Membrane heterogeneity is a known modulator of biological function. It is known that cells actively regulate the membranes to alter its inherent geometry and composition to enable a mechanical control of biological activity. Viruses, a highly skilled parasite can take advantage of these host membrane machinery for enabling the different steps in its lifecycle, especially during entry and egress.
Dr. Raghunathan is a membrane biophysicist by training and interests are in understanding how the diversity in membrane composition affects its organization and function. In the Dermody lab, he is studying these aspects of membrane biology in the context of virus-host interactions. In particular, he is using microscopic and lipidomic tools to understand physicochemical aspects of how the Chikungunya virus remodels the membrane. Dr. Raghunathan is also interested in understanding the functional consequence of these changes from the perspectives of both the host and the virus, and their extension to other alpha viruses.
- American Heart Association (2014-present)
- American Association of Cancer Research (2012-2014)
- Biophysical Society (2010-present)
- SPIE (2009-2012)
Education & Training
- B.Tech (Biotechnology) Anna University, India
- PhD (Biophysics) University of Michigan
- Fellowship: ASCB Company of Biologist Travel Award (2014)
- Fellowship: Rackham International (2007-2008)
- Fellowship: PIBS (2006-2007)