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Immunopaedia Ambassadors – Asia

Our Ambassadors from across the Asian continent.


What is your name?
Ranjeet Singh Mahla

What is your current position?
Research Scholar (Doctoral Program)

Which institute and country do you work in?
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, India

What is your home country?
India

What are your research interests?
Tuberculosis Immunogenetics, Host pathogen interactions & Stem cells and regenerative medicine and disease therapeutics

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I come from India Desert. My father is a farmer, and my mother is a housewife. I found a scientist in myself during class 9th at Government Senior Secondary School Bhukhareri, Churu, and decided to pursue a further career in Biological Science stream, studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology and emerged as the highest-scoring student of my school in class XII board exam. In 2003, I shifted to Jaipur, got admission in University Maharaja’s College, University of Rajasthan, and from there I graduated as Bachler of Science in Biotechnology. The other two subjects I studied are Chemistry and Botany. The exciting thing is that I have completed my schooling and first degree (B.Sc.) in the Hindi medium. I realized that English is a universally accepted language to thrive in a science career and compete with global aspiration I appeared for many national level exams for getting admission in the post-graduation degree program. I secured all India rank 10 to study at Master of Science in Life Science at School of Life Science, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. It was all set, I was doing well, and for M.Sc. thesis work I got selected to work with a research group at Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB; Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt of India), Hyderabad. At CCMB, I got exposure to a high-end research environment.
In August 2009, I joined CCMB as a Project staff for the Department of Biotechnology funded research project on stem cells, further promoted to senior research fellow in the same project. In 2011, I joined as a project staff in CSIR funded project and studied cancer drug resistance in head and neck cancer. In 2012, I moved to the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal, joined as project JRF in DBT funded project, studied the role of microRNAs in the regulation of host-pathogen interactions. As a project staff, I had extra responsibility to investigate the role of SNPs in tuberculosis prevalence in tribal communities in Central India. I also completed a project on the anti-tumor activities of macrocyclic compounds. In 2014 August, I joined as a graduate student at IISER Bhopal.
As part of the thesis project, I have studied the role of SNPs in microRNAs mediated regulation of innate immune genes playing a crucial role in host protection against active tuberculosis infection. In 2017, I got the Newton Bhabha Ph.D. placement award, funded by British Council UK. As a recipient of this fellowship, I pursued RNASeq work at the pathogen genomics unit, division of infection and immunity, University College London. I learned RNASeq data analysis R, Python, Galaxy Web, and SQL and other tools. Broadly, I am interested in understanding host-pathogen interactions, immunogenetics. My research work can be found at PubMed (search me by Mahla, RS). Contact me at mahlaranjeet@gmail.com/+91-9589081337/ranjeet@iiserb.ac.in.

What are your online profiles?
PubMed, LinkedIn & Loop

Immunology Keywords:
Infection and Immunity, Immunogenetics


What is your name?
Debprasad Dutta

What is your current position?
Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholar

Which institute and country do you work in?
As a split-site scholar, I have dual affiliation (1) National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), India & (2) Institute of Infection & Global Health (IGH), University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

What is your home country?
India

What are your research interests?
Neuroimmunology, Immunogenetics & Immuno response in Post-infectious Neuropathies

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
The pursuit of science for societal betterment fascinates me. My current research focuses on a comprehensive understanding of Guillain-Barré syndrome which is an atypical autoimmune peripheral neuropathy. I envision my future research to span across the crosstalk between the immune system and nervous system.
In continuation of my research, I have done coordinatorship, student ambassadorship and mentorship at different time points of my career. Currently, I am University Representative of Commonwealth Commission at the University of Liverpool. I volunteered for science communication in various scientific forums and my popular science stories published in magazines. Apart from my research I try to engage and help research activities of my colleagues to broaden my research aptitude.
My social goal is to unify immunoscientists, neuroscientists and geneticists working on overlapping research themes in an efficient, collaborative and cooperative forum like Immunopaedia.
I share Immunopaedia’s interest and can relate to its goals and values; I feel that being an Immunopaedia ambassador I could widen and deepen my reach in science and society.
My action plan is to work on science promotion through peer-to-peer networking platforms (online and offline), real-time science news routing, utilize social acquaintances for content dissemination and expanding the access of science.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate, LinkedIn & Academia

Immunology Keywords:
Antiganglioside antibodies, Toll-Like Receptor, Immunotherapy


What is your name?
Sabiha Anis

What is your current position?
Consultant Immunologist & Section Head

Which institute and country do you work in?
The Indus Hospital (TIH), Pakistan

What is your home country?
Pakistan

What are your research interests?
Immunodeficiency, Inflammatory diseases, Transplant Immunology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My past research work has been mostly about autoimmune and inflammatory disorders and infections leading to disordered immunity enhancing rejections in recent transplant recipients. I did a project to elucidate T and B cell disorder in FSGS patients using flowcytometric analysis. I am especially interested in immune cell function assays and is planning to setup the facility here at Indus where I have recently joined.
Previously I was working at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), Karachi, Pakistan

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate and Semantic Scholar

Immunology Keywords:
Immunodeficiencies, Autoimmunity & Inflammation, Allergy


What is your name?
Diwakar Rathour

What is your current position?
Senior Research Fellow

Which institute and country do you work in?
National Institute of Immunology India

What is your home country?
India (Firozabad, U.P.)

