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Sukanya Narasimhan, PhD

Associate Professor

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Sukanya Narasimhan, PhD



My research focus is on arthropod vector- host-pathogen interactions. I aim to understand at the molecular level how pathogen infection levels are sustained in arthropod vectors and what factors determine infection rates in arthropod vectors in endemic areas. Defining these factors might reveal ways to control vector-borne diseases.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Indian Institute of Science (1990)
  • MSc
    Bangalore University, Biochemistry (1984)


  • Tick gut microbiome -just a side-kick?
    Vancouver, BC, Canada 2022
    Entomological Society of America
  • Tick gut microbiota
    Seattle, WA, United States 2022
    American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Tick gut microbiota in the context of Borrelia burgdorferi
    Honolulu, HI, United States 2022
    Society for Vector Ecology
  • Vector Borne Disease Systems Biology & Modeling in the Vertebrate & Invertebrate Host: Borrelia as a use case. (Moderator -Discussant)
    Workshop to highlight systems biology approaches to vector-borne disease research 2022
    Incorporating Systems Biology to Vector-Borne Pathogen Research
  • Anti-tick vaccine development
    Reno, NV, United States 2021
    University of Nevada , Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Reno
  • Anti-tick vaccine development
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2021
    Invited talk
  • The Sweet Side Tick Resistance
    Weimar, Germany 2021
  • Search for a tick vaccine -will it be a sweet challenge?
    Farmington, CT, United States 2020
    Departmental Seminar Series

Professional Service

Czech Science Foundation (GACR), Czech RepublicExpert peer reviewer for research grant proposal submitted to the Czech Science Foundation2022
Research Grants Council, Hong Kong, ChinaExpert reviewer for research grant proposal2022
NIH/NIAIDMicrobiology and Infectious Diseases B Research Study Section2022 - Present
Frontiers in Arachnid Science Invited to serve as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Arachnid Science as of Nov 20222022 - Present
NIH/NIAIDMicrobiology and Infectious Diseases B Research Study Section2021
CellReviewer2021 - Present
NIH/NIAIDVector Biology Study Section Applied Immunology and Disease Control Integrated Review Group2021
NIH/NIAIDSpecial Emphasis Panel [ZRG1 AIDC-V (13)]2021
Cell Host MicrobeReviewer2020 - Present
NIH/NIAIDZRG1 IDM-V 02- Topics in bacterial pathogenesis and virulence2020
NIH/NIAIDZRG1 IDM-M (02) VM/ IAM Study Section (basic biology of microbes (excluding HIV), multicellular parasites and their vectors)2020
NIH/NIAIDZRG IDM-V81 and V-12: Topics in Non-HIV Microbial Diagnostics and Detection Research2019
NIH/NIAIDInfectious Diseases and Microbiology Study Section, IDM (12), (NIH/NIAID)2018
Nature CommunicationsReviewer2018 - Present
UTMB Health, Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesThesis committee member for Charles E Hart (PI, Dr. Saravanan Thangamani)2017 - 2020
Journal of Infectious DiseasesReviewer2016 - Present
Frontiers Immunology and MicrobiologyReviewer2014 - Present
Frontiers in Microbial ImmunologyGuest Editor2012 - Present
Ticks and Tick-Borne DiseasesReviewer2010 - Present
Molecular MicrobiologyReviewer2006 - Present
PLoSReviewer2005 - Present
Journal of Eukaryotic MicrobiologyEditor2000 - 2004

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