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Svetlana Khakhina, PhD

Svetlana Khakhina

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Biology
Office: PISB 221C
Phone: 215.571.4216


  • PhD, Cell and Molecular Biology, Rowan University GSBS, 2013
  • BS and Engineer degree, Standardization and Certification of Chemical-Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Products, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology, Russia, 2005

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

Immunology & Virology, Cell Signally & Cell Death, Microbiology


Svetlana Khakhina, PhD, completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology, Russia. She moved to the United States in 2006 to pursue her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at Rowan University (formerly known as UMDNJ). During the tenure of her PhD, Svetlana studied the intricate mechanisms of mitochondria biogenesis and its role in the process of Apoptosis (cell death).

Since then Svetlana has continued her research endeavors in the field of Microbiology and Virology. She was involved in understanding the inner workings of Candida glabrata a pathogenic fungus, and more recently she was studying the possible mechanisms of resistance against HIV infection. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in training several future student scientists. Being able to make them fall in love with science and research is where her passion for teaching stems from. She is always excited to be able to guide curious minds and mentor science enthusiasts.

Selected Publications:

  • Khakhina S, Simonicova L, Moye-Rowley WS. Positive autoregulation and repression of transactivation are key regulatory features of the Candida glabrata Pdr1 transcription factor. Mol Microbiol. 2018 Jan 24. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Sardo L, Lin A, Khakhina S, Beckman L, Ricon L, Elbezanti W, Jaison T, Vishwasrao H, Shroff H, Janetopoulos C, Klase ZA. Real-time visualization of chromatin modification in isolated nuclei. J Cell Sci. 2017 Sep 1;130(17):2926-2940.
  • Klase ZA, Khakhina S, Schneider Ade B, Callahan MV, Glasspool-Malone J, Malone R. Zika Fetal Neuropathogenesis: Etiology of a Viral Syndrome. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 Aug 25;10(8):e0004877.
  • Svetlana Khakhina, Soraya S. Johnson, Raman Manoharlal, Sarah B. Russo, Corinne Blugeon, Sophie Lemoine, Anna B. Sunshine, Maitreya Dunham, L. Ashley Cowart, Frédéric Devaux and W. Scott Moye-Rowley. Control of plasma membrane permeability by ABC transporters. Eukaryot Cell. 2015 May;14(5):442-53.
  • Svetlana Khakhina, Cooper K.F. and Randy Strich. Med13p prevents mitochondrial fission and programmed cell death in yeast through nuclear retention of cyclin C. Mol Bio of the Cell, 2014 Sep 15; 25(18):2807-16.
  • Cooper KF, Khakhina S, Kim SK, Strich R. Stress-Induced Nuclear-to-Cytoplasmic Translocation of Cyclin C Promotes Mitochondrial Fission in Yeast. Dev Cell, 2014 Jan 27; 28(2):161-73.
  • R. Strich, S. Khakhina, M.J. Mallory. Ume6p is required for germination and early colony development of yeast ascospores. FEMS yeast research, 2011 Feb; 11(1):104-13.