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Project Manager, Microbiology research scientist

Jersey City, New Jersey, 07304, United States
September 04, 2011

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Well-qualified and technically proficient Microbiologist with more than eight years of laboratory and instructional experience in addition to excellent academic qualifications. Demonstrated expertise in microbiological processing for aerobic/anaerobic bacteria, fungi, virus, and mycobacteria in a wide variety of clinical specimens; experienced in biochemical and in vitro antibiotic susceptibility testing. Organized, take-charge professional with exceptional detail orientation; able to plan and conduct research projects and classroom lectures through to successful conclusion. Demonstrated ability to efficiently prioritize a broad range of responsibilities to achieve a maximum level of operating effectiveness.

Education • Professional Development

PhD, Molecular Microbiology(2009)

The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, India

MS, Medical Laboratory Technology (2001)

Vision Research Foundation, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India

BSc, Microbiology (1998)

University of Madras, India


2-D Gel Electrophoresis


Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP)

Single Strand Conformational Polymorphism (SSCP)

DNA sequencing




Research & Work Experience

The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Tamil Nadu, India 2000 – 2006

PhD STUDENT (2002 – 2006)


Expanded research and clinical knowledge at Sankara Nethralaya, as a PhD candidate and Junior Research Scientist. Deepened expertise in molecular microbiology by conducting research supporting the thesis entitled Role of nucleic acid based amplification tests in the detection and identification of mycobacterial infections and determination of sequence variation and rifampicin resistance among Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates. Building on extensive laboratory experience, defined project focus, designed experimental approaches, utilized research techniques, and analyzed data for publication. Honed scientific knowledge and research skills, gaining additional proficiency in various processing and testing techniques.

Key highlights

• Honored with the Best Poster Presentation Award for the detection of rifampicin-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates by DNA sequencing; presentation was given at the IAMM-TN/Pondicherry Chapter Meet at Coimbatore Medical College.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Fellow at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 2001 – 2006


Continued education in microbiology and numerous clinical techniques as a participant in the ICMR-funded project Polymerase chain reaction for the detection of Mycobacterium fortuitum and Mycobacterium chelonae genomes in vitreous, epiretinal membranes and blood of Eales disease patients. Directed undergraduate and post-graduate students on best practices in direct smear and culture reports for a wide variety of clinical specimens in the routine clinical microbiology laboratory; concurrently conducted research, thesis writing, and manuscript preparation supporting PhD studies.

RESEARCH FELLOW (2001 – 2004)

Awarded a prestigious ICMR fellowship to conduct research for a project titled Detection and molecular characterization of mycobacteria by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) and DNA sequencing technique from ocular and other clinical specimens.

Instructional Experience

Valliammal College for Women, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 2007 – 2009


Engaged students as an instructor of theory and practical classes for UG and PG microbiology students; mentored final-year PG students on internship dissertations.

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India 2001 – 2006


Shared practical and theoretical knowledge through interactive lectures in general microbiology, clinical immunology, medical microbiology, and diagnostic microbiology for undergraduate Optometry and Ophthalmic Assistance students, as well as post-graduate students in Medical and Laboratory Technology.


K.L. Therese, J. Bartell, P. Deepa, D. Ward, J. Dajcs, H.N. Madhavan, D. Stroman. DNA sequencing by Microseq kit targeting 16S rRNA gene for species level identification of mycobacteria. Indian J Med Res 129, February 2009, pp 176-181.

Deepa Palani, Kulandai Lily Therese, Madhavan Hajib Naraharirao, Sitalakshmi G and Bakshi Ramendra. Application of PCR based Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) in typing ocular rapid growing nontuberculous mycobacterial isolates from three patients of postoperative endophthalmitis. Cornea, 26 (6), July 2007, 729-735.

K.L. Therese, P. Deepa, J. Therese, R. Bagyalakshmi, J. Biswas & H.N. Madhavan. Association of mycobacteria with Eales’ disease. Indian J Med Res 126, July 2007, pp 56-62.

K.L. Therese, R. Bagyalakshmi, HN. Madhavan, P. Deepa. In -Vitro susceptibility testing by agar dilution method to determine the minimum inhibition concentrations of amphotericin B, fluconazole and ketoconazole against ocular fungal isolates. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology 2006: 24(4): 273 – 279.

P. Deepa, K.L. Therese and H.N. Madhavan. Application of PCR-based restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) for the identification of mycobacterial isolates. Indian J Med Res 121, May 2005, pp 694-700.

P. Deepa, K.L. Therese and HN. Madhavan. Detection and characterization of mutations in rifampicin resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis clinical isolates by DNA sequencing. Indian J Tuberc 2005; 52:132-136.

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