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  • Elena Vendrame

    Elena Vendrame

    Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Infectious Diseases

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research focuses on understanding the host-pathogen interactions. In particular I study the interaction between natural killer cells and HIV.

  • Renu Verma

    Renu Verma

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    BioOne of the key challenges in infectious diseases control is unavailability of rapid and low-cost diagnostics with high specificities and sensitivities. I am a Molecular-microbiologist currently working with Dr. Jason Andrews at the Division of Infectious Diseases. My research primarily focuses on applying novel strategies to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis and SARS-CoV-2 in various sample types and environments for treatment and control of TB and COVID-19.

    Key Research:
    i)Development and validation of molecular viability assays for detection and quantification of novel SARS-CoV-2 virus in COVID-19 patients
    ii)Development and validation of a novel aerosol capture tool for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in exhaled breath from COVID-19 patients with mild and severe symptoms
    iii)Development of a rapid pharmacogenomic assay to detect NAT2 polymorphisms and predict INH acetylation to guide dosing for tuberculosis treatment
    iv)Detection of M. tuberculosis in the environment as a novel tool for identifying high-risk locations for tuberculosis transmission
    v)Analyzing host serum biomarkers in latent and active Tuberculosis using ELISA assays in patients as a measure of disease severity.