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Alka Mehra


Ph.D. in Molecular Parasitology, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2006

Current position

Young Scientist, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Allergy and Infectious Disease Division, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi, India (11/2015- till date)


  1. Mehra, A. (2015). Microbial CRISPR-Cas system: From bacterial immunity to next-generation antimicrobials. Microbial Factories. Springer Volume 2, Chapter 14. Pages 217- 234.
  2. Mehra, A. (2014). Phagolysosomal trafficking assay. Bio-protocol 4(13): e1163.
  3. Mehra, A. and Philips, J. A. (2014). Analysis of mycobacterial protein secretion. Bio-protocol 4(12): e1159.
  4. Siegrist, M. S., Steigedal, M., Ahmad, R., Mehra, A., Dragset, M. S., Schuster, B. M., Philips, J. A., Carr, S. A. and Rubin, E. J. (2014). Mycobacterial Esx-3 requires multiple components for iron acquisition. MBio 5(3): e01073-01014.
  5. Mehra, A.*, Zahra, A.*, Thompson, V., Sirisaengtaksin, N., Wells, A., Porto, M., Koster, S., Penberthy, K., Kubota, Y., Dricot, A., Rogan, D., Vidal, M., Hill, D. E., Bean, A. J. and Philips, J. A. (2013). Mycobacterium tuberculosis type VII secreted effector EsxH targets host ESCRT to impair trafficking. PLoS Pathog 9(10): e1003734. (*Equal contribution)
  6. Singh, Y., Kaul, V., Mehra, A., Chatterjee, S., Tousif, S., Dwivedi, V. P., Suar, M., Van Kaer, L., Bishai, W. R. and Das, G. (2013). Mycobacterium tuberculosis controls microRNA-99b (miR-99b) expression in infected murine dendritic cells to modulate host immunity. J Biol Chem 288(7): 5056-5061.
  7. Juranek, J. K., Kothary, P., Mehra, A., Hays, A., Brannagan, T. H., 3rd and Schmidt, A. M. (2013). Increased expression of the receptor for advanced glycation end-products in human peripheral neuropathies. Brain Behav 3(6): 701-709.
  8. Mehra, A., Bhattacharya, S. and Bhattacharya, A. (2007). Identification and functional characterization of a novel lysine-rich protein from Entamoeba histolytica. American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 3(4): 193-198.
  9. Mehra, A., Fredrick, J., Petri, W. A., Jr., Bhattacharya, S. and Bhattacharya, A. (2006). Expression and function of a family of transmembrane kinases from the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica. Infect Immun 74(9): 5341-5351.
  10. Arya, R., Mehra, A., Bhattacharya, S., Vishwakarma, R. A. and Bhattacharya, A. (2003). Biosynthesis of Entamoeba histolytica proteophosphoglycan in vitro. Mol Biochem Parasitol 126(1): 1-8.
Protocols by Alka Mehra
  1. Analysis of Mycobacterial Protein Secretion
  2. Phagolysosomal Trafficking Assay