Viral Immunology Lab (Department of Biotechnology Unit of Excellence)

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Sachin Kumar

PhD, Associate Professor,
Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering

Viral Immunology, in broad sense, is the study of viral infections in context of immune responses to such infections which can cause deleterious effect on the functions of the cells. Viruses are highly adaptable, and have developed ways to avoid detection by specific immune cells. Immune response to a virus follows a cascade of steps and different routes: via specific targeting cytotoxic immune cells, or chemicals such as interferons, or via antibody binding and subsequent complement system activation. Our current understanding of host immune responses to viruses has progressed in recent years, and 'Viral Immunology' as an area has established itself as a subdiscipline of 'Immunology' tackling the immunological context in viral infections.


Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
2016 - Present
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
2012 - 2016
Postdoctoral, University of Pennsylvania, Gene Therapy
2011 - 2012
Postdoctoral, University of Maryland, Molecular Virology
July 2010 - December 2011
Guest Faculty, Tezpur University, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBBT)


PhD, Molecular Virology, University of Maryland
M.V.Sc, Veterinary Biotechnology, Indian Veterinary Research Institute
B.V.Sc. & A.H., Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University

Achievements & Fellowships

ICMR - Dr. J. B. Srivastav Oration Award
Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Research Excellence Award.
NASI SCOPUS Young Scientist Award.
Young Scientist Research Award, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy.
Inspire Faculty Fellowship Award, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Richard B. Rimler Memorial Paper Award, American Association of Avian Pathologists..
Merial Veterinary Research Award for Graduate Veterinarians, Athens, Georgia (USA).
Richard F. Davis Memorial Scholarship, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Chapter, University of Maryland.
A. S. "Rosy" Rosenwald student poster award for basic research in American Association of avian Pathologists Seattle, Washington.
Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Graduate Student Award for exemplary graduate research in veterinary medicine.
Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award to attend the American Veterinary Medical Association Meeting in Seattle.
Travel Grant Award- The American Society for Virology,(Ithaca, NY).
Travel Grant Award- The American Society for Virology,(Corvallis, OR).
Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Maryland, College Park.
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of Indian council of agriculture research.
MAFSU Gold medal.
Dr K. S. Deshpande Memorial Gold medal.
Best veterinarian of the year award.
Best presentation award for the year 2003 Marathwada Agriculture University.
Self Realization fellowship by Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI).
  • Member of the American Society for Microbiology.
  • Editorial board- World Journal of Virology (Baishideng Publishing Group).
  • Life member of the Indian Virological Society (IVS).
  • Member of the American Society for Virology (ASV).
  • Life Member of Society for Biosafety (India).
  • Life Member of Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Research [IAAVR] (India).
  • Life Member of The Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) (India).
  • Life Member of Indian Society For Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology (ISVIB).
  • Life Member of Indian poultry science association (IPSA).
  • Life Member of Indian Association of Veterinary Microbiologists, Immunologists and Specialists in Infectious Diseases (IAVMI).
  • Life Member of The Society for Polymer Science, India.
  • Member Registered Veterinary Practitioner, VCI (India).
  • Member of Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease (CRWAD).
  • Associate member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP/AVMA).

Regular Courses

Online Courses

Comments or queries - Please write to us

Dr Sachin Kumar, PhD
Associate Professor
Room No: N103, Academic Complex
Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati 781039
Assam, India
Tel: 91-3612582229
Fax: 91-3612582249
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