Lehrstuhl für Mikrobiologie

    Dr. Karthika Rajeeve


    Tel.: +49 (0)931-31 88142
    Fax: +49 (0)931-31 84402
    Labor: C242
    Büro: C243
    EMail:  karunakaran@biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de


    Nadine Vollmuth
    Tel.: 31-84114
    E-mail: nadine.vollmuth@uni-wuerzburg.de
    Raum: C241

    Curriculum vitae

    Academic Career

    • since 2015   Group leader
    • 2012 - 2015 Post Doctoral Appointment
    • 2008 - 2012 PhD (Graduate Fellowship)
    • 2004 - 2007 Master of Science
    • 2000 - 2004 Bachelor of Science

    Awards and Fellowships received

    • 2015 - 2016 Funding for junior scientist from the State of Bavaria: ‘Qualification of Junior    
                            Scientists Program for Professorship’
    • 2012 - 2015 Post doctoral position from the IZKF (Interdisciplinäres Zentrum für Klinische Forshung), 
    • 2007 - 2012 The Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) fellowship by the Excellent Initiative of the  
                            German Federal and State Government (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
    • 2006              Indira Gandhi Post Graduate Scholarship, Govt. of India
    • 2004 - 2006 All India Scholarship under ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) for Masters in
                            Agricultural Biotechnology
    • 2004 - 2006 KAU Award for Masters from the Kerala Agricultural University
    • 2000 - 2004 All India Scholarship under ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) for Bachelors
                            in Agriculture


    • Chowdhury SR, Reimer A, Sharan M, Kozjak-Pavlovic V, Eulalio A, Prusty BK, Fraunholz M, Karunakaran K, Rudel T. (2017) Chlamydia preserves the mitochondrial network necessary for replication via microRNA-dependent inhibition of fission. J Cell Biol. 216(4):1071-1089. PubMed

    • Mehlitz A, Eylert E, Huber C, Lindner B, Vollmuth N, Karunakaran K, Goebel W, Eisenreich W, Rudel T. (2016) Metabolic adaptation of Chlamydia trachomatis to mammalian host cells. Molecular Microbiology 103(6):1004-1019. PubMed

    • Karthika Karunakaran, Prema Subbarayal, Nadine Vollmuth and Thomas Rudel. (2015) Chlamydia-infected cells shed Gp96 to prevent Chlamydial re-infection. Molecular Microbiology 98(4):694-711. PubMed

    • Prema Subbarayal, Karthika Karunakaran, Ann-Cathrin Winkler, Marion Rother, Erik Gonzalez, Thomas F. Meyer, Thomas Rudel. (2015) EphrinA2 receptor (EphA2) is an Invasion and Intracellular Signaling receptor for Chlamydia trachomatis. Plos Pathogen 11(4):e1004846. PubMed

    • Christine Siegl, Bhupesh K. Prusty, Karthika Karunakaran, Jörg Wishhusen and Thomas Rudel. (2014) Tumor suppressor p53 alters host cell metabolism to limit Chlamydia trachomatis infection.  Cell Reports 9(3):918-929. PubMed

    • Adrian Mehlitz, Karthika Karunakaran, Jo-Ana Herweg, Georg Krohne, Sebastian van de Linde, Elke Rieck, Markus Sauer and Thomas Rudel . (2014) Simkania negevensis Forms ER Vacuole Contact Sites and Inhibits ER‐stress. Cell Microbiology 16(8):1224-1243. PubMed

    • Manu Sharma, Machuy N, Linda Böhme L, Karthika Karunakaran, Mäurer AP, Thomas F Meyer and Thomas Rudel. (2011) HIF-1α is involved in mediating apoptosis resistance to Chlamydia trachomatis-infected cells. Cell Microbiology 13(10):1573-1585. PubMed

    • Karthika Karunakaran, Adrian Mehlitz and Thomas Rudel. (2011) Evolutionary conservation of infection-induced cell death inhibition among Chlamydiales. PLoS One 6(7):e22528. PubMed


    Lehrstuhl für Mikrobiologie
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    97074 Würzburg

    Tel.: +49 931 31-84400
    Fax: +49 931 31-84402

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