Dinesh Bhandari

Dinesh Bhandari

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am a public health researcher- trained in Nepal, Japan and Australia -with specific interest and experience in infectious disease epidemiology, environmental health, disease surveillance and clinical microbiology. I am interested in diagnosis, distribution and transmission of microbial pathogens of clinical importance and environmental health issues. I use molecular, statistical and qualitative research techniques to understand biological, environmental and social determinants of infectious diseases and associated health problems.

For my PhD project, I am exploring available evidence on the association between climate change and infectious disease in Kathmandu, Nepal; with an aim to improve surveillance capacity in the context of changing climate.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - 2021 PhD Candidate University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2017 - 2017 Research Assitant Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Wellington
    2014 - 2017 Research Officer Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Nepal
    2009 - 2010 Trainee Naturalist Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, Nepal
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Walter and Dorothy Duncan Trust travel award 2019 Walter and Dorothy Duncan Trust Australia 1000 AUD
    2019 Award ISEE Travel Award 2019 The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology United States 1500 Euros
    2018 Scholarship Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) The University of Adelaide Australia 137330 AUD
    2015 Award Young researcher travel award Naresuan University Thailand Accomodation, lodging and airfare Nepal - Thailand (1 week)
    2015 Award ESCMID Travel Award European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Switzerland 6000 Nrs
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Nepali Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 - 2014 Tribhuvan University Nepal Masters in Medical Microbiology
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Bhandari, D., Bi, P., Sherchand, J. B., Dhimal, M., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2020). Assessing the effect of climate factors on childhood diarrhoea burden in Kathmandu, Nepal. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 223(1), 199-206.
    DOI Scopus1
    2020 Bhandari, D., Bi, P., Sherchand, J. B., Dhimal, M., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2020). Climate change and infectious disease research in Nepal: Are the available prerequisites supportive enough to researchers?. Acta Tropica.
    DOI
    2019 Shrestha, D., Thapa, P., Bhandari, D., Bhattachan, B., Parajuli, H., Chaudary, P., . . . Shah, P. K. (2019). Detection of Pyuria by Microscopic Urinalysis as a Marker of Pediatric Urinary Tract Infection. Nepal Journal of Biotechnology, 7(1).
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    2019 Ghaju Shrestha, R., Sawada, K., Inoue, D., Yoshinaga, H., Malla, B., Tandukar, S., . . . Haramoto, E. (2019). Comparison of Pathogenic Bacteria in Water and Fecal-Source Samples in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, Using High-Throughput DNA Microarray. Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research, 17(5), 13074-13081.
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    2019 Malla, B., Shrestha, R., Tandukar, S., Bhandari, D., Thakali, O., Sherchand, J., & Haramoto, E. (2019). Detection of pathogenic viruses, pathogen indicators, and fecal-source markers within tanker water and their sources in the kathmandu valley, Nepal. Pathogens, 8(2), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2019 Shrestha, R., Tandukar, S., Bhandari, D., Sherchan, S., Tanaka, Y., Sherchand, J., & Haramoto, E. (2019). Prevalence of Arcobacter and other pathogenic bacteria in river water in Nepal. Water (Switzerland), 11(7), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2019 Tandukar, S., Sherchand, J. B., Karki, S., Malla, B., Ghaju Shrestha, R., Bhandari, D., . . . Haramoto, E. (2019). Co-Infection by Waterborne Enteric Viruses in Children with Gastroenteritis in Nepal.. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland), 7(1).
    DOI Europe PMC2
    2018 Jha, A., Davenport, E., Gautam, Y., Bhandari, D., Tandukar, S., Ng, K., . . . Sonnenburg, J. (2018). Gut microbiome transition across a lifestyle gradient in Himalaya.
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    2018 Tandukar, S., Sherchand, J., Xue, J., Uprety, S., Sherchan, S., Bhandari, D., . . . Haramoto, E. (2018). Prevalence and associated risk factors of Giardia duodenalis infection among school-going children in Nepal. Parasitology Research, 117(1), 287-293.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2018 Love, M., Bhandari, D., Dobson, R., & Billington, C. (2018). Potential for bacteriophage endolysins to supplement or replace antibiotics in food production and clinical care. Antibiotics, 7(1), 1-25.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS20 Europe PMC11
    2018 Tandukar, S., Sherchand, J., Bhandari, D., Sherchan, S., Malla, B., Shrestha, R., & Haramoto, E. (2018). Presence of human enteric viruses, protozoa, and indicators of pathogens in the Bagmati river, Nepal. Pathogens, 7(2), 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS8 Europe PMC4
    2018 Malla, B., Ghaju Shrestha, R., Tandukar, S., Bhandari, D., Inoue, D., Sei, K., . . . Haramoto, E. (2018). Validation of host-specific Bacteroidales quantitative PCR assays and their application to microbial source tracking of drinking water sources in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125(2), 609-619.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS6 Europe PMC4
