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CTCR Senior Leadership


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


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.


Ms. Laleh Busheri

Administrative Head at 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




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

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 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

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.


Mayurika Lahiri

Dr. Mayurika Lahiri, PhD


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.


Dr. Kundan Sengupta


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

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.


Diksha Yadav

Clinical Data Coordinator, CTCR-PCCM

Diksha has completed her bachelor’s degree course in Paramedical Technician in Community Medicine from B.J. Government Medical College, Pune. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from Pune University. She is currently working as a clinical data coordinator at CTCR which focuses on managing and curating the clinical data and cancer registry.

Pranali Kanase

Pranali Kanase

Clinical Data Coordinator, CTCR-PCCM

Pranali is a 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

Clinical Data Analyst, CTCR-PCCM

Shweta has completed bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Garware 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, at CTCR she works as a Clinical Data Analyst. Her work focuses on making the pipelines to automate the data management task, cleaning and analysing the data for the manuscripts.



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

Junior Research Scientist, CTCR-PCCM

Anjali has done her BYAS 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 Junior Research Scientist 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

Genetic Data Coordinator, CTCR-PCCM

Jisha is a Genetic data coordinator CTCR and is working on projects related to the genetics of Breast Cancer. She also works closely with the genetic counsellor, organizes Genetic counselling sessions, curates, analyses, and manages genetic data. She is a gold medallist 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.


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.


Divya Manghwani

Onco-psychologist and PROMs analyst, CTCR-PCCM

Divya has completed her MSc in Psychology from Liverpool Hope University, UK (BPS accredited). She has worked with a wide range of population for over a year. She is currently working at CTCR as a counselor as well as quality of life projects. She follows a patient-centric and holistic approach. She helps the patients to understand the connection between mind and body and tries to break the stigma and stereotypes around breast cancer. She is also working on exploring how mental health and cancer affect each other.


Asmita Jotshi

Onco-Nutritionist and Clinical Research Data Coordinator, CTCR-PCCM

Asmita is an onco-nutritionist at CTCR and does nutrition related counselling of breast cancer patients. She has received her Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics with a specialization in Nutrigenomics from Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences, Pune. She has past experience of working as a Clinical Dietitian at a reputed multi-specialty hospital. At CTCR, she is also actively involved in nutrigenomics and microbiome-related research projects.


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

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

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.’

CTCR Administrative Department


Mr. Aditya Kamthe

PCCM-CTCR HR and Manager

Mr. Abhijeet Kumar

IT Manager

Mr. Swapnil Suryavanshi

Operations Manager

CTCR interns

  • Ms Sakshi Patel: MSc Biotech student from MIT-World Peace University, Pune. Jan 2023-June 2023
  • Ms Dyaneshwari Muknak: MS Clinical Psychology Christ University, Bangalore. May 2022 -July 2022