Medical Laboratory Sciences
305 Willard Hall Educ. Bldg.
2003 Bachelor of Science, Honors Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
2005 Masters of Science, Honors Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
2011 Ph.D., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ, currently Rutgers
University), Newark, NJ, USA
I am trained as a cell and molecular biologist. I started my laboratory via an accelerated path as a recipient of NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (EIA) 2012 for using single molecule imaging tools to use RNA as diagnostic biomarker for various malignancies. I have established a strong and highly collaborative, extramurally funded research program examining the synthesis, transport and localization of various RNA species and its role in different cellular processes.
In my current research, we utilize single molecule RNA imaging and a combination of molecular and biochemical tools to understand the processing, localization and function of both coding and non coding RNAs in health and diseases. One of our current focuses is to understand gene expression regulation and to develop novel diagnostic assays for Ewing’s Sarcoma (a pediatric bone cancer) using different RNA species as biomarkers.