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Department of Clinical Laboratory Services and Translational Research

Head of the Department: Dr. Sangeetha K Nayanar   (MBBS, MD, DNB), Professor
Phone: 0490 23 99 219 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Onco Pathology
Genetics & Molecular Oncology  
Blood Bank &Transfusion Medicine
Phone: 0490 23 99 273 (Reception), 261 (Lab)



Diagnostic services in the Clinical laboratory at Malabar Cancer Centre grew several folds from its inception in 2001.The division of  Oncopathology caters to diagnostic reporting of all registered cancer patients at MCC. The final diagnosis of the type and nature of cancer is ascertained in the subdivisions of Histopathology, Cytopathology & Haematopathology.  The techniques of frozen sections  and automated immune-histochemistry special staining enables accurate and specialised cancer treatment and outcome for patients. The department aims to be the backbone of dedicated cancer research in the upcoming field of molecular pathology, as cancer treatment moves into the realm of personalised medicine.

Vision & Mission

The division of Oncopathology aims to expand by offering full-fledged diagnostic services for the final disease diagnosis. It will have the latest technology in Surgical & Molecular Pathology aimed at providing complete diagnostic and prognostic facility. The department will shift to more spacious premises to the new laboratory block which will be on par with state of art laboratories in India & abroad. Innovative research which can translate into life changing modalities is our dream.

Scope of the Division

Surgical Pathology:

  • Services of grossing, automated tissue processing and staining of biopsy specimens & radical excisions on all working days.
  • Diagnostic reporting of surgical tissue specimens by faculty pathologists.
  • Cryostat cut frozen sections and intra-operative reporting on all OT days.
  • Immunohistochemical staining on automated stainer.


  • Performs Fine needle aspiration for OP & IP patients on all days.
  • Processing & reporting of FNA & fluid aspiration samples.
  • Preparation of cell block


  • Diagnostic reporting of Peripheral blood & bone marrow aspiration samples with clinical correlation.

Academic duties

  • Academic activities of undergraduate & postgraduate teaching.
  • Research activities in collaboration with concerned divisions

Other duties

  • Receipt & issue of samples and reports through hospital information system.
  • Archiving of tissue paraffin blocks & slides for future reference.




Division in charge: Dr. Mohandoss. M (MD), Additional Professor

Phone: 0490 23 99 227      E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Division of Transfusion Medicine at MCC provides clinical services to support patients in need of blood component therapy, aphaeresis components, stem cell collection, therapeutic aphaeresis, irradiation of blood and specialized laboratory diagnostics. The aim of a Blood Bank is to provide effective blood components, which are as safe as possible, and adequate to meet the patients need. This is one of the most well equipped blood bank in the North Malabar region and caters also to outside patients of hospitals in and around Thalassery & Kannur. From 2010, the centre had achieved 100% issue of blood components.

Blood Transfusion Service is a vital part of health care. Increasing advancement in the field of Transfusion Medicine has necessitated enforcing measures to ensure quality of Blood and its products.

The division organizes blood donation camps to meet the demands of the hospital. In addition, blood grouping & awareness classes are conducted routinely, thereby generating greater public interest in blood donation and transfusion related diseases.

The division has also conducting one year institutional Fellowship programme in Apheresis Medicine from 2018 onward. 


Mission & Vision Statement

Vision: We shall be one of the most efficient Blood Bank/ Department of Transfusion Medicine in India, operating as an efficient centre of excellent services with compassion and respect and adhering to the highest standard of good manufacturing practices, serving the needy patients and the common man.

Mission: To be recognized as a supplier of safe blood and blood components and to ensure that no one suffers for want of blood or blood components in our hospital and in our state.

  1. To help in providing holistic health care to all.
  2. To provide excellent opportunities for medical education and research.

