Dr Dhanashree B

Associate Professor

Department of Microbiology


    Dhanashree B teaches Medical Microbiology.

    She is involved in

    • Standardisation, performing and reporting PCR results at clinical diagnostic laboratory
    • NABL internal auditing of KMCH laboratories
    • Guidig students for research projects.


Subject Semester / Year
Medical Microbiology


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Post-Doctoral Fellow Molecular biology University of Wurzburg, Germany 2005
PhD (Medical Microbiology) Medical Microbiology and Molecular Biology KMC, Manipal Academy of Higher Education 2001
MSc Medical Microbiology Mangalore University 1990
BSc Vijaya College Mulki 1987


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Associate Professor 2006 onwards
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Selection Grade Lecturer 2003-2006
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Assistant Professor 2001-2003
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Senior Grade Lecturer 2000-2001
Department of Microbiology, KMC Mangalore Lecturer 1992-2000

As Principal Investigator (PI):
 1. Short-term Overseas Associateship 2003-04, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India
Was awarded overseas associateship to carry out post-doctoral research for a period of Six months (February-August 2005) at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. Successfully completed the “Study of differential expression of virulence genes and tissue tropism in Listeria monocytogenes serotypes using Microarray.” under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Werner Goebel, Chair of Microbiology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany.

2. Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) funded extramural - Adhoc Research Project RFC No. ECD/Adhoc/18/2002/2003 Amount: Rs 6,85463/-
“Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) in foods of animal origin and clinical samples”, Three years duration; 2003-2006.

3.MAC ID funded project : Amount Rs. 2Lakhs. (ongoing)Detection of common diarrheagenic bacterial and viral pathogens in faecal samples of paediatric patients by polymerase chain reaction’ One year duration April2019 to March 2020

As Co investigator (CO-PI)
1. DRDE, Gwalior funded Sub – project/ Task
Project title: Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST) of Clinical Isolates of Burkholderia pseudomallei from Western Coastal Region of South India” May 2016-April2017
Order No. DRDE/TC/05414/Proj/TASK-219/16 dtd. 13-may-2016 Grant amount of Rs. 9.30 lakhs
2. MAC ID funded project :Association of virulence genes with clinical presentations and outcomes in melioidosis. Funding Agency: Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases January 2017 to Dec 2017. Amount: Rs. One lakh.

Awards/Travel Grants:
1. Short-term Overseas Associateship 2003-04, Department of Biotechnology (DBT),
Govt.of India., to visit University of Wuerzburg Germany
2. Distinguished Alumni award yr.2003 Manipal University, Manipal.
3. Dr. TMA Pai Gold Medal for Outstanding Research for the Yr. 2003-04.instituted by
Manipal University (MAHE) Manipal


Area of Interest

Bacteriology, Immunology & Molecular Biology

Area of Expertise

Bacterial Virulence Gene Detection, Detection of Drug Resistance by PCR

Area of Research

Molecular detection of pathogenic bacteria in clinical, food and environmental samples and molecular typing of bacterial pathogens

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Awarded with Dr TMA Pai Gold Medal for outstanding research, 2003.

Member of Doctoral Advisory Committee, KMC Mangalore.

Member of the Editorial Board for International Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (IJHRS).

Life member of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologist.

Life member of the Association of Microbiologist of India.

Life member of Society of Biological Scientist of India.

Life member of Gastro Intestinal Society of India.


1.      Bhat NR, Shivashankar SBK and Dhanashree B Antibiogram of Urinary Enterococcus Isolates from a Tertiary Care Hospital. Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, 2021, 21, 146-150

2.      Biranthabail Dhanashree, Shalini Shenoy  Seropositivity for dengue and Leptospira IgM among patients with acute febrile illness: an indicator of co-infection? GERMS 2021 11: 155-162

3.      Krishna D, Dhanashree B Antibiogram, Virulence Genes, and Biofilm-Forming Ability of Clinical Salmonella enterica Serovars: An In Vitro Study. Microbial Drug Resistance 2021. 27:871 to 878

4.      Kashyap V, Dhanashree B. Antibacterial properties of distilled cow’s urine on bacterial species from clinical specimens. Biomedicine 2022;42(3):517-22. 

5.      Natasha Aquinas, Ethel Suman, Dhanashree B., Ashwini Hegde Effect of Cymbopogon citratus on biofilm production by multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Biomedicine 2022;42(6):1243-1248. 

6.      Sreejisha M, Shalini Shenoy Mulki, Suchitra Shenoy, Biranthabail Dhanashree, Chakrapani M , Gopalakrishna Bhat.  Heterogeneous Vancomycin Intermediate Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Diabetic and Non-Diabetic Patients – A Hospital-Based Comparative Study Infection and Drug Resistance 2023:16 9–17

7.      Archana Bhat, Suchetha S. Rao, Sevitha Bhat, Katara Vidyalakshmi, Biranthabail Dhanashree, Molecular diagnosis of bacterial and viral diarrhoea using multiplex-PCR assays: An observational prospective study among paediatric patients from India, Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology,2023;41:64-70

8.      Mallikarjuna PV, Dhanashree B. Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of clinical Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J Taibah Univ Med Sc 2023;18(3):480-487

9.      Shivashankar S.B.K., Bhat N.R., Dhanashree B. Antibiogram of Enterococcus spp. associated with post-operative wound infections. Infektsionnye bolezni: novosti, mneniya, obuchenie [Infectious Diseases: News, Opinions, Training]. 2023; 12 (1): 84–9.

10. Senna Mukhi, Biranthabail Dhanashree, Rukmini Mysore Srikantiah, Poornima Manjrekar, Sindhu Harish, "Evaluation of Minimum Inhibitory Concentration of Heavy Metals Contained in Packaging Material Digest on Prominent Gut Microbiota", International Journal of Food Science, vol. 2023, Article ID 3840795, 8 pages, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/3840795

11. Senna Mukhi, Biranthabail Dhanashree, Rukmini Mysore Srikantiah, Poornima Manjrekar & Sindhu Harish. Assessing the impact of heavy metal residues in food and drug packaging on the standard bacterial strains: a biofilm perspective, CyTA - Journal of Food, 2023: 21:(1), 711-717.

12. M, Sreejisha, Shalini Shenoy M, Suchitra Shenoy M, Dhanashree B, Chakrapani M, and Gopalakrishna Bhat K. 2023. “Molecular and Clinical Features of Heterogeneous Vancomycin-Intermediate Staphylococcus Aureus in Tertiary Care Hospitals in South India”. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal 23 (4):447-54. https://doi.org/10.18295/squmj.3.2023.018

13. Renu, S.M.Rao, A.P.Biranthabail Dhanashree.,Mahabala, K.Y.Panakaje, A.N. Screening for Microbial Contamination of Multi-dose Lignocaine Vials in a Dental Hospital: A Prospective Study. International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry 2023, 16(5), pp. 678–680