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Dr.-Priti-Desai

Dr. Priti Desai

Head - Department of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
& Assistant Professor

Contact No.: +91 79-30514232
Email: priti.desai@iar.ac.in

Professional & Educational Qualification

  • Ph. D.: 2009 – Biochemistry (B.V. Patel PERD Centre, C/O Bhavanagar University)
  • Post Graduation: 2001 – M.Sc. Biochemistry (SPU, Anand)
  • Graduation: 1999 – B.Sc. Biochemistry (GU, Ahmedabad)
  • Work Experience: 
    • 10 years (Post PhD) and 1.5 years Industrial Experience (Pre-PhD)
    • 2 years post Doctoral Research from NIPER-Ahmedabad as DBT-fellow

Current Research Interest and Area Working On

  1. Vaccine development against enteric pathogens
  2. Mucosal delivery of vaccine antigens
  3. DNA vaccine
  4. Epitope-based vaccine
  5. Bioengineering bacterial and mammalian cells for therapeutic protein production.

Latest Publications

  • Bhrugu Yagnik, Drashya Sharma, Harish Padh and Priti Desai. Oral immunization with LacVax- OmpA induces protective immune response against Shigella flexneri 2a ATCC 12022 in a murine model. Accepted. Vaccine. 2019. 37(23):3097-3105. IF 3.2
  • BhruguYagnik, Drashya Sharma, Harish Padh and Priti Desai. In vivo delivery of pPERDBY to BALB/c mice by LacVax® DNA-I and comparison of elicited immune response with conventional immunization methods. Gene Therapy. 2018. 25 (7) 485 IF 3.2
  • Awaneesh Upadhyay, Bhrugu Yagnik, Priti Desai, Sameer V Dalvi. Microbubble-Mediated Enhanced Delivery of Curcumin to Cervical Cancer Cells. ACS Omega 2018, 3, 10, 12824-12831. (ISSN: 2470-1343)
  • Priti Desai, Bhrugu Yagnik, Drashya Sharma, Anwar Khan, Nirav Desai and Harish Padh. Transfecting CHO-K1 Cells: Comparison of CaPO4, Electroporation and Lipoplex Method with In-house Prepared Polyplex Biopharmaceutics. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2017 79 (4), 655-662. IF. 0.762 (ISSN: 0250-474X)
  • Bhrug Yagnik, Drashya Sharma, Harish Padh and Priti Desai. Dual recombinant Lactococcus lactis for enhanced delivery of DNA vaccine reporter plasmid pPERDBY. Microbiology and Immunology. 2017. 61(3-4), 123-129. IF. 1.4.(ISSN No. 1348-0421) *This article is featured in the cover page of the journal.

Awards & Achievements

  1. Awarded a Travel Bursary to attend the BactiVac 2nd Annual Network Meeting (20 & 21 March 2019) at University of Bermingham, Bermingham, UK.
  2. Awarded for outstanding contribution in the field of vaccine research from International Society for Vaccine at ISV congress 2017, Institute of Pasteur, Paris, on 7th October 2017.
  3. Awarded the travel grant from Department of Science and Technology for the presentation of work in the International Society for Vaccine Congress-2017which was held at Institute of Pasteur, Paris, France, from October 5th to October 7th 2017.
  4. Group’s research outcome in the form of Paper entitled as “Shigellosis murine model established by intraperitoneal and intranasal route of administration: a comparative comprehension overview” was highlighted on the homepage of Microbes and Infection for October 2016 and made free access for six months.
  5. Interviewed  by  Dr.  Sophia  Hafner,  featured  in  Microbes  and  Infection  as  “Biobots”;  https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.micinf.2016.02.002
  6. Awarded from DBT-CTEP for “International Travel fellowship” to present the paper in 2 nd International Conference on Clinical and Cellular Immunology held on Las Vegas from 15 th to 17 th October 2013.
  7. Was selected to attend the Seattle-India Joint Research Training Program workshop on Advanced Technologies and Research Proposal Development, School of Life sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, February 2011
  8. Was awarded as Research Associate funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi on July 2010.

Additional Information

  1. Serving as reviewer for journals from Springer, Elsevier, Willey and BMC
  2. Membership from the professional bodies such as Indian Immunology Society, Indian Science Congress and BactiVac Network

Current Collaborations

Dr. Vainav Patel, Scientist D, NIRRH-ICMR, Mumbai

Courses Taught at UG / PG / Ph.D.

Molecular Biology, r-DNA technology, Biotechnology in Pharmaceutical science, Immunology, Microbial Genetics, Enzymology, Cell biology, Medical Microbiology, Genomics and Proteomics, Bacteriology, Medical Microbiology

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