2002 PhD Molecular Biology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1996 MS Plant Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India
1994 BS Agriculture, university of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India
2002-2007 Post-doctoral fellow, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX
2007-2009 Research Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Pullman WA
Courses taught: Microbiology (BIOL 2420) and Molecular Biology (BIOL 4404, 5401)
Research Interests: Molecular pathogenesis of parasitic protozoan species; Trichomonas vaginalis- the protozoan parasite causing Trichomoniasis which is the most common STD in humans, and Tritrichomonas foetus- causing bovine Trichomoniasis resulting in fetal wastage in cattle.
Interested undergraduate and graduate students looking for laboratory experience in molecular microbiology; please check this site for more updates with specific projects during late spring-summer-2010.
Image from Science magazine Cover: Scanning electron micrograph of Trichomonas vaginalis parasites (gray-green) adhering to vaginal epithelial cells (pink). Attached parasites are flattened and amoeba-like; parasites that do not adhere are pear-shaped. Image: Antonio Pereira-Neves and Marlene Benchimol, Santa Ursula University, Rio de Janeiro
Stark, J.R., G. Judson, J.F. Alderete, V. Mundodi, AS Kucknoor, E.L. Giovannucci, E.A. Platz, K. Fall, T. Kurth, J. Ma, M.J. Stampfer, and L.A. Mucci. 2009. Trichomonas vaginalis infection and prostate cancer incidence and mortality: a prospective study in the physician’s health study. J. Nat. Cancer Inst. 101(20):1406-11.
Kucknoor AS, Mundodi V and Alderete JF. 2009. Genetic identity and differentially expressed genes between Trichomonas vaginalis and Trichomonas tenax. BMC Microbiology. 2009 Mar 18;9(1):58.
Kucknoor AS, V Mundodi, and JF Alderete. 2007. The secreted proteins of Trichomonas vaginalis and vaginal epithelial cell response to secreted and episomally expressed AP65. Cell. Microbiol. 9:2586-25977.
Kucknoor AS, Mundodi V, and JF Alderete. 2005. Adherence to human vaginal epithelial cells signals for increased expression of Trichomonas vaginalis genes. Infect. Immun. 73: 6472-6478.
Kucknoor AS, Mundodi V, and JF Alderete. 2005. Trichomonas vaginalis adherence mediates differential gene expression in human vaginal epithelial cells. Cell. Microbiol. 7:887-897.
Kucknoor AS, Mundodi V, and JF Alderete. 2005. Heterologous Expression in Tritrichomonas foetus of Functional Trichomonas vaginalis AP65 Adhesin. BMC Mol. Biol. 6:5
Mundodi V, Kucknoor AS, Klump DJ, Chang TH and JF Alderete. 2004. Silencing of the ap65 gene reduces adherence to vaginal epithelial cells by Trichomonas vaginalis. Mol. Microbiol. 53:1099-1108.
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