Protein Signaling Program
Blegdamsvej 3, 2200 København N, Bygning 6, Building: 06-1-40
Kumar Somyajit currently works as an Assistant professor with Prof. Jiri Lukas at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen. He graduated in 2015 from the lab of Dr. Ganesh Nagaraju at the Department of Biochemistry, IISc, Bangalore, India. The main focus of his research thus far has been to understand how cells protect themselves from replication-associated lesions that can lead to gradual accumulation of mutations and result in various disorders including cancer. His most recent study identified a signaling cascade that couples physiological fluctuations of metabolic pathways with the speed with which eukaryotic cells replicate their genomes. Importantly, cancer cells exploit this mechanism in order to survive under increased metabolic stress during oncogenic transformation. Utilizing state-of-the-art protein imaging and biochemistry, Kumar continues to explore the greater implications of metabolic signaling, DNA replication, and genome stability.