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CTCR Senior Leadership

Dr-CB-Koppiker

Dr. C . B. Koppiker

Medical Director & Managing Trustee, PCCM
Principal Investigator at CTCR

Dr. Koppiker, is a Breast Oncosurgeon and the Medical Director, Orchids Breast Health Center, Pune. He is also the Director, Department of Oncosciences, Jehangir Hospital, Pune. Dr. Koppiker has a keen interest to explore the translational aspect in breast cancer to pave way for novel population specific management strategies. He is a pioneer of Breast Oncoplasty in India and has established the International School of Breast Oncoplasty in collaboration with University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. His primary interests lie in oncoplastic surgery for breast cancers, translational breast cancer research and TNBCs. He has many publications in national and international journals

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Prof-LS-Shashidhara

Prof L. S. Shashidhara

Director at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS),
Professor at Ashoka University and IISER Pune

Dr. L.S. Shashidhara is a Professor at Ashoka University and IISER Pune. His research work in cancer biology, genetics, cell and developmental biology has generated numerous high-impact publications and book chapters. He is recognized with CSIR Technology Award, SS Bhatnagar Prize and JC Bose National Fellowship and is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy; National Academy of Sciences, India; and Indian Academy of Sciences. He has been elected as Vice-President of Indian National Science Academy and Secretary General of International Union of Biological Sciences. Recently, Prof Shashidhara was elected as Associate member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), a coveted international recognition for excellence in research in life sciences.

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Ms-Laleh-Busheri

Ms. Laleh Busheri

CEO, PCCM, Pune
Administrative Head, CTCR

Ms. Busheri is the CEO of PCCM. With her passion and acumen for social work, Ms. Busheri is instrumental in making PCCM provide free or affordable diagnosis, breast cancer treatment, patient support, and rehabilitation to breast cancer patients and their families from various social and financial strata. She is responsible for full administrative support at CTCR and also oversees the working of the Biobank. She  initiated the Biobank project with the vision that tissue repositories with annotated  patient data have been proven to be of immense importance to understand cancer profiles and identify targeted and personalized therapies

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CTCR-PCCM Faculty

Dr-Sneha-Joshi

Dr. Sneha Joshi

Senior Scientist, CTCR-PCCM

Dr. Joshi is the Senior Scientist at CTCR-PCCM.  She received her M.Sc from the University of Pune and obtained her Ph.D in Immunology from Rutgers University, NJ, USA. She completed her post-doctoral training at Columbia University, NY, USA in Osteoimmunology with a focus on Leukemia blasts. Apart from regular paper publications her research in collaboration with Stanford Medical School, focusing on the role of Vitamin D3 in ameliorating Th17 Autoimmunity went on to get press released. 

At CTCR-PCCM she leads and manages the research department and the clinical research projects. Her current ongoing projects involve assessing the oncological and cosmetic outcomes of oncoplastic surgeries. She also spearheads various multidisciplinary collaborative projects related to breast cancer. Additionally, she also supervises the capacity-building vertical of PCCM-CTCR including the research projects for Masters in Oncoplasty Program that runs in association with University of East Anglia. She also handles all the activities related to the e-learning platform BreastGlobal and its associated journal as well as the new launched RT-PCR course.

Dr-Madhura-Kulkarni

Dr. Madhura Kulkarni

Senior Scientist, CTCR-PCCM

Dr. Kulkarni is a Senior Scientist and DBT-Ramalingaswami Fellow at PCCM-CTCR. Dr. Kulkarni leads the design and conduct of research on molecular profiling of infiltrating ductal carcinoma for novel prognostic and therapeutic targets. She is a gold medalist for MSc from the University of Pune and has obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from University of Maryland, College Park, USA. During her post-doctoral work at MGH-Harvard Medical School, USA and Cancer Science Institute, Singapore; she has gained extensive experience in cancer biology and translational research specifically pertaining to breast cancer. Her work has been published in many high impact international journals. Dr. Kulkarni has received the prestigious ‘re-entry’ Ramalingaswami fellowship from the Department of Biotechnology, India to set-up a laboratory in India. She leads and manages the FFPE Breast tissue biobank set-up at CTCR-PCCM and has also initiated the frozen tissue biobank at CTCR-PCCM

