Bharat S. Parekh

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA


Bharat S. Parekh obtained the B.S. degree (chemistry) and M.S. degree (biochemistry) from the University of Bombay, Mumbai, India, and the Ph.D. degree (biochemistry-virology) from the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La, USA. Dr. Parekh had a postdoctoral training at Scripps Clinic and Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif, USA. Dr. Parekh worked as a Senior Scientist/Project Leader at Bio-Rad Laboratories for 5 years before joining Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1990. He managed HIV Serology and Diagnostic Laboratory providing laboratory support to CDC’s epidemiologic work in the USA and worldwide and serving as an National and International Reference Laboratory. Dr. Parekh has worked on the development and maturation of humoral immunity in HIV infection, HIV-1 and HIV-2 diagnosis, cross-reactivity and dual infections, early diagnosis in infants, factors affecting perinatal transmission of HIV-1, mucosal antibodies in HIV infections, detection of specific IgA, impact of subtype variations in viral load measurements, approaches to distinguish vaccine recipients from infected people, and the development of novel assays for detecting recent infections and its applications for HIV-1 incidence estimates. Currently, he is a Team Leader for Serology/Incidence and Diagnostic Team in International Laboratory Branch/Global AIDS Program, CDC/Atlanta, providing support and expertise to PEPFAR-supported countries to improve the quality of HIV diagnostic testing and detection of recent HIV infection for incidence surveillance. He has more than 100 publications and has received several awards, including the Shepard Award for a peer-reviewed article from CDC in 2002 (Laboratory Category) and Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from Federal Laboratory Consortium (2010).

Biography Updated on 13 May 2013

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