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Srinivas Garlapati
Assistant Professor
School of Sciences
CNSB 323
318-342-3304
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Srinivas Garlapati, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology

Education

Ph D

1996, Biotechnology
Madurai Kamaraj University

MS

1989, Biotechnology
Maduarai Kamaraj Univeristy

BS

1987, Microbiology
Osmania University

Research Interests

Our lab studies the biology of the protozoan human parasite Giardia lamblia. It is primarily transmitted by contaminated water and causes a diarrheal disease called giardiasis. Around 2 million people are infected annually and of which most of them are children who suffer from long lasting illness. Currently available drugs to treat this debilitating disease have adverse side effects. 

We are interested in elucidating the molecular mechanism of translation initiation in the parasite in order to develop parasite specific drugs.  Our current projects in the lab includes identification of translation initiation factors that recruit the protein synthetic machinery to capped mRNAs with a very short 5’UTRs and screening for anti-giardial compounds in the lichen extracts.

Awards & Honors

October 2017 Best Undergraduate Research Poster Award at the American Society of Microbiology, South Central Branch Annual meeting.

October 2017 Best Graduate Research Poster Award at the American Society of Microbiology, South Central Branch Annual Meeting.

March 2017 Best Graduate Research Poster Award at the The 91st Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy Sciences.

March 2017 Second Place Undergraduate Student Reserach Poster Award at the ULM 17th Annual Student Reserach Sympoisum.

March 2017 First Place Graduate Student Research Poster Award at the ULM 17th Annual Student Research Symposium.

October 2016 Best Graduate Research Poster Award at the American Society of Microbiology, South Central Branch Annual Meeting.

March 2016 First Place Undegraduate Student Research Poster Award at the 16th ULM Annual Student Research Symposium.

Courses Taught

BIOL 1020PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I, 1 course(s)

BIOL 2014INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY, 7 course(s)

BIOL 2015INTRO MICRO LABORATORY, 7 course(s)

BIOL 2018PRINCIPLES OF BIOTECHNOLOGY, 1 course(s)

BIOL 4030DNA ANALYSIS IN MOLECULAR BIOL, 1 course(s)

BIOL 4060PATHOGENIC BACTERIOLOGY, 2 course(s)

BIOL 4066ADVANCED MICROBIOLOGY, 1 course(s)

BIOL 4070IMMUNOLOGY-CONC & PRINCIPLES, 1 course(s)

BIOL 4099SENIOR BIOLOGY SEMINAR, 3 course(s)

BIOL 5007SEMINAR, 1 course(s)