VANDANA SAXENA
SCIENTIST C

  VANDANA SAXENA

Publications

Date of Joining Present Post: 26-08-2013

Address (Off):

NATIONAL AIDS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
P.B.NO.1895 :73, G BHOSARI IND ESTATE
PUNE - 411026 .
Telephone (off): 91-20-27331200, EXTN 1366
Fax : 20-271210731
Email : vsaxena@nariindia.org, vandysaxena@gmail.com
Educational Qualifications:

  • Ph.D, 2008 Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow
  • M.Sc. (Botany), 2002 Lucknow University, Lucknow
  • B.Sc. (Biology), 1999 Lucknow University, Lucknow

Discipline:
IMMUNOLOGY



Research Experience:
  • 2003-2005: Junior Research Fellow (CSIR) in the Dept. of Microbiology at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow Field of Study: Study of Cytokine profile during Japanese encephalitis virus infection
  • 2005-2008: Senior Research Fellow (CSIR) in the Dept. of Microbiology at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow Field of Study: Study of Cytokine profile during Japanese encephalitis virus infection
  • 2008-2010: Post Doctoral Fellow at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, UCLA, California, USA Field of Study: Development of an endogenous brain tumor/glioma model in rodents using various lentiviral vectors
  • 2010-2013: Post Doctoral Fellow at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA
    Field of Study: Characterization of an attenuated West Nile Virus isolate and study of immune response elicited against this mutant isolate in murine model
  • Aug 2013- till date: Scientist-C at Department of Immunology, National AIDS Research Institute, ICMR, Pune, India
Awards:
  • Senior research fellowship; Council of Scientific and lndustrial Research (CSIR), India 2005
  • Junior research fellowship; Council of Scientific and lndustrial Research (CSIR), India 2003
  • CSIR-National eligibility test (NET/JRF) Examination, India 2002
  • Birbal Sahni Memorial Gold Medal award for securing highest percentage of marks in M.Sc., India 2002
  • Pratibha Samman 2002, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, UP, India 2002.

Abstracts and Posters presented at Conferences:

  1. Vandana Saxena, Thomas Welte, Robert Tesh, Stephen Higgs, Xiaoyong Bao and Tian Wang. Characterization of a hamster derived West nile virus isolate infection in a murine model. 2012 IHII/McLaughlin Colloquium at UTMB, Galveston, Texas, April 13, 2012.
  2. Vandana Saxena, Thomas Welte, Robert Tesh, Stephen Higgs, Xiaoyong Bao and Tian Wang. Characterization of an attenuated West Nile Virus hamster isolate infection in two mouse cell lines. 30th Annual meeting of American Society for Virology at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 16 20, 2011.
  3. Vandana Saxena, Niyati Bondale, Kurt Kroeger, Maria G Castro, Pedro R Lowenstein. Development of endogenous brain tumor model in rats using lentiviral viral vectors encoding genetic abnormalities encountered in human gliomas. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) Research Day, January 2010, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  4. Vandana Saxena, Asha Mathur, Narendra K. Krishnani, Tapan N. Dhole. Kinetics of cytokine expression in brain and spleen following intracerebral and intraperitoneal challenge of JEV in BALB/c mice. 8th International Symposium on NeuroVirology, October 29- November 2, 2007, San Diego, California, USA. 
  5. Vandana, Asha Mathur, T. N. Dhole. Expression of cytokines during Japanese encephalitis virus infection in the BALB/c mice model. 8th Sir Dorabji Tata Symposium, March 10-11, 2007, Bangalore, India.
  6. Vandana, Asha Mathur, T. N. Dhole. Increased proinflammatory cytokine mRNA expression during Japanese Encephalitis Virus infection in Balb/C mice. 33rd Indian Immunology Society Conference, Jan. 28-31, 2007, New Delhi, India.
  7. Pratibha Singh, Vandana, T. N. Dhole. Nitric Oxide inhibits multiple steps of Herpes Simplex Virus-1 replication cycle. 30th National Congress of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, Oct. 27-29, 2006, Nagpur, India. 
  8. Vandana, V. K. Mishra, A. Ayyagari, T.N. Dhole. Blood Samples: A better specimen for Japanese Encephalitis diagnosis in the first week of infection. IInd Congress of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists- UP Chapter, Feb. 10-12, 2006, Jhansi, India.
  9. Pratibha Singh, Vandana, T. N. Dhole. Role of Nitric Oxide in HSV-1 Encephalitis in Murine Model. 28th National Congress of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, Nov. 25-28, 2004, Lucknow, India. 
  10. Rajesh K, Vandana, T. N. Dhole. Comparative evaluation of Antigen detection ELISA Vs RT-PCR in acute phase of Japanese Encephalitis. 28th National Congress of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, Nov. 25-28, 2004, Lucknow, India.

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