Dr. Richa Priyadarshini is a doctorate from the University of North Dakota, USA where she worked in the lab of Dr. Kevin Young on bacterial cell division. Thereafter, she pursued her post-doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Christine Jacob-Wagner at the Yale University where the focus of her research was bacterial cell morphogenesis. Subsequently, she joined the Forsyth Institute as postdoctoral fellow where the focus of her research was Histone-like protein, HU in Porphyromonas gingivalis. Dr. Priyadarshini has published many papers in leading international journals
Research Area: Our lab research work is focused on elucidating the mechanism of cell wall biogenesis and its role in bacterial physiology and diseases. We are working on the following areas:
- Bacterial cell wall morphogenesis: One research area my lab is working on is cell division and morphogenesis of bacterial cell using Caulobacter crescentus as a model system. My broad research goal is to uncover the spatio-temporal regulation of cell wall synthesis in bacteria again better understanding of bacterial cell division.
- Bacterial Biofilms: Biofilms are known to mediate many diseases, as biofilms shield the bacteria from outside environment making it harder for antibiotics to kill bacterial cells. Our lab is studying the role of cell wall hydrolases in biofilm formation in pathogens such as, E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus.
- Microbial biodiversity and beneficial microbes: Currently, we are trying to understand and establish the bacterial communities present in aquatic and soil habitats. We are studying both synergistic and antagonistic microbial interactions in these communities in hope to develop new generation of antimicrobials.
Microbiology (BIO202), Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (BIO206), Scientific Reasoning and Discovery CCC506
Microbial Technology (BIO524)
- Richa Priyadarshini, Carla Cugini , Natalia O. Tjokro , Steve D. Goodman and Mary-Ellen Davey. Role of Histone-like protein HU in Porphyromonas ginigvalis. General meeting, American Society for Microbiology, San Fransisco ( June 2012)
- Richa Priyadarshini, T. Costa, C. Jacobs-Wagner. Assembly of peptidoglycan synthetic machinery in Caulobacter crescentus. 3rd American Society for Microbiology conference on Prokaryotic Development, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2009.
- Richa Priyadarshini, M. A. de Pedro, K. D. Young. Division site associated ring-like structures in sacculi purified from Escherichia coli amidase mutants. General meeting, American Society for Microbiology, Orlando, Florida ( May 2006)
- Richa Priyadarshini and K. D. Young. Role of penicillin binding proteins and amidases in cell separation and chaining in Escherichia coli. Bacteria and Phage Genetics Conference, Madison, Wisconsin (August, 2005)
- Richa Priyadarshini and K. D. Young. Role of amidases and penicillin binding proteins in cell separation and chaining in Escherichia coli. American Society for Microbiology, Atlanta, (June, 2005)
- Richa Priyadarshini and K. D. Young. Role of penicillin binding proteins in bacterial cell separation in Escherichia coli. Scholarly Forum, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (2005)
- Richa Priyadarshini and K. D. Young. Role of penicillin binding proteins in bacterial cell separation in Escherichia coli. Medicine and Health Sciences, Basic Sciences Retreat. Grand Forks (2004)
- Richa Priyadarshini and K. D. Young. Role of penicillin binding proteins in bacterial cell separation. American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans. (2004)
- Teaching Excellence Award from Shiv Nadar University
- NSF North Dakota EPSCoR Doctoral Dissertation Grant (research support) for advanced studies and research in bacterial cell separation in E. coli.
- Selected and funded by the Government of India to be a part of Indian delegation at the 55th Nobel Laureate’s Meeting in Lindau, Germany in 2005.
- Student Grant Award for Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phage Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin (2005)
- Student Travel Award by American Society for Microbiology General Meeting (2004)