GradImpact: Developing Treatments and Prevention Methods for Tropical Disease

    A recent PhD recipient in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Vermont, Rajiv Jumani’s research focuses on fighting child mortality and growth defects. While growing up in Bangalore, India, Jumani’s interest in biomedical research grew as he witnessed doctor’s inability to treat communicable diseases. He pursued his undergraduate degree in biotechnology engineering and worked on vaccine development and phage therapy for a few years before deciding to enter a graduate program.


    Rajiv’s doctoral work was primarily, “to guide identification and development of drugs against the neglected diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis.” He collaborated with researchers around the world, and his work led to the discovery of a promising compound to use to develop a pharmaceutical treatment for Cryptosporidiosis that maximizes the rate of parasite elimination.


    Rajiv is now working as an investigator at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases, a public private partnership between Novartis and the Singapore Economic Development Board to identify innovative treatments and prevention methods for major tropical diseases in developing countries, specifically malaria, dengue fever, and tuberculosis. To learn more about Rajiv’s work visit the University of Vermont website.


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    Photo Credit: University of Vermont



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