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Anuj Tharakan

Anuj TharakanEducation:

Drexel University, B.S. in Biological Sciences (2014)
Hometown: Vienna, VA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet


Research Interests:

Anuj’s previous research focused on characterizing the pathogenesis of chronic allergic inflammatory diseases affecting the upper respiratory tract. His work specifically addressed the role of oxidative injury in regulating sinonasal epithelial barrier function and modulating the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from epithelial cells. His primary research interest is in understanding basic mechanisms regulating innate immune responses and the interaction between innate and adaptive immunity. 

Personal Bio:

Anuj grew up in Vienna, VA and studied biology at Drexel University. He then moved to Baltimore, MD to work in a research lab and attend graduate school at Johns Hopkins. Outside of research and studying, he enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and playing basketball and baseball.


Ramanathan, Jr, Murugappan, Nyall R. London, Jr, Anuj Tharakan, Nitya Surya, Thomas E. Sussan, Xiaoquan Rao, Sandra Y. Lin, Elina Toskala, Sanjay Rajagopalan, and Shyam Biswal. (2017). Airborne Particulate Matter Induces Non-allergic Eosinophilic Sinonasal Inflammation in Mice. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. 2017.

London, Nyall R., Anuj Tharakan, Andrew P. Lane, Shyam Biswal, and Murugappan Ramanathan. (2017, May). Nuclear erythroid 2ÔÇÉrelated factor 2 activation inhibits house dust mite–induced sinonasal epithelial cell barrier dysfunction. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology (Vol. 7, No. 5, pp. 536-541).

Kohanski, Michael A., Anuj Tharakan, Nyall R. London, Andrew P. Lane, and Murugappan Ramanathan. (2017, April) Bactericidal antibiotics promote oxidative damage and programmed cell death in sinonasal epithelial cells. International forum of allergy & rhinology (Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 359-364).

Anuj Tharakan, Ashleigh Halderman, Andrew P. Lane, and Murugappan Ramanathan Jr. Reversal of Cigarette Smoke Extract Induced Sinonasal Epithelial Cell Barrier Dysfunction through Nrf2 Activation. (2016, November). International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. (Vol. 6, No. 11, pp. 1145-1150).

Nyall R. London, Jr., Anuj Tharakan, Ana M. Rule, Andrew P. Lane, Shyam Biswal, and Murugappan Ramanathan, Jr. Air pollutant mediated disruption of sinonasal epithelial cell barrier function is reversed by activation of the Nrf2 pathway. (2016). Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 138(6), 1736-1738.

Michelle Mendiola, Anuj Tharakan, Mengfei Chen, Tomefa Asempa, Andrew P. Lane, Murugappan Ramanathan Jr. (2016, September). Characterization of a novel high-dose ovalbumin-induced murine model of allergic sinonasal inflammation. International Forum of Allergy Rhinology. (Vol. 6, No. 9, pp. 964-972).

Michael A. Kohanski, Anuj Tharakan, Andrew P. Lane, Murugappan Ramanathan Jr. Bactericidal antibiotics promote reactive oxygen species formation and inflammation in human sinonasal epithelial cells. (2016, February). International Forum of Allergy Rhinology. (Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 191-200).