New faculty spotlight: Kishore Challagundla, Ph.D.

August 22, 2016

Image with caption: Kishore Challagundla, Ph.D.

Kishore Challagundla, Ph.D.

Kishore Challagundla, Ph.D., is a new faculty member at UNMC.

  • Name: Kishore Challagundla, Ph.D.
  • Hometown: I was born and raised in Kurravanipalem (a county area near Ongole, Andhra Pradesh) and completed most of my education in India.
  • New title and department at UNMC: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine

Research/Professional Interests:

  • Pediatric cancers including neuroblastoma and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).
  • Exosomes and non-coding RNAs.
  • Therapy resistance and metastasis.
  • Identification of biomarkers and developing new therapy targets for cancer treatment.

How I fell in love with science.
I wanted to do something meaningful with my life from an early age, which eventually developed into a passion for science. During my school years, I spent most of my time reading about science and its applications to human life. When I chose a career in research, I felt that I arrived at the right place. Research for me is all about the chemistry between passion, imagination and love of science.


  • Ph.D., biochemistry, University of Lucknow, India
  • PG Diploma, nutrition, National Institute of Nutrition, India
  • Masters, biochemistry, Bharathidasan University, India
  • Bachelors, botany, zoology and chemistry, Nagarjuna University, India
  • Post-doctoral research fellowships:
    • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
    • Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
    • Children's Hospital Los Angeles at University of Southern California


  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • The RNA Society

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I was a baseball player during my school years.
  • During my senior year in high school I developed a passion of remembering the botanical names of most of the plants.
  • I love photography, watching movies, cooking and reading ancient Bhagavatgeetha literature, as well as spending time with my family and playing with my son.


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m.manjula vani
June 29, 2018 at 6:23 AM

god bless u...

Mukul Das
May 20, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Babu Good to know about you doing great. Keep it up. Mukul Das, PhD

Mrs Gitali Kakoti
August 26, 2016 at 8:37 AM

All the best Tambi ( Dr Kishore ).God bless you.

ramesh Pothuraju
August 23, 2016 at 8:47 PM

Welcome to UNMC

Mrs . Raj Khanna
August 22, 2016 at 9:21 PM

All the best to you Kishore. God bless you . Prof Raj Khanna Lucknow

Kusum K. Kharbanda, PhD
August 22, 2016 at 10:56 AM


JaganM Reddy V
August 22, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Hi Kishore, great to you as a faculty...and I wish you all the best and hope you will be successful in this new role.