Dr Raghavan Raju joined the Faculty of the Department of Surgery as a tenure-track Associate Professor in September 2007. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Microbiology.
His current research interests include injury, inflammation and systems biology.
Before joining the faculty of UAB, his broad area of research has been immune recognition in health and disease using models in autoimmunity and inflammation. During his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota with Dr Bianca Conti-Fine, Dr Raju investigated T cell recognition in health and disease. Thereafter he joined the laboratory of Dr. Chella David at the Mayo Clinic to study the role of antigen presenting molecules in immune response using HLA transgenic mice. During his tenure at the NINDS, National Institutes of Health, Dr. Raju made significant contributions in the study of immunobiology of neuromuscular diseases using techniques in immunology, functional genomics and proteomics. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals, served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Immunology. He reviews manuscripts for several peer-reviewed journals. After moving to UAB he investigates trauma and injury using in vivo and in vitro models.