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Published in This Week on January 30, 2012

Biochemistry faculty welcome Pochampally

pochampally_radhikaDr. Radhika Pochampally, director of the Adult Stem Cell Core, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium, at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of biochemistry at the UMMC Cancer Institute.

After receiving the B.S. in microbiology from the University of Bombay, India, in 1993, Pochampally earned the M.S. in biotechnology at the University of Baroda, India, in 1995. She then earned the M.S. in cancer biology and microbiology in 1998 and the Ph.D. in cancer biology and microbiology in 2000 at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans. Subsequently, she pursued postdoctoral training focused on adult stem cell biology at Tulane University.

Pochampally has served on the faculty at the Tulane University School of Medicine as a member of the Center for Gene Therapy since 2004. A research instructor in pharmacology from 2004-05 and an assistant professor of pharmacology from 2006-11, she was a member of the Tulane Cancer Center and Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium from 2006-11.

Pochampally is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for Cancer Research and the International Society of Cell Therapy. She has been invited to speak to a number of professional organizations nationwide and has coauthored more than 37 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter. An editorial board member of the Open Bone Journal, Pochampally is principal investigator of an NIH-R01 research study, "Role of miRNA in the Stromal Support of MSCs in Breast Cancers."

Pochampally envisions initiating a stem cell research interest group and bringing in her longstanding expertise in stem cell biology to the Cancer Institute.

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