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Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 276-6925

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Thakar lab uses systems biology approaches to identify immune signatures that can predict outcome of an immune response to infections or vaccinations. 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.



BSc | India-Univ of Pune, Pune
Microbiology and Mathematics

MSc with certificate | India-Univ of Pune, Pune
Microbiology and Computational Biology

PhD | Germany-U Wurzburg

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

01/01/2011 - 10/31/2013
Associate Research Scientist, Department of Pathology, Yale School of Medicine, USA

05/01/2006 - 12/31/2010
Cancer Research Institute fellow, Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, USA


2016 - 2017
Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods (NBEM) Awards
Sponsor: Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Location: University of Rochester Medical School

2015 - 2016
PhRMA research starter award in informatics
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Beutner Speaker
Location: Buffalo Immunology Conference

2008 - 2010
Cancer-Research-Institute fellowship
Sponsor: Cancer Research Institute fellowship

Shankar Subramaniam award in systems biology research
Location: Pennsylvania State University

The Association for the Study of Animal Behavior fellowship
Location: Edinburgh, UK and Pune, India

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Journal Articles

Seppo AE, Bu K, Jumabaeva M, Thakar J, Choudhury R, Yonemitsu C, Bode L, Martina CA, Allen M, Tamburini S, Piras E, Wallach DS, Looney RJ, Clemente JC, Järvinen KM. "Infant Gut Microbiome Is Enriched with Bifidobacteria longumssp. infantisin Old Order Mennoniteswith Traditional Farming Lifestyle." Allergy.. 2021 Apr 27; Epub 2021 Apr 27.

Cornwell A, Palli R, Singh MV, Benoodt L, Tyrell A, Abe JI, Schifitto G, Maggirwar SB, Thakar J. "Molecular characterization of atherosclerosis in HIV positive persons." Scientific reports.. 2021 Feb 5; 11(1):3232. Epub 2021 Feb 05.

Thakar J, Qian Y, Benoodt L, Roumanes D, Qiu X, Laniewski N, Chu C, Slaunwhite C, Wang L, Mandava A, Chang I, Falsey AR, Caserta MT, Mariani TJ, Scheuermann RH, Walsh EE, Topham DJ. "Unbiased analysis of peripheral blood mononuclear cells reveals CD4 T cell response to RSV matrix protein." . 2020 Aug 7; 5:100065. Epub 2020 Apr 21.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Occupational Health and the Service Member
Author List: Timothy M. Mallon*, Richard Phipps, Juilee Thakar, Collynn Woeller, Dean P. Jones, Douglas I. Walker, Karan Uppal, Mark Utell and Thomas Thatcher
Edited By: Timothy M. Mallon
Published By: Office of The Surgeon General Borden Institute US Army Medical Department Center 2019

Chapter Title: Developing Network Models of Multiscale Host Responses Involved in Infections and Diseases.
Book Title: Computational Cell Biology
Author List: Rohith Palli and Juilee Thakar
Edited By: Louise von Stechow and Alberto Santos Delgado
Published By: Springer Science and Humana Press 2018 in New York

Chapter Title: Mathematical Models as Tools to Enable Infectious Diseases Research
Book Title: Emerging Trends in Antibacterial Discovery
Author List: Juilee Thakar and Eric Harvill
Edited By: Alita A. Miller and Paul F. Miller
Published By: Caister Academic Press 2011