Rachana Gyawali, PhD

Cullen Lab Members

Headshot of Rachana Gyawali, PhDPost-Doctoral Fellow
0045 CARL
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-668-0758


Research Interest: My research interest lies in the molecular study of pathogen biology/pathogenesis. For my Ph.D, I worked in the lab of Dr. Xiaorong Lin at Texas A & M University. My project was to investigate the molecular components regulating morphological changes as well as sexual development in the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. Currently, I have joined Dr. Cullen’s lab to understand the role of RNA modifications in viral replication.

Personal Interests: Travelling, hiking

Publications List :

Gyawali R, Zhao Y, Lin J, Fan Y, Xu X and Upadhyay S. Pheromone independent unisexual development in Cryptococcus neoformans. PLoS Genetics. 2017 13(5). e1006772.

  1. Gyawali R, Upadhyay S, Way J and Lin X. Characterizing a family of secretory proteins associated with different morphotypes in Cryptococcus neoformans. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2016 83(3). AEM.02967-16.
  2. Wang L, Tian X, Gyawali R, Upadhyay S, Foyle D, Wang G, Cai JJ, Lin X. Morphotype transition and sexual reproduction are genetically associated in a ubiquitous environmental pathogen. PloS Pathogens. 2014 10(6): e1004185.
  3. Gyawali R and Lin X. Prezygotic and postzygotic control of uniparental mitochondrial inheritance in Cryptococcus neoformans. MBio 2013 4(2): e00112-13.
  4. Wang L, Tian X, Gyawali R, and Lin X. Fungal adhesion protein guides community behaviors and autoinduction in a paracrinal manner. PNAS 2013 110(28):11571-6.
  5. (Review paper) Gyawali R and Lin X. Mechanisms of uniparental mitochondrial DNA inheritance in Cryptococcus neoformans. Mycobiology 2011 39(4): 235-242.
  6. (Thesis) Gyawali R. Understanding the role of Mat2 in the sexual development of Cryptococcus neoformans.