Research Interest
My research interest focuses on the detection and characterization of infectious viruses and how these infectious diseases are maintained within their hosts using molecular, phylogenetic and serological approaches. I am mainly interested in how communal hunting of wildlife and anthropogenic activities lead to increased infectious disease emergence both in humans and wildlife. I believe this research will give a new dimension for the public health in India contributes to the broadening of conservation initiatives. At the moment I am working on a project titled “Bat harvesting in India: Detection, characterization, and mitigation of emerging infectious disease risk” in collaboration with Duke-NUS, Medical School Singapore and funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). This project aims to understand the evolutionary dynamics of viruses in the bat species targeted for harvests, specifically henipaviruses, filoviruses, lyssaviruses and coronaviruses. The collaborative work has been very successful and we are excited with the research outcome.

Pilot Dovih
pilotdovih at ncbs dot res dot in