Professor of Clinical Microbiology
Kasturba Medical College, India
Tel: +91 9845513057
Melioidosis, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Bim A detection, Costeffectiveness, Economic evaluation, Filamentous hemagglutinin (fha) B3, Genome Sequencing, India, Infections, LPS genotypes, Multi locus sequence typing, South Asia, Vaccine, Virulence genes
Chiranjay is an experienced lead researcher on melioidosis and an authority of the disease at the Indian subcontinent. He has set up the laboratory infrastructure in his institute which helps diagnose melioidosis all over the country and serves as a reference centre for detection and treatment. Working for more than a decade from Southwestern coastal part of India, he has diagnosed more than 300 patients with melioidosis all over the country, held training workshops for treating doctors and diagnosticians, hosted 1st South Asian Melioidosis Congress, formed Indian Melioidosis Research Forum (www.melioidosisindia.com) connecting researchers across countries, delivered at national and international forum, and published a large number of articles on melioidosis. He has secured prestigious grants from Universities like Alabama, Cambridge, and from National agencies like ICMR and DRDE. His collaboration with Menzies School of Health Research (Darwin, Australia), Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand), Medical university of Graz (Austria), Academy Medical Centre (Amsterdam, Netherlands), InBios International (Seattle, USA), Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (Haryana, India) and National Research Center for Equines (Hisar, India) helped him pursue in-depth research in epidemiology and molecular biology of Melioidosis as well as evolve better diagnostic techniques for rapid detection of the disease. He is one of the founder executive committee members of International Melioidosis Society (IMS) and the coordinator of Centre for Emerging and Tropical Diseases. Recently NCDC, India published the first Communicable Disease Alert (‘CD Alert’) for circulation among all health care practitioners under his guidance. His recent works on melioidosis includes studying the genetic diversity of B. pseudomallei isolates, association of virulence factors of B. pseudomallei with clinical presentations of melioidosis, observation of the temporal variations and influence of ecological factors on LPS genotypes of B. pseudomallei, first genome sequence of clinical B. pseudomallei isolate(CM_Manipal) in India, and association of immune response and gut microbiome with the morbidity and mortality of the patients with melioidosis. Other than Melioidosis, he is interested in research on Antimicrobial Resistance and Hospital Acquired Infections.
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Available on Indian Melioidosis Research Forum