Phanidhar Kukutla, PhD
Alumni from Dr. Jiannong Xu laboratory
Department of Biology
Currently doing Post-doc work at Cornell University
I am interested in pursuing research that addresses questions related to mosquito biology/physiology, host-microbe-pathogen interactions, molecular genetics of host-associated bacteria, malaria transmission dynamics in different ecological settings, engineering microbes to device resistance against diseases or for pharmaceutical applications
Doctoral research in Xu lab:
My dissertation topic focuses on the complex interplay between host, microbes and pathogens using a mosquito-malaria model system. Specifically, I am investigating 1) the taxonomic structure of the dynamic gut microbial community of the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae 2) the transcriptional profile of mosquito and its associated bacteria, investigating the functional categories related to oxidative stress, and metabolic configuration, and 3) the impact of gut bacteria on A. gambiae fecundity and immunity against the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei.
Outside my research life, I do several activities to keep me motivated and build my social network. I am an active member of several organizations on campus and other related to science (internationally). I watch documentaries and read about art of living, and building social skill sets. I love to play badminton, mixed martial arts, photography, cook food and spending time with family and friends.