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Rahul Raghavan

Rahul Raghavan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Areas of Specialization
  • Coxiella burnetii Evolution and Virulence
  • Microbial Genomics
  • Regulatory RNA Evolution and Function
  • Tick Endosymbionts Evolution and Function

Research Interests

Research in the Raghavan lab combines molecular microbiology with evolutionary genomics to investigate how changes in proteins and non-coding RNAs facilitate bacterial adaptation. Three main avenues of current research are:

  1. Utilize tick-associated Coxiella and Francisella to uncover how pathogens and symbionts rewire their physiologies to thrive in disparate environments
  2. Determine the roles bacterial and human regulatory RNAs play during Coxiella burnetii infection
  3. Discover how new regulatory RNAs originate and gain functions in bacteria

The long-term goal is to use this information to develop innovative therapies that target pathogen-specific RNAs and metabolites to control infections that are difficult to treat with currently available antibiotics.


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