Dr Shama Parveen, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, has been selected for membership of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Allahabad for the year 2017.
Dr Parveen is actively involved in research in the area of Molecular Virology. Her research interest focuses on dengue, chikungunya, zika and respiratory viruses (human metapneumovirus, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus). Her researches published in journals of international repute are well cited.
NASI established in 1930, is the oldest Science Academy in India. The main objective of the Academy is to provide a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian Scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of views among them. The Academy selects Indian scientists as the members on annual basis by recognising their scientific contributions.
Dr Parveen has worked on the evolution of dengue and chikungunya viruses. “Dengue and chikungunya viruses are acute viral infections that are endemic in tropical and subtropical countries. In our laboratory diagnosis of these viral infections is being done in the clinical samples by RT-PCR. We are studying the evolution of these viruses by phylogenetic and Bayesian analysis. Surveillance and monitoring of dengue and chikungunya viruses are important for the design of strategies to control the impeding epidemics.”