Molecular Medicine

Subhra Mohapatra A-1381-2012

Subhra Mohapatra, PHD

Professor, College of Medicine Molecular Medicine

Contact Info 12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
MDC 7, Rm# 2523
Tampa FL 33612

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  • PHD, Immunology, University of Manitoba, 1993
  • MS, Chemistry, Ravenshaw College, Utkal University, 1983

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Cancer Biology

Research Interests

  • One of the major focus of my laboratory is to understand the role of onco-immune environment, which plays a critical role in tumor growth, drug resistance and recurrence. To this end, we have developed methods and technologies to expand cancer stem cells (CSCs) that drive tumor initiation and progression, identified novel drug candidates for targeting CSCs and sensitizing tumors to immune checkpoint blockers in colon and lung cancer models. Another focus of my laboratory has been to study chemokine signaling pathways involving spleen-brain axis in regulating neurodegeneration in traumatic injury patients. Toward these goals, we have developed in vitro models of blood-brain-barrier, in vivo rodent models, nose-to-brain delivery methods and anti-inflammatory agents. Since the COVID 19 pandemic, our lab has initiated studies to understand the neurotropism of SARS-CoV2 virus.


  • National Academic of Inventors (Member, 2014 - Present)
  • USF Senate (Member, 2014 - Present)
  • National Academic of Inventors USF Chapter (Member, 2014 - Present)
  • American Association of Cancer Research (Member, 2001 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Das T, Nair RR, Green R, Padhee S, Howell M, Banerjee J, Mohapatra SS, Mohapatra S. Actinomycin D Down-regulates SOX2 Expression and Induces Death in Breast Cancer Stem Cells. Anticancer research. 37(4) : 1655-1663, 2017.
  • Nair RR, Padhee S, Das T, Green R, Howell M, Mohapatra SS, Mohapatra S. Three- and Four-Dimensional Spheroid and FiSS Tumoroid Cultures: Platforms for Drug Discovery and Development and Translational Research. Critical reviews in therapeutic drug carrier systems. 34(3) : 185-208, 2017.
  • Cheung MB, Sampayo-Escobar V, Green R, Moore ML, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra SS. Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Infected Mesenchymal Stem Cells Regulate Immunity via Interferon Beta and Indoleamine-2,3-Dioxygenase. PloS one. 11(10) : e0163709, 2016.
  • Devkota J, Howell M, Mukherjee P, Srikanth H, Mohapatra S* and Phan MH. Magneto-reactance based detection of MnO nanoparticle-embedded Lewis lung carcinoma cells J. Appl. Phys.. 117: 17D123, 2015.
  • Wang T, Green R, Nair RR, Howell M, Mohapatra S, Guldiken R and Mohapatra S. Surface Acoustic Waves (SAW)-Based Biosensing for Quantification of Cell Growth in 2D and 3D Cultures. Sensors.. 15(12) : 32045-32055, 2015.
  • Boyapalle S Xu W Raulji P Mohapatra S and Mohapatra SS. A multiple siRNA-based anti- HIV/SHIV microbicide shows protection in both in vitro and in vivo models. Plos One.. 10(9) : e0135288, 2015.
  • Wong TM, Boyapalle S, Sampayo V, Nguyen HD, Bedi R, Kamath SG, Moore ML, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra SS. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in elderly mice results in altered antiviral gene expression and enhanced pathology. PloS One. 9(2) : e88764, 2014.
  • Das M, Wang C, Bedi R, Mohapatra SS, Mohapatra S. Magnetic micelles for DNA delivery to rat brains after mild traumatic brain injury. Nanomedicine : Nanotechnology, biology, and medicine. 10(7) : 1539-48, 2014.