    2018 Shrestha, D., Thapa, P., Bhandari, D., Parajuli, H., Chaudhary, P., Thapa, K., . . . Shah, P. K. (2018). Biofilm Production and Antimicrobial Resistance among Uropathogens in Pediatric Cases: a Hospital Based Study.. Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, 16(2), 178-183.
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    2018 INOUE*, D., YOSHINAGA, H., MALLA, B., GHAJU SHRESTHA, R., TANDUKAR, S., BHANDARI, D., . . . SEI, K. (2018). Comprehensive Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria in Jar Water, Community Well Groundwater, and Environmental Water in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Japanese Journal of Water Treatment Biology, 54(2), 65-72.
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    2018 Shrestha, R., Tanaka, Y., Malla, B., Tandukar, S., Bhandari, D., Inoue, D., . . . Haramoto, E. (2018). Development of a quantitative PCR assay for arcobacter spp. And its application to environmental water samples. Microbes and Environments, 33(3), 309-316.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2018 Sherchand, J., Thakali, O., Sherchan, J., Bhandari, D., Tandukar, S., Paudel, K., . . . Rai, G. (2018). Hospital based surveillance and molecular characterization of rotavirus in children less than 5 years of age with acute gastroenteritis in Nepal. Vaccine, 36(51), 7841-7845.
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    2018 Jha, A., Davenport, E., Gautam, Y., Bhandari, D., Tandukar, S., Ng, K., . . . Sonnenburg, J. (2018). Gut microbiome transition across a lifestyle gradient in Himalaya. PLoS Biology, 16(11), 30 pages.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS9 Europe PMC1
    2018 Malla, B., Shrestha, R., Tandukar, S., Bhandari, D., Inoue, D., Sei, K., . . . Haramoto, E. (2018). Identification of human and animal fecal contamination in drinking water sources in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, using host-associated Bacteroidales Quantitative PCR Assays. Water (Switzerland), 10(12), 16 pages.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2017 Thapa, P., Bhandari, D., Shrestha, D., Parajuli, H., Chaudhary, P., Amatya, J., & Amatya, R. (2017). A hospital based surveillance of metallo-beta-lactamase producing gram negative bacteria in Nepal by imipenem-EDTA disk method. BMC Research Notes, 10(1), 322.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC2
    2017 Ghaju Shrestha, R., Tanaka, Y., Malla, B., Bhandari, D., Tandukar, S., Inoue, D., . . . Haramoto, E. (2017). Next-generation sequencing identification of pathogenic bacterial genes and their relationship with fecal indicator bacteria in different water sources in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Science of the Total Environment, 601-602, 278-284.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS8 Europe PMC6
    2016 Ghimire, A., Bhandari, S., Tandukar, S., Amatya, J., Bhandari, D., & Sherchand, J. (2016). Enteric parasitic infection among HIV-infected patients visiting Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Nepal. BMC Research Notes, 9(1), 204.
    DOI Scopus3
    2016 Chaudhary, P., Bhandari, D., Thapa, K., Thapa, P., Shrestha, D., Chaudhary, H., . . . Gupta, B. (2016). Prevalence of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase Producing Klebsiella Pneumoniae Isolated From Urinary Tract Infected Patients. Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, 14(33), 111-115.
    Scopus2 Europe PMC2
    2016 Suwal, S., Bhandari, D., Thapa, P., Shrestha, M., & Amatya, J. (2016). Microbiological profile of corneal ulcer cases diagnosed in a tertiary care ophthalmological institute in Nepal. BMC Ophthalmology, 16(1), 6 pages.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    2016 Bhandari, D., Thapa, P., Thapa, K., Tandukar, S., & Sherchan, J. B. (2016). Antibiotic resistance: evolution and alternatives. Canadian Journal of Infection Control, 31(3), 149-155.
    2016 Bhandari, D., Tandukar, S., Haramoto, E., & Sherchan, J. B. (2016). Determination of fecal indicator bacteria in shallow and deep groundwater sources of Kathmandu valley, Nepal.. Naresuan University Engineering Journal.
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    2016 Chaudhary, A., Bhandari, D., Amatya, J., Chaudhary, P., & Acharya, B. (2016). Metallo-Beta-Lactamase Producing Gram-Negative Bacteria among Patients Visiting Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre. Austin J Microbiology, 2(1).
    2016 Pokharel, N., Bhandari, D., & Bharat, J. (2016). Pattern of hepatitis B and C infections among patients attending a tertiary care hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. Journal of Institue of Medicine, 38(2), 93-98.
    2015 Tandukar, S., Sherchand, J. B., Thapa, P., Malla, D., Bhandari, D., Ghaju, R., & Sherchand, J. B. (2015). Intestinal Parasite Infection among School Going Children in Kathmandu Valley. Austin Journal of Pediatrics, 2(2).
    2015 Malla, B., Ghaju, R., Bhandari, D., Tandukar, S., Shrestha, S., Yosingha, H., . . . Haramoto, E. (2015). Detection of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, fecal indicator bacteria, and total
    bacteria in commercial jar water in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Journal of Institute of Medicine, 37(2), 10-15.
    2015 Bhandari, D., Tandukar, S., Parajuli, H., Thapa, P., Chaudhary, P., Shrestha, D., . . . Sherchand, J. (2015). Cyclospora infection among school children in Kathmandu, Nepal: Prevalence and associated risk factors. Tropical Medicine and Health, 43(4), 211-216.
    DOI Scopus8 Europe PMC5
    2015 Bhandari, D., Tandukar, S., Sherchand, S., Thapa, P., & Shah, P. K. (2015). Cryptosporidium infection among the school children of Kathmandu Valley. Journal of Institute of Medicine, 37(1), 82-87.

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