LABORATORY RESEARCH TEAM
Sulochana Manandhar

Sulochana
Manandhar

Lab Manager

Sulochana Manandhar

Lab Manager

Sulochana Manandhar has graduated with a master’s degree in medical microbiology from the Central Department of Microbiology, Tribhuvan University in 2009. Since then, she has been working as a Laboratory Manager/ Senior Research Associate at CMDN. Utilizing her years of lab and management experiences, she leads the laboratory in all aspects to makes sure an efficient and timely accomplishment of overall molecular based projects of CMDN. She has received several national and international trainings in techniques of molecular biology, population genetics, microbial genetics, immunehistochemistry, epidemiology and statistics. She has been involvement in researches/diagnostics in various fields including biomedical science, public health, conservation biology, veterinary science and cancer biology. She has published several manuscripts in peer reviewed high indexed journals.

Dr. Santosh Dulal

Dr. Santosh
Dulal

Scientific Manager

Dr. Santosh Dulal

Scientific Manager

Santosh Dulal, PhD is a scientist with extensive experience and professional knowledge in the life science industry and research space. Dr. Dulal got his education and training in Nepal, South Korea, and USA, with focus on biological sciences. He was awarded with Ph.D. in molecular microbiology from NM State University, USA with dissertation on the bacterial antibiotic resistance mechanisms. Dr. Dulal further scaled scientific and research experience with post-doctoral training from CGIBD, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA focusing translational research on gut microbiome and colorectal cancer. He received his master’s in molecular biology from Sun Moon University & Medy-Tox Inc., South Korea. Currently, Dr. Dulal is a scientific manager at CMDN and is engaged in various public health and wildlife research projects. Dr. Dulal has multiple peer-review publications, actively serves as peer-reviewer/editor, visiting faculty and research advisor.

Ajay Narayan Sharma

Ajay Narayan
Sharma

Senior Research Associate

Ajay Narayan Sharma

Senior Research Associate

Ajay Narayan Sharma completed his MSc in Biotechnology from HNB Garhwal University Srinagar, India in 2012. After that he started to work as Research Associate at CMDN/INPL in the Molecular Biology lab. With his expertise in Wildlife Molecular Genetics, Wildlife forensics and interests in virology he enthusiastically piloted various Wildlife projects and DNA bar-coding project at CMDN. He has received various training on GIS, DNA Sequencing and other Molecular techniques from Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has co-authored various research articles in peer reviewed journals. Currently, he is involved in PREDICT project, eDNA Metabarcoding and FISH DNA BARCODING projects.

Adarsh Man Sherchan

Adarsh Man
Sherchan

Wildlife Genetics Program Manager

Adarsh Man Sherchan

Wildlife Genetics Program Manager

Adarsh Man Sherchan graduated in the applied sciences (Biotechnology) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. He joined CMDN in 2013 as Research Associate and has been Wildlife Genetics Program Manager since early 2014. He is vastly experienced in the molecular genetics of Nepali Wildlife (small and large mammals such as Tigers, Snow Leopards, Wolfs, Elephants etc,) and also specializes in molecular forensics with over 15 projects successfully completed thus far. Sherchan is currently involved in both the field and lab setup of the Nepal Fish Biodiversity Project.

Tarka Raj Bhatta

Tarka Raj
Bhatta

Senior Research Associate

Tarka Raj Bhatta

Senior Research Associate

Manisa KC completed her MBA (specialization in Human Resource Management) from King’s College affiliated to International American University (IAU). She has previously worked as an intern at Mega Bank Pvt. Ltd and has also gained experience working as a Human Resources Officer for almost a year. She hosted the Youtube based talk show named King’s Talk. She joined CMDN in 2016 as a Human Resource Officer and is looking forward to grooming herself.

Rachya Kayastha

Rachya
Kayastha

Project Coordinator

Rachya Kayastha

Project Coordinator

Rachya Kayastha is a Registered Lab Animal Technician (RLAT) accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). She attained her Biotechnology Degree and Minor in Chemistry from Fitchburg State University, MA, USA. She performed cytotoxicity assays at Center for Devices & Radiological Health (CDRH) under the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). As an Associate Scientist at BioReliance - Sigma Aldrich, USA, she performed in-vivo toxicity tests on small rodents for drug assessments following USDA, AWA, GLP and IACUC standards. She is currently working in CMDN as the Project Coordinator overseeing ‘Nepal Fish Biodiversity Project’ and is also a Research Associate for PREDICT Projects.

