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Principal Investigator

Dr. Rohan J. Khadilkar

Principal Investigator

Honors and Recognitions

  • Ramalingaswami Re - entry Fellowship – 2020-2021
  • Har Gobind Khorana - Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award – 2020-2021
  • Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Award – 2019
  • Best platform presentation at 8 th Canadian Developmental Biology Conference, Banff, Canada – March, 2016
  • Best PhD thesis award in Biological Sciences by JNCASR, Bangalore, India for 2014-2015
  • European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) research fellowship for visit to IFOM-IEO, Milan, Italy – 2013
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST) – International Travel Grant – 2012
  • Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS) – Summer Research Fellowship - 2009

Research Interests

  • Drosophila development
  • Stem cells
  • Stem cell – niche interactions
  • Regulation of tissue homeostasis
  • Cellular signalling
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Immune responses


Our research group at ACTREC is interested in understanding how the micro-environment around stem cells changes during development and disease conditions. Homeostasis is governed by optimal levels of cellular signalling. We aim to focus on understanding stem cell - niche interactions and their contribution to the maintenance of tissue and organ homeostasis. Cellular signalling networks are complex and our laboratory aims to understand how localized networks in a given tissue/organ system co- ordinate and engage with systemic signalling networks for optimal physiological functioning. While the primary model system that we work with is Drosophila (fruit flies), we aim to employ different biological systems to answer these pertinent questions. One of our long term goals is to extend our basic research findings to a translational/clinical set up. If this interests you and you would like to work with us, write to us! Our group is also keen on collaborating, drop us an email if you are interested!

Lab Members



Office Contact

Dr. Rohan J. Khadilkar

KS-338E, 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-5725 Lab Website
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