New Member Studies Stem Cells
Sunanda Basu, PhD, assistant research professor in microbiology and immunology has joined the Indiana University Cancer Center as an associate member of Hematopoiesis, Microenvironment and Immunology Program. Basu’s research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms regulating localization and proliferation of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells in their niche.
A better understanding of these molecular pathways is critical to understand how stem/progenitor cells proliferation is regulated in marrow. These studies may also provide useful insights into the pathways that are deregulated in cancer stem cells, particularly in leukemia. A better understanding of these phenomenona will help developing improved protocols for hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell transplantation protocols and may lead to identification of potential targets for cancer therapy.
Basu has her PhD in immunology and her master’s in biotechnology from Banaras Hindu University in India. She served as an advanced post-doctoral fellow studying hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in the laboratory of Hal E. Broxmeyer, PhD, at the IU School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology. She completed her research fellowship in hematopoeisis, inflammation and cancer at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Tumor Biology Branch in Melbourne, Australia.