Asst. Dean of Administrative Affairs,
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology
Dr. Yaragalla holds a PhD in Infectious Disease, a M.Sc in Medical Biotechnology (Sri Ramachandra University: India) and has 10 years of experience in Teaching and Clinical Research. He has earned a few credits (40 Hrs Lectures) on Infectious diseases for his PhD course from Harvard medical school and MGH, Boston, USA.
After completion of his PG, he worked as Research Scientist for two (2) years in Magene lifesciences Pvt Ltd. After that, he worked as Lecturer for 2 years in American International Medical University. Then, he joined in Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine in March 2011 as Sr. Lecturer of Microbiology.
He is currently teaching Medical Microbiology for Trimester II and III Basic Science students. He has been actively involved as Programme Specialist, Associate Coordinator in CHARCOS (Community Health and Research Center of Spartan) and Chairman of the CME committee. He also participated in the Spartan university – AMSA and Medical camps which were organized for early detection of Diabetes, hypertension and preventable infectious diseases in rural area where and who required health care in the local communities in St. Lucia.
Dr. Yaragalla was appointed to the prestigious position of “COUNTRY AMBASSADOR FOR MICROBIOLOGY TO St. LUCIA THROUGH AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MICROBIOLOGY-USA” that is effective from January 1, 2018, and will end December 31, 2020 with the possibility of a three- year extension pending a formal review. He will join a growing network of 89 Country Ambassadors at the center of ASM’s efforts to foster the dissemination and development of microbiological knowledge around the world. Currently: He is working on to build the relationships with National / Regional / International Societies for helping local community concerning current infectious Disease awareness of Leptospirosis, Schistosomiasis, Dengue, Chikungunya etc. His goal is to create a network for quantifying infectious diseases in St. Lucia and Anti Microbial Resistance (AMR) surveillance across the Eastern Caribbean by working with the Pan American Health organization (PAHO).
He has submitted various Research Publications in reputed journals from Sep 2012 – Dec 2019. His area of interest for teaching and research includes Medical microbiology, molecular cell biology, Immunology and Cancer cell biology. Currently: he is engaged with various community health screening projects and is ready to publish his Findings in various journals.