Sagar Aryal (Founder of Microbe Notes)
Ph.D. Scholar, M.Sc., B.Sc., B.Ed.
Sagar Aryal is a microbiologist and a scientific blogger. He is the founder of an educational website, Microbe Notes. He has published more than 15 research articles and book chapters in international journals and well-renowned publishers.
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). Aryal worked as a Lecturer at St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal, from Feb 2015 to June 2019. After teaching microbiology for more than four 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 from Microbiology Info and later continued with Microbe Notes, The Biology Notes, The Chemistry Notes, and A-Level Biology 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
- Isolation, Characterization, and Screening of Antimicrobial-Producing Actinomycetes from Soil Samples.
- Isolation and Characterization of Potential Antibiotic-Producing Actinomycetes from Water and Soil Sediments of Different Regions of Nepal.
- Isolation and Screening of Antibiotics Producing Streptomyces spp from the Soil Collected around the Root of Alnus nepalensis from Godawari.
- Novel Streptomyces Sp. Reported in 2018: A Meta-Analysis.
- Characterization and activity of antimicrobial polypeptide of Bacillus spp from wastelands of Kathmandu valley.
- Efficacy of Toothpaste in Reducing Micro-Flora Isolated from Toothbrush.
- Microbial diversity in freshwater and marine environment.
- Wildlife Diplomacy and Gifting in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya Region: A Chronological History and Opinion of Nepalese Literates.
New Paper Article Publications
- Nipah alert on myRepublica (https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/43656/).
- Outbreak on The Kathmandu Post (https://kathmandupost.com/opinion/2018/02/13/outbreak).
Awards and Recognitions
- SfAM Communications Award- Professional Communicator Category Winner (https://kathmandupost.com/miscellaneous/2015/09/04/nepali-microbiologist-wins-international-award).
- Microbiology Society Champion (https://microbiologysociety.org/blog/these-are-the-champions-sagar-aryal.html).
- Iversity Ambassador (https://iversity.org/blog/presenting-our-ambassadors/).
- LabTwin Ambassador (https://www.labtwin.com/twentynine).
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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M.Sc. Running, B.Sc.
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. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Ph.D. Scholar, M.Sc., B.Sc.
Faith Mokobi is a passionate scientist and graduate student currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Nanoengineering (Synthetic Biology specialization) from 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. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Ph.D. Scholar, M.Sc., B.Sc.
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.
Nidhi Abhay Kulkarni
Nidhi Abhay Kulkarni completed her bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Microbiology from Savitribai Phule Pune University. She has published two articles in the Scientific Journal. She is interested in research related to medical microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics. She also has good Laboratory and Bioinformatics skills. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Prashant Dahal completed his bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) 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. Connect with him on LinkedIn.
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. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
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. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
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.
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.