience and administrative experience in form of Head of different clinical and quality control laboratories.

Dr. Vijayshri Deotale

Dr. Vijayshri Deotale

Head, Department of Microbiology, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Wardha


Dr.Vijayashri Deotale has 26 years teaching experience and her areas of interest are research in Vibrio cholerae, Salmonella typhi, antibiotic resistance in bacteria and hospital infection control. She has done the course on hospital infection prevention at JIPMER, Pondicherry and FAIMER fellowship in medical education from PSG, Coimbatore. She has 40 publications.

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