Anukriti Mathur


John Curtin School of Medical Research

Australian National University

Anukriti is a third year PhD student at the Australian National University under the supervision of Professor Si Ming Man. Her PhD project focuses on understanding the molecular mechanism of bacterial toxins in inducing cell death and inflammation. Her research identified two multicomponent bacterial toxins assembled in a specific and linear order on the mammalian cell membrane to form a lytic pore, to activate the immune sensor. These findings have been published in Nature Microbiology and Nature Communications, with Anukriti as a first/co-first author. She has published two review articles in Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews and Journal of Leukocyte Biology.

Anukriti completed her Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology at Amity University, India, in 2010. She received a Master of Engineering in Biotechnology from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani Campus, India, in 2016. In 2015, she was awarded a Khorana fellowship by the Government of India which allowed her to conduct a research project at the Harvard Medical School, USA. Anukriti’s doctoral work has been recognised by a Gretel and Gordon Bootes Medical Research Foundation grant award, an American Association of Immunologists trainee poster award, an International Cytokine and Interferon Society Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate Award, an Australian Society for Microbiology Nancy Millis student award and an International Association of Inflammation Societies Young Investigator Award.

This ASBMB Fellowship was to give Anukriti an opportunity to present her research findings at the American Association of Immunologists annual meeting in Honolulu, USA, and meet potential employers and collaborators.