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Abraham Kandathil, PHD
Abraham Kandathil PhD is assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on characterizing plasma virome particularly among people who inject drugs. His NIDA funded work looks at the utility of using non-pathogenic viruses to identify early transmission networks of HIV and other bloodborne infections among injection drug users. He is also part of studies that focus on identification of microbial etiology of acute febrile illness in patients from Uganda.
After completing his PhD in virology from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Viral Hepatitis Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a graduate student, he received an International Fogarty Fellowship to pursue training at Brown University, USA. He has worked on HIV-1 drug resistance in India, including structural interpretations of observed mutations in clade C, quantifying and mapping HCV infections at the single hepatocyte level, and investigating HIV-1 latency in liver macrophages. He published one of the earliest reports on identification and characterization of the novel human hepegivirus -1/Pegivirus-H infection among people who inject drugs.