Anirban Mitra, PhD

Dr. Anirban Mitra did his M.Sc. in Biotechnology from Devi Ahilya University in Indore, India and completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Mumbai in Mumbai, India. Presently, is undergoing postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Ernst Lengyel in the Section of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, Chicago. He is studying the biology of ovarian cancer with a specific interest is in unraveling how the cancer cells interact with their microenvironment. He has identified a novel, ligand independent activation of the receptor tyrosine kinase c-Met in the ovarian cancer cells by the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin via its receptor a5ß1-integrin. He is presently investigating the role of stroma in ovarian cancer progression. Dr. Mitra received the Department of Biotechnology Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and the Junior Research Fellowship from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India. During his postdoctoral training, he received the American Association of Cancer Research Scholar in Training Award.