Sunil is a highly experienced Virologist and Molecular Biologist with over 25 years of expertise in managing GMP-compliant labs, developing innovative assays, and leading research projects in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.


  • As a director of Virology and Molecular Services at Element, Sunil manages a GMP-compliant lab, developing and validating virology and molecular biology assays for the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
  • Before joining Element, Sunil generated recombinant viruses as vaccine vectors and secured NIH and USDA/NIFA grants for extensive research in veterinary virology.
  • In his previous role, Sunil led a team in cloning and expressing proteins, developing functional assays, and screening drug candidates. He also developed reverse genetics systems for Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus and secured funding for research on viral pathogenesis.

Career Highlights

  • Over 25 years of professional experience in virology and molecular biology.
  • Managed the Virology and Molecular Cell Biology Services Department at a GMP-compliant, FDA-registered, and ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited lab.
  • Generated and characterized recombinant viruses for vaccine development.
  • Secured and managed multiple research grants from NIH and USDA/NIFA.
  • Published 37 peer-reviewed articles and inventor on one patent application


  • Virology and molecular biology techniques
  • Development and validation of qPCR assays
  • Cell culture techniques and development of cell lines
  • ELISA and activity assay development
  • Validation and routine testing of Mycoplasma in cell and gene therapy and vaccine products
  • GMP compliance and QC testing
  • Grant writing and manuscript preparation
  • Data management and statistical analysis

Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D (Veterinary Microbiology)   
  • Master of Veterinary Sciences (Veterinary Microbiology)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry (DVM equivalent)

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