Rajesh Kumar

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He is a microbiologist with a specialty in molecular bacteriology. He received his PhD degree (Microbiology) in 2009 from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He held a Senior Scientist position at the National reference laboratory of Dr. Lal Path lab, before moving to Muscat, Oman in 2011. He is currently working at the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) and at the Ministry of Health as Senior Specialist Microbiologist. He leads the molecular bacteriology unit and food poisoning investigation laboratory. He has been the PulseNet Middle East co-coordinator since 2011 and has represented Oman at various national and international forums related to PulseNet. His research interests include molecular epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease, molecular typing/ genotyping of nosocomial diseases, Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae and foodborne pathogens.