  • Bird G Boyapalle S Wong T Opoku-Nsiah K Bedi R Crannell WC Perry A Nguyen H Sampayo V Devareddy A Mohapatra S Mohapatra SS and Walensky L. Mucosal delivery of a double-stapled RSV peptide prevents nasopulmonary infection. J Clinical Investigation. 124: 2113-24, 2014.
  • Mallela J, Ravi S, Jean Louis F, Mulaney B, Cheung M, Sree Garapati U, Chinnasamy V, Wang C, Nagaraj S, Mohapatra SS, Mohapatra S. Natriuretic Peptide receptor a signaling regulates stem cell recruitment and angiogenesis: a model to study linkage between inflammation and tumorigenesis. Stem Cells (Dayton, Ohio). 31(7) : 1321-9, 2013.
  • Howell M, Wang C, Mahmoud A, Hellermann G, Mohapatra SS, Mohapatra S. Dual-function theranostic nanoparticles for drug delivery and medical imaging contrast: perspectives and challenges for use in lung diseases. Drug Delivery and Translational Research. 3(4) : 352-363, 2013.
  • Wang C Sowndharya R Garapati U Das M Howell M Mallela J Subbiah A Mohapatra SS and Mohapatra . Multifunctional Chitosan-Magnetic Graphene (CMG) Nanoparticles: a Theranostic Platform for Tumor Targeted Co-delivery of Drugs, Genes and MRI Contrast Agents. J Materials Chemistry B.. 1: 4396-4405, 2013.
  • Devkota J Wang C Ruiz A Mohapatra S Mukherjee P Srikanth H and Phan MH. Detection of low-concentration superparamagnetic nanoparticles using an integrated RF magnetic biosensor. J Appl Physic. 113: 104701, 2013.
  • Huls NF Phan M Kumar A Mohapatra S Mohapatra SS Mukherjee P and Srikanth H. Transverse susceptibility as a biosensor for detection of Au-Fe3O4 nanoparticle-embedded human embryonic kidney cells. Sensors. 13(7) : 8490-8500, 2013.
  • Dixit S Das M Alwarappan S Goicocha NL Howell M Mohapatra S and Mohapatra SS. Phospholipid micelle encapsulated gadolinium oxide nanoparticles for imaging and gene delivery. RSC Advances. 3: 2727-2735, 2013.
  • Wang C, Mallela J, Garapati US, Ravi S, Chinnasamy V, Girard Y, Howell M, Mohapatra S. A chitosan-modified graphene nanogel for noninvasive controlled drug release. Nanomedicine : Nanotechnology, biology, and medicine. 9(7) : 903-11, 2013.
  • Howell M, Mallela J, Wang C, Ravi S, Dixit S, Garapati U, Mohapatra S. Manganese-loaded lipid-micellar theranostics for simultaneous drug and gene delivery to lungs. Journal of Controlled Release : Official journal of the Controlled Release Society. 167(2) : 210-8, 2013.
  • Girard YK, Wang C, Ravi S, Howell MC, Mallela J, Alibrahim M, Green R, Hellermann G, Mohapatra SS, Mohapatra S. A 3D fibrous scaffold inducing tumoroids: a platform for anticancer drug development. PloS One. 8(10) : e75345, 2013.
  • Boyapalle S, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra S. Nanotechnology Applications to HIV Vaccines and Microbicides. Journal of Global Infectious Diseases. 4(1) : 62-8, 2012.
  • Das M Mohapatra S and Mohapatra SS. New Perspectives on central and peripheral immune responses to acute traumatic brain injury. J Neuroinflammation. 9: 236, 2012.
  • Wang C Sowndharya R Martinez G Chinnasamy V Raulji P Howell M Davis Y Mohindar S and Mohapatra . Dual-purpose magnetic micelles for MRI and gene delivery. J Cont Rel. 163: 82-82, 2012.
  • Boyapalle S, Wong T, Garay J, Teng M, San Juan-Vergara H, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra S. Respiratory syncytial virus NS1 protein colocalizes with mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein MAVS following infection. PloS One. 7(2) : e29386, 2012.
  • Wang C, Ravi S, Martinez GV, Chinnasamy V, Raulji P, Howell M, Davis Y, Mallela J, Seehra MS, Mohapatra S. Dual-purpose magnetic micelles for MRI and gene delivery. Journal of Controlled Release : Official journal of the Controlled Release Society. 163(1) : 82-92, 2012.
