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Radha Krishnakumar, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist

Research Interests and Accomplishments

Radha Krishnakumar joined the Synthetic Biology team in July of 2006 as a post-doctoral fellow and is now a staff scientist. She works under the mentorship of John Glass and Chuck Merryman, her main focus being the creation of mycoplasmas with the capacity to use more than the standard 20 amino acids. She also supports the team towards the goal of building the synthetic cell.

After completing her BS and MS from India she moved to the US in 2000 to pursue her PhD. In 2006 she earned her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign under the mentorship of Jim Imlay and Jim Slauch where she worked on the structure-function relationship of Cu/Zn superoxide dismutases in Salmonella Typhimurium and their contribution to virulence.

Select Publications

Algire, M., Krishnakumar, R., et al.
Megabases for Kilodollars

Nat Biotechnol. 2010 Dec 01; 28(12): 1272-3.[more]

Gibson, D. G., Glass, J. I., et al.
Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome

Science. 2010 Jul 02; 329(5987): 52-6.[more]

Krishnakumar, R., Assad-Garcia, N., et al.
Targeted Chromosomal Knockouts In Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010 Jun 11; 76(15): 5297-9.[more]

Krishnakumar, R., Kim, B., et al.
Structural Properties of Periplasmic SodCI That Correlate With Virulence In Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium

J Bacteriol. 2007 Jun 01; 189(12): 4343-52.[more]

Krishnakumar, R., Craig, M., et al.
Differences In Enzymatic Properties Allow SodCI but Not SodCII to Contribute to Virulence In Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium Strain 14028

J Bacteriol. 2004 Aug 01; 186(16): 5230-8.[more]