Center for Oral Infectious Diseases

Kabilan Velliyagounder, Ph.D.

Kabilan Velliyagounder, Ph.D.
Phone: 973-972-5051
Fax: 973-972-0045

Dr. Kabilan Velliyagounder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology. He received his Ph.D. from University of Madras, Chennai, India. He started his first postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. In 1997 he started his second postdoctoral research in South Korea. Kabilan joined the Department of Oral Biology at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in 1999. He is working on host-pathogen interaction studies focusing specifically on lactoferrin polymorphisms and their effect on oral diseases. He is also working on different Lf hybrid peptides and testing their effects on various microorganisms. In addition, Kabilan has successfully identified a naturally occurring group of organosulfur compounds with a significant potential to be used as an alternative therapy to treat oral and systemic diseases.

Apart from research, Kabilan is managing Electron Microscopy Facility and he is teaching the course to Ph.D. and GSBS students.

Selected Publications

Fine DH, Markowitz K, Furgang D, Velliyagounder K. 2010.  Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans as an early colonizer of oral tissues: Epithelium as a reservoir J Clin Microbiol. 2010 Sep 29. [Epub ahead of print]

Fine DH, Kaplan JB, Furgang D, Karched M, Velliyagounder K, Yue G. 2010. Mapping the epithelial cell-binding domain of the Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans autotransporter adhesin Aae. Microbiology. 2010 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Izano EA, Sadovskaya I, Vinogradov E, Mulks MH, Velliyagounder K, Ragunath C, Kher WB, Ramasubbu N, Jabbouri S, Perry MB, Kaplan JB. 2007. Poly-N-acetylglucosamine mediates biofilm formation and antibiotic resistance in Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae. Microb Pathog. 43(1): 1-9.

Fine DH, Velliyagounder K, Furgang D, Kaplan JB. 2005. The Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans autotransporter adhesin Aae exhibits specificity for buccal epithelial cells from humans and old world primates. Infect Immun. 73(4): 1947-53.

Kaplan JB, Velliyagounder K, Ragunath C, Rohde H, Mack D, Knobloch JK, Ramasubbu N. 2004. Genes involved in the synthesis and degradation of matrix polysaccharide in Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae biofilms. J Bacteriol. 186(24): 8213-20.

Kaplan JB, Ragunath C, Velliyagounder K, Fine DH, Ramasubbu N. 2004. Enzymatic detachment of Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilms. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 48(7): 2633-6.

Velliyagounder K, Kaplan JB, Furgang D, Legarda D, Diamond G, Parkin RE, Fine DH. 2003. One of two human lactoferrin variants exhibits increased antibacterial and transcriptional activation activities and is associated with localized juvenile periodontitis. Infect Immun. 71(11): 6141-7.

Monday, June 5, 2006