Quality objective

We, Transfusion Medicine (Blood Bank), Malabar Cancer Centre at Thalassery catering with State of Art Blood Bank with Blood Component Separation and Apheresis Unit and with License No: 0134/28C/KER/DC-CLAA/2002 will follow all the standard procedures to procure and dispense safe blood on time.

1)      We are committed for continuous improvement of our blood transfusion services with strict adherence to ethical standards.

2)      We are also committed to provide safe, appropriate and good quality blood and blood components round the clock to all patients as per the Quality Standards and latest development in the field of Transfusion Medicine, ensuring the availability of blood products to any patient in our hospital and in our state during emergency and disaster.

3)      Our aim is to collect blood from voluntary blood donors and to achieve 100% VBD.

4)      To provide rational use of blood components and to give training to all Clinicians regarding the same.

5)      Continuous education, research and training to all the Blood Bank staff and resident doctors.

6)      To be updated and to know the latest developments in Transfusion Medicine

Facilities available

  • 24x7 hrs fully functional state of art blood bank in North Malabar region and cater to lot of hospitals in and around Thalassery & Kannur.
  • Provides clinical services to support patients in need of blood component therapy, therapeutic apheresis includes stem cell harvesting, and specialised laboratory diagnostics.
  • 100% blood components includes Packed Red Blood Cells (PRBC), Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP), Platelet Concentrates (PC) and Cryoprecipitate
  • Transfusion support for Bone Marrow Transplant patients, with facilities for specialized blood components like irradiated, leukoreduced andwashed components
  • Fully Automated Blood Grouping and Crossmatch equipment
  • Immunohematology tests
  • Apheresis- Plateletpheresis, & Therapeutic procedures like Stem Cell collection, Plasma Exchange
  • Cryopreservation of stem cells
  • HLA testing
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Hemostasis- Platelet aggregometry & Thromboelastography
  • NAT Testing
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services

Diagnostic Services:

  • Immunohematology
  • TTI Screening (For donors)
  • Blood Components - Packed Red Cells, Platelet Concentrate, Single Donor Platelets, Fresh Frozen plasma, Cryoprecipitate, Leukodepleted Blood Components, Irradiated Blood Components
  • HLA Typing
  • ABO grouping and Rh typing.
  • Antibody titre
  • Coomb’s Cross-match
  • Direct Coomb’s test
  • Indirect Coomb’s test
  • Phlebotomy (Blood Donation/Blood Collection)
  • Hemostasis- Platelet Aggregation test and Thromboelastography
  • Flow Cytometry testing for Haematological Disorders

Therapeutic Services:

  • Therapeutic Apheresis – Leukapheresis, Plasma exchange
  • Therapeutic Phlebotomy

Current and Future Visions

  • To excel in the field of transfusion medicine and to be in par with the centre of excellence of our country.
  • To start advanced immunohematology tests.
  • To start public cord blood banking.
  • To conduct advanced and certificate course for technicians in blood banks



Division in charge: Dr. R.Parthiban, Additional Professor

About the Division: The main focus of the division is to provide high-quality service and improve continuously and innovate Diagnostic Microbiology services. This also helps limit any possibility of nosocomial infections as well. Over the last decade, this division has attained important milestones. The Microbiology Division has primary responsibilities such as diagnostic laboratory services, teaching/ training and research activities. The division is equipped with diagnostic MALDI-TOF (Biomerieux), fully automated Microbial Identification and Antibiotic sensitivity testing – VITEK - 2, Automated Blood culture system BACTEC 9050 and BacT/ALERT 3D for rapid diagnosis of bacteraemia and septicaemia and fully automated ELISA (Enzyme Linked IMMUNOSORBENT Assay) immune assay system to diagnose various infectious diseases. The division looks after the diagnosis of infectious diseases complicating hematological cancers and solid tumours caused by bacteria, fungi and sero-diagnosis of viral diseases, and molecular diagnosis of viral aetiological agents in patients. It also caters to bring out guidelines for prevention of Health Care Associated Infection (HCAI), performs periodical surveillance and conducts frequent training programmes for clinicians, nursing staff and Class IV employees.

