Dr. Kiran Chawla


Department of Microbiology


    1.    Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    2.    Guide of postgraduate students’ thesis or projects.

    3.    Diagnostics: In-charge of Respiratory Bacteriology, Molecular Lab & COVID lab.


Subject Semester / Year
Microbiology PY 2


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MD Microbiology Govt Medical College, Amritsar 2002
MBBS Govt Medical College, Amritsar 1992


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC, Manipal Professor 15/Jun/2020 till date
KMC, Manipal Professor and Head 25/Apr/2015 to 14/Jun/2020
KMC, Manipal Additional Professor 16/Jul/2012 to 24/Apr/2015
KMC, Manipal Associate Professor 30/May/2009 to 15/Jul/2012
KMC, Manipal Assistant Professor 23/May/2003 to 29/May/2009

Extramural Projects Done:

  • Study of drug resistance in pulmonary tuberculosis cases with and without HIV-coinfection in Udupi district, coastal Karnataka - ICMR project 5/8/5/18/10-ECD-I
  • Role of RT-PCR for the rapid diagnosis of MDR and XDR tuberculosis directly from clinical specimens in Indian set up - DBT project- DBT/PR15175/MED/29/252/2011

Ongoing Projects:

  • Establishing TB portal of Mycobacterium tuberculosis patients from tertiary care hospital in Southern India – NIH project (Co-investigator)
  • Enhancement of Detection of Paediatric TB cases (≤15 years) in Udupi TU after strengthening the skills of health care workers to perform induced sputum production: RNTCP Project
  • Metagenomics characterization of lung Microbiome of pulmonary TB cases and its variation under the effect of ATT
  • Paediatric house hold contact investigations for TB: Challenges and its burden, Karnataka – Central TB Division, MoHFW, Govt. of India


Area of Interest

Molecular Microbiology , Tuberculosis and Respiratory tract infections

Area of Expertise

Respiratory Bacteriology , Molecular Microbiology, Mycobacteriology

Area of Research

Tuberculosis , Respiratory infections and Community Health

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Life Member of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists.
  • Fellow Member of International Medical Science Academy.
  • Member of European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
  • Life Member of Academy of Clinical Microbiologists.

Challenges Perceived by Health Care Providers for Implementation of Contact Screening and Isoniazid Chemoprophylaxis in Karnataka, India.

2021 Kiran Chawla Sharath Burugina Nagaraja Nayana Siddalingaiah Chidananda Sanju Vishnu Prasad Shenoy Uday Kumar Arundathi Das Druti Hazra Suresh Shastri Anil Singarajipur and Ramesh Chandra Reddy

Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2021; 6(167). https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed6030167 (Q2)

The aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic on the diagnosis of TB at a tertiary care hospital in India.

2021 Druti Hazra Kiran Chawla Vishnu Prasad Shenoy Akhilesh Kumar Pandey Nayana S

Journal of Infection and Public Health 2021; 14(8):1095-8 (Q2)

Tubercular Lymphadenitis in the 21st Century: A 5 Year Single Center Retrospective Study from South India.

2021 Akshita Gupta Supriya Kunder Druti Hazra Vishnu Prasad Shenoy Kiran Chawla

International Journal of Mycobacteriology 2021;10:162-5

A pilot study to evaluate urine LAM assay for diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis among non-HIV patients.

2020 Akshita Gupta Ajay Kumar Asem Ali Ashraf Haritha Madigubba Kiran Chawla

Tropical Doctor 2020 DOI: 10.1177/0049475520936164

A prospective study of microbiological characterization and clinical facets of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia infections.

2020 Suvayu Biswas Anupam Berwal Kiran Chawla

Iran. J. Microbiol. 2020; 12(4):313-318

Detection of Biofilm Production and Its Impact on Antibiotic Resistance Profile of Bacterial Isolates from Chronic Wound Infections.

2020 Kala Harika Vishnu Prasad Shenoy Nagalakshmi Narasimhaswamy Kiran Chawla

J Global Infect Dis 2020;12:129-34

Genetic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in south coastal Karnataka, India, using spoligotyping.

2018 Kiran Chawla Ajay Kumar Vishnu Prasad Shenoy Devendra Singh Chauhan Pragya Sharma

Indian Journal of Medical Research 2018; 147: 278-286

Anaerobic Bacteria in Clinical Specimens – Frequent, But a Neglected Lot: A Five Year Experience at a Tertiary Care Hospital.

2017 Padmaja Ananth Shenoy Shashidhar Vishwanath Ashwini Gawda Seema Shetty Renuka Anegundi Muralidhar Varma Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay Kiran Chawla

Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2017;11(7): DC44-DC48

Role of real-time PCR for detection of tuberculosis and drug resistance directly from clinical samples.

2016 Parashuram Rao Kiran Chawla Vishnu Prasad Shenoy Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay

Indian Journal of Tuberculosis 2016;63:151-155

Role of PCR in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary and Extra-Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

2015 Kiran Chawla Ruqaiyah Johar Shashidhar Vishwanath Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay

National Journal of Laboratory Medicine 2015; 4(4): 64-7

Role of PCR for diagnosing Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in HIV infected individuals in a tertiary care hospital in India.

2011 Kiran Chawla Suganthi Martena Bimala Gurung Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay George K Varghese Indira Bairy

Indian Journal Pathology and Microbiology 2011;54(2):326-29

    Book Chapter: “Biology of pathogenic bacteria”, Chapter – Actinobacteria diversity and biotechnological applications, Publisher- Elsevier, 1st Edition; 2017, ISBN – 978-0-444-63994-3 (paperback)