I am an Infectious disease Scientist. My passion lies in the understanding of the mechanisms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)pathogenesis. I want to apply these findings for Drug Discovery and develop new potential Vaccine Candidates against Mtb. Further, I want to extend this knowledge to understand TB-HIV coinfections and develop Cancer vaccines and Immunotherapies.
MS (Mol Bio and Biocmemistrty)-1998-Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India
Ph.D. (Microbiology and Biochemistry)-2005-Institute of Microbial Technology, CSIR, Chandigarh, India
I joined Yale University, School of Medicine, New haven as a Postdoctoral fellow and performed research on host-directed therapy against Mtb. Later at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY), I have worked on the identification of potential drug targets or vaccine candidates. Now I am Tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso joined in 2020.
Awards and Honors
-R15 grant with TTHSC (2021)
-SC1 grant as PI(2021)
-UT start award as PI (2020)
-reviewer on various NIH grants (2020-)
-Guest Editor for journal Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
-Guest Editor for Frontiers in Immunology,