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- M.Sc. Zoology
- Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Current interests of Dr. Pooja:
- Cancer Biology
- Obesity associated carcinogenesis
About Dr. Pooja:
Dr. Pooja Pratheesh received her doctoral training during 2004-2009 under the guidance of Prof. Subrata Sinha at the Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. She was trained to generate and screen Phage Display Libraries of scFv fragments against Placental isozyme of Alkaline Phosphatase (PLAP), an onco-fetal marker. Her work showed that the conformational changes due to loss of scaffold can lead an scFv molecule to lose its affinity and specificity.
Later she moved to Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, Tamilnadu. At CMC, she worked under the mentorship of Dr. B. S. Ramakrishna and was trained in GC-MS and SPE techniques. She was awarded Research Associates fellowship by ICMR to explore the metabolic signatures of the stool samples from IBD patients. Her work was selected to be presented at YRLS conference, organized by University of Paris, Diderot, Paris, France in May 2012
She joined CIDRF as a scientist in June 2013. She was selected for Pilot Project Grant for Young Investigators in Cancer Biology run by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. She is currently working on the cancer biology of Glioblastomas. Her other research interest is obesity associated tumorigenesis. She is currently guiding two PhD students at CIDRF and is a co-guide for two students in the Department of Microbiology, MGMCRI, SBV, Pondicherry.