Aniska Chikhalya

Aniska Chikhalya

B.S., Microbiology, 2009, California State University, Long Beach, CA
M.S., Microbiology, 2012, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Advisor: Patrick Hearing

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the interaction between the immune system and pathogens. Particularly interested in the interactions that will allow the advent of new drug therapies especially as we are seeing an increase in drug resistance. I am also interested in the genetic implications of pathogenesis and resistance.


2019 Distinguished Travel Award, Stony Brook University Graduate Student Organization.

2018 Teresa Haire Award; Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Stony Brook University.


Diago-Navarro, E., Motley, M.P., Ruiz-Perez, G., Yu, W., Austin, J., Seco, B.M.S., Xiao, G., Chikhalya, A., Seeberger, P.H., and Fries, B.C. (2018). Novel, broadly reactive anticapsular antibodies against carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae protect from infection. MBio 9(2): e00091.

Stephens, K.D., Chikhalya, A., Archie, J.W., and Haas-Stapleton, E.J. (2014). Virulence and pathogenesis of the baculovirus Autographa californica M nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) in Pseudoplusia includens larvae. Biological control.

Chikhalya, A., Luu, D.D., Carrera, M., De La Cruz, A., Torres, M., Martinez, E.N., Chen, T., Stephens, K.D., and Haas-Stapleton, E.J. (2009). Pathogenesis of Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus in fifth-instar Anticarsia gemmatalis larvae. Journal of General Virology 90(8):2023-2032. PMID: 19423548.

Chikhalya, A., Dittmann, M., Zheng, Y., Sohn, S.-Y., Rice, C.M., and Hearing, P. (2021). Human IFIT3 protein induces interferon signaling and inhibits adenovirus immediate early gene expression. mBio 12(6): e0282921.


Chikhalya, A., Dittmann, M., Zheng, Y., Rice, C.M., and Hearing, P. (2019). Effects of Interferon-induced Protein with Tetratricopeptide 3 (IFIT3) on Adenovirus Replication. 2019 Symposium on Harnessing Immunity to Combat Infection and Disease, April 29, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

Chikhalya, A., Zheng, Y., Dittmann, M., Rice, C., and Hearing, P. (2018). Effects of IFIT3 on Adenovirus Replication. July 14-18, 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology, College Park, MD.

Chilhalya, A., and Hearing, P. (2018). Recombinant Adenovirus Vestors for Gene Therapy. April 6, Showcasing Women's Research in STEM. Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, Stony Brook University.

Motley, M.P., Diago-Navarro, E., Yu, W., Ruiz-Perez, G., Chikhalya, A.Y., and Fries, B.C. (2017). Characterizating Monoclonal Antibodies Generated Against the Capsular Polysaccharide of ST258 Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae. June 1-5, ASM Microbe, New Orleans, LA.