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Dr. Pankaj Kumar

Research associate
VIDO-International Vaccine Center Canada
VIDO-International Vaccine Center Canada

Brief Biography:

Dr. Pankaj Kumar University of Saskatchewan, Canada Research Associate

Email: pak100@mail.usask.ca, panky8@yahoo.com


1. June 2011: Research associate, viral vaccine group at VIDO-InterVac- design & development of novel nonhuman adenoviral vector based platform technologies for vaccine delivery
2. 2008 to 2011: Senior postdoctoral scientist at ‘Environment Health Institute, Biopolis’, Singapore and National University of Singapore.
3. 2007: C)    Scientist (viral vaccines development) at Panacea Biotech Limited, Biopharmaceutical research center (BRC), New Delhi, India
4. 2004 to 2007: D)    Postdoctoral research fellow at Department of Molecular Sciences, University of Tennessee, USA
5. 1999 to 2004: Ph.D. in Molecular Virology from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar   Center for Bio-Medical Research and Department Of Respiratory Virology & Biochemistry, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi, India


Academic positions:

Dr. Pankaj Kumar University of Saskatchewan, Canada Research Associate


1. ‘Young Scientist Grant’ from conference secretariat, V International conference on Option for control of Influenza. Okinawa, Japan 2003.
2. Qualified ‘National Eligibility Test’ for Lectureship (NET) Life Sciences conducted by Government of India (CSIR-UGC).

Professional Membership:

1. Stem cell Society, Singapore, Life member
2. Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology, Member
3. International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID), USA, Life member
4. Indian Immunology Society, AIIMS, New Delhi India.
5. Biotechnology Society of India, VPCI, Delhi India.
6. European Federation of Biotechnology, (EFB) Theodor-Heuss-Alee 25 -60486 Frankfurt am Main. Germany.


Research interests:

Vector design for vaccine and gene therapy applications, immortalization of primary cell lines, Preclinical in vivo experiments in animal models, development & scale-up of recombinant antigen protein & purification, establishment of improved & clinically viable immunodiagnostic assays, microcarrier cultures, polychromatic flow cytometry & immunocytochemistry, fluorescent & confocal laser scanning microscopy with strong background in molecular and cellular biology.


Any other information:


1. PANKAJ KUMAR, Chan Woon Khiong (2011) Optimizing Lentiviral Vectors for Experimental Gene Delivery and Gene Therapy Purposes: Contemporary Trends in Design and Developments. Current Gene Therapy. 2011 Apr 1;11(2):144-53.
2. PANKAJ KUMAR (2010), Special Focus on Lentiviral Vector Development & Applications, Gene Therapy Review. Volume 2 (1) July 2010.
3. PANKAJ KUMAR, D Nachagari, C Fields, J Franks, L M Albritton (2007). Host Cell Cathepsins Potentiate Moloney Murine Leukemia Virus Infection. Journal of Virology, 81: 10506-10514
4. Albritton, LorraineM.; Li, Fang; Kumar, Pankaj; Tan, Langzhu (2005) Targeted Entry of Retroviral Vectors Depends on Characteristics of the Target Receptor and the Chimeric Envelope Protein. Molecular Therapy (conference proceedings) 11, S186-S186.
5. PANKAJ KUMAR, Madhu Khanna, Yogesh tyagi, G Pal, Raj HG, (2005) Effect of Quercetin supplementation on alterations in antioxidant defenses in lung after experimental influenza virus infection. Experimental Lung Research 31 (5) 449-459.
6. PANKAJ KUMAR, Madhu Khanna, Sonal Sharma, HG Raj (2003). Effect of Quercetin on lipid peroxidation and changes in lung morphology in experimental influenza virus infection. International Journal of Experimental Pathology 84, 1-7.
7. Khanna M, KUMAR PANKAJ, Srivastava LM. (2003) Defective Interlukin-2 and IL-2 receptor expression in pulmonary tuberculosis. Journal of Communicable Diseases Jun; 35(2):65-7.
8. Khanna M, KUMAR PANKAJ (2002). Influenza: A serious global threat. Journal of Infectious Diseases & Antimicrobial Agents 19, 25-39.
9. Khanna M, KUMAR PANKAJ, Chhabra SK, Chugh P, Prasad AK (2001). Evaluation of influenza virus detection by Direct enzyme immunoassay (EIA) and conventional methods in asthmatic patients. Journal of Communicable Diseases 33: 163-9.
10. Khanna M, KUMAR PANKAJ, Prasad AK (2001). Influenza and its role in Apoptosis. Indian Journal of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, 15 (1) 7-12.


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