Dr. Krishnan Chittur

Professor Emeritus, CME


301 Sparkman Drive
Engineering Building
Room 117
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Chittur has more than 25 years experience working on problems that arise from medicine or biology. Dr. Chittur has used Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to understand the relationship between biomaterial surface properties and protein adsorption, leading in turn to solving problems in biocompatibility. Dr. Chittur helped write a proposal leading to the UAH campus Ph.D. program in Biotechnology Science and Engineering. Dr. Chittur directed that Ph.D. program for four years. Dr. Chittur's research interests today are in understanding gene expression and techniques to study them. Dr. Chittur is interested in expanding (and using) open source software for engineering education - and has been a mentor to several students with the Google Summer of Code and the Project ASCEND

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1984
  • B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, 1979


  • FTIR
  • Biosurfaces
  • Protein Interaction
  • Expression Profiling

Recent Publications

  • Sanja Glisic, David P. Cavanaugh, Krishnan K. Chittur, Milan Sencanski, Vladimir Perovic and Tijana Bojic: Common molecular mechanism of the hepatic lesion and the cardiac parasympathetic regulation in chronic hepatitis C infection: a critical role for the muscarinic receptor type (BMC Bioinformatics, Accepted, January 2016)

  • David P. Cavanaugh, Krishnan K. Chittur: A hydrophobic proclivity index for protein alignments, Faculty of 1000 (Research) (In Press, September 2015)

  • Jonas Boateng, Robert Zahorchak, Joel Peek, Krishnan Chittur Novel stem-loop probe DNA arrays: Detection of specific acetotrophic 16S ribosomal RNA signatures, Analytical Bio- chemistry, Vol 435, pp 60–67 2013. 10.1016/j.ab.2012.12.006

  • Jonas Boateng, Joel Peek, Robert Zahorchak, Krishnan Chittur Dendron modified surfaces provide an ideal environment for stem loop DNA probes, Analytical Biochemistry, Vol 430, pp 39–44, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ab.2012.07.021

  • Xhuang, Fei, Chittur, Krishnan, Mount, Dwight, Smith, Stephen, Hayes, Douglas Simple and Inexpensive Preparation of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets Via Co-Adsorption of Pyrethroid and Oligomer Textile Research Journal, Vol 78, Number 7, pp 595603 (July, 2008)

  • M. Elena Diaz, B. Johnson, Krishnan K. Chittur, Ramon L. Cerro (2005) Infrared Spectroscopy analysis of the structure of multilayer Langmuir-Blodgett Films: Effect of deposition velocity and pH: Langmuir, Vol 21(2), pp 610-6

  • Susan M. McCormick, S.R. Frye, Suzanne G. Eskin, Christina L. Teng, Chiung-Mei Lu, Christopher G. Russell, Krishnan K. Chittur, Larry V. McIntire (2003) Microarray analysis of shear stressed endothelial cells Biorheology, Vol 40, pp 5—11.

  • Susan M. McCormick, Suzanne G. Eskin, Larry V. McIntire, Christina L. Teng, Chiung-Mei Lu, Christopher G. Russell, Krishnan K. Chittur DNA Microarray Reveals Changes in Gene Expression of Shear Stressed Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, Vol 98, Number 16, pp 8955—8960, July 31, 2001

  • Jing Xie, Clyde Riley and Krishnan Chittur(2001) Effect of albumin on brushite trans- formation to hydroxyapatite Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Vol 57, No. 3, pp -65

  • Mukesh Kumar, Jing Xie, Krishnan K. Chittur, Clyde Riley, (1999) Transformation of Modified Brushite to Hydroxyapatite in Simulated Body Fluid: Effects of Potassium Substitution. Biomaterials, 20, 1389–1399.

Faculty and staff can be reached at the numbers shown here. The department number is 256.824.6810 and the departmental fax number is 256.824.6839.