Investigator, Infectious Diseases
Professor of Research Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Krishnan S, Prasadarao NV. Outer membrane protein A and OprF - Versatile roles in Gram-negative bacterial infections. FEBS J. 2012 Jan 12. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.

Mittal R, Prasadarao NV. gp96 expression in neutrophils is critical for the onset of Escherichia coli K1 (RS218) meningitis. Nat Commun. 2011 Nov 22;2:552. doi: 10.1038/ncomms1554.

Liu Q, Mittal R, Emami CN, Iversen C, Ford HR, Prasadarao NV. Human Isolates of Cronobacter sakazakii Bind Efficiently to Intestinal Epithelial Cells In Vitro to Induce Monolayer Permeability and Apoptosis. J Surg Res. 2011 Nov 15.

Liu Y, Mittal R, Solis NV, Prasadarao NV, Filler SG. Mechanisms of Candida albicans trafficking to the brain. PLoS Pathog. 2011 Oct;7(10):e1002305.

Banerjee A, Kim BJ, Carmona EM, Cutting AS, Gurney MA, Carlos C, Feuer R, Prasadarao NV, Doran KS.  Bacterial Pili exploit integrin machinery to promote immune activation and efficient blood-brain barrier penetration. Nat Commun. 2011 Sep 6;2:462. doi: 10.1038/ncomms1474.

Research Interests: 

The Molecular Pathogenesis Research lab studies the pathogenic mechanisms involved in the onset of meningitis in neonates caused by Escherichia coli K1, Group B Streptococcus and Listeria monocytogenes. In addition, our lab is also studying the critical steps involved in the onset of Cronoboacter sp. induced necrotizing enterocolitis and meningitis; and Acinetobacter baumanii-induced lung infections. 

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4650 Sunset Blvd.
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