Shamik Das received the B.S. and the M.S. degrees from Calcutta University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, and from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Then, he obtained the Ph.D. degree in plant molecular and cellular genetics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He was a Research Associate at the Department of Signal Transduction and Biogenic Amines, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, West Bengal, India, from 2003 to 2004, and then became a Research Associate at the Department of Receptor Biology and Tumour Metastasis, from 2004 to 2007. Das served as a Senior Postdoc Fellow at the Mitchell Cancer Institute, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, USA, from 2007 to 2012. After that, he became a Postdoc Scholar Employee at the Department of Pathology, University of Alabama (UAB), Birmingham, AL, USA, till January 2013, and currently works there as a Research Associate. Regarding his research interests, he is currently working at the UAB on the role of Hedgehog pathway, notch pathway, and merlin (NF2) in breast cancer metastasis (especially to bone). He is trying to pinpoint the key molecules and their interplay. Das is also working on the inhibitors of the ligands of these pathways so as to prevent tumor formation, proliferation, invasion, spread, and reestablishment at the secondary site. His work involves regular proteomics, bioinformatics, molecular techniques (DNA-RNA-microRNA isolation, synthesis, and qRT-PCR and transfections, transductions, luciferase assays, MTT assays, tunnel assays, etc.), immunofluorescence, immunocytochemistry, and regular cell culture. The goal of his work is not only early identification of cancer but also its prevention.
Biography Updated on 9 December 2013