Dr G Arunkumar

Dr G Arunkumar

Professor and Head of the Department

Overview of Virus Research

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  • CURRENT ACADEMIC ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

    A microbiologist and virologist with a basic education in Medical Laboratory Technology (Laboratory Medicine) from Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala State, India, Dr G Arunkumar has been teaching Medical Microbiology for Medical students at Manipal Academy of Higher Education since 1997 and has developed a post graduate programme in MSc (Clinical Virology) and teaches since 2010. He has established the Diagnostic Virology Unit in the department of Microbiology and it is recently upgraded as Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR) under Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

     

    Currently he heads MCVR and leads the Regional Reference laboratory for Influenza viruses established by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India at Manipal and the ICMR Virology Network Laboratory (Grade-1) at Manipal which also is a state APEX referral laboratory by NVDCP. His past research includes epidemiological studies on Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection in children and the prevalence of Measles, Cytomegalovirus infection in pregnant women, Influenza, Viral encephalitis, Dengue etc. His research interests include viral diseases, epidemiology and diagnostic virology and public health response during infectious disease outbreaks.

     

  • SUBJECTS CURRENTLY TEACHING
    Subject
    :
    Virology
    Subject code
    :
    Year / Semester
    :
  • ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
    Degree
    :
    PhD
    Specialisation
    :
    Medical Microbiology (Virology)
    Institute
    :
    KMC, Manipal
    Year of passing
    :
    2003
    Degree
    :
    MSc
    Specialisation
    :
    Medical Microbiology
    Institute
    :
    Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka
    Year of passing
    :
    06/1996
    Degree
    :
    BSc
    Specialisation
    :
    Medical Laboratory Technology
    Institute
    :
    Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
    Year of passing
    :
    06/1992
  • EXPERIENCE
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    Manipal Centre for Virus Research
    Designation
    :
    Professor & Head
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    2012-Present
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    Manipal Centre for Virus Research
    Designation
    :
    Head
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    2010-2012
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    Virology Laboratory, Dept. of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal
    Designation
    :
    Associate Professor and In-charge
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    2008-2012
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    Regional Reference Laboratory (Avian Influenza) - Under Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP), MoHFW, Govt of India
    Designation
    :
    Nodal Officer
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    2008-Present
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    Department of Statistics
    Designation
    :
    Adjunct faculty
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    2007-Present
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    Virology Laboratory, Dept. of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal
    Designation
    :
    Assistant Professor and In-charge
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    2003-2008
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    Virology Laboratory, Dept. of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal
    Designation
    :
    Lecturer and In-charge
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    1997-2003
  • CURRENT ACADEMIC ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

    A microbiologist and virologist with a basic education in Medical Laboratory Technology (Laboratory Medicine) from Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala State, India, Dr G Arunkumar has been teaching Medical Microbiology for Medical students at Manipal Academy of Higher Education since 1997 and has developed a post graduate programme in MSc (Clinical Virology) and teaches since 2010. He has established the Diagnostic Virology Unit in the department of Microbiology and it is recently upgraded as Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR) under Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

     

    Currently he heads MCVR and leads the Regional Reference laboratory for Influenza viruses established by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India at Manipal and the ICMR Virology Network Laboratory (Grade-1) at Manipal which also is a state APEX referral laboratory by NVDCP. His past research includes epidemiological studies on Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection in children and the prevalence of Measles, Cytomegalovirus infection in pregnant women, Influenza, Viral encephalitis, Dengue etc. His research interests include viral diseases, epidemiology and diagnostic virology and public health response during infectious disease outbreaks.

