Professor Vasanthapuram Ravi


Principal Investigator and Senior Professor of Neurovirology at the National Institute for Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)

Dr Ravi established the Neurovirology Department at NIMHANS, and has served as the Institute’s Registrar. He has extensive research and clinical experience in the diagnosis, treatment and public health aspects of viral neurological infections. He has collaborated with the University of Liverpool for over 15 years, currently as Co-Director of the dual NIMHANS-Liverpool PhD programme and sits on various national and international virology committees.

Professor Anita Desai 

Co-Principal Investigator and Professor & Head of Neurovirology at the National Institute for Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)

Dr Desai's research interests include pathogenesis and immune response of viral CNS infections, and molecular mechanisms of viral interaction with host and vector. She is in charge of seven national HIV diagnostics programmes, a technical expert on national and international committees, and a WHO-SEARO consultant for laboratory capacity building and quality and operational management strengthening.


Vellore, India

Professor Priscilla Rupali

Principal Investigator & Professor & Head of Infectious Diseases at the Christian Medical College (CMC)

Dr Rupali's main areas of interest include Transplant Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship and postgraduate training. She is the coordinator of the highly acclaimed Annual International Short Course in Tropical Medicine, and founder of the Transplant Infectious Diseases Conference in India.

 Dr Asha Mary Abraham

Co-Principal Investigator & Professor of Clinical Virology at the Christian Medical College (CMC)

My areas of research interest include viral diagnosis, surveillance and antiviral susceptibility, with current grants focusing on dengue and other neurotropic viruses. I teach widely, and have extensive clinical and research experience in Virology in India.