Dr. Veena P. Menon joined as Professor in the Department of Pharmacognosy at Amrita in March 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA. She has about 10 years of research experience in infectious disease, has worked in various labs across USA – Beckman Research Institute, California USA; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda,USA. During the last 4 years, she has been working with leading NIH HIV vaccine investigators in managing and conducting pre-clinical HIV vaccine studies and was actively involved in testing and evaluating new and novel immunogens as HIV vaccine candidates in NHP (non-human primates) models of infection.
Current Research Lab Focus – studying the viral and host determinants in HIV transmission, pathogenesis and ART drug resistance. The other major research focus is to elucidate the virological and immunological aspects of the commonly occurring viral diseases in Kerala including HIV, Dengue, Chikungunya to better understand mechanisms that can then be harnessed to design effective vaccines.
Recipient of GATE-1991 scholarship