Dr. Dolan Champa Saha Dolan Champa Saha  
US Training at Einstein: 2005 & 2007
Position: Visiting Fellow (Graduate Researcher-2005, Research scholar-2007)
Home Country: India
Position in Home Country: Graduate Student, All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, India
India Mentor: Dr. Immaculata Xess
US Host Lab Mentor: Dr. David L. Goldman
Current Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Ms. Saha visited the Einstein AITRP in 2005 (May-Nov) and 2007 (Feb-Aug). Her research project was aimed at "Serology of Cryptococcal Infection in rats and transplant patients: Evidence for reactivation disease" and "Diagnosis of sub-clinical Cryptococcosis". She benefitted from these research projects greatly and applied them to her PhD thesis project. This collaborative research was conducted with Dr. David L Goldman as the US collaborator, in collaboration with Dr. Arturo Casadevall. This work led to 2 original first author publications and to a meeting presentation. After defending her thesis she joined as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is presently involved in projects1) that examines the integrated influence on satiety hormones and changes in gene expression involved in glucose and lipid metabolism through different dietary interventions; 2) evaluating the diversity of and modification to gut microbial communities in response to dietary interventions. Her work involves applications of techniques like western blot analysis, quantitative real-time PCRs, microarray analysis, ELISA and other molecular microbial techniques, part of which she gathered from her AITRP training program.

Fellowships and Awards:
  1. Joint Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-University Grants Commission (CSIR-UGC) Junior Research Fellowship & Lectureship-2004-2009 (Declined for the year 2009).
  2. Foreign Travel Grant Award from Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-2008. (Declined from CSIR).
Publication from AITRP research:
  1. Saha, D. C., D. L. Goldman, X. Shao, A. Casadevall, S. Husain, A. P. Limaye, M. Lyon, J. Somani, K. Pursell, T. L. Pruett and N. Singh. Serologic evidence for reactivation Cryptococcosis in solid organ transplant recipients, Clin. Vaccine Immunol. 2007 Dec;14(12):1550-4.
  2. Saha, D. C., I. Xess, W. Zeng and D. L. Goldman. Antibody Responses to Cryptococcus neoformans in Indian Patients with Cryptococcosis, Med. Mycol. 2008 Aug;46(5): 457-63.
Meeting Presentations from AITRP research:
  1. Goldman, D. L., D. C. Saha, A. Casadevall and N. Singh, 2005. "Serologic evidence for reactivation Cryptococcosis in transplant patients." Poster Presentation at 45th Inter-Science Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (45th Annual ICAAC), Washington Convention Centre, Washington DC, Dec 2005.

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