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New investigator: Samikshan Dutta, PhD

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Samikshan Dutta, 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, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Samikshan Dutta, PhD
  • Title: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: April 2011
  • Hometown: Kolkata, India

New Investigator Award

New Investigator Awards go to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past two years have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New investigators also had to demonstrate scholarly activity such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

Research focus:

  • Prostate cancer metastasis

The goal of my research is:

My research focuses on addressing how advanced stages of prostate cancer evade therapeutic stress to promote growth and survival.

My research will make a difference because:

Therapy-resistant prostate cancer has the worst prognosis and needs immediate intervention in terms of novel target-identification and drug-development. Moreover, the lack of proper biomarkers limits therapeutic management against clonal variability of advanced prostate cancer. Our research is trying to stratify patients based on the molecular signature responsible for the therapy resistance and lineage switch of prostate cancer. Therefore, the identification of appropriate biomarkers can discriminate clonal variation, and novel targeted therapy can provide a better therapeutic outcome.

The best advice I've ever been given is:

Never give up! Keep creating.

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I enjoy watching soccer over any other sports.
  • I'm fond of solo, long drives through the countryside.
  • I love traveling and experiencing foods of various cultures.

Ceremony on Feb. 23

Matthew Rizzo, MD, Frances & Edgar Reynolds Chair and professor in the UNMC Department of Neurological Sciences, has been named the 15th UNMC Scientist Laureate. Dr. Rizzo will be honored, along with 22 other researchers recently named UNMC Distinguished Scientist, Research Leadership and New Investigator Award winners for 2020, during a virtual awards ceremony on Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Other awardees include:

Research Leadership

  • Maneesh Jain, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Ted Mikuls, MD, College of Medicine

Distinguished Scientists

  • Jesse Bell, PhD, College of Public Health
  • Vijaya Bhatt, MD, College of Medicine
  • Diana Florescu, MD, College of Medicine
  • Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, MVSC, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Sarah Holstein, MD, PhD, College of Medicine
  • R. Katherine Hyde, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Robin Lally, PhD, College of Nursing
  • Hanjun Wang, MD, College of Medicine
  • Jingwei Xie, PhD, College of Medicine

New Investigators

  • Leah Cook, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Prasanta Dash, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Samikshan Dutta, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Bryant England, MD, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Kyle Hewitt, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Regina Idoate, PhD, College of Public Health
  • Bhavesh Kevadiya, PhD, College of Medicine
  • So-Youn Kim, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Anthony Podany, PharmD, College of Pharmacy
  • Matthew Van Hook, PhD, College of Medicine
  • David Warren, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Wellsandt, DPT, PhD, College of Allied Health Professions

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