Dr. Smita Deshpande: Microbiology

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee


MBBS (1984) , Govt Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
MD Microbiology (1988 ) Govt Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
DCA (Diploma in Computer Application) – 1995, from Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Pune

My research interests have been: Rapid diagnostic methods for Acute pyogenic meningitis, Diagnosis of enteric fever , Role of Methicillin resistance Staph aureus in infections, Molecular diagnosis of Leptospirosis, Rapid diagnosis of MDR-TB by REMA  ( Resasurine Micro titre Plate Assay)and by Line Probe Assay.

I would in future like to study diagnostic methods for early detection of tuberculosis. I would like to conduct an operational research project to assess the effectiveness of Gene Xpert in the early diagnosis of TB in HIV positives.

Honors and Awards:

  • Worked for NABL accreditation of ICTC ( Integrated Counselling & Testing Center ) 1, ICTC 2 & SRL State Reference Center For HIV testing  in 2013.                
  • Core committee member for RNTCP,
  • SST (State Surveillance Team )Member for HSS ( HIV Sentinel Surveillance) Program
  • Faculty for  Training of District Surveillance Officers for the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project. 2005.
  • Member of State level Standing Committee for review of Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI)
  • Laboratory Assessor for  State And District level Clinical Laboratories under IDSP for India
  • IDSP Coordinator for BJGMC, Pune.
  • ‘Best Teacher award’ by Indian Medical Association ,Beed ,Maharashtra 1999.
  • First Best Poster Award at IV Maharashtra Chapter Conference of IAMM at Govt. Medical College, Aurangabad 1998
  • Establishment of plague surveillance centre at SRTR Medical College, Ambajogai ,Maharashtra after Mamala epidemic of plague-like illness 1996
  • P.G. teacher for M.D. Microbiology at MUHS  Nashik

Inflammatory profile associated with insulin resistance in non-overweight versus overweight people living with HIV (PLWH)

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Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
Background People living with HIV have greater diabetes (T2DM) than the general population despite lower prevalence of overweight/obesity. Both insulin resistance (IR), a T2DM precursor, and HIV are independently associated with chronic inflammation. Inflammation may be a pathophysiological link...

Smokeless tobacco use and oral potentially malignant disorders among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Pune, India: Implications for oral cancer screening in PLHIV

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Introduction In India, smokeless tobacco (SLT) is a predominant form of tobacco used among people living with HIV (PLHIV). Despite SLT being a risk factor for oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMDs), no prior studies have quantified the association of OPMDs with SLT use among PLHIV. This...