Dr-Devaki-Kelkar

Dr. Devaki A. Kelkar

Senior Scientist, CTCR-PCCM

Dr. Kelkar is a senior scientist at Prashanti Cancer Care Mission. She received her MSc from the University of Pune where she won the Silver Jubilee Prize and obtained her Ph.D in membrane biophysics from CCMB, Hyderabad. She completed post-doctoral training at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA. Her research work has been published in many prestigious international journals. At CTCR-PCCM, Dr. Kelkar has developed the database that correlates with the biobank and has annotated clinical information for over 1000 cases.

Dr.-Rupa-Mishra

Dr. Rupa Mishra

Senior Scientist, CTCR-PCCM

Dr. Mishra is a senior scientist at Prashanti Cancer Care Mission. She received her M.Sc from the University of Pune and obtained her Ph.D in Cancer Biology from ACTREC-TMC. She pursued her post-doctoral training at IISER-Pune where she worked on understanding DNA damage response and cell migration in breast cancers. 

At CTCR-PCCM she focuses on Genetics related projects and manages the genetic counselling and genetic testing offered at the centre. She is currently working on projects relating to germline mutational profiling of breast cancer subtypes. She also works on various multidisciplinary collaborative projects related to breast cancer. Additionally, she is actively involved in the activities of the e-learning platform BreastGlobal and its associated journal as well as the newly launched RT-PCR course.

CTCR-IISER Faculty

Mayurika Lahiri

Dr. Mayurika Lahiri, PhD

CTCR-IISER

Dr. Mayurika Lahiri is an Associate Professor at IISER, Pune. She graduated from the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She joined Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA as a postdoctoral research associate. She later moved to the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, USA as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr Lahiri joined IISER, Pune in 2008. Her laboratory has focused on exploring the role of genome instability during breast cancer initiation, progression and pathogenesis using the 3D breast acinar model.

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KundanSengupta

Dr. Kundan Sengupta

CTCR-IISER

Dr. Kundan Sengupta received his B.Sc and MSc in Microbiology from Bangalore University. He obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai. Following that he was a Postdoctoral and Research fellow at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA. Currently, he is a professor (Biology) & Associate Dean (International Relations and Outreach) at IISER, Pune. He is also Scientific Member of Indian Cancer Genome Atlas (ICGA), Life Member of Society of Biological Chemists of India (SBCI) and Life Member of Indian Association of Cancer Research (IACR). He is closely working with CTCR/PCCM to develop affordable diagnostics for breast cancers.

CTCR Team Members and Research Fellows

Pooja-Vaid

Pooja Vaid

Ph.D fellow, CTCR-IISER

Pooja Vaid is a Ph.D. scholar at Ashoka University, Sonepat, working under the guidance of Prof L.S. Shashidhara and Dr Madhura Kulkarni. She got her master’s degree in Biotechnology, post which she was trained in Drosophila genetics, using flies as a tumor model. Her thesis work focuses on uncovering the unique cellular and molecular profile of Indian triple-negative breast cancers with prognostic implications. She is also interested in delineating the tumor immune microenvironment modulating the treatment response. Outside the lab, she spends her free time baking and reading.

Purva Sharma

Onco-nutritionist, CTCR

Purva Sharma is a clinical dietitian with a master’s degree from Symbiosis International University. She is Onco-nutritionist at CTCR. She has published a review paper in the Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. She believes healthy food is the most accessible and sustainable health investment.

