Prof. V R. Muthukaruppan has joined the Biology Department in 1970 and started offering teaching and research programmes in Immunology. In 1976 the Department of Immunology was started, first of its kind in Indian Universities. His major research activities were in the area of Immunology of Leprosy and Typhoid. He is an elected Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Sciences. Prof. VRM served as Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University during 1994-1997. Prof. Pitchappan who joined as Lecturer in 1976, became Professor in 1987 and carried out research in Immunology of Infectious Diseases and Human Immunogenetics till his retirement in 2005-2006. He is an elected Fellow of India Academy of Medical Sciences and Indian Academy of Sciences. Presently the Department of Immunology is Headed by Prof. K. Balakrishnan who completed his Ph. D in the same Department in the year 1994. He is the Vice-President of Indian Immunology Society. As Consultant, Tissue Typing Services, Dr. K. Balakrishnan is offering HLA Typing and Tissue Cross Matching Services to various hospitals under Madurai Kamaraj University Industry Consultancy Cell.
Areas of Research:
> HLA Immunogenetics of Infectious Diseases including TB & AIDS.
> HLA Immunogenetics of metabolic disorders.
> HLA studies of population groups including tribes of Western Ghats.