  • Mohapatra SS Mohapatra S Boyapalle S and Hellerman G. Multifunctional chitosannanocarriers for gene therapy. Technology and Innovation. 13: 27-37, 2011.
  • Davis Y Mohapatra SS and Mohapatra S. Three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds in nano-bio interphase research. Technology and Innovation. 13: 51-62, 2011.
  • Das M Rangoni S Pennypacker K Mohapatra S. and Mohapatra SS. Lateral fluid percussion injury of the brain induces CCL20 inflammatory cytokine expression in rats. J Neuroinflammation. 8: 148, 2011.
  • Wang X, Raulji P, Mohapatra SS, Patel R, Hellermann G, Kong X, Vera PL, Meyer-Siegler KL, Coppola D, Mohapatra S. Natriuretic peptide receptor a as a novel target for prostate cancer. Molecular Cancer. 10: 56, 2011.
  • Wang JW, Li K, Hellermann G, Lockey RF, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra S. Regulating the Regulators: microRNA and Asthma. The World Allergy Organization journal. 4(6) : 94-103, 2011.
  • Wang C, Howell M, Raulji P, Davis Y, Mohapatra S. Preparation and Characterization of Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric Nanoparticles for Atrial Natriuretic Peptide (ANP). Advanced Functional Materials. 21(23) : 4423-4429, 2011.
  • Zhang W, Cao X, Chen D, Wang JW, Yang H, Wang W, Mohapatra S, Hellermann G, Kong X, Lockey RF, Mohapatra SS. Plasmid-encoded NP73-102 modulates atrial natriuretic peptide receptor signaling and plays a critical role in inducing tolerogenic dendritic cells. Genetic Vaccines and Therapy. 9(1) : 3, 2011.
  • Kandasamy R, Park SJ, Boyapalle S, Mohapatra S, Hellermann GR, Lockey RF, Mohapatra SS. Isatin down-regulates expression of atrial natriuretic peptide receptor A and inhibits airway inflammation in a mouse model of allergic asthma. International Immunopharmacology. 10(2) : 218-25, 2010.
  • Kumar A, Jena PK, Behera S, Lockey RF, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra S. Multifunctional magnetic nanoparticles for targeted delivery. Nanomedicine : nanotechnology, biology, and medicine. 6(1) : 64-9, 2010.
  • Wang X, Xu W, Kong X, Chen D, Hellermann G, Ahlert TA, Giaimo JD, Cormier SA, Li X, Lockey RF, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra SS. Modulation of lung inflammation by vessel dilator in a mouse model of allergic asthma. Respiratory Research. 10: 66, 2009.
  • Bagui TK, Cui D, Roy S, Mohapatra S, Shor AC, Ma L, Pledger WJ. Inhibition of p27Kip1 gene transcription by mitogens. Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.). 8(1) : 115-24, 2009.
  • Mohapatra S, Chu B, Zhao X, Djeu J, Cheng JQ, Pledger WJ. Apoptosis of metastatic prostate cancer cells by a combination of cyclin-dependent kinase and AKT inhibitors. The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology. 41(3) : 595-602, 2009.
  • Wang X, Xu W, Mohapatra S, Kong X, Li X, Lockey RF, Mohapatra SS. Prevention of airway inflammation with topical cream containing imiquimod and small interfering RNA for natriuretic peptide receptor. Genetic vaccines and therapy. 6: 7, 2008.
  • Kong X, Wang X, Xu W, Behera S, Hellermann G, Kumar A, Lockey RF, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra SS. Natriuretic peptide receptor a as a novel anticancer target. Cancer research. 68(1) : 249-56, 2008.
  • Mohapatra S, Coppola D, Riker AI, Pledger WJ. Roscovitine inhibits differentiation and invasion in a three-dimensional skin reconstruction model of metastatic melanoma. Molecular cancer research : MCR. 5(2) : 145-51, 2007.
  • Wang C, Hou X, Mohapatra S, Ma Y, Cress WD, Pledger WJ, Chen J. Activation of p27Kip1 Expression by E2F1. A negative feedback mechanism. The Journal of biological chemistry. 280(13) : 12339-43, 2005.
