Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box CU420630
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 276-6925

Lab Information

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Research Bio

Thakar lab uses systems biology approaches to identify immune signatures that can predict outcome of an immune response to infections or vaccinations. We are particularly interested in understanding dynamics of respiratory infections by single and multiple pathogens. We develop computational tools to model probable trajectories of the immune response which then allows us to identify parameters that can predict future outcomes of the disease. This has direct implications in early diagnosis. The models also reveal the mechanisms of pathogenesis. This work is based on multi-parameter datasets including gene expression, serum cytokine levels and known information about signaling and metabolic pathways.

Awards & Honors (National)

PhRMA research starter award in informatics | Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America 2015 - 2016
Cancer-Research-Institute fellowship | Cancer Research Institute fellowship 2008 - 2010
The Association for the Study of Animal Behavior fellowship | Edinburgh, UK and Pune, India 2001

Awards & Honors (Local)

Beutner Speaker | Buffalo Immunology Conference 2014
Shankar Subramaniam award in systems biology research | Pennsylvania State University 2007

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 36 available »

2016 Dec
Katanic D, Khan A, Thakar J. "PathCellNet: Cell-type specific pathogen-response network explorer." Journal of immunological methods. 2016 Dec; 439:15-22. Epub 2016 Sep 20.
2016 Aug
Woeller CF, Thatcher TH, Van Twisk D, Pollock SJ, Croasdell A, Kim N, Hopke PK, Xia X, Thakar J, Mallon CT, Utell MJ, Phipps RP. "Detection of Serum microRNAs From Department of Defense Serum Repository: Correlation With Cotinine, Cytokine, and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Levels." Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 2016 Aug; 58(8 Suppl 1):S62-71.
2016 Aug
Woeller CF, Thatcher TH, Van Twisk D, Pollock SJ, Croasdell A, Hopke PK, Xia X, Thakar J, Sime PJ, Mallon TM, Utell MJ, Phipps RP. "MicroRNAs as Novel Biomarkers of Deployment Status and Exposure to Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins/Dibenzofurans." Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 2016 Aug; 58(8 Suppl 1):S89-96.
2016 Jan
Rebhahn JA, Roumanes DR, Qi Y, Khan A, Thakar J, Rosenberg A, Lee FE, Quataert SA, Sharma G, Mosmann TR. "Competitive SWIFT cluster templates enhance detection of aging changes." Cytometry. Part A : the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology. 2016 Jan; 89(1):59-70. Epub 2015 Oct 06.
Malcolm, D. W.; Sorrells, J. E.; Van Twisk, D.; Thakar, J.; Benoit, D. S. W. "Evaluating Side Effects of Nanoparticle-mediated siRNA Delivery to Mesenchymal Stem Cells Using Next Generation Sequencing and Enrichment Analysis". Bioengineering and Translational Medicine. 2016; DOI: 10.1002/btm2.10035. Link

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Microbiology and Immunology (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor - Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology (SMD)


PhD | Bioinformatics | Germany-U Wurzburg2006
MSc with certificate | Microbiology and Computational Biology | India-Univ of Pune, Pune2003
BSc | Microbiology and Mathematics | India-Univ of Pune, Pune2001

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Pathology, Yale School of Medicine, USA 2013
Cancer Research Institute fellow, Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, USA 2010