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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

Lee CC, Southgate RD, Jiao C, Gersz E, Owen JR, Kates SL, Beck CA, Xie C, Daiss JL, Post V, Moriarty TF, Zeiter S, Schwarz EM, Muthukrishnan G. "Deriving a dose and regimen for anti-glucosaminidase antibody passive-immunisation for patients with Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis." European cells & materials. 2020 Jan 31; 39:96-107. Epub 2020 Jan 31.

Ricciardi BF, Muthukrishnan G, Masters EA, Kaplan N, Daiss JL, Schwarz EM. "New Developments and Future Challenges in Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Prosthetic Joint Infection." Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society.. 2020 Jan 22; Epub 2020 Jan 22.

Tourtelot E, Quataert S, Glantz JC, Perlis L, Muthukrishnan G, Mosmann T. "Women who received varicella vaccine versus natural infection have different long-term T cell immunity but similar antibody levels." Vaccine.. 2020 Jan 17; Epub 2020 Jan 17.