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Distinguished scientist: Prakash Radhakrishnan, PhD

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Prakash Radhakrishnan, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony on Feb. 24 for UNMC's 2021 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist, New Investigator and Community Service to Research Award recipients.

Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award -- which is sponsored by the chancellor -- recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.

  • Name: Prakash Radhakrishnan, PhD 
  • Title: Associate professor, UNMC Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases 
  • Joined UNMC: May 2005 
  • Hometown: Ko.Poovanur, Tamil Nadu, India 

Research focus:  

  • Pancreatic cancer 
  • Tumor glycobiology 

Why is research important in the world today?  

To understand the cause of disease progression, identify novel targets and develop targeted therapeutics to improve patients’ survival and quality of life.

My research will make a difference because:  

Pancreatic cancer is a highly lethal disease. Chemotherapies remain the mainstay for advanced-stage pancreatic cancer; they produce incomplete responses and high toxicities. Thus, our research seeks to understand the molecular basis of disease progression and develop new tumor glycobiology-based targeted therapy for pancreatic cancer.  

The best advice I’ve ever received is:  

Be persistent and hardworking  

Three things you may not know about me are: 

  • I recently learned to cook some tasty foods that my family loves.   
  • I enjoy writing Tamil poetry. 
  • My academic building blocks are Michael Hollingsworth, PhD, Niranjali Devaraj, PhD, and Malathi Sekhar, PhD. 

Ceremony set for Feb. 24

The 2021 Scientist Laureate and Research Awards ceremony will be shown on Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook Live.

Andre Kalil, MD, professor in the UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been named the 16th UNMC Scientist Laureate. Dr. Kalil will be honored, along with 25 other researchers recently named UNMC Distinguished Scientist, Research Leadership and New Investigator Award winners for 2021. The Community Service to Research Award winner, who also will be honored, will be named in February.

See UNMC's 2021 honorees and watch the YouTube event Feb. 24 online on the UNMC Facebook page.

Other research awardees include:

Research Leadership:

  • Risto Rautiainen, PhD, UNMC College of Public Health
  • Polina Shcherbakova, PhD, Eppley Institute

Distinguished Scientists:

  • Laura Bilek, PhD, UNMC College of Allied Health Professions
  • Rebekah Gundry, PhD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Peter Mannon, MD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Roslyn Mannon, MD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Russell McCulloh, MD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • DJ Murry, PharmD, UNMC College of Pharmacy
  • Aimin Peng, PhD, UNMC College of Dentistry
  • Moorthy Ponnusamy, PhD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Prakash Radhakrishnan, PhD, Eppley Institute
  • Joshua Santarpia, PhD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Paul Trippier, PhD, UNMC College of Pharmacy
  • Matt Zimmerman, PhD, UNMC College of Medicine

New Investigators:

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