* Corresponding author; #Equal Contribution

(Lab members highlighted in bold)

Published articles


Dharmarajan G*, Chanda E , Dean KR, Dirzo R , Jakobsen KS , Khan I, Leirs H , Shi Z , Wolfe ND , Yang R ,  Stenseth NC (2022). The zoonotic origin of major human infectious diseases. Zoonoses. 2, 11 (online access)

Prakash A, Agashe D* & Khan I* (2022) The cost and benefits of basal infection resistance vs diverse immune priming responses in an insect. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 126, 104261 (online access)

Prakash A* & Khan I* (2022). Why do insects evolve immune priming? A search for crossroads. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 126, 104246 (online access)


Seal S*, Dharmarajan G & Khan I* (2021). Evolution of pathogen tolerance and emerging infections: A missing experimental paradigm. eLife 10:e68874 (online access) (eLife press release) (‘Evolutionary Medicine: A Special Issue’

Bagchi B, Seal S, Raina M, Basu D, Khan I* (2021). Carcass scavenging relaxes chemical -driven female interference competition in flour beetles. The American Naturalist ( (online access)

Bagchi B#, Corbel Q#, Khan I#, Payne E#, Banerji D, Liljestrand-Rönn J, Martinossi-Allibert I, Baur J, Immonen E, Sayadi A, Arnqvist G, Söderhäll I & Berger D* (2021). Sexual conflict drives micro- and macroevolution of  sexual dimorphism in immunity. BMC Biology. 19 (114). 00-00 (online access) (Joint 1st author)


Khan I*, Prakash A and Agashe D* (2019). Pathogen susceptibility and fitness costs explain variation in immune priming across natural populations of flour beetles. Journal of Animal Ecology (online access)


Khan I, Prakash A, Issar S, Umarani M, Sashidharan R, N Jagadeesh, Lama P, Venkatesan R & Agashe D* (2018). Female density-dependent chemical warfare underlies fitness effects of group sex ratio in flour beetles. The American Naturalist. 191. 00-00. (pdf)


Khan I*, Prakash A and Agashe D* (2017). Experimental evolution of insect immune memory vs. pathogen resistance. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 284: 20171583. (pdf) (Lay summary)

Khan I*, Agashe D and Rolff J* (2017). Early life inflammation, immune response and aging. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 284, 20170125 (pdf) (Lay Summary)(Recommended by faculty of 1000)


Khan I*#, Prakash A# and Agashe D* (2016). Divergent immune priming responses across life stages and populations of flour beetles. Ecology and Evolution. 6: 7847-7855. (open access) (Lay summary)

Khan I*, Prakash A & Agashe D* (2016). Immunosenescence and the ability to fight bacterial infection in red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. Journal of Animal Ecology. 85: 291-301. (pdf) (Lay summary)


Chakrabarty A, Bera A, Mukherjee A, Basak P, Khan I, Mondal A, Roy A, Bhattacharyya A, Roy D, Nag S, Ghosh A, Chattopadhyay D & Bhattacharyya M* (2015) Changing bacterial profile of Sundarbans, the World heritage mangrove: Impact of anthropogenic interventions. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 31(4). 593-610. (pdf)


Khan I and Prasad NG* (2013) Male Drosophila melanogaster show adaptive mating bias in response to female infection status. Journal of Insect Physiology. 59: 1017-1023.(pdf)

Khan I and Prasad NG* (2013) The aging of the immune response in Drosophila melanogaster. Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences. 68(2):129-35. (pdf)


Khan I and Prasad NG* (2011) Mating with large males decreases the immune defence of females in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Genetics. 90: 427–434.(pdf)

Khan I and Prasad NG* (2011) Sex-specific effect of bacterial infection on components of adult fitness in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology Research. 3(6): 79-86.(pdf)

Manuscript under preparation

Prakash A#, Shit B#, Vale P, Khan I*. Aging leads to loss of antimicrobial peptide-mediated specific immunity in Drosophila melanogaster

Sarkar S#, Shit B#, Bose J, Seal S, & Khan I*. Tracking dynamic changes in pathogen tolerance and resistance under malnutrition and high tempareture 

Prakash A, Agashe D, Khan I*. Divergent effects of microbiota on evolved immune priming vs resistance in insects

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