Dr. Ira Praharaj

Scientist Profile

Dr. Ira Praharaj


Date of Joining : 15/07/2019
Date of Joining(present post): 15/07/2019

ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar


VI- M 731 Sailashree Vihar, Bhubaneswar

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Educational Qualifications:

MBBS, MD (Microbiology), PhD(Microbiology), PG Diploma in Epidemiology

About Profile:

Research Experience
    1. Scientist E, ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar: July 2020 – till date
    1. Scientist E, ICMR headquarters, New Delhi: July 2019 – July 2020
    1. Associate Professor, Christian Medical College, Vellore: August 2018 -July 2019
    1. Assistant Professor, Christian Medical College, Vellore: May 2013 – August 2018
    1. Senior Medical Resident, Christian Medical College, Vellore: September 2012 – May 2013
    1. Senior Resident, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry: May 2011- August 2012
    1. Junior Resident, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER),Puducherry: April 2008 – April 2011
Workshops(last 5 years)
    1. Wellcome Genome Campus advanced course on Viral Bioinformatics and Genomics at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam August 2018
  1. Next generation sequencing advanced course, Hinxton, Cambridge April 2017
  1. Emerging Leader in Infectious Diseases Research by International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), 2016-2020
    1. Gupta N, Potdar V, Praharaj I, Giri S, et al. Laboratory preparedness for SARS-CoV-2 testing in India: Harnessing a network of Virus Research and Diagnostic
      Laboratories. Indian J Med Res. 2020; 151 (2-3): 216-225
    1. Gupta N, Praharaj I, Bhatnagar T, Thangaraj JWV, Giri S, et al. Severe acute respiratory illness surveillance for coronavirus disease 2019, India, 2020.
      Indian J Med Res. 2020; 151 (2): 236-240
    1. Bhatnagar T, Murhekar MV, Soneja M, Gupta N, Giri S, et al. Lopinavir/ritonavir combination therapy amongst symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 patients in India: Protocol for restricted public
      health emergency use. Indian J Med Res. 2020; 151 (2): 184-189
    1. ICMR COVID Study Group, COVID Epidemiology and Data Management Team, COVID Laboratory Team, VRDL Team. Laboratory surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in India: Performance of testing & descriptive epidemiology of detected COVID-19,
      January 22 - April 30, 2020. Indian J Med Res. 2020; 151 (5): 424-437
    1. Sarkale P, et al. First isolation of SARS-CoV-2 from clinical samples in India. Indian J Med Res. 2020; 151 (2): 244-250
    1. Potdar V, et al. Genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 strains among Indians returning from Italy, Iran & China, & Italian tourists in India. Indian J Med Res. 2020; 151 (2): 255-260
    1. Gupta N, et al. Strategic planning to augment the testing capacity for COVID-19 in India. Indian J Med Res. 2020; 151 (2): 210-215
    1. Sapkal G, et al. Development of indigenous IgG ELISA for the detection of anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG. Indian J Med Res. 2020; 151 (5): 444-449
    1. Hamisu AW, Blake IM, Sume G, Braka F, Jimoh A, Dahiru H, Bonos M, Dankoli R, Bello AM, Yusuf KM, Lawal NM, Ahmed F, Aliyu Z, John D, Nwachukwu TE, Ayeni MF, Gumede-Moeletsi N, Veltsos P, Giri S, Praharaj I, Metilda A, Bandyopadhyay A, Diop OM, Grassly NC. Characterizing Environmental Surveillance Sites in Nigeria and Their Sensitivity to Detect Poliovirus and Other Enteroviruses. J Infect Dis. 2020; https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiaa175
    1. Babji S, Manickavasagam P, Chen YH, Jeyavelu N, Jose NV, Praharaj I, Syed C, Kaliappan SP, John J, Giri S, Venugopal S, Kampmann B,
      Parker EPK, Iturriza-Gomara M, Kang G, Grassly NC, Uhlig HH. Immune predictors of oral poliovirus vaccine immunogenicity among infants in South India.
      npj Vaccines. 2020; 27(5). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41541-020-0178-5
    1. Shrivastava AK, Reddy NS, Giri S, Sahu PS, Das M, Mohakud NK,
      Das RR. Burden and Molecular Epidemiology of Rotavirus Causing
      Diarrhea among Under-Five Children: A Hospital-based Study from Eastern India. J Glob Infect Dis. 2019;11(4):147-152
    1. Nair NP, Reddy S, Giri S, Mohan VR, Parashar U, et al. Rotavirus vaccine impact assessment surveillance in India: protocol and methods. BMJ Open. 2019;9:e024840
    1. Giri S, Nair NP, Mathew A, Manohar B, Simon A, et al. Rotavirus gastroenteritis in Indian children <5 years hospitalized for diarrhoea, 2012 to 2016.BMC Public Health. 2019;9:69. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6406-0
    1. Reddy S, Nair NP, Giri S, Mohan VR, Tate JE, et al. Safety monitoring of ROTAVAC vaccine and etiological investigation of intussusception in India: study protocol. BMC Public Health. 2018;18:898
