Rajendar Deora, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

Rajendar Deora, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-1124 | Department: 336-716-2011


Education & Training

  • B.Sc., Calcutta University Medical College-India, 1989
  • M.Sc., Calcutta University Natl Medical Institute-India, 1991
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago, 1997
  • Fellowship, University of California Sch o, 2003
Rajendar Deora, Ph.D.

Rajendar Deora, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Research Interests

genetics/genome, genomics and proteomics, hormones/cytokines/signalling, immunology/allergy/inflammatio, infectious diseases, model development, molecular biology/molecular me, structural biology, vaccines

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-1124 | Department: 336-716-2011


Recent Publications

Little DJ, Milek S, Bamford NC, Ganguly T, DiFrancesco BR, Nitz M, Deora R, Howell PL. The protein BpsB is a poly-beta-1,6-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine deacetylase required for biofilm formation in Bordetella bronchiseptica. J Biol Chem. 2015;290(37):22827-40.

Sukumar N, Nicholson TL, Conover MS, Ganguly T, Deora R. Comparative analyses of a cystic fibrosis isolate of bordetella bronchiseptica reveal differences in important pathogenic phenotypes. Infect Immun. 2014;82(4):1627-1637.

Ganguly T, Johnson JB, Kock ND, Parks GD, Deora R. The Bordetella pertussis Bps polysaccharide enhances lung colonization by conferring protection from complement-mediated killing. Cell Microbiol. 2014;16(7):1105-1118.

Knight J, Deora R, Assimos DG, Holmes RP. The genetic composition of Oxalobacter formigenes and its relationship to colonization and calcium oxalate stone disease. Urolithiasis. 2013;41(3):187-196.

Taneja NK, Ganguly T, Bakaletz LO, Nelson KJ, Dubey P, Poole LB, Deora R. D-alanine modification of a protease-susceptible outer membrane component by the Bordetella pertussis dra locus promotes resistance to antimicrobial peptides and polymorphonuclear leukocyte-mediated killing. J Bacteriol. 2013;195(22):5102-5111.

Conover MS, Redfern CJ, Ganguly T, Sukumar N, Sloan G, Mishra M, Deora R. BpsR modulates Bordetella biofilm formation by negatively regulating the expression of the Bps polysaccharide. J Bacteriol. 2012;194(2):233-242.

Register KB, Sukumar N, Palavecino EL, Rubin BK, Deora R. Bordetella bronchiseptica in a paediatric cystic fibrosis patient: possible transmission from a household cat. Zoonoses Public Health. 2012;59(4):246-250.

Tang S, Mishra M, Frazier DP, Moore ML, Inoue K, Deora R, Sui G, Dubey P. Positive and negative regulation of prostate stem cell antigen expression by Yin Yang 1 in prostate epithelial cell lines. PLoS ONE. 2012;7(4):e35570.

Nicholson TL, Conover MS, Deora R. Transcriptome profiling reveals stage-specific production and requirement of flagella during biofilm development in Bordetella bronchiseptica. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e49166.

Conover MS, Mishra M, Deora R. Extracellular DNA is essential for maintaining Bordetella biofilm integrity on abiotic surfaces and in the upper respiratory tract of mice. PLoS ONE. 2011;6(2):e16861.

Serra DO, Conover MS, Arnal L, Sloan GP, Rodriguez ME, Yantorno OM, Deora R. FHA-mediated cell-substrate and cell-cell adhesions are critical for Bordetella pertussis biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces and in the mouse nose and the trachea. PLoS ONE. 2011;6(12):e28811.

Sukumar N, Sloan GP, Conover MS, Love CF, Mattoo S, Kock ND, Deora R. Cross-species protection mediated by a Bordetella bronchiseptica strain lacking antigenic homologs present in acellular pertussis vaccines. Infect Immun. 2010;78(5):2008-2016.

Conover MS, Sloan GP, Love CF, Sukumar N, Deora R. The Bps polysaccharide of Bordetella pertussis promotes colonization and biofilm formation in the nose by functioning as an adhesin. Mol Microbiol. 2010;77(6):1439-1455.

Waligora EA, Ramsey DM, Pryor EE Jr, Lu H, Hollis T, Sloan GP, Deora R, Wozniak DJ. AmrZ beta-sheet residues are essential for DNA binding and transcriptional control of Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence genes. J Bacteriol. 2010;192(20):5390-5401.

Sukumar N, Love CF, Conover MS, Kock ND, Dubey P, Deora R. Active and passive immunization with Bordetella colonization factor A protects mice against respiratory challenge with Bordetella bronchiseptica. Infect Immun. 2009;77(2):885-895.

Matthysse AG, Deora R, Mishra M, Torres AG. Polysaccharides cellulose, poly-beta-1,6-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine, and colanic acid are required for optimal binding of Escherichia coli O157:H7 strains to alfalfa sprouts and K12 strains to plastic but not for binding to epithelial cells. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2008;74(8):2384-2390.

Parise G, Mishra M, Itoh Y, Romeo T, Deora R. Role of a putative polysaccharide locus in Bordetella biofilm development. J Bacteriol. 2007;189(3):750-760.

Sukumar N, Mishra M, Sloan GP, Ogi T, Deora R. Differential Bvg phase-dependent regulation and combinatorial role in pathogenesis of two Bordetella paralogs, BipA and BcfA. J Bacteriol. 2007;189(10):3695-3704.

Huigens RW III, Richards JJ, Parise G, Ballard TE, Zeng W, Deora R, Melander C. Inhibition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation with bromoageliferin analogues. J Am Chem Soc. 2007;129(22):6966-6967.

Sloan GP, Love CF, Sukumar N, Mishra M, Deora R. The Bordetella Bps polysaccharide is critical for biofilm development in the mouse respiratory tract. J Bacteriol. 2007;189(22):8270-8276.

All Publications

For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.

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Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology

Rajendar Deora, Ph.D.

Rajendar Deora, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Institute for Regenerative Medicine

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