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Gowrishankar Muthukrishnan, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 273-5632

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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

Kates SL, Owen JR, Beck CA, Xie C, Muthukrishnan G, Daiss JL, Schwarz EM. "Lack of Humoral Immunity Against Glucosaminidase Is Associated with Postoperative Complications in Staphylococcus aureus Osteomyelitis." The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume.. 2020 Aug 27; Epub 2020 Aug 27.

Muthukrishnan G, Soin S, Beck CA, Grier A, Brodell JD, Lee CC, Ackert-Bicknell CL, Lee FE, Schwarz EM, Daiss JL. "A Bioinformatic Approach to Utilize a Patient's Antibody-Secreting Cells against to Detect Challenging Musculoskeletal Infections." . 2020 Jun 22; 4(6):339-351. Epub 2020 Jun 22.

Hofstee MI, Muthukrishnan G, Atkins GJ, Riool M, Thompson K, Morgenstern M, Stoddart MJ, Richards RG, Zaat SAJ, Moriarty TF. "Current Concepts of Osteomyelitis: From Pathologic Mechanisms to Advanced Research Methods." The American journal of pathology.. 2020 Jun 0; 190(6):1151-1163. Epub 2020 Mar 16.