Doctoral Degree Programme in Medical Microbiology

YRGCARE Infectious Diseases Laboratory is affiliated to the University of Madras to conduct a PhD degree programme in Medical Microbiology. The program commenced from 2001.

Applications for the PhD degree course in Medical Microbiology are invited from candidates who have passed national entrance tests for independent fellowships such as CSIR/ DBT / INSPIRE fellowship. For more details, please write to

Graduates of the PhD program thus far are:





Year Awarded Scholar Research Title



Dr. M. Vidya

Genotypic HIV-1 drug resistance among patients failing anti-retroviral therapy in South India




Dr. M. Sundaram

Bio-chemical changes among persons with HIV disease in Southern India




Dr. S. Uma

Molecular adaptive evolution in HIV-1 subtype C reverse transcriptase and protease regions among South Indian patients




Dr. H. Syed Iqbal

Drug resistance, polymorphisms and phylogenetic analysis of HIV-1 pol gene from injecting drug users and VCT clients in Chennai




Dr. R. Vignesh

Mycobacterial and immunological studies on HIV/TB co-infection and immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome

PG Diploma in Infectious Diseases

YRGCARE Infectious Diseases Laboratory has offered a PG Diploma course in Infectious Diseases from 2010.

Applications for the PG Diploma (Infectious Diseases) course are invited from candidates who hold the BSc or MSc (Microbiology) degree. For more details, please write to

Previous batch of candidates awarded with the PG Diploma (Infectious Diseases) with Prof. Suniti Solomon:


Anitha Ramaswamy, Dr. Suniti Solomon, Badrinath, M. Selvakumar

HIV Test Counseling (HTC) Training:

YRGCARE Infectious Diseases Laboratory along with YRGCARE Training Team conducts two day training course on Pre- and Post-HIV Test Counseling (HTC) each quarter. The training course is based on the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) guidelines to ensure uniformity in counseling and testing services across the country The National Accreditation Board of Laboratories (NABL) requires laboratory staff to be trained and certified for providing Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services.

For more details on the future programmes, please write to us at