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Dr. Kusum Sharma obtained her M.D degree in Microbiology from Government Medical College, Amritsar in 2001. After finishing her Senior Residency, joined the institute in 2005 as faculty. She is currently designated as associate professor in Medical Microbiology department at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. Her fields of interest include molecular diagnosis of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis such as, Tuberculous meningitis, Ocular Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal Tuberculosis etc. and studying drug resistance and pathogenesis of extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB) co-infections.
Dr. Nalini Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cytology and Gynaecological Pathology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. She did her senior residency in Pathology from PGIMER and was selected as Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) fellow in the Young Bio-medical scientists program at the Manchester Cytology Centre, Manchester, U.K. She learnt liquid-based cytology (LBC) and its various applications during this fellowship and conducted numerous workshops in LBC throughout the country. Her main area of research interest includes development of new bio-markers and prognostic markers in gynaecological cancers especially cervical and endometrial cancers. She is a cytopathologist and has worked on human papillomavirus detection in oesophageal, head and neck and cervical cancers.
Dr. Kaveri Sidhu obtained her Ph.D. degree from International Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, where she worked on analyzing the relationship between structure and function in hepatitis B virus X protein. She is currently working as a research associate at ICGEB in the Virology Group. Her current research interest involves studying the role of trans-acting transcription factors and cis-DNA elements in determining the selection and firing from mammalian origins of DNA replication.  
Ms. Razia Sultana obtained his B.E, M.Tech. degree in Biotechnology from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum. She previously worked as Research Associate in the Microbiology and Mutagenicity lab. She is currently working as a Research Associate in the air pollution related diseases and diagnostic centre in SDS Tuberculosis Research Centre and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (SDS TRC & RGICD), Bangalore. She is also involved in establishing a research facility named as Advanced Molecular Diagnostic Research Centre in SDS TRC & RGICD.
Dr. Vijaya Pandey obtained her Ph.D. degree in Life Sciences from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi. She is currently working as a Research Associate in the Virology Group of ICGEB. Her doctoral work focused on unravelling the mechanisms of deregulation of cellular replication factors by viral oncoprotein Hepatitis B virus X antigen (HBx). Her current research focusses on deciphering strategies employed by viral oncoproteins (such as HBx of HBV and E6 and E7 oncoproteins encoded by Human papilloma virus) playing a role in epigenetic alterations contributing to virus-induced cancers.
Dr. A. Sudhakar obtained his Ph.D. degree from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India. He is currently working at Animal Breeding group, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), India. He is interested in genetic improvement of cattle and studying genomic selection in cattle and buffalo to improve milk production and fertility traits. His group coordinates genetic improvement programs on 7 breed combinations in dairy cattle and 4 breeds of buffalo in India under National Dairy Plan apart from technically and financially supporting semen stations across country to produce disease free frozen semen doses from high genetic merit bulls.