Dr. Priya Abraham

Dr. Priya Abraham

Director, National institute of virology (NIV), Pune

Dr Priya Abraham, Heads the National Institute of Virology in Pune, and her team have successfully isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus, enabling scientists to work on vaccine candidates and drug research. It will also help evaluate rapid diagnostic kits. In an exclusive interview with THE WEEK, Abraham spoke about her team’s expertise in testing and stressed on the need to ramp up efforts to deal with the ongoing crisis.

Dr. Priya was working as the head of the department of clinical virology at the CMC in Vellore when she was appointed as the director of the National Institute of Virology in Pune.