Kirti Gupta

Postdoctoral researcher

I am a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University in the Department of Genetics.

I received my undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from Delhi University, India. I then did my masters in Biosciences from Jamia Millia Islamia where I worked on the characterization of Chikungunya Virus strain from clinical samples in Dr. Shama Parveen’s lab. The aim of the study was to look for novel genetic changes in the isolates by sequence analysis.

I then received my Doctorate degree in Molecular and Structural Biology from CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, India, advised by Dr. Saman Habib. During my PhD, we identified and characterized several ribosomal assembly factors involved in the organellar ribosome biogenesis in Plasmodium falciparum. I gained expertise in cloning, expression and purification of recombinant proteins, IFA, Confocal microscopy.

Previous publications

  1. Gupta K, Gupta A , Habib S. Characterization of a Plasmodium falciparum rRNA methyltransferase. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2018 Jun 20;223:13-18. doi: 10.1016/j.molbiopara.2018.06.001. PubMed PMID: 29909066. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Gupta K, Gupta A , Haider A, Habib S. Characterization of mitochondrion-targeted GTPases in Plasmodium falciparum. Parasitology. 2018 Apr 12:1-13. doi: 10.1017/S0031182018000501. PubMed PMID: 29642957 [Epub ahead of print]

  3. Habib S, Vaishya S, Gupta K. Translation in Organelles of Apicomplexan Parasites. Trends Parasitol. 2016 Dec;32(12):939-952. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2016 Aug 12. Review. PubMed PMID: 27527393

  4. Gupta A, Shah P, Haider A, Gupta K, Siddiqi MI, Ralph SA, Habib S. Reduced ribosomes of the apicoplast and mitochondrion of Plasmodium spp. and predicted interactions with antibiotics. Open Biol.2014 May;4(5):140045. doi: 10.1098/rsob.140045. PubMed PMID: 24850912