     

  • SUBJECTS CURRENTLY TEACHING
    Subject Subject code Year / Semester
    Virology
  • ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
    Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
    PhD Medical Microbiology (Virology) KMC, Manipal 2003
    MSc Medical Microbiology Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka 06/1996
    BSc Medical Laboratory Technology Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 06/1992
  • EXPERIENCE
    Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
    Manipal Centre for Virus Research Professor & Head 2012-Present
    Manipal Centre for Virus Research Head 2010-2012
    Virology Laboratory, Dept. of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal Associate Professor and In-charge 2008-2012
    Regional Reference Laboratory (Avian Influenza) - Under Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP), MoHFW, Govt of India Nodal Officer 2008-Present
    Department of Statistics Adjunct faculty 2007-Present
    Virology Laboratory, Dept. of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal Assistant Professor and In-charge 2003-2008
    Virology Laboratory, Dept. of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal Lecturer and In-charge 1997-2003
  • AREAS OF INTEREST, EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH
    Areas of interest
    :
    Diagnostic, public health, translational virology
    Areas of expertise
    :
    Diagnostic, public health, translational virology
    Areas of research
    :
    Diagnostic, public health, translational virology
  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
    • 2014 Fellowship in Virology, Society of Biological Scientists of India
    • 2012 Dr TMA Pai Chair in Translational Virology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
    • 2010 Member and Course Director, Board of studies for Master of Science (Clinical Virology), Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    • 2008 Internal Auditor, ISO 14001, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    • 2008 Member, Board of studies for Master of Public Health (MPH), Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    • 2008 Member, MPH Curriculum Development Committee and ITREOH Coordinator, Manipal Academy of Higher Education –UAB-ITREOH, NIH grant
    • 2007 Participant and invited faculty, Christophe Merieux Conference: Trends in Virology organized by Fondation Merieux, France
    • 2007 Participant, NIH-grant-writing workshop sponsored by US Embassy, New Delhi
    • 2006 Joint secretary, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Research Committee, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
    • 2006 UAB Fogarty International fellowship, Advanced public health Summer Institute training at Sparkman center,School of Public Health,University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB),USA
    • 1997 Junior Research Fellow, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

     

    Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

     

    • Rao PS, Prasad SV, Arunkumar G, Shivananda PG. Salmonella typhi VI antigen co-agglutination test for the rapid diagnosis of typhoid fever. Indian J Med Sci. 1999 Jan;53(1):7-9. PubMed PMID: 10798017.
    • Girija T, Kumari R, Tandon S, Bairy I, Kumar GA, et al. Pneumonia due to Trichosporon beigelii infection in HIV positive patient--a case report. Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2001 Jul;44(3):379-80. PubMed PMID:12024943.
    • Sharada DM, Arunkumar G, Vandana KE, Rao PS. Sino-orbital aspergillosis in a diabetic patient. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2006 Apr;24(2):138-40. PubMed PMID: 16687869.
    • Baruah J, Ananda S, Arun Kumar G. Incidence of dengue in a tertiary care centre--Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2006 Jul;49(3):462-3. PubMed PMID: 17001924.
    • Vandana KE, Arunkumar G, Bairy I. Role of laboratory in rapid diagnosis of atypical mumps. Braz J InfectDis. 2010 Mar-Apr;14(2):201-2. PubMed PMID: 20563452.
    • Riyaz N, Sarita S, Arunkumar G, Sabeena S, Manikoth N, et al. Drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome with human herpesvirus-6 reactivation. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2012 Mar-Apr;78(2):175-7. PubMed PMID: 22421649.
    • Arunkumar G, Vandana KE, Sathiakumar N. Prevalence of measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella susceptibility among health science students in a University in India. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Jan;56(1):58-64. PubMed PMID: 22467356; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3415600.
    • Bhat HV, Kamath R, Arunkumar G, Delzell E, Tipre M, et al. MPH program at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India- experiences, challenges, and lessons learned. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Jan;56(1):20-8. PubMed PMID:22467350; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3412072.

     

     

    RESEARCH SUPPORT

    Ongoing Research Support

     

    2013/09/30-2018/09/29

    U01 GH001051-02, Center for Global Health (CGH) Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    GH13-003: Hospital - Based Surveillance of Acute Febrile Illness in Western Ghat Region of

    Role: PI

     

    2012/04/01-2015/04/01

    5/8-1(189)/D/2010-11/ECD II, Indian Council of Medical Research, DHR, MoHFW, GOI Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Molecular epidemiology of Rotavirus diarrhea in children below five years in southwest India- A hospital and laboratory based study

    Role: PI

     

     

    2010/03/26-2015/03/25

    ICMR-5/8/7/15/2010-ECD-I, Indian Council of Medical Research, DHR, MoHFW, GOI Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    ICMR Virology Network Laboratory (Grade-I) at Manipal

