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Sanjay Batra, MS, Ph.D.
Chairman and BASF Corporation Endowed Professor
Environmental Toxicology PhD Program
Health Research Center
: (614) 806-4064
Fax: (225) 771-5350
Office: Lee Hall (HRC)


Dr. Sanjay Batra is an Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the Southern University-Baton Rouge (SUBR). Dr.  Batra obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow and Kanpur University, Kanpur, India in 1993. Dr. Batra was selected through Union Public Service Commission of India as a Biochemist/In-charge of Clinical Biochemistry Department at Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, New Delhi, India in 1992. In 2002, he came to US as a visiting scientist to work in the field of cancer and immunology at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Subsequently Dr. Batra emigrated to US in 2006 to pursue his advanced research career at The Ohio State University and later at Texas Tech University, Amarillo, TX. Dr. Batra joined Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 2009 as a Senior Research Associate and was promoted to the position of Assistant Professor (Research) in 2012. Dr. Batra was able to secure funding from NIH (R15) and Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (Young Clinical Scientist Award) and developed several independent projects. His projects focus to determine the role of immunoproteasomes and lipid rafts during bacterial pneumonia and COPD/Emphysema received intramural and extramural funding. Besides these projects, Dr. Batra is also interested in investigating the role of Histone Deacetylases (HDAC) during pulmonary challenge with microbial toxins and COPD/Emphysema. Dr. Batra joined SUBR in 2014 as an Associate Professor and brings with him new dimensions in the areas of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and pulmonary Immuno-toxicology. 

Dr. Batra has trained numerous undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents and summer students. He has published over 55 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals in addition to invited review articles and book chapters.  Dr. Batra has the honour of receiving several prestigious National and International Awards for his research in Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology.

Area of Interest

Dr. Batra's research interests include determination of molecular mechanisms associated with regulation of lipid rafts, immunoproteasomes and histone deacetylases during second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure, pulmonary challenge with microbial toxins and environmental toxicants. He also focuses on studying the effects of tyrosine kinase inhibitors on inflammatory responses regulated by intracellular NOD-like receptors during SHS exposure or during pulmonary challenge with microbial toxins/environmental toxicants.

Teaching  (doctoral level)

ENTX 722 Principles of Toxicology II; ENTX 731 Animal Physiology

Selected Publications (from over 55)

S. Cai,* S. Batra,* F.D. Petro, and S. Jeyaseelan (2015). NLRP12 modulates host defense through IL-17A-CXCL1 axis. Mucosal Immunol. In Revision.

A. Panday, M.K. Sahoo, D Osorio, and S. Batra (2015). NADPH oxidases: an overview from structure to innate immunity-associated pathologies. Cell. Moll. Immunol. 12, 5-23


J Liliang, S Batra, and S. Jeyaseelan (2014). Deletion of CXCL1 attenuates neutrophil recruitment and function in mouse Polymicrobial Sepsis. J. Immunol. 193, 3549-58.

P. Baral, S Batra, R.L. Zemans, D.P. Downey, and S. Jeyaseelan (2014). Divergent functions of Toll-Like Receptors during bacterial lung infections. Am. J.  Resp. Crit. Care Med. 190, 722-32.

S. Cai,* S. Batra,* N. Wakamatsu, and S. Jeyaseelan (2012). NLRC4-mediated production of IL-1b modulates mucosal immunity in the lung against Gram-negative bacterial infection. J. Immunol.  188: 5623-35 [*contributed equally]

S. Batra, S. Cai, G. Balamayooran, J.K. Kolls, and S. Jeyaseelan (2012). Intrapulmonary administration of leukotriene B4augments neutrophil accumulation and responses in the lung to Klebsiella infection in CXCL1 Knockout Mice. J.  Immunol. 188, 3458-68.

G. Balamayooran, S. Batra, S.Cai, A. Penn, and S. Jeyaseelan (2012). Role of CXCL5 in leukocyte recruitment to the lungs during secondhand smoke exposure. Am. J. Resp. Cell Mol. Biol.  22362385?????

S. Batra,* G. Balamayooran, and M.K. Sahoo (2011). Nuclear Factor- κB; a key regulator during health & disease of lungs. Arch. Immunol. Ther. Exp. (Warsz) 59, 335-51 [*corresponding author; listed in among top 20 articles published in this domain since its publication: Report by BIOMEDLIB].

T. Balamayooran, S. Batra, G. Balamayooran, S. Cai, K.S. Kobayashi, R.A. Flavell, and S. Jeyaseelan (2011). Receptor-interacting protein 2 controls pulmonary host defense to Escherichia coli infection ia the regulation of interleukin-17A. Infect. Immun. 79, 4588-4599 [Spot Light- Infection & Immunity, (IAI5641-11)]. doi:10.1128/IAI.05641-11].

S. Batra, R.P. Sahu, P.K. Khandala, and S.K. Srivastava (2010). Benzyl isothiocyanate -mediated inhibition of histone deacetylase leads to NF-κB turnoff in human pancreatic carcinoma cells. Mol. Cancer Ther. 9, 1596-608 [Featured in Nutrition Frontiers, vol. 1, issue 4, An NSRG, NCI, NIH Publication]

K.L. Wood, O.H. Voss, Q. Huang, A. Parihar, N. Mehta, S. Batra, P. Porcu, and A.I. Doseff (2010). The small heat shock protein 27 is a key regulator of CD8+CD57+ lymphocyte survival. J. Immunol. 184, 5582-8. 

C. Nicholas,* S. Batra,* M,A. Vargo, O.H. Voss, M.A. Gavrilin, M.D. Wewers, D. Guttridge, E. Grotewold, and A.I. Doseff. (2007). Apigenin blocks lipopolysaccharide-induced lethality in vivo and proinflammatory cytokines expression by inactivating NF-ĸB through the suppression of p65 phosphorylation. J. Immunol. 179, 7121-7 [*contributed equally].

O.H. Voss,* S. Batra,*, S.J. Kolattukudy, and A.I. Doseff (2007). Binding of caspase-3 prodomain to heat shock protein 27 regulates monocyte apoptosis by inhibiting caspase-3 proteolytic activation. J. Biol. Chem. 282, 25088-99 [*contributed equally].

S. Batra,* R. Kumar, A.K. Seema, A.K. Kapoor, and G.N. Ray (2000). Alterations in antioxidant status during neonatal sepsis. Ann. Trop. Pediat. 2, 27-33 [ *corresponding author].

G.N. Ray, S. Batra, N.K. Shukla, S. Deo, V. Raina, A. Ashok, and S.A. Husain (2000). Lipid peroxidation, free radical production and antioxidant status in Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Res. Treat. 1586, 1-10.

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