Shirali Pandya, PhD

shiraliGHES US Fellow 2014-2015

Fellowship Site:  Public Health Research Institute of India, Mysore
U.S. Institution: Florida International University

Project Title: Characterization of Lactobacillus species and their bacteriophages among in Indian women with and without bacterial vaginosis

The aim of the project is to identify the lactobacillus species and their bacteriophages in the vaginal microflora of reproductive age women in Mysore, India. We will use molecular techniques to characterize vaginal bacterial species in women with and without bacterial vaginosis. We will also explore the hypothesis that a loss of lactobacillus seen in women with BV is caused by lactobacillus bacteriophages.