Objectives: MCC always make earnest efforts to comply with the International Standard-ISO 15189: 2012 and NABL 112 to ensure that its standard of service is of global equivalence. Accordingly, the laboratory has the following objectives:

  • To observe good clinical laboratory practices in the Pre-examination, Examination and Post examination part of testing and sample processing
  • To provide accurate, precise and reliable test results at the committed possible turnaround time
  • To adhere to the guidelines in the quality manual, quality system procedures and work instructions of the laboratory, while performing the duties and responsibilities.
  • To get the Lab. management committed to provide the required resources, support and cooperation so as to achieve the projected accuracy, precision and turnaround time

Services offered by the Microbiology Division

A) Molecular Testing

Transplant Associated Infections:

  • CMV Quantitative Real time PCR
  • EBV Quantitative Real Time PCR
  • BK Quantitative Real time PCR

HIV and Hepatitis

  • HIV Quantitative Real-time PCR and GeneXpert
  • HCV Quantitative Real-time PCR and GeneXpert
  • HBV Quantitative Real-time PCR

Infectious Diseases

  • COVID – 19 testing – Real-time PCR and GeneXpert
  • Drug – resistance – Real-time PCR.
  • Tuberculosis - GeneXpert MTB/RIF

B) Conventional culture for anaerobic bacteria

Conventional culture for anaerobic bacteria from clinical specimen other than blood is carried out on the most appropriate media in controlled environment.

C) Microbial Identification and Sensitivity testing

  • Rapid Microbial Identification – MALDI-TOF
  • Blood Culture and sensitivity - BACTEC 9050 and BacT/ALERT 3D.
  • Automated Microbial identification and susceptibility testing – VITEK 2-  compact

D) Serology

  • Clostridium difficile toxin a & b  -       ELISA
  • Serum galactomannan assay - ELISA
  • Widal test
  • ASO-Anti streptolysin O Titre
  • CRP- C-reactive protein
  • RA- Rheumatoid factor

Quality control (Q.C.) and quality assurance (Q.A)

  • Quality control (Q.C.) and quality assurance (Q.A) are strictly implemented and usually authenticated by the reproducible results from other laboratories.

Teaching & Research

  • The division is also involved in teaching (B.Sc MRT  & B.Sc Nursing)

Courses Conducted: The short-term training and preparation for research projects is being provided to students of different Universities and Laboratory technicians of different institutions.

Hospital Infection Control activities: The division of Microbiology is an active member of the hospital infection control committee (HICC). The division carries out surveillance of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) with the help of the infection control team. Laboratory records are analyzed to determine the rate of infection in various areas of the hospital. Presently the surveillance is passive and is based on the laboratory records of culture-positive cases. Apart from surveillance of HAI, environmental surveillance activities are also carried out which includes air sampling in critical and semi-critical areas. In addition to this, the infection control practices are also routinely monitored by the following activities

  • Sterility checks of the new pre-sterilized articles purchased by the hospital or the efficacy of the new disinfectants to be purchased is done when desired by the concerned authority.
  • In use test of the disinfectants used in the hospital Monitoring of CSSD
  • Surveillance of pathogens.
  • Infection control policies in force: disinfection, surveillance, isolation, antibiotic and chemoprophylaxis.
  • Continuing medical education (CME) programme held regularly.

Division in charge: Dr. Deepak Roshan VG  Associate Professor

Division of Genetics and Cytogenetics is mainly focusing to understand the molecular mechanism of tumorigenesis, metastasis and drug resistance of cancers.  Division is in a process of development and establishment.



Division in charge: Dr.Sindhu E.R  Assistant Professor.

MCC clinical lab has the facility to do all the biochemical as well as hematological assays.





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Moozhikkara (P.O), Thalassery,
Kannur District, Kerala, India-670103

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