Dr. Pragya Dhruv Yadav

Born in Kuinkoal, Sant Kabeer Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India on 01 July 1978. Educated at Sarswati Shishu Mandir, Vidyut Nagar, Tanda, Ambedkar Nagar, 1984-89; Vidyut Parishad Intermediate College, Tanda, 1989-95; Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia University, Faizabad, B.Sc. 1995-98; M.Sc. 1999-2001; University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, Ph.D. 2001-2004.

Scientist 'E' and In-charge, Maximum Containment Facility (Biosafety Level four facility), Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Virology, Sus Road, Pashan, Pune, 2016 till date.

International Emerging Infectiouse Diseases, fellow, Center for Diseases control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA, 2005-06, Scientist B & Assistant Biosafety Officer (ABO), BSL-3 Laboratory, 2004-08, Scientist C & ABO, BSL-3 Laboratory, 2008-12, Scientist D, 2012-14, Scientist D & In-chrage, BSL-4 faciilty, 2015-16, Scientist E & In-chrage, BSL-4 faciilty, ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Sus Road, Pashan, Pune, 2016-21.

Awards/Honours: Indian Council of Agricultural Research, NET, 2001; Indian Council of Medical Research-Junior Research Fellow, 2001; International Emerging Infectious Disease laboratory training fellowship program, CDC, NCID, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 2005-2006; Travel grant America Society of Virology, United States, 2006; Biosecurity Engagement Program Travel award, Manila, Philippines, 2010; Japan International Corporation Fellows, 2011; GCOE Zoonosis Control Training Program Fellow, Hokkaido University, Japan, 2012; Indian Council of Medical research, Dr. T Ram Chandra Rao Award, 2012; National Academy of Vector Borne disease association, Young Scientist Awards, 2013; Research foundation ICMR-NIV, Achievers of the year 2016. 2017; ICMR, Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey award, 2017; Advisory Council Member of International Society on Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever,2017; ICMR, Exemplary services award [Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala], 2019; Indian Virology Society Award, 2019; The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) Standards Assays Nipah Task Force member, 2019; National Academy of Vector Borne disease association, (ICOV-14, 2019), COVID worrier award by Governor of Maharashtra, 2020; Member of WHO SEARO Expert Reference Group on Nipah virus,2020; 107th Indian Science Congress; Pride of India - Mega Science Expo” ICMR Most Informative exhibits, 2020; Indian Association of Occupational Health, Mumbai, Dr. K.M. Bhansali Oration award, 2021; Sharda Shakti, extraordinary honorary award, 2021; National Academy of Medical Sciences, Amritsar Award, 2021; National Academy of Medical Sciences, Dr Vinod Kumar Bhargava Award, 2021; Outstanding COVID-19 Frontline Warrior Award for the COVID-19 work by National Academy of Sciences, India, 2021, Guest Associate Editor on COVID-19 special issue (Emerging SARS-COV-2 Variants: Genomic Variations, Transmission, Pathogenesis, Clinical Impact and Interventions) in Frontiers in Medicine: Infectious Diseases, Frontiers in Public Health; Animal study group World Health Organization on COVID-19,

Fellow: Indian Virology Society, 2019; Society for Applied Biotechnology, 2012

Research Areas: Virology, Molecular Biology and Biocontainment

Address: Scientist E and Group Leader, Maximum Containment Facility, BSL-4 Group, ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune 411021, Maharashtra; [Tel: Off. 2026006111; Cell: 9921836654; Email: hellopragya22@gmail.com; yadav.pragya@gov.in]