Our Team

Sagar Aryal (Founder of Microbe Notes)

Ph.D. Scholar, M.Sc., B.Sc., B.Ed.

Sagar Aryal

Sagar Aryal is a microbiologist and a scientific blogger. He is the founder of an educational website, Microbe Notes. He has published over 12 research articles and book chapters in international journals and well-renowned publishers. He has more than ten years of experience in SEO and scientific blogging.

Biography

Sagar Aryal was born in Palpa and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. He did his schooling at Kathmandu Don Bosco School and higher education at Himalayan White House International College.

Education and Career

Sagar Aryal attended St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal, to complete his Master of Science in Microbiology. He co-founded Kathmandu Research Institute for Biological Sciences (KRIBS) in 2017 to focus on the research and development of tools and techniques to study biological sciences. He is the Research Head of the Department of Natural Products, Kathmandu Research Institute for Biological Sciences (KRIBS). Sagar Aryal worked as a Lecturer at St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal, from March 2017 to June 2019. After teaching microbiology for over two years, he joined the Central Department of Microbiology, Tribhuvan University, to pursue his Ph.D. in collaboration with Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Saarbrucken, Germany. He is interested in research on actinobacteria, myxobacteria, and natural products. Aryal started his blogging career with Microbiology Info and later continued with Microbe Notes and The Chemistry Notes. He has traveled to more than ten countries (Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, China, and India) to present his research work.

Selected Research Paper and Book Chapter Publications

  1. Isolation, Characterization, and Screening of Antimicrobial-Producing Actinomycetes from Soil Samples (https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/2716584).
  2. Isolation and Characterization of Potential Antibiotic-Producing Actinomycetes from Water and Soil Sediments of Different Regions of Nepal (https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/5586165).
  3. Isolation and Screening of Antibiotics Producing Streptomyces spp from the Soil Collected around the Root of Alnus nepalensis from Godawari (https://doi.org/10.3126/njb.v6i1.22337).
  4. Novel Streptomyces Sp. Reported in 2018: A Meta-Analysis (http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/2211352518666200423083354).
  5. Microplastics in environment: global concern, challenges, and controlling measures (https://doi.org/10.1007/s13762-022-04261-1).
  6. Technological Advancements for the Detection of Antibiotics in Food Products (https://doi.org/10.3390/pr9091500).
  7. Characterization and activity of antimicrobial polypeptide of Bacillus spp from wastelands of Kathmandu valley.
  8. Efficacy of Toothpaste in Reducing Micro-Flora Isolated from Toothbrush (https://doi.org/10.3126/kuset.v13i2.21285).
  9. Microbial diversity in freshwater and marine environment (https://doi.org/10.3126/njb.v3i1.14236).
  10. Wildlife Diplomacy and Gifting in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya Region: A Chronological History and Opinion of Nepalese Literates (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-36275-1_21).

All Publications

New Paper Article Publications

Awards and Recognitions

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Advisory Board Team

Dr. Frank O’Neill

About Dr. Frank O’Neill

Dr. Frank O’Neill has spent time as a Clinical Researcher, Designated Civil Surgeon for the Department of Justice, Independent Medical Examiner, Department of Transportation Medical Examiner, Chiropractor, and Team Doctor for multiple universities. Dr. O’Neill has 14 years of experience teaching face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards at the college, state, and national level, including the 2013 and 2020 Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, the 2014 and 2019 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, and the 2019 Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) e11 Excellence in Online Instruction Award. Dr. O’Neill received his Doctor of Chiropractic, and a B.S. in Human Biology, from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2001. He also completed his Certified Online Instructor training from the Learning Resources Network (LERN) in 2017.

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Dr. Kishor Khanal

About Dr. Kishor Khanal

Dr. Kishor Khanal is a clinical cardiology fellow at Memorial Healthcare System, Florida, USA. He was born and raised in Bhaktapur, Nepal, and completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from KIST Medical College (affiliated with Tribhuvan University) in Nepal. After residency training in Internal Medicine at Advent Health Orlando, USA, he moved to Miami, Florida, for his cardiology fellowship. He is a clinical researcher with special interests in transcatheter interventions, structural heart disease, heart valve infections, myocarditis, and infectious disease processes affecting the cardiovascular system.

