Tapas K Hazra was born in Bolpur (Shantiniketan), India. He graduated in chemistry (major) from Calcutta University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, and received his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Jadavpur University, India. He then moved to the USA in 1994 as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, to work in the field of DNA repair and mutagenesis. He has identified and characterized a new family of DNA repair proteins and published many peer-reviewed papers in the field. As recognition of his successful research program, he was promoted to an Instructor and then to an Assistant Professor, and now he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of BMB. He has been involved in a variety of scholarly activities in the university by contributing through teaching and training graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other researchers. He has served at the NIH study section and is an active Member of AACR and ASBMB. His laboratory is mainly funded by the NIH grants, and the primary focus of his laboratory is to study oxidative DNA damage repair and its linkage to disease pathogenesis.
Biography Updated on 23 February 2011