Dr. Praveen Balabaskaran Nina

  • Dr. Praveen did his M.V.Sc in Avian Diseases from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), and his Ph.D was in Microbiology & Immunology from Drexel University, USA. He did his Postdoctoral fellowship at National Institutes of Health, USA. Before Joining CUTN, Dr. Praveen was a senior research scientist for University of Washington in their Malaria research programme based in India. Dr. Praveen is one of the first to receive DBT-Wellcome Trust Early Career Fellowship, Inspire faculty Award and Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA), all very prestigious and competitive awards of the Indian Government. He has successfully completed grants from DBT and DST, and has published in very high quality journals such as PLoS Biology and Journal of Biochemistry. Dr. Praveen’s lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of traits that confer susceptibility and resistance to mosquitoes against malaria infection. He also has great interest in diagnostic and molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases

  • Molecular and Cell Biology of Plasmodium falciparum, Anopheles- Plasmodium infection studies, Epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • CLAG3 oligomerizes at the host erythrocyte membrane and enables malaria parasite nutrient uptake. Ankit Gupta, Praveen Balabaskaran Nina, Wang Nguitragool, Marc Schureck and Sanjay A. Desai. Under revision in mBio.
  • Susceptibility of wild and colonized Anopheles stephensi to Plasmodium vivax infection. Ajeet Kumar Mohanty*, Praveen Balabaskaran Nina* Shuvankar Ballav Smita Vernekar, Sushma Parkar, Maria D’souza, Edwin Gomes, Laura Chery, Neena Valecha, Ashwani Kumar and Pradipsinh K Rathod. * - Equal contribution. (Submitted to Malaria Journal).
  • Praveen Balabaskaran Nina*, Ajeet Kumar Mohanty*, Shuvankar Ballav Smita Vernekar, Sushma Bhinge, Maria D’souza, Jayashree Walke, Suresh Kumar Manoharan, Anjali Mascarenhas, Edwin Gomes, Laura Chery, Neena Valecha, Ashwani Kumar and Pradipsinh K Rathod. Dynamics of Plasmodium vivax sporogony in wild Anopheles stephensi in a malaria endemic region of Western India (2017). Malaria Journal 2017 Jul 11;16(1):284. doi: 10.1186/s12936-017-1931-8.* - Equal contribution.
  • Sanjay A. Desai, Kempaiah Rayavara, Paresh Sharma, Sayeed K. Syed, Wang Nguitragool, and Praveen Balabaskaran Nina. Membrane transport proteins as therapeutic targets in malaria. (2016) (Book Chapter). Wiley-IUBMB Book Series "Recent advances in Malaria" edited by VS Chauhan, C Chitnis & D Gaur. ISBN - 13 : 978 – 1118493793. Ist edition.
  • Praveen Balabaskaran Nina, Joanne M. Morrisey, Suresh M. Ganesan, Hangjun Ke, April M. Pershing, Michael W. Mather and Akhil B. Vaidya (2011) ATP Synthase Complex of Plasmodium falciparum : Dimeric Assembly in Mitochondrial Membranes and Resistance to Genetic Disruption. Journal of Biological Chemistry Dec 2;286 (48):41312-22. Recommended by Faculty 1000.
  • Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA; 2010
  • MV.Sc., Avian Diseases, Minor: Veterinary Immunology, Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Uttarpradesh, India; 2005
  • BV.Sc., Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pondicherry, India; 2002


  • Senior Scientist, University of Washington, Seattle, USA , Malaria Evolution in South Asia – Internation centers for Excellence in Malaria Research (MESA-ICEMR) based at National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) and Goa Medical College (GMC), Goa, India

    January 2016 - September 2017

  • Inspire Faculty, PSG institute of Medical Science and Research (PSG IMS

    November 2012 - December 2015

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    April 2011 - November 2012

  • Assistant Professor, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur

    September 2017 - Till date