Dr. Rekha Singh obtained her medical degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer, University of Rajasthan, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, University of Allahabad. She has experience working as a practicing physician, medical officer and resident surgeon at teaching hospitals. Dr. Singh completed her MS in Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Her MS research focused on the quantitation of c-myc and estrogen receptor gene expression in human breast cancer biopsies using a non-isotopic competitive RT-PCR assay. She obtained her Ph.D in Microbiology and Immunology from the Childrenís Hospital of Eastern Ontario, University of Ottawa.
During her doctorate, she investigated the cellular immune responses in herpes virus infections. She completed her Ph.D research in the Department of Infectious Disease and Immunity, University of California, Berkeley, where she analyzed the role of viral genes in the immunopathogenesis of CMV infections. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, she identified and characterized immunodominant epitopes in the envelope regions of the Japanese encephalitis, West Nile and yellow fever viruses and developed an immunization strategy to obtain a broad spectrum CD8 T cell responses following sequential immunization with heterologous chimeric flaviviruses.
She is a Tenure-Track faculty in the Department of Biology at the American International College. Prior to her current position, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at the Clark University, Worcester, and Bridgewater State University, and a teaching faculty at the Framingham State University, Assumption College and Simmons College, Boston. She has experience teaching introductory and advanced courses in General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry, Human Body in Health and Disease and Nutritional Sciences. She has a number of publications in international journals and refereed conferences, including lead author research articles in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Immunology Letters, Clinical and Experimental Immunology and Human Immunology.
Immunology; Virology; Microbiology; Infectious diseases; Vaccine research; Investigation of cellular and molecular factors in immune responses during viral infections and human cancers.