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Principal Investigator

Dr. Sunil Shetty

Principal Investigator

Honors and Recognitions

  • Research funding from Jubilaumsstiftung von Swiss Life, Switzerland – 2022
  • Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Award – 2017
  • M. Sreenivasaya Medal for Best PhD thesis by IISc, Bangalore for 2016 – 2017
  • Long Term Postdoctoral Fellowship, EMBO, Heidelberg – 2016
  • Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship, CSIR – 2010
  • “Deserving Student” Scholarship from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai – 2007

Research Interests

  • Regulation of protein synthesis by signaling pathways
  • Alternative translation mechanisms during the stress response
  • mTOR signaling and its role in mRNA metabolism


Protein synthesis (translation) is an essential process and is tightly coordinated with the cellular environment. Our research group in ACTREC is interested in exploring the novel mechanisms of regulation of protein synthesis under various growth and disease conditions. We employ both yeast and cancer cells as model systems to understand the regulation of protein synthesis by signaling pathways such as mTOR. We will explore various post-translational modifications of translation factors and mRNA binding proteins and ribosome composition in the regulation of protein synthesis. In addition, cells may utilize non-canonical protein synthesis mechanisms under stress conditions to produce proteins that may help in their survival. Hence, we are interested in identifying such proteins synthesized by non-canonical mechanisms and investigating their role in cancer cells. If our research questions interest you and you would like to work or collaborate with us, do write to us!



Office Contact

Dr. Sunil Shetty

Shetty’s Laboratory KS 109, Advance Centre for Treatment Research & Education in Cancer, Tata Memorial Centre, (ACTREC), Plot No. 1 & 2, Sector 22, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai-410210. Maharashtra India.+91 (022) 2740 5000/ 6873 5000 Extn-5025 Lab Website
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