I. Translational Research Program (TRP):
Bioassay laboratory is one of the four institutional support facilities of THSTI under the TRP funded by DBT. The TRP team under this project is actively working on cell culture-based assays and ELISA for Dengue, Chikungunya and SARS-CoV-2.
Mr. Anantharaj A.
is the Technical Officer at Bioassay Lab, THSTI since September 2019. A Post-graduate in Biochemistry from Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu, India,he has 8 years of experience in various National Institutes. He is also a certified internal auditor as per IS/ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and successfully provided the compliance for WHO accreditation for National Polio Laboratory. He currently manages the molecular assays for dengue and coordinates all kit validation activities for ICMR and FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics).
II. DBT India-Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (IndCEPI):
Bioassay lab at THSTI has been established with support from DBT's IndCEPI grant. Recently, BL was selected as one of the seven labs in the world to provide validated assays for COVID-19 vaccine development. The other labs in the network are Nexelis, Canada; PHE, UK; ICDDR, Bangladesh; Q2 Solutions, USA; Viroclinics, Netherlands; and Vismederi, Italy.
Dr. Abitha Murali
is the Project Manager at Bioassay lab since June 2020. She did her Ph.D., in Biotechnology from Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, India. Prior to joining THSTI she worked as a DST-Women Scientist (A) at RGCB, Trivandrum, India. She is presently coordinating the execution of CEPI project at THSTI and also taking care of administrative matters of BL.
Mr. Kamal Pargai
is the Technical Officer at Bioassay Lab, THSTI since June 2020. He has completed his Post-graduation studies in Microbiology from Kumaun University, Uttarakhand, India. Prior to joining THSTI, Kamal was associated with ICAR DFMD, Uttarakand for 5 years as a Senior Research Fellow. He is establishing the virus neutralization assays for SARS-CoV-2 and other RNA viruses.
Mr. Janmejay Singh
is working as Technical Officer at Bioassay Lab, THSTI. He has done his M.Sc. (Biotechnology) from DDU Gorakhpur University Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. He has more than four years of experience in the virology & serology section of the quality control department for vaccine development and manufacturing.
Dr. Balwant Singh
joined Bioassay lab as a Senior Technical Officer in December 2020. He is a PhD in Biosciences and Bioengineering from IIT, Guwahati. His primary area of work at Bioassay lab is recombinant protein expression and purification of viral proteins for functional assays.
is the Technical Officer at Bioassay lab, THSTI since January 2021. He has done his M.Sc in Biotechnology from DDU Gorakhpur University. Prior to this, he was employed at Indovax Private Limited, Hisar, as a Senior Production Officer. At Bioassay lab, he is primarily involved in cell culture-based assays for vaccine development.
joined THSTI as a Technical Officer in December, 2020. A postgraduate in Microbiology from Guru Jabheshwar University, he has worked as a Technical officer at the Department for vaccine development & Technology transfer at Indovax Private Limited, Hisar He has also participated in CDSCO and TFDA audits. At Bioassay lab, his work focuses on assay development for Dengue and Coronaviruses.