Brian Galloway

Brian
Galloway

Chief Technical Officer

Brian Galloway

Chief Technical Officer

Brian Galloway has a degree in Bio-Technology from the University of Massachusetts and has worked on several projects including the original draft of the Human Genome and the first FDA approved human recombinant for implantation (OP-1, Stryker). He also has nearly 13 years with The Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School working on various genetic studies alongside and with the Broad Institute, where he enjoys Visiting Scientist status and the great parties.

His current foci are teaching various levels (grade 4 to PhD and M.D.) of Nepali students to meet the practical challenges of a science based society and economy, vaccine manufacture/stabilization and remotely operated sensing platforms for earthquake/disaster recovery. He currently lives in Kathmandu, Nepal and works at the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal and the Rajashri Gurukel in Bhaktapur as the science lab instructor.

Nagendra P. Awasthi

Nagendra P.
Awasthi

Senior Research Associate

Nagendra P. Awasthi

Senior Research Associate

Nagendra P. Awasthi has graduated in M.Sc Biotechnology from Central Department of Biotechnology - Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal. He got an opportunity to explore Evolutionary and Medical Genetics at Center for Cellular and Molecular biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India alongside Dr. K. Thangaraj, studying evolutionary human genetics in his lab. He is currently the Sr. Research Associate at Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN). He actively leads molecular public health projects and is also involved in molecular diagnostics of different viral diseases such as HIV, HCV, HBV and HPV etc. He specializes in Bioinformatics Analysis related to forensic, metagenomics and other wildlife genetic projects. He has received National and International training in Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, Research Design and Analysis.

Jyoti Joshi

Jyoti
Joshi

Research Associate

Jyoti Joshi

Research Associate

Jyoti Joshi is a M.Sc. graduate in Biotechnology from Mahidol University, Thailand and has published in the Journal of Aquaculture. She has worked as Research Assistant at the Center for shrimp Molecular Biology and Biotechnology specializing in pathogen detection, diagnosis and histopathology studies. She is currently a Research Associate at CMDN, with expertise in Wildlife research covering genetic based wildlife population studies, Wildlife Forensics’ and Primary screening of cervical cancer with HPV 16/ 18 genotyping based public health research. Jyoti currently heads the lab research of Nepal Fish Biodiversity Project (www.fish.org.np).

Susmita Bhattarai

Susmita
Bhattarai

Research Associate

Susmita Bhattarai

Research Associate

Susmita Bhattarai graduated from Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal with a master’s degree in Biotechnology. She studied and worked as a Graduate Researcher at School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) - Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Since 2015, she has been involved in various projects of Public Health Genetics (HPV/ HCV/ HIV/HBV) and Wildlife Genetics as a Research Associate at Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN). She is trained in the field of molecular genetics & microbial genetics and is currently leading projects like Nepal Fish Biodiversity Project (www.fish.org.np), Diagnostic molecular genetics study of different human viruses and multiple other molecular biology related projects at CMDN.

Jyotsna Joshi

Jyotsna
Joshi

Research Associate

Jyotsna Joshi

Research Associate

Jyotsna Joshi is a master degree graduate in Agriculture Biotechnology from Mahidol University, Thailand. She worked as a Graduate Researcher for one year at Chiba University, Japan. With 4 years of Biotechnology educational knowledge, she has gradually refined the plant cell tissue culture techniques, hydroponic system techniques and molecular biology techniques. With her expertise in the research field, she has been working as a Research Associate at CMDN undertaking PREDICT projects and also a part of Wildlife genetics projects.

Anup Lamsal

Anup
Lamsal

Lab Assistant

Anup Lamsal

Lab Assistant

Anup Lamsal joined CMDN in 2016 as a Lab Assistant. He has worked as a Field Support Staff in Integrated Biological Behavior Survey (IBBS) conducted by Government of Nepal and CMDN. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors Degree and hopes to use this knowledge for further work in CMDN.

Bimala Dhakal

Bimala
Dhakal

Research Associate

Bimala Dhakal

Research Associate

Bimala Dhakal graduated from Central Department of Biotechnology,Tribhuvan University Nepal.Since 2016 . She is working for the project ''Nepal Fish Biodiveristy Project' as a Research Associate at Centre for Molecular Dynamics Nepal. She has also been involved in various wildlife Genetics Projects and Public Health Projects such as Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) screening and HPV testing in HIV- infected women in Nepal for improved detection and management.

Rajendra Napit

Rajendra
Napit

Research Associate

Rajendra Napit

Research Associate

Nisha Sharma

Nisha
Sharma

Intern

Nisha Sharma

Intern