Microbial Genomics and Biodefense              

A multifaceted research program on microbial genomics and biodefense currently focuses on the following areas of interest:

(1) characterization of cytochrome P450 monooxygenases using functional genomic and proteomic approaches with an aim to develop microbial catalysts capable of detoxifying environmentally recalcitrant hazardous chemicals;
(2) molecular diagnostics research on pathogenic microorganisms such as Mycobacteria and Pseudomonads associated with respiratory illnesses in occupational environments;

(3) research on understanding the in vitro and in vivo molecular and cellular events underlying respiratory pathogenesis due to indoor molds and bacteria and their toxins (mycotoxins and endotoxins) and allergens;

(4) microbial forensics and biodefense research involving genomics and proteomics for multiplex detection and strain identification of bacterial and viral biothreat agents.

Faculty performing research in this field:
Jagjit Yadav


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