New investigator: Prakash Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.

January 22, 2018

Image with caption: Prakash Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.

Prakash Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2017 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Prakash Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.
  • Title: Assistant professor, UNMC Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases
  • Joined UNMC: May 2005
  • Hometown: KO. Poovanur, Tamil Nadu, India

The New Investigator Award

New Investigator Awards go to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past two years have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New Investigators also had to demonstrate scholarly activity such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

Research Focus:
Pancreatic cancer

The goal of my research is: to understand the biological functions of protein glycosylation in health and diseases. We are particularly interested in understanding the mechanism by which aberrant glycoforms of mucins and other glycoproteins enhance pancreatic cancer disease progression and metastasis.

My research will make a difference because: the full spectrum of tumor biology that results from altered protein glycosylation in cancer is not yet well established. Altered glycosylation is the most tumor-specific type of alteration observed in adenocarcinomas as compared to normal cells. A thorough understanding of the contribution of altered protein glycosylation in disease progression is, therefore, necessary to facilitate the development of new therapeutics for pancreatic cancer. The goal of my research is to identify tumor-specific carbohydrate-based new drug targets and treatments for patients with pancreatic cancer.

The best advice I've ever been given is:
Hard work never fails.

Three things you may not know about me:

  • I like drawing pictures.
  • I like to have loud music while reading.
  • When I was in graduate school, I ate raw plant leaves to show they have medicinal properties and are non-toxic.


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February 27, 2018 at 1:44 PM

Dear All, Thank you so much for your wishes.

January 26, 2018 at 4:55 AM

Best wishes for your New Investigator Award. You will achieve your goals more and more!-Pandu & family.

Niranjali devaraj
January 25, 2018 at 3:43 AM

Congrats Prakash.Our Best Wishes Ma'am and Sir

Sanjib Chowdhury
January 24, 2018 at 7:21 AM

Terrific news. Congratulations Prakash!

Prof Devaraj
January 24, 2018 at 2:53 AM

my blessings and congratulations. Devaraj

Elanchezhian Rajan
January 23, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Best wishes and congrats

sathish kumar natarajan
January 23, 2018 at 6:41 AM

Congratulations Prakash

January 22, 2018 at 9:34 PM

Thanks Tom (தாமஸ்) & ileana. Proud to be part of UNMC.

January 22, 2018 at 9:26 PM

It's not enough my boy Dr.Prakash may god bless u to lift international level Malathisekar

Viswanathan Rajagopalan
January 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Awesome again!

Tom Caffrey
January 22, 2018 at 1:13 PM

A well -deserved honor; Congratulations! As you allude to, the arts are sort of a catalyst for patients, clinicians, and the creative thought of researchers alike. வாழ்த்துக்கள்

Ileana Fortune
January 22, 2018 at 11:08 AM