Jainu Ajit
Esser-Kahn Group

Jainu Ajit

Jainu Ajit would like to call herself one in a billion, hailing from Kerala, a place in India popularly known as God’s Own Country. She completed her BS-MS dual degree from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India. For her undergrad thesis, she worked with Dr. Ishu Saraogi and synthesized peptidomimetic foldamers composed of β-peptoids.



"There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.” – Enrico Fermi

At the Esser-Kahn lab, Jainu is working on improving Trained Immunity to boost innate immune cells for longer periods of time. She hopes to eventually develop a universal prophylactic for improving the outcome of vaccinations.

Receptor–Ligand Kinetics Influence the Mechanism of Action of Covalently Linked TLR Ligands

Kimani FW, Ajit J, Galluppi A, Manna S, Howitz WJ, Tang S, Esser-Kahn AP. ACS Chem. Biol. 2021, 16, 2, 380–388. Feb 1, 2021. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.0c00924