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Sasanka Sekhar Chukkapalli, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Sasanka Sekhar Chukkapalli, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Department of Periodontology

Postdoctoral Associate

Education

  • Ph.D., Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research(PGIMER),Chandigarh, India, 2009
  • MSc, Medical Microbiology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, India.

Professional Experience

  • 2011–present: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Florida
  • 2009-2010: Research Officer, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Research Interests

  1. Defining the nuances of difference between colonization and infection.
  2. Exploration of evasive strategies adopted by the bacterial pathogens.
  3. Development of early detective markers for identification of bacterial diseases.
  4. Delineating the mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, regulation of virulence gene expression.

Selected Publications & Presentations

  1. Sekhar S, Chakraborti A, Kumar R. H.influenzae colonization and its risk factors in children of less than 2 year old children of north India. Epidemiology & Infection 2009; 137(2): 156-60.
  2. Sekhar S, Kumar R, Chakraborti A. Role of biofilm formation in the persistent Colonization of H.influenzae in children of northern India. Journal of Medical Microbiology 2009 Nov; 58(Pt11): 1428-32.
  3. Sekhar S, Ohri M, Chakraborti A. Biofilms: an evolving and universal strategy of bacterial pathogens? Current research, technology and education topics in applied microbiology and microbial biotechnology. Microbiology book series. Number 2; 2010
  4. Sekhar S, Chakraborti A, Kumar R. “Exploration of potential candidate vaccines in H.influenzae: An interdisciplinary proteomic & Immunoinformatic approach”.   Presentation in 4th International peptide symposium, Cairns, Australia.
  5. I. Velsko, M. Rivera, S. Chukkapalli, J-Y. Lee, H. Chen, I. Bhattacharyya, A. Lucas, and L. Kesavalu.  Porphyromonas gingivalis infection-induced Oral and Systemic Changes in ApoEnull mice. AADR Annual Meeting, TAMPA, FL, March 2012.
  6.  S. Chukkapalli, M. Rivera, I. Velsko, J-Y. Lee, H. Chen, I. Bhattacharyya, A. Lucas, and L. Kesavalu.  Treponema denticola induced bacteremia, DNA detection, and atherosclerosis in ApoEnull Mice. AADR Annual Meeting, TAMPA, FL, March 2012.
  7. M. Rivera, J-Y Lee, S. Chukkapalli, I. Velsko, I. Bhattacharyya, L.S. Holliday, L. Kesavalu.  Bis-enoxacin Inhibited Alveolar Bone Loss and Gingival Inflammation in Rats. AADR Annual Meeting, TAMPA, FL, March 2012.