He is former Professor and Head, Department of Botany & Microbiology and Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences at Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar. He has had teaching and research stints at Panjab University, Chandigarh and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He has also been a Visiting Professor at University of Delhi. Dr. Purshotam Kaushik has been the Principal Investigator of the project Environmental Biology of the Himalayan Orchids conducted by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, and also for a project on Lectins conducted by UGC He has visited Universities of London, Cambridge & Kew (United Kingdom) and Institute Pasteur, Paris (France). Dr. Purshotam Kaushik has supervised 30 Ph.D. students and has published over hundred research papers. He has authored five original research monographs and two editions of the edited book Indigenous Medicinal Plants, Including Microbes and Fungi. He has also written a textbook on Introductory Microbiology. He is the President of Academy of Plant Sciences, India and has also been an elected Syndic of Gurukul Kangri University and a member of Board of Management and that of Academic Council. He has also been a member of Board of Studies of many Universities. He has been associated with designing and starting M.Sc. Microbiology courses at Gurukul Kangri University from the very inception of the courses.
Dr Kirti Kaushik :-
She is an active researcher, currently working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, La Jolla, California, USA. She has taught microbiology at Rasmussen College and has worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Minnesota, USA. She holds a doctorate from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and is a Life Member of Association of Microbiologists of India; Indian Science Congress Association; and has close Association with many academic societies. Dr. Kirti Kaushik is recipient of multiple academic awards and has delivered invited talks at national and international conferences/ Universities. She is a prolific writer and has published many research papers in prestigious national and international journals.
About the Book
Microbiology is an engaging textbook presenting balanced and comprehensive account of major areas of microbiology in the form of questions and answers. This question- answer approach to present complex topics and theories of microbiology regarding cellular and non-cellular microorganisms, microbial genetics and molecular biology in higher plants and animals, makes the subject interesting and easily comprehensible for the students.
• 1200+ questions with answers
• Over 150 figures throughout the text to aid understanding
• Inclusion of new chapters such as Animal Cloning (Chapter 27); Prokaryote (Chapter 8); Normal Microflora, Symbiotic Relationship and Pathogenicity (Chapter 16); Bacterial Pathogens and Diseases (Chapter 21); Algae, Protozoa and Multicellular Parasites (Chapter 19); Viruses (Chapter 12); Infectious Diseases and Diagnostic Immunological Techniques (Chapter 20); Fungal Diseases or Mycoses (Chapter 22); and Metabolism: Catabolism and Anabolism (Chapter 49)
Table of Content
• History of Microbiology • Development of Microbiology in India • Microscopy • Ecological Groups of Microorganisms • Microbial Diversity • Extremophiles: The Organisms which grow in Extreme or Harshest Environments • Aeromicrobiology (Microbiology of Air) • Prokaryotes (Procaryotes) • Bacteria • Plasmids • Bergey's Manual • Viruses • Ribosomal RNA in Microbial Taxonomy • Cultivation (Cultures) and Growth of Microorganisms • Control of Microbial Growth (Physical, Chemical and Antibiotic) • Normal Microflora, Symbiotic Relationship and Pathogenicity • Medical Microbiology • Microbial Diseases (Diseases Caused by Microorganisms) • Algae, Protozoa and Multicellular Parasites • Infectious Diseases and Diagnostic Immunological Techniques • Bacterial Pathogens and Diseases • Fungal Diseases or Mycoses • Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS • Immunology • Microbial Genetics • Microbial Biotechnology • Animal Cloning • Industrial Microbiology • Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Microbial Technology • Food and Dairy Microbiology • Soil Microbiology • Biogeochemical Cycling • Water and Wastewater Microbiology • Biofertilizers • Mycorrhizae • Biosensors: Bacteria that Detect Toxic Pollutants • Biological Control • Biopesticides • Applications of Microbiology • Molecular Biology • Tools and Techniques of Molecular Biology • Xenobiotics: The Foreign Chemicals in the Body • Biochemistry of the Molecules of Life • Carbohydrates or "Hydrates" of Carbon or Saccharides • Lipids • Proteins: Structure and Function • Enzymes: Biological Catalysts or Biocatalysts • Enzyme Technology or Applications of Enzymes • Metabolism: Catabolism and Anabolism • Milestones or Land Marks in Microbiology • Bioinformatics • Objective Assessment • Suggested Readings • Subject Index