  • Zhang W, Yang H, Kong X, Mohapatra S, San Juan-Vergara H, Hellermann G, Behera S, Singam R, Lockey RF, Mohapatra SS. Inhibition of respiratory syncytial virus infection with intranasal siRNA nanoparticles targeting the viral NS1 gene. Nature medicine. 11(1) : 56-62, 2005.
  • Mohapatra S, Chu B, Zhao X, Pledger WJ. Accumulation of p53 and reductions in XIAP abundance promote the apoptosis of prostate cancer cells. Cancer research. 65(17) : 7717-23, 2005.
  • Mohapatra S, Chu B, Wei S, Djeu J, Epling-Burnette PK, Loughran T, Jove R, Pledger WJ. Roscovitine inhibits STAT5 activity and induces apoptosis in the human leukemia virus type 1-transformed cell line MT-2. Cancer research. 63(23) : 8523-30, 2003.
  • Bagui TK, Mohapatra S, Haura E, Pledger WJ. P27Kip1 and p21Cip1 are not required for the formation of active D cyclin-cdk4 complexes. Molecular and cellular biology. 23(20) : 7285-90, 2003.
  • Mohapatra S, Agrawal D, Pledger WJ. p27Kip1 regulates T cell proliferation. The Journal of biological chemistry. 276(24) : 21976-83, 2001.
  • Mohapatra S, Pledger WJ. Interdependence of cdk2 activation and interleukin-2Ralpha accumulation in T cells. The Journal of biological chemistry. 276(24) : 21984-9, 2001.
  • Mohapatra S, Yang X, Wright JA, Turley EA, Greenberg AH. Soluble hyaluronan receptor RHAMM induces mitotic arrest by suppressing Cdc2 and cyclin B1 expression. The Journal of experimental medicine. 183(4) : 1663-8, 1996.
  • Chen Y, Takata M, Maiti PK, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra SS, Sehon AH. The suppressor factor of T suppressor cells induced by tolerogenic conjugates of ovalbumin and monomethoxypolyethylene glycol is serologically and physicochemically related to the alpha beta heterodimer of the T cell receptor. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950). 152(1) : 3-11, 1994.
  • Mohapatra SS, Mohapatra S, Yang M, Ansari AA, Parronchi P, Maggi E, Romagnani S. Molecular basis of cross-reactivity among allergen-specific human T cells: T-cell receptor V alpha gene usage and epitope structure. Immunology. 81(1) : 15-20, 1994.
  • Chen Y, Mohapatra S, Mohapatra SS, Sehon AH. Cytokine gene expression of CD8+ suppressor T cells induced by tolerogenic conjugates of antigen and mPEG. Cellular immunology. 149(2) : 409-21, 1993.
  • Mohapatra S, Chen Y, Takata M, Mohapatra SS, Sehon AH. Analysis of T-cell receptor alpha beta chains of CD8+ suppressor T cells induced by tolerogenic conjugates of antigen and monomethoxypolyethylene glycol. Involvement of TCR alpha-CDR3 domain in immunosuppression. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950). 151(2) : 688-98, 1993.
  • Venugopal G, Mohapatra S, Salo D, Mohapatra S. Multiple mismatch annealing: basis for random amplified polymorphic DNA fingerprinting. Biochemical and biophysical research communications. 197(3) : 1382-7, 1993.


  • Excellence in Innovation Award (USF - 2018)
  • Excellence in Innovation Award (USF - 2014)
  • Academic Editor (PLOS One - 2014)
  • International Travel Grant (USF - 2013)
  • SIPAIID Travel Grant (SIPAIID - 2011)
  • Organotypic Culture Training Program Award (NIH/NCI - 2007)
  • Young Investigator Travel Award (AACR - 1996)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (• Manitoba Health Research Council - 1994)
  • Junior Research Fellowship (NCI-Canada - 1994)
  • Travel grant (• Canadian Society of Immunology - 1993)
  • Graduate Student Fellowship (Manitoba Health Research Council - 1991)
  • Graduate Student Fellowship (University of Manitoba - 1990)