Research leadership: Maneesh Jain, PhD

February 19, 2021

Image with caption: Maneesh Jain, PhD

Maneesh Jain, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2020 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Maneesh Jain, PhD
  • Title: Professor, UNMC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: December 2001
  • Hometown: Tundla/Delhi/Omaha

The Research Leadership Award

This award is intended to honor scientists previously recognized as Distinguished Scientists who have a longstanding research funding history and also serve as research leaders and mentors on campus.

Research focus:

  • Pancreatic cancer

The best advice I could give a beginning researcher is: to be focused, patient, interactive and open minded. Although this is an era of multidisciplinary research, one cannot be an expert on everything. While it is critical to recognize your strengths and build your research program around them, it is equally important to identify people who can complement your expertise and experience, and build collaborations and partnerships. Don't be discouraged if things don't go your way; there is an opportunity in every failure if one is patient and open minded.

The toughest lesson I've learned is: that TRUST is one of the hardest things to earn and the easiest thing to lose. Trust, honest self-assessment and sincere efforts for self-improvement are the essential first steps of team building.

The goal of my research is: to understand the intricate cross talk of tumor cells with the stromal cells (fibroblasts and immune cells) in pancreatic tumor microenvironment and exploit this knowledge to:

  • Improve the efficacy of existing therapeutic modalities (chemotherapy, radiation therapy)
  • Develop novel targeted therapies (immunotherapies and antibody-based therapies)
  • Identify biomarkers for early detection and treatment response.

My research will make a difference because: we may find more effective ways to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer, which is one of the most lethal malignancies. The reagents, models and approaches that we are developing also will help improve the basic understanding of pancreatic cancer pathophysiology and identify vulnerabilities that can be targeted.

The best part of my job is: that each day provides an opportunity to learn something new either from an ongoing experiment in the lab, having a corridor discussion with a colleague, surveying literature for a manuscript or a grant or simply attending a scientific talk. I am blessed with an amazing team of trainees, mentors, peers and collaborators and engaging with them in scientific (and sometimes philosophical) discussions is so stimulating and enriching.

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • You can learn six things about me in UNMC Today archives. :-)
  • I am an Ergophile.
  • I will never say no to a cup of tea, no matter what time of the day/night it is.

Purushottamlal Rajak
March 09, 2021 at 8:16 AM

Many congratulations Manish ji & welcome you're service for humanity God bless you

prakash kshirsagar
February 24, 2021 at 11:07 AM

Many many congratulations Dear Sir.

Sathishkumar Natarajan
February 20, 2021 at 11:13 AM

Congratulations! Well deserved honor!!!

Dr. Abhijit Banerjee
February 20, 2021 at 1:33 AM

Exhilarating insights indeed !

February 20, 2021 at 12:41 AM

Congrats, let's celebrate with a cuppa ginger tea

Shivani Gupta
February 19, 2021 at 5:40 PM

Congratulations! Many more to you.

Moorthy Ponnusamy
February 19, 2021 at 3:26 PM

Congratulations Bhayya!

Lynette Smith
February 19, 2021 at 2:29 PM

Congratulations Maneesh!

jawed Siddiqui
February 19, 2021 at 12:39 PM

Congratulation !!!!

Shiv Ram Krishn
February 19, 2021 at 12:37 PM

Congratulations Maneesh Ji. Ek cup Chai ho jai!

Sahita Sidhu
February 19, 2021 at 10:42 AM

Awesome- congratulations Dr Maneesh Jain 👏, keep rising and shining !

Sushil Kumar
February 19, 2021 at 10:26 AM

Congratulations, Mannesh!

Ming-Fong Lin, Ph.D.
February 19, 2021 at 9:51 AM

Congratulation!. Well deserved, my old neighbor.

Imayavaramban Lakshmanan
February 19, 2021 at 9:44 AM

Congratulation Dr. Jain

Wasim Nasser
February 19, 2021 at 9:40 AM

Heartiest Congratulations Maneesh! Well deserved. Wish you more success in future ahead!

Parthasarathy Seshacharyulu
February 19, 2021 at 8:02 AM

Congratulations...Dr. Jain!