Vikram Verma

Vikram Verma

Vikram Verma
Research Associate at Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
University of Minnesota, USA


PhD from  University of Pune, National Institute of Virology, India, Thesis : “Molecular evaluation of water samples and water treatment protocols with special reference to Hepatitis A and Hepatitis E Viruses” in 2010.
Master of Science, Biotechnology at Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur (CG), India. Bachelor of Science, (Chemistry, Botany, Zoology), St. Aloysius College, Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur. (M.P.), India

Research Interest

HIs research interest focus on development of vaccines and therapeutic measures for infectious diseases. He have developed Pichinde virus (PICV) as a vaccine vector platform and showed its efficacy against influenza virus infection through recombinant PICV virus expressing influenza genes. His other research interest involves identifying the novel host factors that are important for the replication and pathogenesis of Influenza viruses and could be targeted by antiviral drugs. He have identified TrkA (a receptor tyrosine kinase) as a promising candidate target and demonstrated therapeutic potential of TrkA inhibitors in both in-vitro cell culture and in vivo mouse models. During my postdoctoral work I became interested in arenaviruses and I have developed a guinea pig model using Pichinde virus (PICV) for the Lassa virus induced sensorineural hearing loss in humans. HIs Doctoral work was focused on evaluation of public water supply system and water purification devices for removal of enteric virus, thus ensuring availability of safe water to common public.