About Fellow

Christian Medical College, Vellore

Christian Medical College, Vellore

Christian Medical College, Vellore

After completing my M.B.B.S and internship from V.S.S. Medical College, Odisha in 2005, I worked as a tutor in Community Medicine for a year. During my training, I identified infectious diseases as a particular area of interest, and joined Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai in 2008 for a M.D. in microbiology. After my M.D., I worked as a senior resident in microbiology at JIPMER, Puducherry, where I was mostly involved in diagnostics and teaching. It was becoming increasingly clear to me that a career largely in routine microbiology was not what I wanted to pursue. Hence, in 2012, I joined the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory (WTRL) at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, a leading clinical and public health research laboratory which has been conducting studies on the epidemiology of diarrheal diseases for over 50 years and has an established reputation. In the WTRL, I was involved in projects evaluating mucosal immunity to poliovirus and potential reasons for poor uptake of oral poliovirus vaccines in developing countries. I completed my Ph.D. at CMC under the guidance of Dr. Gagandeep Kang. This was an outstanding learning experience and enabled me to acquire skills in a number of areas in public health research.

This fellowship provides me a unique opportunity to work on viral gastroenteritis, particularly norovirus, a single stranded RNA virus, known for its ability to evolve and spread rapidly across the world. I am looking forward to being able to use deep sequencing platforms to better understand strain distribution and evolution, thus complementing molecular virology and field epidemiology to better understand disease.