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Dr Usha .K

Assistant Professor

School of Health Sciences

Dr Usha .K did her graduation and post-graduation in the field of Microbiology from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. Her Ph.D., was a collaboration work with Sri Venkateswara university, Tirupati and Sri Venkateswara Institute of medical sciences (SVIMS), Tirupati.
In her doctoral thesis, she revealed for the first time the sero-types that cause scrub typhus fever in Southern part of India and a few sequences were submitted to NCBI-Genbank. She has over 9 years of research experience.
She is a recipient of Early career Scientist (PI) for a project funded by DBT under BioCARE Scientist Scheme at Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR-NIN), Hyderabad (Project Cost: 41.95 Lakhs) and worked on reverse genetics in Blue Tongue Virus and its molecular characterization.
Currently she is a recipient of Principal Investigator as Young scientist for a project funded by Department of Health Research through Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry (Project Cost: 51.90 Lakhs) to carry out molecular objectives on Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Non Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.
Her specialization in the field of Infectious disease, molecular biology, antibiotic resistance mechanism, molecular virology – reverse genetics and immune evasion made her to publish her findings in reputed journals. She participated in many conferences and seminars and presented her work.

    • Graduation In :

      BSc., Biotechnology
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      Sri Venkateswara University
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      MSc., Industrial Microbiology
    • Post Graduation From :

      Sri Venkateswara University (Campus)
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    • Doctorate From :

      Sri Venkateswara University (Campus)
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    • Early Career Scientist – DBT BioCARe (01/2018 to 12/2021) ICMR – National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India

    • Young Scientist – DHR (12/2022 to till date) Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, India

  • Publications in Journals

    • Usha, E. Kumar, Usha Kalawat, A. Chaudhury, B. Siddhartha Kumar, DVR. Sai Gopal. Molecular characterization of Orientia tsutsugamushi serotypes  causing  scrub typhus outbreak in Rayalaseema region, Andhra Pradesh, India Indian J Med Res. 2016; 144 (4), 597-603 (Impact Factor –  5.274); https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28256470/
    • Usha, E.  Kumar, Usha Kalawat, A.  Chaudhury, B.  Siddhartha Kumar, DVR. Sai Gopal. Molecular detection of Scrub typhus in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.  J Vector Borne Dis 2015; 52(2):  171- 4 (Impact Factor 1.688).; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26119551/
    • Usha, E. Kumar, Usha Kalawat, B. Siddhartha Kumar, A. Chaudhury,  DVR. Sai Gopal.Seroprevalence of Scrub typhus among febrile patients – a preliminary study. Asian J Pharm Clin Res.  2014; Vol 7, Suppl 1:  19-21; Read Details
    • Kumar, K. Usha, A. Chaudhury, BV. Ramana, DVR. SaiGopal. Detection of AmpC β-lactamases production in  Acinetobacter species by an inhibitor  (disc)  based & modified three dimensional (enzyme extraction) methods. Indian J Med Res 2014; 140: 688-690. (Impact Factor- 5.524).; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4311326/
    • Kumar, K. Usha, A. Chaudhury, BV. Ramana, DVR.  Sai Gopal.  Molecular characterization of plasmid mediated blaCTX-M15 Extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBLs) in  Acinetobacter  spp.  isolates from ICU patients, at a tertiary care hospital, South India.  Indian J Med Microbiol.  2015;33(4):601-617(Impact Factor 1.347).; DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857. 16734 8
    • Kumar, K. Usha, BV. Ramana, A.  Chaudhury, DVR. SaiGopal. Plasmid profile and curing, biofilm detection among ESBL producing isolates of Acinetobacter species. Int J Pharm Pharm Sci. 2016; 8(4):  39-42; Read Details
    • Usha K, Kumar E, Gopal DS. Occurrence of various beta-lactamase producing gram negative bacilli in the hospital effluent. Asian J Pharm Clin Res. 2013 Aug 1;6(3):42-6.
    • Kumar, K. Usha, BV. Ramana, A. Chaudhury, DVR. SaiGopal. Prevalence of various β-lactamase (ESBL, AmpC and MBL) producing multidrug resistant clinical isolates of Acinetobacter spp. in a tertiary care hospital. Asian J Pharm Clin Res, vol6, suppl 4, 2013.: 28-31; Read Details
    • Nibandhana, K. Usha, E Kumar,Usha Kalawat. Prevalence of Gram negative bacilli showing resistance to carbapenems. Int j sci res 5(11): 2016:  39-42.; https://www.worldwidejournals.com/international-journal-of-scientific-research-(IJSR)/

    Publications in Conferences

    • Four