Dr Ethel Suman

Associate Professor

Department of Microbiology


    Ethel Suman teaches Microbiology.

    • Involved in teaching and assessment activities of undergraduates and postgraduates
    • Serve as the  BDS coordinator for Evaluation
    • Guides Short term research ICMR and Manipal Academy of Higher Education projects for undergraduates
    •  Guides M.Sc research projects and Co-guides MDS research projects of MCODS, Mangalore
    • Helps in conducting departmental scientific programs.
    • Is the qualified internal IMS auditor of the College and the internal NABL auditor of laboratory services.
    • Is the Internal Quality Assurance coordinator of the department of Microbiology


Subject Semester / Year


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD Microbiology Manipal Academy of Higher Education 2001
MSc (Medical Microbiology) Medical Microbiology KMC, Mangalore University 1991
BSc (Bachelor of Science) St Agnes College, Mangalore University 1988


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


Area of Interest

Epidemiology of Infections, Water Microbiology, Biofilms, Effect of Phages on Biofilms.

Area of Expertise

Biofilms formation by various bacteria and their importance in infections and antibiotic resistance

Area of Research

Biofilms in Hospital Water Systems, on Medical devices, implants and methods to eliminate them.

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Member of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of KMC Mangalore
  •  Member of the Doctoral Advisory Committee of MCODS, Mangalore
  • Member of the Board of Studies of Microbiology at St Aloysius College , Mangalore
  • Life member of IAMM.

1.     Rao M, Ashith MV, Suman E, Isloor AM, Shetty NJ, Natarajan S. Evaluation of the surface characteristics and antibacterial properties of Titanium dioxide nanotube and methacryloyloxyethylphosphorylcholine (MPC) coated orthodontic brackets-a comparative invitro study. Clin Oral Investig. 2024;28(6):323. PMID: 38761310

2.     Shree S, Suman E, Kotian H, Paul SH, M SS. Effect of Klebsiella-specific phage on multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae- an experimental study. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2024 ;47:100515

3.     Vinay NM, Shambhavi G, Manuel ST, Ethel S, Srikant N. Knowledge and practice of dental healthcare providers about disinfection of light curing units. Gulhane Med J.2023 ;65(3):123-129.

4.     Renukaprasad, A.K.Suman, E.Jeppu, U.Paul, S.H. Promising catheters to reduce hospital-acquired urinary tract infections Biomedicine (India), 2023, 43(3), pp. 992–995

5.     Babu B, Rao P, Suman E, Udayalaxmi J. A Study of Antibacterial Effect of Nigella sativa Seed Extracts on Bacterial Isolates from Cases of Wound Infection. Infect Disord Drug Targets. 2023;23(5): e030423215400.

6.     Aquinas, N.Suman, E.Dhanashree, B.Hegde, A. Effect of Cymbopogon citratus on biofilm production by multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii . Biomedicine (India), 2022, 42(6), pp. 1243–1248.

7.      Khadilkar, M.N.Dosemane, D.Suman, E.Islam, F.N. Klebsiella ozaenae subperiosteal mastoid abscess: A brief report and literature review. Indian Journal of Otology 2022, 28(3), pp. 262–264

8.       Kenjar A, Udayalaxmi J, Suman E, Kotian MS , Paul HS. Effect of Bacteriophage and Sub-inhibitory concentration of Imipenem on Biofilm Production  by Pseudomonas aeruginosa on Endotracheal tubing - An in-vitro model system. European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine 2021;8, (2) ; 1998-2008

9.     Pooja MP, Karuna YM, Rao A, Suman E, Natarajan S, Suprabha BS. Comparative Evaluation of the Sealing Ability of an Alkasite Restorative Material and Resin-Modified Glass Ionomer Cement in Primary Molars: An In vivo Study. Contemp Clin Dent. 2022;13(2):113-117.

10.  Sridhar S, Suprabha BS, Shenoy R, Suman E, Rao A. Association of Streptococcus mutans, Candida albicans and Oral Health Practices with Activity Status of Caries Lesions Among 5-Year-Old Children with Early Childhood Caries. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2020;18:911-919.