We study the pathogenesis of Chlamydia infections. As an obligate intracellular parasite, Chlamydia metabolically reprograms host cells to deplete the tumor suppressor TP53, pre-disposing them to a tumor-micro environment. My group focuses on the infection-cancer interface and investigates how the pathogen evades the immune system. Our laboratory is also focused on the world's top infectious killer, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis. This bacterium has begun to show broad resistance to a large number of anti-tuberculosis drugs, becoming one of the greatest challenges for public health worldwide. We investigate the fundamental mechanisms by which the bacteria evade the host immune system and create a protective niche in the human body.
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology
Assistant Professor [Tenure Track]
Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus DK-8000, Denmark.
Uni Klinikum, Würzburg and University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
University of Würzburg / Uni Klinikum Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
PhD Infection Biology 2012
Graduate school of Life sciences, University of Würzburg/ Uni-Klinikum Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
Master of Science 2007
Indian council of Agriculture science, Kerala Agriculture University
Bachelor of Science 2004
Indian council of Agriculture science, University of Agriculture Science, Bangalore
Ben Barres Spotlight Award
Anna og Dagny Hjerrilds Fond
Selected as the paper of the month by DGHM (Deutsch Gesellschaft fü
Hygiene and Mikrobiologie).
San-ping Wan award for the best oral presentation from the Chlamydial
Basic Research Society (CBRS), Seattle, USA
Pris Wyrick travel award from the Chlamydial Basic Research Society
(CBRS), Seattle, USA.
Selected as the paper of the month by DGHM (Deutsch Gesellschaft für
Hygiene and Mikrobiologie).
Funding for Juniors scientist from the state of Bavaria 'Qualification of
Junior scientist programme for professorship' (45,000 Euro- 360,000 DKK). Germany.
Postdoctoral fellowship from the IZKF (interdisciplinary Zentrum für
Klinische Forshung), Germany.
Ph. D fellowship from the Graduate School of Lifesciences funded by
the Excellent initiative of German federal and state government (DFG).
Indira Gandhi Post graduate Scholarship, Government of India
All India Scholarship from the Indian Council of Agricultural research
(ICAR) for Masters in Agriculture Biotechnology.
KAU award for Masters from the Kerala Agriculture University.
All India Scholarship from the Indian Council of Agricultural research (ICAR) for Bachelors in Agriculture.
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thycaud Post,
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