Department of Medical Laboratories Technology, Taibah University
Dr. Farhat Afrin received Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, India where she worked on liposomal vaccines and drugs against visceral leishmaniasis. For 16 years, she was a Faculty member in the Department of Biotechnology, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India. She also worked at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA and Centre for Immunology and Infection, The Hull York Medical School, University of York, UK. She is a recipient of several honors including American Association of Immunologists Young Faculty Travel Grant, Commonwealth Academic Staff fellowship, Indian Council of Medical Research International fellowship for Young Indian Bio-medical Scientists, Department of Biotechnology Overseas Associateship and Certificates of appreciation for outstanding research and publications in Taibah University. Her research interest is microbial immunology with emphasis on vaccines and immunotherapeutics of Leishmania infection. She has published over 55 papers in Journals of International repute and is an Academic Editor and reviewer of several internationally acclaimed journals.
I. Molecular mechanisms of cell signaling in leishmaniasis, role of Treg cells
II. Dendritic cell, DNA and nano-particles based prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines against leishmaniasis
III. Therapeutic interventions of experimental leishmaniasis using herbal formulations and nanoparticles
IV. Immunochemotherapy of leishmaniasis
V. In silico approach for drug target identification