Reena Lamichhane Khadka

Faculty Profiles

Reena Lamichhane Khadka

Associate Professor



PhD, New Mexico State University
BS, and MS, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal

Research Interests 

  • Understanding the mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents
  • Understanding the mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and stresstolerance
  • Development of microbio PADs, paper-based analytical devices to detect microbial contaminants in water, food and medicine

Courses Recently Taught 

  • BIO 153L: Foundations of biology I lab
  • BIO 216: Introduction to microbiology
  • BIO 216L: Intro to microbiology lab
  • BIO 310: Teaching in biology
  • BIO 317: Microbiology
  • BIO 317L: Microbiology lab
  • BIO 412: Emerging infectious diseases
  • BIO 485: Research in biology


Professional Experience 

  • University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Kathmandu University Medical School, Banepa, Nepal, Lecturer
  • National Institute of Science and Technology, Kathmandu, Nepal, Lecturer
  • Molecular Medicine Research Laboratory, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal, Research Assistant

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Lamichhane-Khadka R, S.L. Benoit, EF Miller-Parks, RJ Maier. "Host hydrogen rather than that produced by the pathogen is important for Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium virulence." Infect Immun. 83, no. 1 (2015):311-316.
  • Lamichhane-Khadka, R., S. L. Benoit, S. Maier, R. J. Maier. "A link between gut community metabolism and pathogenesis: molecular hydrogen-stimulated glucarate catabolism aids Salmonella virulence." Open Biology 3, no. 130146 (2013).
  • Lamichhane-Khadka, R., J. Frye, S. Porwollic, M. McClelland, R. Maier. "Hydrogen-stimulated carbon acquisition and conservation in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium." Journal of Bacteriology 193, no. 20 (2011):5824-5832.
  • Lamichhane-Khadka, R., S. A. Cantore, J. T. Riordan, A. Delgado, A. E. Norman, S. Dueñas, S. Zaman, S. Horan, B. J. Wilkinson, J. E. Gustafson.  "sarA inactivation reduces vancomycin-intermediate and ciprofloxacin-resistance expression by Staphylococcus aureus." International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 34 (2009):136-141.

Professional Memberships 

American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 2006 – Present