Senior Research Associate
Dr. Prabhakar received his Bachelors of Pharmacy in 2003 from the Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (India) and his Masters of Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) in 2006 from the Collage of Pharmaceutical Sciences (India), and his Ph.D. in Biosciences and bioengineering in 2014 from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB, India). Dr. Prabhakar did his 1stpostdoctoral research in Dr. Moremen’s lab at the CCRC in the structural and functional characterization of mammalian glycosyltransferases. In the 2ndpostdoctoral position in Dr. Jarvis’s Lab, Dr. Prabhakar worked on the glycoengineering of HIV-specific monoclonal antibodies with distinct N-glycosylation profiles using a glycoengineered insect cell culture-based expression platform. Currently, Dr. Prabhakar is a Senior Research Associate in Dr. Urbanowicz’s Lab at the CCRC in biochemical and structural characterization of carbohydrate-active enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of plant cell wall matrix polysaccharides. He has just started as Co-PI on a fully funded DOE grant to characterize all the GTs from Spirodela polyrhiza GT-47.
Dr. Prabhakar has over 13 full publications and one book chapter.
Dr. Prabhakar’s research focuses on several topics related to plant cell walls and the functional characterization of carbohydrate-active enzymes.