Dr. Immaculata Xess Dr. Immaculata Xess  
Associate Professor
Dept. of Microbiology
All India Institue of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India

Dr Xess visited the Einstein AITRP in April- Oct 2007 for six month. Her research project was aimed at "Phenotypic and Genotypic study of Candida strain from Oropharyngeal Candidiasis of Indian HIV patients". The collaborative research was conducted with Dr. Bettina Fries as US collaborator. She has on going programme of research scholar training from her lab since then. Ms Fahmi Hasan, a graduate student of Dr. Xess, continued her work on Candida with US mentor Dr Bettina Fries. Another student, Gunjan Gupta, visited Einstein to continue this work with Dr. Fries in 2009-1010. She had one more student Ms Dolan Champa Saha, who previously worked in Immunoblot assay to detect sub-clinical & reactivation disease in US transplant patients & comparison with Candida albicans with Dr. David Goldman as the US mentor. The AITRP research experience helped her to complete her PhD thesis and she obtained a post-doctoral fellowship in the University of Calgary. Dr Xess's visit played a major role in development of molecular facility in mycology lab at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Trainees who visited Einstein AITRP for training from Dr. Xess's laboratory:
  1. Dolan Champa Saha, Graduate student 2006 - 2007 (Dr. Goldman's laboratory)
  2. Fahmi Hasan, Graduate student 2007 - 2008 (Dr. Fries's laboratory)
  3. Gunjan Gupta, Graduate student 2009 - 2010 (Dr. Fries's laboratory)
Publications through AITRP-supported collaboration
  1. F. Hasan, I. Xess, X. Wang, N. Jain, B. Fries (2009) Biofilm formation in clinical Candida isolates and its association with virulence. Microbes and Infection 11:753-61. Epub 2009 May 4 (Impact Factor: 2.5)
  2. N. Jain, E. Cook, I. Xess, F. Hasan, D. Fries and Bettina C. Fries (2009) Isolation and characterization of senescent C. neoformans and its implications for phenotypic switching and the pathogenesis of chronic cryptococcosis. Eukaryot Cell 8:858-66. Epub 2009 May 1 (Impact Factor: 3.39)
  3. Saha, D. C., I. Xess, W. Zeng and D. L. Goldman. (2008) Antibody Responses to Cryptococcus neoformans in Indian Patients with Cryptococcosis, Med. Mycol. 46: 457-63 (Impact Factor: 1.67).

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