Dr. Christian Keller

Dr. Christian Keller
About Dr. Christian Keller

Dr. Christian Keller is an attending physician, laboratory head, and immunology researcher at the Institute of Virology at Marburg University Hospital, Germany, since 2015. He completed his medical studies at Würzburg University Medical School and received his residency training as a clinical medical microbiologist and virologist at the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine and University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE).

His scientific interests are immunoregulation and host-pathogen interactions in Orientia tsutsugamushi infection, as well as biomarkers in viral infections and antiviral immunity. Christian Keller completed his habilitation at Philipps University Marburg in 2018. In 2020, he was awarded the Memento Research Award for neglected diseases.

His works have been published in journals like Nature Microbiology, Lancet Infectious Diseases, and Frontiers in Immunology. Christian Keller is an experienced academic supervisor on the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels and a passionate teacher of immunology, microbiology, and virology for students of medicine and human biology.

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Editors and Content Writers Team

Anupama Sapkota

About Anupama Sapkota

Anupama Sapkota has a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal. She is particularly interested in studies regarding antibiotic resistance with a focus on drug discovery.

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Babita Sharma

About Babita Sharma

Babita Sharma completed her Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology from the Central Department of Microbiology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. She had worked as a quality control officer at Kasturi Pharmaceutical Pvt Ltd. She is interested in Virology, Molecular biology, and pharmaceutical microbiology.

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Bikash Dwivedi

About Bikash Dwivedi

Bikash Kumar Dwivedi completed his undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) in Microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal. He works in molecular biology and medical microbiology for the betterment of mankind. He is interested in the field of antibiotic resistance, immunology, and disease epidemiology.

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Deepa Pudasaini

About Deepa Pudasaini

Deepa Pudasaini is a graduate student of M.Sc. Microbiology studying at the Central Department of Microbiology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. She is interested in research areas related to microbiology and immunology.

Dibyak Kapali

About Dibyak Kapali

Dibyak Kapali did his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal. He is inquisitive about Medical Microbiology and Genetics.

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Faith Mokobi Zablon

About Faith Mokobi Zablon

Faith Mokobi is a passionate scientist and graduate student currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Nanoengineering (Synthetic Biology specialization) from the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, North Carolina A and T State University, North Carolina, USA. She has a background in Immunology and Microbiology (MSc./BSc.). With extensive higher education teaching and research experience in Biomedical studies, metagenomic studies, and drug resistance, Faith is currently integrating her Biomedical experience in nanotechnology and cancer theranostics.

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Krisha Karki

About Krisha Karki

Krisha Karki is a B.Sc. microbiology student with a passion for writing, and expanding her knowledge is a unique blend of scientific curiosity and creative expression. Likewise, she deeply understands the microscopic world and its intricacies. With a deep-rooted curiosity and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, she eagerly explores the realms of microbiology. Her love for science and technology permeates the writing, infusing it with a unique blend of intellectual rigor and imaginative flair.

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Laxmi Neupane

Laxmi Neupane
About Laxmi Neupane

Laxmi Neupane is doing her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Saarbrucken, Germany. She did her Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Medical Microbiology from the Central Department of Microbiology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, and her bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in General Microbiology from Pinnacle Academy, Kathmandu, Nepal. Her research interest is in isolating antimicrobial myxobacteria from the soil sample.

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Loonibha Shrestha

About Loonibha Shrestha

Loonibha Shrestha completed her undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) in Microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal. Her interest lies primarily in areas associated with virology, immunology, drug discovery, and development.

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Nidhi Abhay Kulkarni

About Nidhi Abhay Kulkarni

Nidhi Abhay Kulkarni completed her BSc. Microbiology from Savitribai Phule Pune University. She has published two articles in the Scientific Journal. She is interested in medical microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics research. She also has good Laboratory and Bioinformatics skills.

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Nidhi Dewangan

About Nidhi Dewangan

Nidhi Dewangan has a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur (C.G.), India. She is the author of the Chapter “Commonly found Bacteria and Drug-Resistant Gene in Wastewater” in the book “Antimicrobial Resistance in Wastewater and Human Health” published by Elsevier, under the guidance of Dr. Awanish Kumar, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, NIT Raipur. She’s also a University and a National player in Squash. She has represented her University and won team events in the All India University Squash Championships. Her research interest is genetics and computational biology.