    1. Praharaj I, Parker EPK, Giri S, Allen DJ, Silas S, et al. Influence of nonpolio enteroviruses and the bacterial gut microbiota on oral poliovirus vaccine response: a study from south India. J Infect Dis. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiy568
    1. Parker EPK, Whitfield H, Baskar C, Giri S, John J, et al. FUT2 secretor status is not associated with oral poliovirus vaccine immunogenicity in south Indian infants. J Infect Dis. 2019;219(4):578- 581
    1. Giri S, Hemavathy RP, Arumugam R, Sherchand JB, Myat Thu H, et al. Molecular epidemiology of rotaviruses in the south-east Asian region from 2009 to 2015. Vaccine.2018;36:7851-7855
    1. Giri S, Kumar N, Dhanapal P, et al. Quantity of vaccine poliovirus shed determines the titer of the serum neutralizing antibody response in Indian children who received oral vaccine. J Infect Dis.2018;217:1395-1398
    1. Parker EPK, Praharaj I, Zekavati A, Lazarus RP, Giri S, et al. Influence of the intestinal microbiota on the immunogenicity of oral rotavirus vaccine given to infants in south India. Vaccine.2018;36(2):264-272
    1. Lazarus RP, John J, Shanmugasundaram E, Rajan AK, Thiagarajan S, Giri S, et al. The effect of probiotics and zinc supplementation on the immune response to oral rotavirus vaccine: A randomized, factorial design, placebo-controlled study among Indian infants. Vaccine.2018;36(2):273-279
    1. Sindhu KNC, Cunliffe N, Peak M, Turner M, Darby A, Grassly N, Gordon M, Dube Q, Babji S, Praharaj I, Verghese V, Iturriz-Gomara M, Kang G. Impact of maternal antibodies and infant gut microbiota on the immunogenicity of rotavirus vaccines in African, Asian and European infants: protocol for a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 7(3): e016577
    1. Grassly NC, Praharaj I, Babji S, Kaliappan SP, Giri S, Venugopal S et al .The effect of azithromycin on the immunogenicity of oral poliovirus vaccine: a double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial in seronegative Indian infants, The Lancet Infectious Diseases,2016;16(8): 905-914
    1. Kaliappan SP, Venugopal S, Giri S, Praharaj I, , et al. Factors determining anti-poliovirus type 3 antibodies among orally immunised Indian infants. Vaccine 2016 Sep 22;34(41):4979-84
    1. Liu J, Gratz J, Amour C, Nshama R, Walongo R, Maro A, Mduma E, Platts-Mills J, Boisen N, Nataro J, Haverstick DM, Kabir F, Lertsethtakarn P, Silapong S, Jeamwattanalert P, Bodhidatta L, Mason C, Begum S, Haque R, Praharaj I, Kang G, Houpt ER. Optimization of quantitative PCR methods for enteropathogen detection. PLoS One 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0158199
    1. Praharaj I, John SM, Bandyopadhyay R, Kang G. Probiotics, antibiotics and the immune responses to vaccines. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 2015 May 11;370(1671).
    1. Praharaj I , Sujatha S Invitro activity of daptomycin against isolates of vancomycin resistant enterococci. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2014.08.004
    1. Praharaj I, Sujatha S, Parija SC. Phenotypic & genotypic characterization of vancomycin resistant Enterococcus isolates from clinical specimens. Indian J Med Res. 2013 Oct;138(4):549-56. PMID: 24434263. PMCID:PMC3868069.
    1. Praharaj I, Sujatha S, Parija SC, Mahadevan S. Unusual manifestation of Salmonella enterica serotype Enteritidis infection in a case of Langerhans cell histiocytosis. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2013 Oct-Dec;31(4):409-11. PMID: 24064654.
    1. Praharaj I, Sujatha S, Chandra PS. Virulence factors in clinical and commensal isolates of Enterococcus species. Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2013 Jan-Mar;56(1):24-30. PMID: 23924554.
    1. Praharaj I, Sujatha S, Ashwini MA, Parija SC. Co-infection with Nocardia asteroides complex and Strongyloides stercoralis in a patient with autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Infection. 2014 Feb;42(1):211-4. PMID: 23925638.
    1. Sujatha S, Praharaj I. Glycopeptide resistance in gram-positive cocci: a review. Interdiscip Perspect Infect Dis. 2012:781679. PMID: 22778729. PMCID: PMC3388329.
    1. Praharaj I, Sujatha S, Parija SC, Gopalakrishnan MS. Fatal meningitis causedby vancomycin-resistant enterococci: report of two cases from south India. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2012 Apr-Jun;30(2):242-5. PMID: 22664449.
    1. Parija SC, Praharaj I. Drug resistance in malaria. Indian J Med Microbiol.2011 Jul-Sep;29(3):243-8. Review. PMID:21860103.
    1. Khan S, Sujatha S, Harish BN, Praharaj I, Parija SC. Neonatal meningitis due to Listeria monocytogenes: a case report from southern India. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2011; 5(3): 608-609
  1. Mondal N, Suresh R, Acharya NS, Praharaj I, Harish BN, Mahadevan S. Hemophagocytic syndrome in a child with brucellosis. The Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 2010; 77(12): 1434:1436

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