Akshata Naik, Ph.D.

Akshata Naik, Ph.D.

Akshata Naik, Ph.D.

Position Title

Post Doctoral Fellow at Kresge Eye Institute


  1. Naik AR, Formosa BJ, Pulvender RG, Liyanaarachchi AG, Jena BP. vH+-ATPase-induced intracellular acidification is critical to glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in beta cells. Histochem Cell Biol. 2020 Jan 4. doi: 10.1007/s00418-019-01841-0. PMID: 31901974
  2. Pernal, S.P., Liyanaarachchi, A., Gatti, D.L., Formosa, B., Pulvender, R., Kuhn, E.R., Ramos, R., Naik, A.R., George, K., Arslanturk, S., Taatjes, D.J., Jena, B.P. (2019) Differential expansion microscopy. bioRxiv 699579; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/699579
  3. Naik AR, Kuhn ER, Lewis KT, Kokotovich KM, Maddipati KR, Chen X, Hörber JHK, Taatjes DJ, Potoff J, Jena BP. Self-Assembly and Biogenesis of Cellular Membrane is Dictated by Membrane Stretch and Composition. J Phys Chem B. 2019 Jul 19. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b04769. PMID: 31322890
  4. Naik, A. R., Pernal, S., Lewis, K. T., Wu, Y., Wu, H., Carruthers, N. J., Stemmer, P. M., Jena, B. P. (2019) Human skeletal muscle cells on engineered 3D platform express key growth and developmental proteins. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.8b01338
  5. Benjamins JA, Nedelkoska L, Touil H, Stemmer PM, Carruthers NJ, Jena BP, Naik AR, Bar-Or A, Lisak RP. Exosome-enriched fractions from MS B cells induce oligodendrocyte death. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2019 Apr 9;6(3):e550. doi: 10.1212/NXI.0000000000000550. eCollection 2019 May. PMID: 31044144
  6. Kuhn ER*, Naik AR*, Lewis BE, Kokotovich KM, Li M, Stemmler TM, Larsson L, Jena BP. Nanothermometry Reveals Calcium-Induced Remodeling of Myosin ACS Nano Letters October 22, 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b02989 (*denotes co-first authorship)
  7. Lewis KT, Naik AR, Laha SS, Wang S, Mao G, Kuhn E, Jena BP. Secretion induces cell pH dynamics impacting assembly-disassembly of the fusion protein complex: A combined fluorescence and atomic force microscopy study. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2018 Jan;73:57-63. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2017.08.003. Epub 2017 Aug 3. Review. PMID: 28779980
  8. Lewis KT, Maddipati KR, Naik AR, Jena BP. (2017). Unique lipid chemistry of synaptic vesicle and synaptosome membrane revealed using mass spectrometry. ACS Chemical Neuroscience. ACS Chem Neurosci. 2017 Mar 2. doi: 10.1021/acschemneuro.7b00030. PMID: 28244738
  9. Laha SS, Naik AR, Kuhn ER, Alvarez M, Sujkowski A, Wessells RJ, Jena BP. ACS Nano Letters 2017 Jan 23. DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b05092.
  10. Arachchige MP, Laha SS, Naik AR, Lewis KT, Naik R, Jena, BP.(2016) Functionalized nanoparticles enable tracking the rapid entry and release of doxorubicin in human pancreatic cancer cells. Micron 92: 25-31
  11. Naik AR, Kulkarni SP, Lewis KT, Taatjes DJ, Jena BP. Functional reconstitution of the insulin-secreting porosome complex in live cells. Endocrinology. 2016 Jan;157(1):54-60 PMID: 26523491
  12. Naik AR, Lewis KT, Jena BP. (2015) The Neuronal Porosome Complex in Health and Disease. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2015 Aug 11. pii: 1535370215598400. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 26264442.


Awards & Honors

  • Marion I. Barnhart Graduate Student Award - Department of Physiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2015-2016)


  • B.S. (2008) University of Mumbai
  • M.S. (2010) University of Mumbai
  • Ph.D. (2019) Wayne State University


Bhanu Jena, Ph.D.

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