Pranali Kanase

Pranali Kanase

Senior Clinical Data Coordinator, CTCR-PCCM

Pranali is a Senior clinical data coordinator at CTCR. She has completed her graduation in Microbiology from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. Following that, she completed a postgraduate diploma in clinical research, data management and pharmacovigilance. Currently, she manages and curates the clinical data at CTCR.

Shweta-Kadu

Shweta Kadu

Senior Clinical Data Analyst, CTCR-PCCM

Shweta has completed master’s degree in mathematics and Statistics from Modern College, Pune, and completed PG diploma in Data Science from S.P. College, Pune. She worked on the COVID-19 data of the PMC with the IISER team. Currently she is overseeing the data in the various clinical databases at CTCR, essentially adding, updating, and managing the data, as per the requirement, carry out data analysis on database data, create graphical depiction of the data and analyse the trends and associations for cohort and subsets of the primary data. She is developing Python-based solutions to help automate data management chores like cleaning, categorising, and managing the accessible data resources, also to retrieve report identification and important diagnostic data developed pattern matching algorithms.

V.Gomathi

V.Gomathi

Research Assistant,
CTCR-IISER

Gomathi received her Integrated MSc degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She did her master’s thesis under the guidance of Dr.Madhura Kulkarni at CTCR, Pune, on the project titled “Analysis of Yes-associated protein-1 (YAP1) target gene-signature to predict progressive breast cancer”. Currently, she is working as a research assistant at CTCR, Pune, with Dr.Madhura to understand the prognostic significance of YAP1 in the Indian breast cancer cohort and on the DBT-funded project titled ‘YAP function in growth factor receptor signalling in mammary epithelial cells during growth control and tumorigenesis’.

Anjali Joshi

Anjali Joshi

Yoga and Lifestyle Consultant

Anjali has done her BNYS and is a Yoga Gold Medallist Lifestyle Medicine Doctor having experience in Naturopathy and Yoga modalities for Metabolic Disorders and Palliative care in Cancer. Currently, she is working as Yoga and Lifestyle Consultant at CTCR, trying to bring a change in managing Cancer Symptoms through Yoga and Naturopathy care. Dr. Anjali works on patient-centric projects as well as clinical data management.

Jisha John

Jisha John

Senior Genetic Data Coordinator, CTCR-PCCM

Jisha is a Senior Genetic data coordinator at Prashanti Cancer Care Mission and is working on projects related to the genetics of Breast Cancer. She also works closely with the genetic counsellor, organizes Genetic counseling sessions, curates, analyses, and manages genetic data. She is a gold medalist from Women’s Christian College, where she received her B.Sc. in Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology. She pursued her M.Sc. in Human Genetics from Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai. Her dissertation project was focused on the cell death mechanism of a Siddha formulation in Breast Cancer Cells.

Bindusha-Das

Bindusha Das

Biobank Manager,
CTCR-PCCM

Bindusha Das, with her Master’s in Cell and Molecular Biology, is currently working in the position of Biobank Manager at CTCR. Her work entails establishing and functioning the Fresh Frozen Breast Cancer Biobank. Her main role is setting up the Standard Protocols, acquiring the consumables, Sample collection, and taking measures to maintain the integrity of the sample.

SmeetaNare

Smeeta Nare

Nurse In-charge and Clinical Data Co-ordinator , CTCR-PCCM

Smeeta obtained a B.Sc in Nursing from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, and finished a Certificate course in clinical research. She is in a dual role as a Breast Health Clinical assistant and clinical data coordinator. She is responsible for OPD-Counselling patients on various aspect of their treatment and acts as a liaison between clinic and research departments for co-ordinating clinical data for clinical, epidemiological and biological research projects. 

Aadya-Atreya

Aadya Atreya

Research Assistant,
CTCR-IISER

Aadya received her BSc in Biotechnology from Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan.Following that, she completed her MSc in Molecular Medicine from Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Currently, she is working as a Research Assistant on a DST funded project titled “Investigation of YAP driven tumorigenesis by promoter proximal pausing”.