    Role: PI

     

     

    2014/01/01-2015/01/01

    NBVDCP/ENT/13/ApexLab/2014-15, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), MoHFW, GOI

    Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI) Apex Referral Laboraory

    Role: KP

     

    Completed Research Support

     

    2011/03/01-2014/03/01

    VIR/41/2010-ECD-I, Indian Council of Medical Research, DHR, MoHFW, GOI Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Aetiology of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in India and Establishment of ICMR sample bank of AES cases: A multisite prospective initiative

    Role: PI

     

     

    2012/01/01-2014/01/01

    IND/2012-13/EDU-UKIERI/283, UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    UKIERI-UK-US-India-Trilateral Research in Partnership Application HPA (UK)_UAB (USA)_MU (India) Role: PI

     

    2012/03/01-2013/03/01

    DHR/Plan/Schemes/GIA/9/2012, Indian Council of Medical Research, DHR, MoHFW, GOI Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Evaluation and Development of Anti-viral Products from Herbal Source

    Role: PI

     

     

    2009/01/01-2011/01/01

    5D43TW005750, UAB - ITREOH programme

    Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Environmental Prevalence of Burkholderia pseudomallei and Occupational Risk of Rice Farmers to Melioidosis - A Pilot Study

    Project submitted to International Training and Research on Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH)

    centre at University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA (NIH) Role: PI

     

    2009/01/01-2011/01/01

    5D43TW005750-08, UAB - ITREOH programme

    Govindakarnavar Arunkumar (PI)

    Occupational Risk of Health Sciences Students to Vaccine Preventable Airborne Viral Diseases in India University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH) programme, grant number 5D43TW005750-08, of the Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health and NASA

    Role: PI

     

     

    2009/01/01-2011/01/01

    T-18015/09/2004-IDSP, Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) Avian Influenza (Human component), MoHFW, GOI

    Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Regional Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza

    Role: PI

     

     

    2006/01/06-2008/05/31

    D43 TW001035-08, NIH/Forarty/AITRP-UAB Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Prevalence of Human Cytomegalovirus infection in pregnant women in Udupi District, Karnataka State, South India

    – a prospective follow up study

    Role: PI

     

     

     

  • AREAS OF INTEREST, EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH
    Areas of interest Diagnostic, public health, translational virology
    Areas of expertise Diagnostic, public health, translational virology
    Areas of research Diagnostic, public health, translational virology
  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
    • 2014 Fellowship in Virology, Society of Biological Scientists of India
    • 2012 Dr TMA Pai Chair in Translational Virology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
    • 2010 Member and Course Director, Board of studies for Master of Science (Clinical Virology), Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    • 2008 Internal Auditor, ISO 14001, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    • 2008 Member, Board of studies for Master of Public Health (MPH), Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    • 2008 Member, MPH Curriculum Development Committee and ITREOH Coordinator, Manipal Academy of Higher Education –UAB-ITREOH, NIH grant
    • 2007 Participant and invited faculty, Christophe Merieux Conference: Trends in Virology organized by Fondation Merieux, France
    • 2007 Participant, NIH-grant-writing workshop sponsored by US Embassy, New Delhi
    • 2006 Joint secretary, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Research Committee, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
    • 2006 UAB Fogarty International fellowship, Advanced public health Summer Institute training at Sparkman center,School of Public Health,University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB),USA
    • 1997 Junior Research Fellow, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

     

    Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

     

