Alka Mehra
  • Research scientist, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
Research focus
  • Microbiology
Personal information


Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University

Research focus

host-pathogen interactions, macrophages, innate immunity, microbiology, cellular trafficking pathways, signaling, microRNAs.


1. Portal-Celhay C, Tufariello JM, Srivastava S, Zahra A, Klevorn T, Grace PS, Mehra A, Park HS, Ernst JD, Jacobs Jr. WR, and Philips JA. (2016) Mycobacterium tuberculosis EsxH inhibits ESCRT-dependent CD4+ T cell activation. Nature Microbiology Dec5 (2) 16232.

2. Mehra A. (2015). Microbial CRISPR-Cas System: From Bacterial Immunity to Next-Generation Antimicrobials. Microbial Factories (Springer India 2015, ISBN No.: 978-81-322-2594-2) Volume 2, Chapter 14. 217-234. DOI: 10.1007/978-81-322-2595-9_14.

3. Mehra A. (2014). Phagolysosomal Trafficking Assay. Bio-protocol 4 (13) e1163; DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.21769/BioProtoc.1163.

4. Mehra A* and Philips JA*. (2014). Analysis of Mycobacterial Protein Secretion. Bio-protocol 4 (12) e1159; *Co-corresponding author. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.21769/BioProtoc.1159.

5. Siegrist MS, Steigedal M, Ahmad R, Mehra A, Dragset MS, Schuster BM, Philips JA, Carr SA, Rubin EJ. (2014). Mycobacterial Esx-3 requires multiple components for iron acquisition. mBio. 5 (3) e01073-14.

6. Mehra A*, Zahra A*, Thompson V, Sirisaengtaksin N, Wells A, Porto M, Köster S, Penberthy K, Kubota Y, Dricot A, Rogan D, Vidal M, Bean AJ, Hill D, Philips JA. (2013). Mycobacterium tuberculosis type VII secreted effector, EsxH targets host ESCRT to inhibit intracellular trafficking. PLOS Pathogens. 9(10) e100373. * Equal contribution.

7. Singh Y, Kaul V, Mehra A, Chatterjee S, Tousif S, Dwivedi VP, Suar M, Kaer LV, Bishai WR and Das G. (2013). Mycobacterium tuberculosis controls miR99b expression in infected murine dendritic cells to modulate host immunity. Journal of Biological Chemistry. Feb 15; 288(7): 5056-61.

8. Juranek J, Kothary P, Mehra A, Hays A, Brannagan III TH, Schmidt AM. (2013). Increased expression of the Receptor for Advanced End-Glycation Products in the neuropathic peripheral nerve of human patients. Brain and Behaviour. 3(6) 701-709.

9. Mehra A, Bhattacharya S and Bhattacharya A. (2007). Identification of a novel lysine rich protein from Entamoeba histolytica. American J Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 3(4): 193-198.

10. Mehra A, Fredrick J, Petri WA Jr, Bhattacharya S and Bhattacharya A. (2006). Expression and function of a family of transmembrane kinases from the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica. Infect and Immun. Sep; 74(9): 5341-51.

11. Arya R, Mehra A, Bhattacharya S, Vishwakarma RA and Bhattacharya A. (2003). Biosynthesis of Entamoeba histolytica Proteophosphoglycan in vitro. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. Jan, 126 (1): 1-8.
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