ASM works closely with sister societies to promote microbiology best practices in India. In collaboration with the Society for Biosafety-India (SBS), ASM has held targeted biosafety and biosecurity training programs, and ASM has played an active role in numerous conferences of its other sister societies. Through BioResource Centers and collaborations with Indian research universities, ASM also supports the training of scientists in safe and secure molecular diagnostics. Beyond these laboratory-centered training programs, ASM leads workshops on scientific communication and publishing for broad audiences.




ASM in India


Program Areas

  • Biosafety and biosecurity training
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Clinical laboratory capacity development
  • Veterinary laboratory capacity development
  • Antimicrobial resistance training
  • Student involvement in microbiology
  • Scientific writing and communication




ASM Engages with Local Scientists through Workshops in India

ASM held a ‘Culture of Responsibility’ train-the-trainers workshop in Delhi at Jawaharlal Nehru University in October 2014. This workshop brought together scientists from research institutions across India to learn about basic biosafety, biosecurity, and dual-use research issues. By teaching these scientists how to lead follow-up events at their home institutions, ASM promoted sustainable, locally-owned strategies for biorisk mitigation. The train-the-trainer strategy has been successful to-date; more than 216 scientists have attended workshops led by the trainers, with more workshops to come!



BioResource Centers (BRCs)

The purpose of the BioResource Centers (BRCs) is to provide scientists, educators, laboratorians, policy makers, and students with cutting-edge scientific resources, training, and increase their knowledge-base of biological sciences. Both BRCs in India serve as locations for scientists and stakeholder to convene; offer access to cutting-edge scientific resources; and provide ongoing professional development training through scientific webinars, virtual workshops, and also on-site workshops and lectures.


India BRC Manipal

BRC at the Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR, Manipal University) 

Contact: Dr. G. Arunkumar, Professor and Head of MCVR,

Mailing Address of BRC:
Manipal Centre for Virus Research, Manipal University
Manipal – 576 104, Karnataka State, India

India BRC Library

BRC at the Library of International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology 

Contact: Dr. Sunil Lal, Former ASM Ambassador to India,

Mailing Address of BRC:
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, Delhi 110067, India



Ambassadors to India

The Country Ambassador would be a senior scientist that represents ASM in India, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in India, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. The ASM Young Ambassador mobilizes the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet the Grand Challenges in Science.


Country Ambassador - Dr. Rup Lal

Rup Lal



Young Ambassador - Dr. Priyam Batraunknown-ambassador





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