Mukesh KumarAssistant Professor Biology
PhD Medical Virology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii 2013
MS Medical Virology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii 2009
DVM College of Veterinary Sciences, Mhow, India 2007
Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases, SARS-COV-2, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus
Mukesh Kumar is a virologist and immunologist with expertise in the studies of RNA virus/host interactions. Kumar’s major area of research interest is to identify novel therapeutic targets and diagnostic biomarkers for emerging infectious diseases, which include COVID-19, West Nile virus encephalitis and Zika virus-associated neurological disease. His lab is studying the pathogenic mechanisms underlying the development of brain dysfunction during neurotropic virus infection.
Lab Telephone: 404-413-5334 / 404-413-5373
Lab Location: 534/589 Petit Science Center (PSC)
Lab Members Position Hussin Rothan Post-Doctoral Fellow [email protected] Philip Strate Graduate Student [email protected] Janhavi Prasad Natekar Graduate Student [email protected] Shannon Stone Graduate Student [email protected] Heather Pathak Graduate Student [email protected]
Kumari P, Rothan HA, Natekar JP, Stone S, Pathak H, Strate PG, Arora K, Brinton MA, Kumar M. Neuroinvasion and Encephalitis Following Intranasal Inoculation of SARS-CoV-2 in K18-hACE2 Mice. Viruses. 2021 Jan 19; 13 (1). doi: 10.3390/v13010132. PubMed PMID: 33477869 ; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7832889.
Natekar JP, Rothan HA, Arora K, Strate PG, Kumar M. Cellular microRNA-155 Regulates Virus-Induced Inflammatory Response and Protects against Lethal West Nile Virus Infection. Viruses. 2019 Dec 19; 12 (1). doi: 10.3390/v12010009. PubMed PMID: 31861621.
Rothan HA, Arora K, Natekar JP, Strate PG, Brinton MA, Kumar M. Z-DNA-Binding Protein 1 Is Critical for Controlling Virus Replication and Survival in West Nile Virus Encephalitis. Front Microbiol. 2019; 10 :2089. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.02089. eCollection 2019. PubMed PMID: 31572318 ; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6749019.
Azouz F, Arora K, Krause K, Nerurkar VR, Kumar M. Integrated MicroRNA and mRNA Profiling in Zika Virus-Infected Neurons. Viruses. 2019 Feb 16; 11 (2). doi: 10.3390/v11020162. PubMed PMID: 30781519 ; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6410042.
Krause K, Azouz F, Nakano E, Nerurkar VR, Kumar M. Deletion of Pregnancy Zone Protein and Murinoglobulin-1 Restricts the Pathogenesis of West Nile Virus Infection in Mice. Front Microbiol. 2019; 10 :259. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00259. eCollection 2019. PubMed PMID: 30814992 ; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6381297.