Ph.D., Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research(PGIMER),Chandigarh, India, 2009
MSc, Medical Microbiology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, India.
2011–present: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Florida
2009-2010: Research Officer, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
Defining the nuances of difference between colonization and infection.
Exploration of evasive strategies adopted by the bacterial pathogens.
Development of early detective markers for identification of bacterial diseases.
Delineating the mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, regulation of virulence gene expression.
Selected Publications & Presentations
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.