    • Rao PS, Prasad SV, Arunkumar G, Shivananda PG. Salmonella typhi VI antigen co-agglutination test for the rapid diagnosis of typhoid fever. Indian J Med Sci. 1999 Jan;53(1):7-9. PubMed PMID: 10798017.
    • Girija T, Kumari R, Tandon S, Bairy I, Kumar GA, et al. Pneumonia due to Trichosporon beigelii infection in HIV positive patient--a case report. Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2001 Jul;44(3):379-80. PubMed PMID:12024943.
    • Sharada DM, Arunkumar G, Vandana KE, Rao PS. Sino-orbital aspergillosis in a diabetic patient. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2006 Apr;24(2):138-40. PubMed PMID: 16687869.
    • Baruah J, Ananda S, Arun Kumar G. Incidence of dengue in a tertiary care centre--Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2006 Jul;49(3):462-3. PubMed PMID: 17001924.
    • Vandana KE, Arunkumar G, Bairy I. Role of laboratory in rapid diagnosis of atypical mumps. Braz J InfectDis. 2010 Mar-Apr;14(2):201-2. PubMed PMID: 20563452.
    • Riyaz N, Sarita S, Arunkumar G, Sabeena S, Manikoth N, et al. Drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome with human herpesvirus-6 reactivation. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2012 Mar-Apr;78(2):175-7. PubMed PMID: 22421649.
    • Arunkumar G, Vandana KE, Sathiakumar N. Prevalence of measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella susceptibility among health science students in a University in India. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Jan;56(1):58-64. PubMed PMID: 22467356; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3415600.
    • Bhat HV, Kamath R, Arunkumar G, Delzell E, Tipre M, et al. MPH program at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India- experiences, challenges, and lessons learned. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Jan;56(1):20-8. PubMed PMID:22467350; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3412072.

     

     

    RESEARCH SUPPORT

    Ongoing Research Support

     

    2013/09/30-2018/09/29

    U01 GH001051-02, Center for Global Health (CGH) Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    GH13-003: Hospital - Based Surveillance of Acute Febrile Illness in Western Ghat Region of

    Role: PI

     

    2012/04/01-2015/04/01

    5/8-1(189)/D/2010-11/ECD II, Indian Council of Medical Research, DHR, MoHFW, GOI Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Molecular epidemiology of Rotavirus diarrhea in children below five years in southwest India- A hospital and laboratory based study

    Role: PI

     

     

    2010/03/26-2015/03/25

    ICMR-5/8/7/15/2010-ECD-I, Indian Council of Medical Research, DHR, MoHFW, GOI Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    ICMR Virology Network Laboratory (Grade-I) at Manipal

    Role: PI

     

     

    2014/01/01-2015/01/01

    NBVDCP/ENT/13/ApexLab/2014-15, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), MoHFW, GOI

    Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI) Apex Referral Laboraory

    Role: KP

     

    Completed Research Support

     

    2011/03/01-2014/03/01

    VIR/41/2010-ECD-I, Indian Council of Medical Research, DHR, MoHFW, GOI Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Aetiology of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in India and Establishment of ICMR sample bank of AES cases: A multisite prospective initiative

    Role: PI

     

     

    2012/01/01-2014/01/01

    IND/2012-13/EDU-UKIERI/283, UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    UKIERI-UK-US-India-Trilateral Research in Partnership Application HPA (UK)_UAB (USA)_MU (India) Role: PI

     

    2012/03/01-2013/03/01

    DHR/Plan/Schemes/GIA/9/2012, Indian Council of Medical Research, DHR, MoHFW, GOI Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Evaluation and Development of Anti-viral Products from Herbal Source

    Role: PI

     

     

    2009/01/01-2011/01/01

    5D43TW005750, UAB - ITREOH programme

    Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Environmental Prevalence of Burkholderia pseudomallei and Occupational Risk of Rice Farmers to Melioidosis - A Pilot Study

    Project submitted to International Training and Research on Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH)

    centre at University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA (NIH) Role: PI

     

    2009/01/01-2011/01/01

    5D43TW005750-08, UAB - ITREOH programme

    Govindakarnavar Arunkumar (PI)

    Occupational Risk of Health Sciences Students to Vaccine Preventable Airborne Viral Diseases in India University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH) programme, grant number 5D43TW005750-08, of the Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health and NASA

    Role: PI

     

     

    2009/01/01-2011/01/01

    T-18015/09/2004-IDSP, Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) Avian Influenza (Human component), MoHFW, GOI

    Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Regional Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza

    Role: PI

     

     

    2006/01/06-2008/05/31

    D43 TW001035-08, NIH/Forarty/AITRP-UAB Govindakarnavar, Arunkumar (PI)

    Prevalence of Human Cytomegalovirus infection in pregnant women in Udupi District, Karnataka State, South India

    – a prospective follow up study

    Role: PI