I am an immunologist with experience in cellular and molecular
immunology, immuchemistry, diagnostic and vaccine development,
immunopathology. I am seeking a research position in a challenging
environment. My current research involves studying isotype regulation
during an infection with Mesocestoides corti. I developed assays to
estimate different interleukins in the serum of the infected mice and also
from T cell lines generated from the mice. This was done to identify the
interleukins that regulate the antibody isotype response during the disease.
Developed in situ hybridization and RT-PCR to estimate the frequencies of B
cells committed to switch to IgG1 and IgE. Also developed hamster
monoclonal antibodies to the T cells insearch of novel surface markers.
My research interests are towards interleukins, inflammation and immune
responses, isotype regulation, immunopathology. I am enclosing my resume
herewith and should you need further information please feel free to call
me at 210-567-3963.
Prasad S. D. Turaga, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology
U. T. Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX - 78284
(210) 567-3963 (work)
(210) 341-8987 (home)
e mail: turaga at thorin.uthscsa.edu
Objective: To obtain a Research Scientist position in a challenging
environment in Biotechnology industry.
Personal: Permanent Resident of USA, male, married, willing to
Education: 1989 Ph. D. Microbiology. Oregon State University,
Corvallis, OR - 97331
1982 M. Pharm. Andhra University, Waltair, India
1979 B. Pharm. Kakatiya University, Warangal, India
Trained in cellular immunology, molecular immunology,
immunochemistry and host-pathogen interactions.
Nov 1989- Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Microbiology, The University of
present Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX - 78284
Determined the frequency of cells expressing transcripts for
interleukins and immunoglobulins using in situ hybridization
methodology. Developed assays (ELISA and bioassay) to estimate
the levels of different interleukins in T cell lines generated from
mice infected with cestode parasite. Performed studies involving
fractionation of B cells depending on density and size
(elutriation) and characterized their phenotype using FACS.
Functional studies were done on such cells for the expression of
germline transcripts for different immunoglobulins. Developed
hamster anti-mouse monoclonal antibodies against T cells in pursuit
of novel markers. Estimating frequencies of cells expressing
germline gamma1 transcripts from FACS sorted B cell populations
utilizing RT-PCR technique is currently underway.
Apr 84-89 Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Microbiology, Oregon
State University, Corvallis, OR - 97331
Performed physical and functional characterization of soluble
antigen derived from a bacterial pathogen. Developed sensitive
diagnostic assays for the disease (ELISA and Western Blot) using
the soluble antigen as the marker. Characterized the protease
activity associated with the bacterial antigen and its role in
biological activity. Developed assay system to demonstrate for the
first time in salmonids, antigen:antibody complexes in infected
animals, both in serum and in tissues (immunohistochemistry).
Developed a vaccine candidate with soluble antigen coupled to
different adjuvants via chemical coupling methods. Developed
assays (chemiluminescence) to assess the phagocytic capacity of
cells from animals.
American Association of Immunologists
American Assocaition for Advancement of Science
References: Available upon request
Prasad Turaga, Ph.D. Phone: (210)567-3963
UTHSCSA Dept. Microbiology Fax: (210)567-6456
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX
Internet Address: turaga at thorin.uthscsa.edu