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Antimicrobial Research and Awareness Unit (ARAU)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a pressing global health concern, posing significant threats to human health, animal welfare, and environmental integrity. The widespread misuse and overuse of antibiotics have spurred the emergence of resistant bacterial strains, compromising the effectiveness of conventional treatment approaches. In response to this challenge, our research endeavors merge traditional wisdom with contemporary scientific methodologies to contribute meaningfully to the global fight against infectious diseases.

Our research unit is particularly focused on exploring burden of AMR and the potential of medicinal plants as sources of novel antimicrobial agents. Our objectives encompass three key areas: surveillance of AMR prevalence within our country, investigation of underlying resistance mechanisms, and exploration of alternative therapies utilizing medicinal plant compounds. By isolating and characterizing active compounds from medicinal plants, we seek to expand the arsenal of antimicrobial treatments available. Additionally, we aim to raise awareness about the importance of combating AMR through educational and advocacy initiatives. Through these efforts, we strive to contribute to global efforts to address AMR and safeguard public health.


Objectives of ARAU

  • To conduct surveillance on the antimicrobial resistance burden in the country
  • To determine the antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in pathogens 
  • To explore novel technologies to identify resistant pathogen 
  • To Isolate and Characterize of Bioactive Compounds with potential antimicrobial properties.
  • To evaluate in vitro and in vivo Assessments of the efficacy of bioactive compounds
  • To determine mechanisms of the antimicrobial activity of bioactive compounds
  • To assess the safety and toxicity of bioactive compounds 
  • To conduct awareness programs focused on antimicrobial resistance