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Prabhat Dhakal

About Prabhat Dhakal

Mr. Prabhat Dhakal is an aspiring food and industrial microbiologist pursuing a master’s degree in Food and Industrial Microbiology from National College, Kathmandu. He has completed his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Janapriya Multiple Campus, Pokhara. He is an energetic and optimistic individual looking to showcase excellent presentation skills and transform theoretical knowledge of Food and industrial microbiology into practical application. Research for novel probiotic food, Food safety management system, and Scientific communication are major subjects of his interest.

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Prakriti Karki

About Prakriti Karki

Prakriti Karki completed her B.Sc. in the field of Microbiology. She is interested in working in the interface of immunology, microbiology, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and open science. She has worked as a project lead at Media Lab Nepal, as a research associate in the BMSIS program, and as an awareness community member at the iGEM WiSTEM initiative.

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Prashant Dahal

About Prashant Dahal

Prashant Dahal completed his BSc. Microbiology from Sunsari Technical College, affiliated with Tribhuvan University. He is interested in topics related to Antimicrobial resistance, the mechanism of resistance development, Infectious diseases (Pneumonia, tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, dengue), Host-pathogen interaction, Actinomycetes, fungal metabolites, and phytochemicals as novel sources of antimicrobials and Vaccines.

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Rajat Thapa

About Rajat Thapa

Rajat Thapa did his undergraduate studies (B.Sc.) in Microbiology at St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal, and is interested in Public Health. He has published two research articles and looks forward to working in Antimicrobial resistance. He has invested himself in learning things that can help him to get to the goals he has set for himself.

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Reeju Sharma

About Reeju Sharma

Reeju Sharma completed her Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in medical microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, and did her bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in general microbiology. She is currently working in a pharmaceutical company as a Quality control officer.

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Sanjogta Thapa Magar

About Sanjogta Thapa Magar

Sanjogta Thapa Magar has done Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in food microbiology from St. Xavier’s college. Currently, she is working as a Quality control microbiologist in the pharmaceutical industry. She is particularly interested in studying the antimicrobial property found in food.

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Sanju Tamang

About Sanju Tamang

Sanju Tamang completed her Bachelor’s (B.Tech) in Biotechnology from Kantipur Valley College, Lalitpur, Nepal. She is interested in genetics, microbiome, and their roles in human health. She is keen to learn more about biological technologies that improve human health and quality of life.

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Suchitra Ajjarapu

About Suchitra Ajjarapu

Suchitra Ajjarapu has a multidisciplinary research background as a passion. She has an experience in Computational (drug discovery), Molecular biology, from her master’s degree to date. Likewise, She handles and maintains model organisms targeting neurodegenerative diseases. She is currently a part of a reputed research institute CSIR-IICT which amalgamates exhaustive ideas to emerging issues we come across in day-to-day life. She can handle Statistics, and basic programming languages- R, and Python. Her long-term interest as a doctoral aspirant lies in exploring Biophysical techniques, Proteomics, etc.

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Sushmita Baniya

About Sushmita Baniya

Sushmita Baniya completed her Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Medical Microbiology from the National College of Science and Technology (NIST), Kathmandu, Nepal. She did her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Birendra Multiple Campus, Chitwan, Nepal. She is interested in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Susmita Dura

About Susmita Dura

Sushmita Dura completed her Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Food Microbiology from National College, Kathmandu, Nepal. She is interested in Food safety management systems and diseases linked to consuming unhygienic foods.

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Yashaswi Sharma

About Yashaswi Sharma

Yashaswi Sharma is currently doing her Ph.D. at the Polish Academy of Sciences. She completed her M.Sc. in Reproductive Biology and Clinical Embryology from AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), New Delhi, India. She did her bachelor’s in Microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal. Her field of interest is Scientific Research, Obesity Research, Assisted Reproduction, and Embryology.

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Technical Team

Pratik Shrestha

Developer

About Pratik Shrestha

Pratik Shrestha is a web and mobile app developer with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. He is pursuing his postgraduate degree in Cyber Security and Computer Forensics at Lambton College in Canada.

He is also familiar with cyber security tools and technologies to reduce and prevent cyber risk and improve overall security. He has professional cyber security experience and has worked on projects related to cyber security, i.e., firewall and network configuration, network security assessment, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, malware analysis, and social engineering.

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