|Surabhi Chandra, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Year you joined the INBRE program: 2020
Research focus? Breast cancer progression in diabetes.
Goal of your research? To understand the molecular mechanism of the advancement of breast cancer in diabetic states and provide a therapeutic strategy to mitigate this effect.
Your research will make a difference because? It will create awareness for modifying lifestyle in cancer patients to control blood glucose levels in addition to altering their treatment regimen.
Why is it important to mentor undergraduate students? Undergraduate students are the main workforce being trained for the future health science field. Hands-on research experience gives them a good opportunity to explore and understand the pathogenesis of diseases. Mentoring undergraduate students provide a unique outlook to the faculty in envisioning the research question on a basic fundamental level, as most students are often very new to conducting research.
Three things people may not know about you.
- I have stayed more years in Kearney than in any other place in my lifetime.
- I was evacuated from New Orleans for six months due to hurricane Katrina during my Ph.D.
- I learned a new language after marriage.