Chitra-Nair

Chitra Nair

Project Assistant,
CTCR-IISER

Chitra got her master’s degree from Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She did her masters’ thesis in the field of oral cancer with Dr. Ratika Shrivastava at MSU, Baroda. Previously, she worked at Borek IT Sourcing Pvt Ltd as an Image Annotator for EM images of Drosophila melanogaster neurons. Currently, she is working as a project assistant in the DBT funded project to study the function of YAP in growth factor receptor signalling in breast cancer and their role in growth control and tumorigenesis.

Khushi Salvi

Project Assistant,
CTCR-IISER

Khushi did her undergrad in Biochemistry from St. Xavier’s, Ahmedabad. She was appointed as COO for a student based entrepreneurial venture of plant tissue culture called In-XITU during the final year of her bachelor’s. She persuaded her master’s studies in Biochemistry from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. Her master’s thesis focused on glycogen metabolism in liver of PCOS mouse model. At CTCR, she is work on a project with Dr. Madhura Kulkarni on ‘YAP function in growth factor receptor signaling in mammary epithelial cells during growth control and tumorigenesis.’

Dr. Kainat Moosa

Dr. Kainat Moosa

Publications & Communication Manager, CTCR- PCCM

Dr. Kainat Moosa is the Publications and Communications Manager for Prashanti Cancer Care Mission. She is a skilled homeopathic practitioner and a proficient medical content writer. At CTCR-PCCM, her focus is on producing scientific and medical manuscripts, book chapters, and protocols that pertain to breast cancer management and oncoplastic surgery. In addition, Dr. Moosa takes care of the Breast Global platform and the journal by developing and managing content, and also updates the CTCR and Breast Global websites and social media pages.

Dnyaneshwari Dinesh Muknak

Dnyaneshwari Dinesh Muknak

Psychologist, CTCR-IISER

She works as a psychologist at CTCR, Pune. She has interned at versatile cancer settings such as palliative/ hospice care unit, pediatric hematology department and breast cancer clinic. She takes an eclectic approach and is an empathic, supportive mental health advocate working in the oncology setup.

Dr. Priya Sivadasan

Dr. Priya Sivadasan

Research Scientist,
CTCR- PCCM

Dr. Priya Sivadasan is a Research scientist at Prashanti Cancer Care Mission. She received her M.Sc degree in Biotechnology from Kannur University, Kerala and obtained her Ph.D. in Head and Neck Oncology from Mazumdar shaw Centre for Translational Research, Bangalore, where she worked on Salivary transcriptome and proteome for the diagnosis and prognosis of Oral cancer. Her work on Salivary biomarkers for the early diagnosis of Oral cancer got patented as well. Following that, she pursued Training course in Science Journalism, and Post graduate diploma in Intellectual Property Rights. At CTCR-PCCM she is involved in conducting research projects focused on breast cancer, understanding its molecular mechanisms and identifying biomarkers, collaborate with clinicians, manuscript writing and grants writing.

Dr. Namrata Athavale

Dr. Namrata Athavale

Physician Assistant,
CTCR- PCCM

She is a Homoepathic doctor, with academic background as MD Homoeopathy. She was practicing as a Homoeopathic consultant at Shatayu Homoeopathy Clinic and Athavale Dental Clinic for past 10 years. Before starting clinical practice, she got a chance to expand her clinical knowledge in the field of General surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dermatology, ENT, Medicine. Also, she has elaborate experience working in the field of Dentistry. Now, she is working as a Physician Assistant from May 2023, at Prashanti Cancer Care Mission/Orchid’s Breast Health In field of Breast Cancer.

Aditya-Kamthe

Mr. Aditya Kamthe

PCCM-CTCR HR and Manager

Mr. Abhijeet Kumar

IT Manager

Mr. Swapnil Suryavanshi

Operations Manager

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