The world is witnessing an increasing frequency of serious epidemics such as Ebola virus, Coronavirus and Zika virus in recent years more than anytime in history. The reasons behind this escalation are predicted to be many such as changes in climate, urbanization, merging of habitats but many of them are still unknown. However, the rate of change in these factors is not as high as the rate of emergence of new viruses and epidemics. As a researcher and an academician, I strongly feel that the failure to respond to these epidemics is not due to lack of technical expertise rather it is due to poor and unprepared systems and the lack of connection and collaboration between different sectors of society. Molecular Biosciences Research team of MRIIC is focused to study the modes of viral infection, their prevention and cure. We have a vision to collaborate with other research institutes, industries and government agencies that can come together for a cross-sectoral and global collaboration. It is the need of the moment that we must all work together and focus on development of new technologies, their governance and regulation to bring together the health centric and rapid response to epidemics and pandemics in near future.
Dr. Kapila Kumar
Assistant Professor, Member Molecular Biosciences Cluster