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Publications: PubMed

Division of Microbiology
Tulane National Primate Research Center
18703 Three Rivers Road
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Phone: 985-871-6224

Fax: 985-871-6248

Email: smehra@tulane.edu

Smriti Mehra, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Research, Division of Pathobiological Sciences, LSU

Research Assistant Professor, Division of Microbiology, TNPRC

Education:

Post-doctoral, TNPRC, Covington, Louisiana

Post-doctoral, USDA, Beltsville, Maryland

Ph.D., University of Delhi, Delhi, India

MSc., University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Research Programs

  • Evaluate potential novel vaccines for their safety and efficacy
  • Study the role of host negative regulators of T cell function
  • Granuloma Mechanisms of Protection from Tuberculosis

Personal Statement:

As an Assistant Professor-Research within the Division of Pathobiological Sciences at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, I am responsible for developing my independent tuberculosis research program. The LSU position is my primary appointment. Additionally I continue to hold the position of Research Assistant Professor at the Division of Microbiology, Tulane National Primate Research Center, via a memorandum of understanding.

I employ a nonhuman primate model of TB, which is based on infecting rhesus macaques with infectious aerosols of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). My research focus is to

i) Evaluate potential novel vaccines for their safety and efficacy. These candidates could be attenuated whole-bacterium, subunit, DNA-based or viral vector based;

ii) Study the role of host negative regulators of T cell function e.g. IDO in modulating immune responses to Mtb infection in macaques ii) To test the safety and efficacy of recombinant/attenuated BCG strains as part of prime-boost vaccines against Mtb infection, again using the macaque model of TB.

The TNPRC is a division of Tulane University (985) 871-6201 tnprc@tulane.edu