क्षेत्रीय आयुर्विज्ञान अनुसंधान केन्द्र
(भारतीय आयुर्विज्ञान अुनसंधान परिषद)

पोर्ट ब्लेयर, भारत

Dr N Muruganandam

Scientist - C

Division of Virology
Regional Medical Research Centre, (ICMR)
Post Bag # 13
Port Blair - 744 101
A&N Islands

Mob: +91 9933224001
Tel: +91 3192 251158
Fax: +91 3192 251063
Email: n.muruganandam@yahoo.com | na.muruganandam@gmail.com

Research Specialization

Medical Microbiology
Molecular Medical Microbiology
Molecular epidemiology

Dr. Muruganandam Nagarajan

Degree Year Institution University
Ph.D (Microbiology) 2012 Regional Medical Research Centre (ICMR), Port Blair Pondicherry University
MPhil (Microbiology) 2010 Annamalai University, Chidamabaram Annamalai University
PGDBIT (Bio-Information Technology) 2002 Pondicherry University Community College, Puducherry Pondicherry University
MSc (Microbiology) 2001 Ponnaiyah Ramajayam College, Thanjavur Bharathidasan University
BSc (Microbiology) 1999 King NandhiVarman College, Thellar Madras University


Emerging infectious diseases (with reference to Medical Virology, Medical Bacteriology and Immunology)
Expert in designing Biosafety Laboratory (BSL3 & BSL2)

Institution Designation Duration
RMRC Port Blair Scientist - C 14th Oct 2015 - Till Date
Research Scientist-II 06th Aug 2013 – 13th Oct 2015
Research Scientist-I 06th Aug 2010 – 05th Oct 2013
Senior Scholar 01st Aug 2008– 31st Jul 2010
Research Scientist 02nd Feb 2008 – 31st Jul 2008
Dept. of Medical Microbiology,
AarupadaiVeedu Medical College & Hospital,
Tutor 20th Jun 2002– 16th Nov 2007


  • Winner of LADY TATA MEMORIAL TRUST SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP award for the academic years, 2008 – 2010
  • Recipient of ICMR CENTENARY GOLD MEDAL of Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair on 15/12/2011, in recognition of the research contributions in the field of Biomedical Research with reference to Chikungunya virus infection during Ph.Dprogramme in RMRC (ICMR) Port Blair, India
  • Letter of appreciation from Directorate Health Services, Port Blair, in recognizing and appreciating my contributions in the field of public health while serving to the people of these islands during diagnosis of many viral diseases outbreaks
  • Letter of appreciation from Department of Public Heath, Bhutan for organizing WHO sponsored training workshop on “Laboratory Diagnosis of leptospirosis for Public Health Staffs at Public health laboratory”, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Thimphu, Bhutan, during 24th to 31st October 2014

Invitee as an EXPERT

  • Invited speaker and also acted as a Chair person in the National Seminar on Recent Trends in Microbiome research: Exploring the microbial Diversity (Wonders of the Small 2.0) held on 1st and 20th and 21st March 2019 at Pondicherry University, Puducherry.
  • Resource person/facilitator for three days training of technician/assistants on Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme organised by Directorate of Health Services, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, fro 22nd-24th October 2018.
  • Invited speaker and also acted as a Chair person in the National Seminar on Challenges and advances in microbiology (CAM-2018) held on 1st and 2nd February 2018 at Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
  • Invited as a special invitee for the “Advisory committee meeting for capital works” on 1st June 2016,for finalizing the technical specifications of the BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories as well as equipment for establishing a Regional Level Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory as a part of Department of Health Research’s scheme of ‘Establishing Network of Laboratories for Managing Epidemics and natural Calamities’
  • Deputed as Technical Expert for WHO sponsored training workshop on “Laboratory Diagnosis of leptospirosis for Public Health Staffs at Public health laboratory”, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Thimphu, Bhutan, during 24th to 31st October 2014


Principal Investigator:
Project Duration Funding Agency
A multicentric hospital based study on epidemiology of keratoconjunctivitis in India.
(Co-ordinated by JIPMER, Puducherry)
3 years
(2017 – 2020)
DHR (through ICMR)
Surveillance of high risk group viral pathogens causing influenza like illness in Car Nicobar 3 years
(2019 – 2022)
Detection of drug resistance status of group A streptococci in the asymptomatic carriers among the school children. 2005-2007 A V Medical College & Hospital (Intramural)

Project Duration Funding Agency
Enhancing Biorisk mitigation awareness in public health community and creating laboratory networks for enhanced diagnostic capabilities to deal with surveillance and outbreaks of high-risk group viral pathogens causing viral hemorrhagic fevers and respiratory infections 3 years
(2016 – 2019)
Study on the prevalence of oral premalignant and malignant lesions and the associated viral etiological agents among the tribal population of Car Nicobar island 2 years
(2019 – 2021)

Project Duration Funding Agency
Surveillance of long-term sequelae of Chronic Hepatitis B Infection and Risk reduction among the Nicobarese of Car Nicobar 3 years
(2019 – 2022)
Study to understand the drift in potency of Pathogenicity of Leptospiral strains cultured in different forms 2017 – 2018 ICMR (Intramural)
Study on bacterial agents associated with cholelithiasis and diaetory, behavioural and biological determinats 2017 – 2018 ICMR (Intramural)
Development of nucleicacid antibody as theraupetic vaccine against leptospirosis 2017 – 2018 ICMR (Intramural)
Assessment of Immunological status and level of exposure to prevalent infectious agents among Jarawas – a vulnerable community, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 2017 – 2018 ICMR (Intramural)
Surveillance on multi drug resistance organism (MDRO) associated with diabetic foot ulcer 2005 – 2007 A V Medical College & Hospital (Intramural)
Study on the prevalence of rate of helminthic infections among school children in the rural areas of Puducherry 2004 – 2006 A V Medical College & Hospital (Intramural)


Supervised M.Phil, M.Sc, B.Sc and B.Tech students as well as International Medical graduates from Sweden for their Dissertation work

List of Scholars

Research Publications

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