My research focuses on utilizing the science and technologies in the field of pathogen detection and pathogenesis of sepsis for early diagnosis and timely management of neonatal sepsis in resource-limited settings. Neonatal infections account for nearly one million deaths worldwide every year with majority occurring in resource-limited settings. Extreme difficulty in clinical diagnosis of neonatal sepsis and limited access to appropriate resources contribute greatly to these preventable deaths. As a faculty member with a joint position at the school of medicine and the school of public health, I am interested in constructing practical solutions for improving the health of neonates in developing settings based on the rapidly advancing knowledge in neonatal medicine and infectious diseases. Currently, I am collaborating with colleagues from other disciplines including the biomedical engineering department at Johns Hopkins University and other international institutions to validate innovative diagnostic solutions for rapid and accurate detection of neonatal sepsis. Our goal is to translate such markers into point of care devices, which can be utilized in resource-limited settings.
neonate, infectious disease, sepsis, viral infections, bacterial infections, pediatrics, neonatology, infant, baby, newborn