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Sonia Bhonchal Bhardwaj

Panjab University

Dr. Sonia Bhonchal Bhardwaj is a pioneer researcher in phage therapy in oral diseases, and an excellent microbiology professor to dental undergraduates and postgraduates of Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. She has worked on research projects funded by the Department of science and technology (INDIA): Biofilm formation by E.faecalis in Periodontitis, biofilms of Streptococcus mutants, and phage therapy.


Bacteriophages Morphology Structure Classification Isolation Immunodiagnosis Vaccine Development Gene Therapy Cases Bacterial Diseases Medical Research Phage Therapy

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The book bacteriophages will describe what are bacteriophages, type of phages and their classification, and standard methods of isolation. Further on, it will describe phages as part of the human microbiome and the diseases for which they are being tested. The book will describe the phages as part of the mouth, skin, respiratory tract, lungs, and intestine of the human system. The bacteriophages are now used in various applications such as vaccine development, immunodiagnostics, gene therapy, phage-based therapeutics, bacterial detection and epidemiology, the role of phages in the control of bacterial pathogens in food.

The book will also describe human cases who have been treated for various diseases by phage therapy, as phage therapy is being followed practically in some parts of the globe. Also, knowledge about phage banks and the role of phages over antibiotics will be highlighted. Since antibiotic resistance is becoming a matter of concern bacteriophages have an important role to play.

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Date completed: October 23rd 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: January 26th 2021

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Review results due: April 16th 2021

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Expected publication date: June 15th 2021

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Sonia Bhonchal Bhardwaj

Panjab University

Dr. Sonia Bhonchal Bhardwaj is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Microbiology, Dr. Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, Chandigarh. She graduated with honors in Microbiology and received her PhD from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. She has published nineteen international publications and three book chapters. She received grants from the Department of Science and Technology (India) and worked on biofilm formation by Enterococcus faecalis in periodontitis, Streptococcus mutans, and phage therapy.

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