Nithya  Jambunathan

Post-doctoral Researcher
Bachelor's Degree(s): B.Sc. (Chemistry, Physics and Zoology): University of Madras, Chennai, India
Master's Degree: M.Sc. (Molecular and Human Genetics): Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
PhD: (Biochemistry): Louisiana State University
Phone: 225-578-9084
Office: VMED 3110-A

Area of Interest

My interest involves the study of the assembly of HSV1 virions and studying the genes involved in the entry of the virus into host cells. Specifically, I am trying to elucidate the role of glycoprotein K in the process of HSV-1 infectivity. I am also a Scientist in LSU Gene lab, where I coordinate administrative and scientific activities including setting up and analyzing sequences using the 3130 Genetic Analyzers (Applied Biosystems).

Selected Publications

Nithya Jambunathan, Sona Chowdhury, Ramesh Subramanian, Vladimir N. Chouljenko, Jason D. Walker and  Konstantin G. Kousoulas. Site-Specific Proteolytic Cleavage of the Amino-terminal Portion of Herpes Simplex Virus Type-1 (HSV-1) Glycoprotein K (gK) on Virion Particles Causes Substantial Reduction in Virus Entry. J. Virol. 2011, 85(24):12910.

Nithya Jambunathan, Adam W. Martinez, Elizabeth C.Robert, Nneamaka B. Agochukwu, Megan E. Ibos, Sandra L. Dugas , and David Donze. (2005) Multiple Bromodomain Genes are Involved in Restricting the Spread of Heterochromatic Silencing at the Saccharomyces cerevisiae HMR-tRNA Boundary: Genetics, Vol. 171 913-922.

Tiffany A. Simms, Elsy C. Miller, Nicolas P. Buisson, Nithya Jambunathan and David Donze. (2004) The Saccharomyces cerevisiae TRT2 tRNAThr gene upstream of STE6 is a barrier to repression in MAT cells and exerts a potential tRNA position effect in MATa cells. Nucleic Acids Research 32(17):5206-5213.