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Gowrishankar Muthukrishnan, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 273-5632

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Professional Background

Gowrishankar Muthukrishnan earned his PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2014 (Prof. Cole, Florida). He is an expert on Staphylococcus aureus microbiology, immunology, its virulence mechanisms, and interactions with the host immune systems. His graduate work aimed at understanding the S. aureus nasal carriage dynamics, in addition to identifying important host and microbial determinants that influence S. aureus nasal colonization in humans. His postdoctoral studies at the University of Rochester Medical Center (Prof. Schwarz, Rochester) involved numerous basic research projects related to human immune mechanisms and development of supporting immunological methods for viral and bacterial vaccine research. He has also been working on assessing functional humoral and cell-mediated responses in patients with S. aureus osteomyelitis, and diabetic foot ulcer infections at the center for musculoskeletal research (CMSR), University of Rochester Medical Center. As a faculty member within CMSR, he is continuing his research on understanding the host-pathogen interactions during S. aureus osteomyelitis.



Masters in Engineering | Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India

MS | University of Central Florida
Molecular Biology and Microbiology

PhD | University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Biomedical Sciences

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2017 - 2019
Center for Musculoskeletal Research, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center

2015 - 2017
Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Rochester Medical Center


2019 - 2021
AO Research Institute Fellowship (Davos, Switzerland)
Sponsor: AO Trauma

Great Lakes International Imaging and Flow Cytometry Association (GLIIFCA 2016) Travel Award

Great Lakes International Imaging and Flow Cytometry Association (GLIIFCA 2016) Best Poster Award

2012 - 2013
UCF Student Conduct Review Board Outstanding Achievement Award

2011 - 2012
Rudy Wodzinski Memorial Scholarship

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Journal Articles

Moriarty TF, Muthukrishnan G, Daiss JL, Xie C, Nishitani K, Morita Y, Awad H, de Mesy Bentley KL, Masters E, Bui T, Yan M, Owen J, Mooney B, Gill S, Puetzler J, Wenke JC, Morgenstern M, Metsemakers WJ, Noll C, Joeris A, Richards RG, Schwarz EM, Kates SL. "Bone infection: a clinical priority for clinicians, scientists and educators." European cells & materials. 2021 Oct 18; 41:312-333. Epub 2021 Oct 18.

Klose AM, Daiss JL, Ho L, Beck CA, Striemer CC, Muthukrishnan G, Miller BL. "StaphAIR: A Label-Free Antigen Microarray Approach to Detecting Anti- Antibody Responses in Orthopedic Infections." Analytical chemistry.. 2021 Oct 1; Epub 2021 Oct 01.

Owen JR, Campbell MP, Mott MD, Beck CA, Xie C, Muthukrishnan G, Daiss JL, Schwarz EM, Kates SL. "IgG4-specific responses in patients with Staphylococcus aureus bone infections are not predictive of postoperative complications." European cells & materials. 2021 Sep 22; 41:156-165. Epub 2021 Sep 22.