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Pratick Khara, PhD

Pratick Khara, PhD


Dr. Pratick Khara is from Kolkata (nicknamed as "City of Joy"), India. After receiving his B.Sc in Microbiology (2005) and subsequent M.Sc in Molecular Biology and Genetics (2007) from University of Calcutta, he joined Bose Institute, Kolkata. There he carried out his doctoral research work at the Department of Microbiology. After completing his PhD in 2014, he joined as a postdoc in the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 2017, he joined UT Health as a postdoc in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.


Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas, 2014-2017

PhD, Jadavpur University (Bose Institute), 2014

M.Sc, University of Calcutta, 2007

B.Sc, University of Calcutta, 2005


Bo Hu, PhD

Research Description

Dr. Khara is studying the mechanistic and structural aspects of Type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) of Gram-negative bacteria. T4SS has a huge impact on human health as it plays a major role in dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes among bacteria and also in delivery of virulence factors into eukaryotes. A deeper understanding of the mechanism and structure would help us to develop strategies to suppress the action of T4SSs. Dr. Khara is using a combination of molecular genetics, biochemical, and high-resolution fluorescence and electron microscopy approaches to characterize the T4SSs.