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  Azger Dusthackeer, V.N. Azger Dustackeer  
 
US Training at Einstein: 2005 - 2006
Position: Visiting Fellow
Home Country: India
India Mentor: Dr. Vanaja Kumar
US Host Lab Mentor: Dr. John Chan
Current Position: Laboratory Technician at Tuberculosis Research Centre, Chennai, India
 
 

The LRP constructs developed during this tenure was instrumental to his Ph. D work titled "Luciferase reporter phages for rapid detection of dormant and active tubercle Bacilli" which he has submitted in August 2010. The training at AECOM and Montefiore Medical Centre helped his research work immensely and strengthened his capabilities to a great extent. After the submission of Ph.D. thesis titled 'Construction and evaluation of luciferase reporter phages for rapid detection of dormant and active tubercle bacilli in clinical samples' his proposed work will be on

  • Commercializing the kit for LRP assay aiding in diagnosing tuberculosis from clinical samples;
  • Understanding the pathophysiology of dormant tubercle bacilli especially in HIV patients.
Awards:
  1. Mr. Dustackeer received one travel award (for attending SAARC Second Conference on TB, HIV/AIDS & Respiratory Diseases held on 15th - 18th December 2008 at Kathmandu, Nepal)
Meeting and Presentations:
  1. "Development of Luciferase reporter phages(LRP) for rapid diagnosis of M. tuberculosis" At 5th national conference of Indian Association of Applied Microbiologist, organized by Sri Sankara Arts and Science College, Kanchipuram- 11-12 of January 2007
  2. "Development of LRPs aiding in the diagnosis of Dormant Tubercle Bacilli" at 61st National Conference on Tuberculosis and chest diseases from 23.2.07 to 25.02.07, at Udaipur conducted by the Tuberculosis Association of India
  3. Poster presented at SAARC Second Conference on TB, HIV/AIDS & Respiratory Diseases held on 15th - 18th December 2008 at Kathmandu, Nepal, titled "Improved diagnostic LRP assay for detecting active and non-replicating tubercle bacilli"
  4. Participated in National Symposium on Glacial Overview of Tuberculosis and delivered a lecture on "Dormancy & Luciferase reporter phage assay" organized by St. James Pharmaceutical College, Kerala during 23rd and 24th March 2009.
  5. Was one of the lead speakers in the 96th meet of the science club, CLRI, INSTITUTE OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES, TARAMANI on SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH, 2009
  6. "Early tuberculosis diagnosis by luciferase reporter phages" at 64th National Conference on Tuberculosis and chest diseases held at Kolkata from 26th to 29th December 2009 conducted by Tuberculosis association of India
Publications from AITRP research:
  1. Azger Dusthackeer, Vanaja Kumar, Selvakumar Subbian, Gomathi Sivaramakrishnan, Guofang Zhu, Balaji Subramanyam, Sameer Hassan, Selvakumar Nagamaiah, John Chan and Narayanan Paranji Rama. 2008. Construction and evaluation of luciferase reporter phages for the detection of non-replicating tubercle bacilli. Journal of Microbiological methods, 73 (2008) 18–25
  2. Azger Dusthackeer, V.N. Sameer Hassan, Vanaja Kumar Tape measure protein having MT3 motif facilitates phage entry into stationary phase cells of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Computational Biology and Chemistry 32 (2008) 367–369
  3. Vanaja Kumar, Prabakaran Loganathan, Gomathi Sivaramakrishnan, Jordan Kriakov, Azger Dusthakeer, Balaji Subramanyam, John Chan, William R. Jacobs Jr, Narayanan Paranji Rama. Characterization of temperate phage Che12 and construction of a new tool for diagnosis of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (2008) 88, p616-623
  4. Sameer Hassan, Azger Dusthackeer, Balaji Subramanyam, C. Ponnuraja, Gomathi N. Sivaramakrishnan and Vanaja Kumar. Lytic Efficiency of Mycobacteriophages., The Open Systems Biology Journal (2010), 3, 21-28
 

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