Laboratory Research Team
Dr. Sulochana Manandhar
Sr. Lab Manager

Dr. Sulochana Manandhar

Dr. Sulochana Manandhar

Sr. 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. Sulochana Manandhar is a molecular microbiologist. She completed her Ph.D in clinical medicine in 2022 from Oxford University, UK. She has been with CMDN since 2009 till date. As a laboratory head, she undertook laboratory management till 2017. During her active tenure, she led several landmark studies at CMDN including Nepal fish biodiversity project, genotyping of malarial parasites, antimicrobial resistance in poultry, metagenomics of cholera, genotyping of human papilloma virus, surveillance of influenza virus, and population genetics of endangered animals apart from molecular diagnostics. She contributed by authoring and co-authoring several scientific research papers. Since 2017, she is also connected with Oxford University Clinical Trial Unit (OUCRU)-Nepal.

Rajendra Napit
Research Associate

Rajendra Napit

Rajendra Napit

Research Associate

Saman Man Pradhan
Lab Assistant Manager

Saman Man Pradhan

Saman Man Pradhan

Lab Assistant Manager

Saman Man Pradhan completed his Bachelors degree in Biotechnology from Sharda University, India in 2015, followed by his graduate studies in Biotechnology from South Asian University, India in 2017.  He is currently a Research Associate at CMDN undertaking PREDICT II projects, Canine distemper study in dogs along with work on 3D printing to make prosthetic hands. Saman Man Pradhan Master’s degree in Biotechnology from School of Biotechnology and Life Sciences, South Asian University, Delhi, India and. has a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from School of Engineering and Technology Sharda University. He has more than five years’ experience in genomic studies of infectious microorganisms like corona, campylobacter, canine distemper etc. He started his CMDN career as a research associate working for PREDICT project in the lab performing extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning and sanger sequencing in ABI 310 model. Currently he is designated as Assistant Lab Manager of this Organization and looks after the day to day activities with honesty and integrity paving the leadership path for the others Additionally he has been working with projects related to genomic sequencing in both Illumina (short read sequencing) and Minion platform (long read sequencing). He also has been handling the molecular diagnostics department of this organization which screens for microorganisms like Corona virus, Influenza A virus, Human Papilloma Virus, Hepatitis C virus, Hepatitis C virus, Tuberculosis etc. which leads to lethal diseases in the body. He has a keen interest in developing accurate, cost effective and reliable kit suited for the developing nations like Nepal where most of the disease can be prevented, cured or controlled if diagnosed in an early stage.

Ashok Chaudhary
Research Associate

Ashok Chaudhary

Ashok Chaudhary

Research Associate

Ashok Chaudhary is a master degree graduate in Medical Microbiology from Golden Gate International College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He joined CMDN in 2017 as Field Researcher for PREDICT II Project. He has also worked on other projects such as Nepal Fish Biodiversity Project, MIT-Typhoid, MIT-AMR and One Health Elephant Project. He is currently working as Research Associate and involved in both the field and lab of Gut Microbiome

Research Associate

Roji Raut

Roji Raut

Research Associate

Roji Raut has a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from SANN International College, Purbanchal University, followed by a Master ’s degree in Biotechnology from Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has had a wide range of experience in silica nanoparticles synthesis, plant tissue culture, cell line culture, ELISA, CML diagnostics and Flow cytometry. She has been working as a Research Associate at CMDN since 2020. Her major responsibilities as a research associate includes molecular screening and library preparation for sequencing related works. She has been actively involved in projects related to COVID-19 environmental surveillance, One health, Epidemic Intelligence and Probiotics for AMR.

Anupama Gurung
Research Associate

Anupama Gurung

Anupama Gurung

Research Associate

Anupama Gurung completed her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Tribhuvan University, and obtained a Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology from Central Department of Microbiology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has been working as a Research Associate at CMDN since 2020. She has had a wide range of experience in viral diagnostics, bacterial diagnostics, mycological analysis, molecular diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, ELISA, and AMR investigation her major responsibilities as a research associate includes molecular screening and library preparation for sequencing related works. She has been actively involved in projects related to plant GMO diagnosis, wheat genotyping and Epidemic Intelligence as well as in HPV and Covid-19 Diagnostics.

Nirmal Panthi
Lab Associate

Nirmal Panthi

Nirmal Panthi

Lab Associate

Nirmal Panthi graduated from Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He joined Intrepid Nepal in 2020 and has been actively working in COVID-19 diagnostic lab. He is working as a Research Associate in the testing of COVID-19, HPV and other diseases. He has also been involved in public health projects

Machchhendra Thapa
Sr. Lab Associate

Machchhendra Thapa

Machchhendra Thapa

Sr. Lab Associate

Machchhendra Thapa is M.Sc. Biotechnology graduate from the Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He joined the organization in April 2022 as a Sr. Lab Associate. He has been assisting with ongoing projects and research works in the lab.

Shova Bhandari
Lab Associate

Shova Bhandari

Shova Bhandari

Lab Associate

Shova Bhandari, graduated in MSc Medical Microbiology from GGIC affiliated with TU. Currently, she is working as Laboratory Associate at Intrepid Nepal. She is involved in molecular diagnostic of Covid-19 and HPV (Screening and genotyping), antibody testing (ELISA) and other research activities.

Sajisha Prajapati
Sr. Lab Assistant

Sajisha Prajapati

Sajisha Prajapati

Sr. Lab Assistant

Sajisha Prajapati graduated from Nobel College with B.Sc. in Medical Microbiology. She worked as Senior Microbiologist in Intrepid Diagnostic Center. She is now experiencing the molecular diagnostic field of Covid-19 , HPV and other research activities.

Melina Maharjan
Sr. Lab Assistant

Melina Maharjan

Melina Maharjan

Sr. Lab Assistant

Melina Maharjan graduated as a Medical Lab Technician from Asian College For Advanced Studies, Satdobato, Lalitpur. She worked as Senior Lab Technician in Intrepid Diagnostic Center. She is now working in the molecular diagnostic department of Intrepid Nepal.