BE Board:Akila Jayaraman

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Akila Jayaraman

Year: 2006
Track: Applied Biosciences
Lab: [Ram Sasisekharan][1]

Contact Information

Email: akila
Phone: 617-253-7666
Office address: Room 16-560, MIT


General Information

In this post "omics" era, there has been a lot of interest in understanding post-translational modifications in proteins. One of the post-translational modifications is glycosylation. The study of interaction between these sugars and other proteins is collectively known as "glycomics". These sugars are present in the cell- extracellular matrix interface where they mediate cell-to-cell and cell-ECM interactions. My current interest lies in understanding the role of these sugars in mediating various disease mechanisms such as cancer and infectious diseases such as Influenza A pathogenesis. Gaining more insight into the role of specific glycans will enable development of novel therapeutic and vaccination strategies.

If you are interested to know more about sugars please click on the link here [[2]]



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