Ranjitha Uppala, MSc

Immunology Program Graduate Student Candidate


I received a Bachelors in Biotechnology from J.B Institute of Engineering & Technology in India and a Masters degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I joined Dr. Gudjonsson's lab in 2017 as a Research lab Tech. and was studying the role of a novel long non-coding RNA in Psoriasis. Currently I am a Ph.D. student in the Immunology program at the University of Michigan.

Research Interests

My research focuses on identifying the regulators of type I Interferons in keratinocytes and their role in autoimmune skin diseases. I’m actively engaged in studying the genetic modifications of interferon gene family, and its function in host defense mechanisms.


Lentiviral transductions, CRISPR/Cas9 based gene editing, flow cytometry, molecular cloning, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, DNA/RNA and plasmid isolation, qPCR, primary human keratinocyte culturing


Rackham Graduate Student Pre-Candidate Research Grant, University of Michigan| March 2020

Research grant for graduate student, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville| May 2015


"Generation and utilization of a stable IFN response reporter line in keratinocytes" at SID conference| May 2019

“Characterization of a Novel Long Non-coding RNA (G2608) in Psoriasis” at IID Conference| Jan 2018

“Bioaccumulation and Transformation of Nanoscale Elemental Selenium in Fungal Mycelia” at ISAS conference, Harper College| Apr 2017

Extracurricular Activities and Hobbies

Outside the lab, I enjoy cooking, gardening and painting.