Abhishek Derle

I was born in a small town in the state of Maharashtra, India where I completed my higher secondary education in 2008. Subsequently, I opted for a unique course, a five year, integrated postgraduate program, majoring in Biotechnology at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB), University of Pune, India.

During the tenure of this course, I worked on different projects whose excellent results fetched us a few publications. I also got an opportunity to present the findings of these projects at various seminars and conferences. I did my final dissertation project, where I worked with Dr. Sharmila Bapat (Scientist F, National Center for Cell Science, Pune), on investigating mechanism of action of SNAI2 gene in the process of epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) in ovarian cancer metastasis.

After completing my master’s, I decided to pursue my career in the field of research. Accordingly, I joined the Molecular Functional Imaging Lab (MFIL) at Advanced Centre for Treatment, Education and Research in Cancer (ACTREC), Tata Memorial Hospital under guidance of Dr. Abhijit De (Scientific Officer F). Majority of my work here is studying the role of potential inducers in regulating the of Sodium-Iodide symorter (hNIS) gene expression in breast cancer. The training and experience I have received in this lab has captivated my interest in microscopy techniques.