What are your research interests?
Infection Biology, Basic immunology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am currently working in the National Institute of Immunology India as Senior Research Fellow. I did my master from St.Johns College Agra and M.phil from School of life science, Khandari Campus, DR.Bhimrao Ambedakar University Agra. Since 3 Year, I am interesting in the field of immunology. My early carrier work done in the National JALMA institute of leprosy and Other Mycobacterium disease Agra. This involved the Study of TCR mediated Proximal and Distal T cell signalling events in the Blood and peripheral fluid of TB pleurisy patients. We examined the level of Intracellular Calcium, ZAP70, Erk1/2, P-38 that is essential in the T cell proliferation and regulation. I am currently studying to determine whether CD40 signaling contributes to the maintenance of the memory and plasma cells.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn –Diwakar Rathour
Researchgate –Diwakar Rathour

Immunology Keywords:
T cell, B cell, Cell Signaling


What is your name?
Dimpu Gogoi

What is your current position?
Scientist

Which institute and country do you work in?
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)- National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), Mumbai, India

What is your home country?
India

What are your research interests?
Immunology of chronic diseases, Immunotolerance and T cell biology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am working as a Scientist at ICMR-NIRRH, Mumbai, India. I started my journey in the field of immunology after enrolling for a doctorate degree at ACTREC-HBNI, India, which resulted in elucidating the importance of notch signal in regulating effector functions of γδ T cells. During my overseas postdoctoral fellowship at Institut Pasteur, France, I studied the involvement of T cells in conferring protection against Plasmodium mediated neuropathogenesis during chronic Toxoplasma gondii infection. I received INSPIRE Faculty award to work as an independent investigator to examine the role of exhaustion markers in γδ T cells and its possible involvement in regulating the severity of chronic pathogenic infections such as P. vivax-malaria and hepatitis B. Currently, I am interested in understanding the fine tuning of T cell responses that keep pathogens in check without causing any significant damage to self in chronic infectious diseases.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Dimpu Gogoi
Researchgate – Dimpu Gogoi

Immunology Keywords:
T cells, Immune exhaustion and Chronic diseases


What is your name?
Babita Balakrishnan

What is your current position?
Reviewer

Which institute and country do you work in?
Previous Affiliation: Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, India

What is your home country?
India

What are your research interests?
Osteoimmunology, Transplantation Immunology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My primary research area of interest is Immunology. Both my doctoral and post doctoral experiences have helped me widen my understanding of the immune system. As a researcher, I strongly believe in taking research from bench-to-bedside. My post doctoral work from IISc, Bengaluru involved the investigation of role of Glycodelin, a natural immunosuppressor, in averting graft versus host reaction. We developed an allograft nude mouse model for this study and the Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes (CTLs) mediated killing of donor graft was clearly evident in this model. The transplanted graft survived successfully as glycodelin was able to downregulate the factors which regulate the cytotoxicity of CTLs and thus helped in the management of graft rejection.

My doctoral work from D. G. Ruparel College and ACTREC, Mumbai highlighted the potential of marine mollusc as an anti-osteoporotic agent and also identified its role in regulating lymphocyte-bone interaction. The extract was also able to control the increased T cell expression and secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines followed by ovariectomy. This work was awarded with Young Scientist Award at the 9th International Marine Biotechnology Conference, China and also bagged best poster award at Immunocon, NIMHANS, Bengaluru.

As a lecturer, I have conducted lectures and practicals in immunology for undergraduates and postgraduates. As a researcher, I would like to be actively involved in studying and unravelling the intricacies of the immune system and make myself adept in Immunology.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Babita Balakrishnan
Researchgate – Babita Balakrishnan

Immunology Keywords:
Transplantion Immunology, Osteoimmunology, immunosuppression


What is your name?
Rushikesh Sudam Patil

What is your current position?
Post-Doctoral Fellow “INSPIRE Faculty” supported by Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department of Immunology, Advanced Centre for Treatment Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC)- Tata Memorial Centre, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

What is your home country?
India

What are your research interests?
Gamma delta T cells, T cell metabolism and Cancer

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I completed my PhD in 2016 under the mentorship of Prof S.V. Chiplunkar from ACTREC-Tata Memorial Centre, Navi Mumbai. The research work focused on understanding the immune dysfunctions in pathogenesis of gallbladder cancer patients in India. Highlight of the study was to show that the IL17 secreting γδ-T lymphocytes (Tγδ17) induce angiogenesis and are associated with poor survival of Gallbladder cancer patients. This work received “Dr. G P Talwar young scientist award” from Indian Immunology Society. I then commenced a post-doctoral fellowship to investigate the role of exhaustion of T lymphocytes infiltrating the tumor environment of colon cancer patients, a project headed by Dr. S.V. Chiplunkar, in collaboration with ‘Bristol Meyer Squibb’, Bangalore. Recently I received an “INSPIRE Faculty award” to work at ACTREC-Tata Memorial Centre, Navi Mumbai. This is a competitive research grant given by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India to young investigators to pursue independent research. This grant was awarded for a project ‘Understanding the metabolic pathways regulating the functions of γδ-T cells in cancer’ which was selected after a stringent review process.

I am keen to investigate the metabolic regulation of T cells in inflammatory environment. ‘How antigenic stimulation rewires the metabolic need of gamma delta T cells and vice versa in tumor environment’ and ‘does the alterations in the metabolic preferences contribute to T cell exhaustion in tumor environment’ are the questions I am presently perusing. I am actively involved in teaching basic immunology to undergraduate students and I participate in the Immunology hands-on training workshops organised by ‘Mumbai Immunology Group’.

What are your online profiles?
Researchgate: Rushikesh Patil

Immunology Keywords:
Inflammation, T cells, Metabolism, immune exhaustion

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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