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Rama Akondy

Associate Professor of Biology, Ashoka University

Ph.D. National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi

Rama Akondy is an Associate professor of Biology in the Trivedi school of Biosciences. She received her PhD from the National Institute of Immunology (New Delhi, India) and worked at Emory university (Atlanta, USA) first as a post-doctoral researcher and then as junior faculty. Immunological memory, the ability of the immune system to ‘remember’ a previous encounter with a pathogen and respond to it better upon re-encounter, forms the basis of vaccination. Rama’s primary area of interest is understanding immunological memory in humans by observing how our immune system reacts to viruses, vaccines and tumors. Her proudest moment was when she opened a textbook (Plotkin’s Vaccines) and found a figure from her paper.

  • Akondy RS, Fitch M, Edupuganti S, Yang S, Kissick HT, Li KW, Youngblood BA, Abdelsamed HA, McGuire DJ, Cohen KW, Alexe G, Nagar S, McCausland MM, Gupta S, Tata P, Haining WN, McElrath MJ, Zhang D, Hu B, Greenleaf WJ, Goronzy JJ, Mulligan MJ, Hellerstein M, Ahmed R. (2017). Origin and differentiation of human memory CD8 T cells after vaccination. Nature. Dec 21;552(7685):362-367.
  • McElroy AK, Akondy RS, Mcllwain DR, Chen H, Bjornson-Hooper Z, Mukherjee N, Mehta AK, Nolan G, Nichol ST, Spiropoulou CF. (2020). Immunologic timeline of Ebola virus disease and recovery in humans. JCI Insight. 2020 May 21;5(10).
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