BSBE Faculty

Pradip Sinha

Professor

Contact Information:
Email: pradips[at]iitk.ac.in
Tel: (91) 512-259-4027
Fax: (91) 512-259-4010  

Link to Lab Webpage

 

Academic Background:

Dr. Pradip Sinha received his Ph. D. from Banaras Hindu University in 1983. He joined IIT Kanpur in June, 2001 to initiate the genesis and progression of the Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering (BSBE), which was formally established on 13th September 2001; he served as its Head for the period 2001-2010.   Prior to joining IIT Kanpur, he was a Professor of Life Sciences in D. A. University, Indore. He was also a Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation at German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg (1990-1991). 

 

Research Interests:

The fruit fly, Drosophila, is an ideal model organism for exploring cellular and developmental basis of human diseases. Genes implicated in cancers in humans are also conserved in Drosophila. Thus, taking advantage of the sophisticated genetics of Drosophila, one can explore fundamental cellular functions of these genes besides deciphering the mechanisms by which these cause cancers, when mutated. We are pursuing several lines of investigations by modeling cancers in Drosophila, besides cancer therapeutics. Some of these questions, which we are currently examining, include:

  • Why do oncogenic mutations affect only certain cell types in an organ and not others?

  • How does a growing tumor cross-talk with a distant organ?

  • How does a host respond to a growing tumor within?

  • Can human cancers, like prostate cancer (PCa), be modeled in the fly?  

  • Can the Drosophila model be exploited for cancer therapeutics?  

  • What cellular and developmental functions are carried out by the tumor suppressor genes such as Fat, a protocadherin?