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Ms. Roopali Rajput

Ph.D. student, Senior Research Fellow
University of Delhi

Brief Biography:

I am presently pursuing Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from University of Delhi, Delhi, India. I did my M.Sc. in Biotechnology from C.C.S. University, Meerut, India and graduation in Zoology Honors from University of Delhi, Delhi, India.

Academic positions:

Working as Indian Council of Medical Research-Senior Research Fellow at Dept. of Microbiology at University of Delhi, Delhi, India [Since Jun.,2012]. Worked as Junior Research Fellow in project entitled “Generation, Characterization and Epitope Mapping of Recombinant Monoclonal Antibodies against Pandemic Influenza 2009 (H1N1)”, sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, at University of Delhi, Delhi, India [From Jan.,2011- Jun., 2012]. Worked as Junior Research Fellow in project entitled “A Study of Viral Replication Inhibition by Down Regulation of NS1 gene of Influenza A Virus”, sponsored by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Govt. of India, at University of Delhi, Delhi, India [From Mar.,2010- Dec.,2010]. Worked as Junior Research Fellow in project entitled “Combinatorial Anti-viral approach against Influenza A Virus using siRNA and Ribozyme”, sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, at University of Delhi, Delhi, India [From Mar., 2009- Sept.,2009] TEACHING EXPERIENCE Worked as Guest Lecturer at the Dept. of Zoology in Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi, India Worked as Academic Counsellor at Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi, Delhi

Research interests:

Antiviral therapy, development of prophylactic measures for viral infections, development of novel rapid diagnostic strategies for respiratory viral infections, Identification of host factors responsible for microbial disease progression, Epidemiology of diseases associated with respiratory viruses, such as COPD, asthma

Any other information:

RECEPIENT OF: a). International Award by International Society of Antiviral Research (ISAR) for presenting my research work in the 26th International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR) held at San Francisco, California, USA, 2013. b). International Award by Wellcome Trust for presenting my research work in the XIII International Symposium held at Rome, Italy, 2011 c). National Award for 'Best Paper' in National Conference, BIOTECH-2012 held at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Delhi, India, 2012 d). National Award by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, India for qualifying Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in Life Sciences, 2010 d). National Award: Senior Research Fellowship by Indian Council of Medical Research for pursuing research work e). Selected as Class Representative of M.Sc. batch, 2006-2008 f). Scholarship for pursuing my intermediate studies, 2001-2002 PUBLISHED research and review articles: 2013: 1. Kumar B, Kumar P, Rajput R, Saxena L, Daga MK, and Khanna M; (2013). Sequence-Specific Cleavage of BM2 Gene Transcript of Influenza B Virus by 10-23 Catalytic Motif Containing DNA Enzymes Significantly InhibitsViral RNA Translation and Replication. Nucleic Acid Ther. DOI: 10.1089/nat.2013.0432. 2. Kumar P, Kumar B, Rajput R, Saxena L, Banerjea AC and Khanna M; (2013). Cross-protective effect of antisense oligonucleotide developed against the common 3’ NCR of influenza A virus genome. Mol. Biotechnol. DOI 10.1007/s12033-013-9670-8. 3. Pati DR, Khanna M, Kumar B, Kumar P, Rajput R, Saxena L, Sharvani, Gaur SN; (2013). Clinical presentation of patients with seasonal influenza and pandemic influenza a (H1N1-2009) requiring hospitalization; Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci; 55:15-19; 2013. 4. Khanna M, Saxena L, Gupta A, Kumar B, Rajput R and Gaur SN; (2013). Influenza pandemics of 1918 and 2009: a comparative account. Future Virology. 8:335-342. 2012: 5. Rajput R, Khanna M, Kumar P, Kumar B, Sharma S, Gupta N, Saxena L; (2012). siRNA targeting the nonstructural gene (NS1) transcript inhibits influenza A virus replication in experimental mice; Nucleic Acid Ther.; 22(6), 414-22. 6. Kumar P, Khanna M, Kumar B, Rajput R, Banerjea AC; (2012). A conserved matrix epitope based DNA vaccine protects mice against influenza A virus challenge; Antiviral Res; 93, 78-85. 7. Kumar B, Kumar P, Rajput R, Daga MK, Singh V, Khanna M; (2012). Comparative reproducibility of SYBR Green I and TaqMan real-time PCR chemistries for the analysis of matrix and hemagglutinin genes of Influenza A viruses; International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health; 4(7), 1346-1352. 2010: 8. Khanna M, Rajput R, Kumar P, Sharma D, Mathur D, Prasad AK; (2010). Potent inhibition of pandemic influenza H1N1 (2009) virus propagation by novel chemically synthesized compounds. Inf & Resp Viruses; 5 (Suppl. 1), 90-123. Manuscript in revision: Khanna M, Saxena L, Rajput R, Kumar B, Prasad R. Gene Silencing: A Therapeutic Approach to Combat Influenza Virus Infections. Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, 2013 Manuscripts in communication: Khanna M, Rajput R, Singh A, Kumar B, Saxena L. Influenza virus induced cytokine responses: An evaluation of host-pathogen association. Immunome Research, 2013 Book Chapter in communication: Pseduopandemics. Khanna M, Rajput R. Book on influenza by Influenza Foundation of India.

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