This state-of-the-art Laboratory came up after receiving grant-in-aid in September 2014 and it became operational from July 2015. The Laboratory, one of its kinds in the State of West Bengal, is manned by a team of skilled personnel (list given below) having medical and non-medical background.
Dr. Shanta Dutta, Scientist G & Director: Principal
Dr. Soumen Mukherjee : Research Scientist II (Non-Medical)
Dr. Agniva Majumdar : Research Scientist I (Medical)
Dr. Ananya Chatterjee : Research Scientist I (Non-Medical)
Ms. Madhumonti Biswas : Research Assistant
Mr. Rudrak Gupta : Research Assistant
Mr. Suman Das : Laboratory Technician
Ms Shreema Chakraborty : Laboratory Technician
Mr. Satyabrata Ghorai : Laboratory Technician
Mr. Soumodip Mitra : Data Entry Operator
Mr. Nayan Basuli : Data Entry Operator
Mr. Chinmoy Mondal : Multi-Tasking Staff
Mr. Kartick Ch. Mondal : Multi-Tasking Staff
Mr. TapanTuri : Multi-Tasking Staff
Mr. Biswajit Dey : Multi-Tasking Staff
Mr. Ranajoy Sarkar : Multi-Tasking Staff
Ms. Sutapa Hazra : Multi-Tasking Staff
NICED VRDL provides facilities like Biosafety Level III, ELISA for diagnostic purposes, conventional PCR, real time PCR, sequencing and offline/ online data capture. Major equipments stationed at the NICED VRDL are Genetic Analyser/ Sequencer, BSL-2 plus laboratories, Gel imaging systems, ELISA Washer, ELISA Reader, pH Meter, Thermo-cyclers for PCR, Real-Time PCRs, Centrifuge, -80ο/-20ο Centigrade Freezer, Walk-in cold room. A well equipped seminar room with training facilities is available.
NICED-VRDL is involved in activities related to routine viral diagnostics and viral outbreak investigation. On request and in partnership with the State Health Authorities NICED-VRDL provides extensive laboratory support towards viral outbreak management. In recent years, during outbreaks of Influenza A H1N1 and Dengue in the State of West Bengal, NICED-VRDL did a very commendable job of screening samples referred from Medical Colleges and other Public Health setups for respective viruses. Equipped with leading edge facilities, NICED-VRDL performs molecular (PCR/ real time PCR/ Sequencing) and immunological tests (antigen and antibody detection) for detection of viruses. Apart from its involvement in outbreak investigation, NICED-VRDL routinely provides diagnostic services (immunologic and/or molecular) for Dengue (including serotyping), Chikungunya, Hepatitis panel, Respiratory Panel, Japanese encephalitis virus, Scrub typhus and Zika virus to Medical Colleges and other Public Health setups free of cost. Details of information regarding investigations performed at NICED-VRDL are given in the table.
|Virus Name||Specimen||Parameter Tested||Method of testing|
|Zika virus||Serum||Viral RNA||RT-PCR|
|Japanese encephalitis virus||Serum||IgM antibody||ELISA|
|Scrub typhus||Serum||IgM antibody||ELISA|
|Hepatitis A virus||Serum||IgM antibody||ELISA|
|Hepatitis E virus||Serum||IgM antibody||ELISA|
|Hepatitis B virus||Serum||HBsAg||ELISA|
a. Influenza A (H1N1, H3N2)
b. Influenza B (Yam, Vic)
c. RSV - A, B
d. hmPV - A1A2
e. Parainfluenza virus - 1,2,3,4
f. Resp. Adenovirus
|Naso-pharyngeal swab (preferable)
Throat swab (valid only for influenza)
Reports of the results of investigations are provided directly to patients, clinicians and concerned health authorities. Furthermore VRDL testing data is uploaded in the VRDL online/offline data capture system. This endeavour is a step towards facilitating collation of nationwide data on viruses and their prevailing serotypes.
Though the direct catchment area of NICED-VRDL is the state of West Bengal yet it has established collaboration with other Viral Diagnostic Laboratories (VDLs) such as Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand. Through this collaboration NICED-VRDL aims to promote joint research and provide diagnostic and training support to the VDLs of those states including Sikkim.
Being a Regional Laboratory, NICED-VRDL is committed to
the responsibility of organizing training workshops for
health care personnel of the state and other VDLs. These
workshops draw participants from Medical Colleges and VDLs
of states like West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand etc. The
primary focus of the workshops is to provide hands on
training on immunological and molecular diagnostic
techniques of emerging diseases. Recent workshops were held
at the NICED VRDL during March 28-29, 2017; February 27-28,
2018 and June 28-29, 2018.