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Keerthi Appala

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Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
  • Analytical chemistry student.Love to watch cricket, badmintion, scoccer.
  • Read books and documentaries in free time.
  • Dog lover,coffee addict, like to travel more and explore different food.
  • I would like to enhance my learning skills and knowledge through continuous learning process.
  • Hardworking and carrier oriented women.



Ph.D, Analytical Chemistry - University of Georgia ,Athens, GA.                        Present

M.S, Chemistry, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.                     2017-2019

M.pharm, Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Assurance, Osmania University.    2013-2015

B. Pharmacy, Sri Venkateshwara College of Pharmacy, Hyderabad, India            2009-2013.

Research Areas:
Research Interests:
  • Analytical chromatography
  • LC-MS/MS
  • Analysis of protein drugs and carbohydrates.
  • Bio analysis of drugs and biologics


Selected Publications:


  1. Nimmu, Narendra & Arnipalli, Manikanta & Appala, Keerthi & Khalid, Sara & Rao, Ramisetti. 2018. LC–MS/MS Determination of Antihypertension Drugs in Rat Plasma and Urine: Applications to Pharmacokinetics. Chromatographia. 81. 10.1007/s10337-018-3618-x.
  2. Kasumba, J.; Appala, K.; Agga, G. E.; Loughrin, J. H.; Conte, E. D. Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock and Poultry Manures Spiked with Tetracycline Antibiotics. J Environ Sci Health B 2019, 1–13.
  3. Appala K, Bimpeh K, Freeman C, Hines KM. Recent applications of mass spectrometry in bacterial lipidomics. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry2020, 412(24), 5935–5943.

  4. Freeman, C., Hynds, H. M., Carpenter, J. M., Appala, K., Bimpeh, K., Barbarek, S., Gatto, C., Wilkinson, B. J., & Hines, K. M. (2021). Revealing Fatty Acid Heterogeneity in Staphylococcal Lipids with Isotope Labeling and RPLC-IM-MS. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry,2021 32(9), 2376–2385. 

  5. Agga, G.E.; Couch, M.; Parekh, R.R.; Mahmoudi, F.; Appala, K.; Kasumba, J.; Loughrin, J.H.; Conte, E.D. Lagoon, Anaerobic Digestion, and Composting of Animal Manure Treatments Impact on Tetracycline Resistance Genes. Antibiotics 202211, 391.


Of note:
  • Graduate Teaching Assitant.
  • Love to work in anlaytical chemistry field knowing more about LC-MS and other analytical techniques and their trouble shooting.
  • Carried out research on "Quantification of tylosin antibiotics and antibiotic resistant genes in the cattle waste" using LCMS/MS in collaboration with USDA as a part of my master's research at Western Kentucky University (WKU)  and waiting to publish.
  • Co-author for "Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock and Poultry Manures spiked with Tetracycline Antibiotics" published in Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B 
  • Co-author for " LC-MS/MS Determination of Antihypertension Drugs in Rat Plasma and Urine: Applications to Pharmacokinetics" published in Chromatographia journal.
  • Outstanding graduate student award (2019, WKU) by American Institute of Chemists. 

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