Lack of effective therapeutics for the most of viral diseases, emergence of antiviral drug resistance, and high cost of some antiviral therapies necessitate finding new effective antiviral compounds. Additionally, the existing antiviral therapies are not always well-tolerated or quite effective and satisfactory. Hence, the increasing requirement for antiviral substances will be more highlighted. Plants as a rich source of phytochemicals with different biological activities including antiviral activities are in interest of scientists. Tissue culture has given an alternative mean for production of medicinally important secondary metabolites in controlled condition. This gives a uniforformity in production of these compounds and also save green cover and ultimately serves as a tool for ecosystem balance.
Director of Prestigious Haffkine Institute for Training, Research and Testing, Mumbai, India
Dr. Abhay Chowdhary (Born on 5th March 1955) is the Director of Prestigious Haffkine Institute for Training, Research and Testing, Mumbai, India. He was also the Director of AIDS Research and Control (ARCON) center, Mumbai. He is board certified in Microbiology and Virology from India.MBBS 1975, MD Micro 1980, DHA 1990, DM Virology 1993, FIMSA 2006. Dr Chowdhary has an experience of over 31 years as a graduate and post-graduate teacher & examiner for University of Mumbai, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi Karnataka UHS, NTR Andhra UHS, Dr MGR TN UHS, Sri RamchandraUniversity, Goa University and various other Indian universities as well as Kathmandu University, Nepal. He also serves as an advisor and consultant in the field of Laboratory Medicine, HIV/ AIDS and Healthcare safety. He has been invited as a guest faculty for the First International Conference of American Society of Microbiology (ASM) in Beijing, China on Emerging Technologies in Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases and Detection of Pathogenic Microbes held in April 2008. Prof Chowdhary was an expert team member for Assessment of National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) under National AIDS Control Organization, Government of India along with Expert Teams from CDC, USA and WHO in July 2008, in addition to that, he serves on editorial boards and is reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals in India. His expertise and special interests include Medical Virology, Clinical Microbiology, Parasitology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases. He is the recipient of Fogarty fellowship for Training at Johns Hopkins University, USA and the Fellowship by International Medical Sciences Academy.DrAbhayChowdhary is a Certified Expert Technical Assessor for NABL. (National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories).
Faculty, Mumbai University and Tibdewal University
Dr.Pratibha Chaturvedi (Born on 28th March 1965) is PhD from Rajasthan University in the year 1991. She has work experience of over 10 years in the field of Plant Tissue culture and secondary metabolites production of medicinal plants. She has to her credit three books on Secondary metabolites from Medicinal plants, more than 30 Research papers published in various research journals of national and international repute and has also presented Papers in various National and International conferences.
A women scientist awardee (Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi) has main interest in Plant Biotechnology, Natural Products and Analytical plant Biochemistry, Proteomics, in vitro enhancement of Secondary metabolites, Plant Physiology etc. A life member of Indian Science congress, phytochemical society of Asia, Japan and Academy of Plant Science, India. Dr Chaturvedi is recognized teacher of Mumbai University and Tibdewal University, Rajasthan for PhD degree. Two research works have been recognized and awarded by well known organisations (IDMA and ICSCCB) she is also a member of editoral board in an international journal.