Microbiolo​gy labor​atory

Introduction
Microbiology Laboratory of MPDRI has been established in 2005. A variety of methods are being exploited for identification of new antimicrobial agents derived from plants (essential oils, extracts and pure substances) and microorganisms (bacteria and fungi). Also antimicrobial properties of nonmaterial as well as synthetic and semi-synthetic compounds are being assessed in the laboratory. 
Bacteria as source of production of some pharmaceutical drugs are also being surveyed for new lead compound. However optimization of production of known microbial pharmaceuticals also is among the objectives of the lab.
We have a well equipped microbiology laboratory housed in the institute, with careful thought and planning the laboratory flows well and utilizes the space available efficiently. 

Staffs:
1. Atousa Aliahmadi, Ph.D. of Microbiology, a_aliahmadi@sbu.ac.ir
2. Farzaneh Zandi, MS of Biotechnology

Students:
1. Farhad Habibi
2. Faeze Jame
3. Mehrdad Rabbani
4. Zeinab Shahsavari
5. Lida Ghaderi
6. Fatemeh Aghajani


Vision:
The objective of Microbiology laboratory of MPDRI is to help the institute to stand in the academic circles through conducting basic and applied research in various branches of microbiological sciences. The activities of the laboratory are also aimed at meeting the microbiological requirements at the institute, at the university and for intra-universities collaborations. 

Mission:
To achieve mentioned goals, we try:
1. To carry out and direct basic and applied research in various branches of microbiological sciences. 
2. To establish a center for academic exchanges between different biological researchers at domestic and intra-universities levels, through joint projects and scientific publications. 
3. To encourage the partnership of the beneficiaries of research in biological sciences, including the industry and the private sector. 

Strengths:
We have some essential requirement such as:
1. Laboratory, instrumental and physical facilities and human resources. 
2. Scientific sources and computer facilities. 
3. Capability of rendering microbiological services to the industry. 
4. Capability of developing technical know-how in various branches of biological sciences. 

Opportunities:
Geographic situation, neighborhood of related industries, availability of a research network and other research centers, availability of distinguished researches, academic credibility at home and industry, diversity of the country's natural resources, communication with other research centers are some of our opportunities. 

Actions:
While emphasizing on such values as creativity, innovation, teamwork, and observance of ethical code of research activities, the research priorities of MPDRI in basic and applied domains of microbiology are: 
1. Microbial quality control of pharmaceuticals (raw materials and final products).
2.  Assessment of antimicrobial properties of natural products (plant, animal and microbial derived substances) as well as synthetic, semi-synthetic and nano-materials.
3.  Evaluation of some novel technique (e.g. Plasma radiation) in sterilization procedures.
4.  Conducting research projects for identifying, isolating, purifying and specifying the structure of biologically active natural substances via bioassay guided fractionation methods.
5.  Paying attention to biotechnology (classic via fermentation natural microbial producers of pharmaceuticals and recombinant protein technology).
6.  Determination of mechanism of antimicrobial activities of bio-active substances.

Equipments:
Incubator
Shaker incubator
Laminar air flow (Class II)
Autoclave
pH meter
Bio-Photometer
Protein and nucleic acid electrophoresis system
Magnet stirrer
Refrigerator and -20°C freezer
Centrifuge 
Sampler
Water bath incubator
Balance 
Plate reader​
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