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Dr. Nilanjan (Nil) Lodh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science at the College of Health Sciences. He graduated with B.Sc. in Zoology (honors) in 2002 from Calcutta University, Kolkata, India and also obtained M.Sc. in Zoology from Calcutta University in 2004. He then completed his Ph.D. (parasitology, population genetics, microbiology) from The University of Vermont, VT, U.S.A. in 2006. Dr. Lodh recently worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University on improving molecular diagnostics for Schistosomiasis and Strongyloidiasis. Dr. Lodh will teach courses in Medical Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics and Public Health.
Dr. Lodh’s current research interests lie in improving diagnosis of human schistosomes and the enigmatic human Strongyloides using parasite species-specific DNA detection by PCR from urine sediments captured on filter paper. This work was successfully done in collaboration with Zambian colleagues for Schistosoma mansoni and for both S. mansoni and S. haematobium with colleagues from Ghana. Now he is using loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) to enable this technique to be more adaptable to field conditions. The above mentioned approach has been extended to detect Strongyloides stercoralis from urine sediment along with Argentine colleagues. As a young researcher working on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), it is important to develop more sensitive and specific test for NTDs especially on Schistosomiasis, Strongyloidiasis and other soil-transmitted helminths (STHs). Students want to be part of this fascinating journey are encouraged to contact Dr. Lodh.