Ira Praharaj, MD
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Ira Praharaj received her MD in Microbiology from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, India after completing her medical graduation from VSS Medical College, Burla, India. She worked as a senior resident at JIPMER from 2011 to 2012 before joining the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory in September 2012. She has worked on mechanisms of antibacterial drug resistance, with special emphasis on glycopeptide resistance in Gram positive cocci. Her current research focuses on the profile of enteric pathogens in the gut of asymptomatic children and their effect on the immunogenicity of oral vaccines such as oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). She is involved in the optimization and evaluation of new molecular tools, the TaqMan® array card assays for detection of enteropathogens. She is studying the gut environment and gut inflammation in asymptomatic children and their effects on sero-conversion rates to OPV and oral rotavirus vaccines. This includes the evaluation of potential biomarkers of gut inflammation in stool and serum.