Farhat Afrin

Taibah UniversitySaudi Arabia

Dr. Farhat Afrin, an Assistant Professor in Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Taibah University, Madina, Saudi Arabia, received Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, India. Earlier, she served at the Department of Biotechnology, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India for 16 years. She also worked at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA and Centre for Immunology and Infection, University of York, UK. She is a recipient of several honors including American Association of Immunologists Young Faculty Travel Grant, Commonwealth Academic Staff fellowship, Department of Biotechnology Overseas Associateship. Her research interest is parasite immunology with emphasis on Leishmania immunotherapeutics. She has published over 55 papers in Journals of International repute and is an Academic Editor, Editorial Board member and reviewer of several Journals and Editor of few books.

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Leishmania parasites plague the mammalian host causing high morbidity and mortality. The parasites persist in the hostile milieu, crippling its defensive arsenal. In the face of mounting resistance to an antiquated drug arsenal, new approaches are urgently desired to keep the infection at bay. Furthermore, to strengthen the leishmaniasis elimination drive, particular emphasis has to be laid on identification of new targets and vaccination strategies. This book gives a brief glimpse of the epidemiology of leishmaniasis, immune evasion, vaccination, and therapeutic modalities that may work by untangling the immunological cross-wires of pathogenic cross-talk. The Conventional treatment and its drawbacks, the prospects of phytotherapy and nanomedicines, are also discussed. The identification of drug targets with the aim of designing inhibitors is also exemplified.

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