Varun Chandrashekaran

M.S. Role: Graduate Student (Ph.D. Candidate)

Varun received his M.S. from the University of Mumbai in the year 2010 in Biotechnology. His M.S. dissertation work focused on identifying early prognostic markers in stage 1 and 2 Thyroid carcinoma patients. After his Master’s he gained experience in Breast cancer biology studying the role of Her2 in Cancer stem cell maintenance and develop a new therapeutic using antibody tagged nanoparticle. He joined Dr. Chatterjee’s lab with an intention of pursuing graduate study under his mentorship. He wants to try and solve various issues related with human health for which he believes a Ph.D. is the first step. After graduation he wants to gain some experience as a post -doctoral researcher and finally aim to lead a lab in the future.

Honors & Awards:

  1. Was only graduate student selected for an oral talk at the biannual SFRBM/SFRII conference at San Francisco, CA (2016).
  2. Recipient of Graduate Student Travel Award from the Graduate School, University of South Carolina to support participation in Free Radical Biology and Medicine (FRBM) Annual Conference (2016).
  3. Selected as an Arnold fellow for the academic year 2016-17 at the Arnold school of Public health, Columbia, SC for a total sum of $10,500 to be applied towards tuition and research.
  4. Selected as an Arnold fellow for the academic year 2015-16 at the Arnold school of Public health, Columbia, SC for a total sum of $9,500 to be applied towards tuition and research.
  5. Qualified prestigious CSIR-UGC Test for Junior Research Fellowship (AIR-157) and Eligibility for Lectureship conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, September, 2009.