Studying laser microirradiation induced DNA damage and repair using live cell microscopy
Dr. Gunjan provides a detailed overview of the hardware and the methodologies involved in the study of laser microirradiation induced DNA damage and aims to enable other investigators to take advantage of these improved techniques for the study of DNA damage and repair.
Akash Gunjan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Florida State University College of Medicine
Dr. Gunjan obtained his Bachelor’s degree with a triple major in Genetics, Chemistry and Zoology from Nizam College in India. He then moved to the US to obtain his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he contributed to pioneering studies on the dynamics of chromatin proteins in living cells (Nature, 408: 877-881). He then moved to England to carry out his post-doctoral research work on histone metabolism in the context of DNA damage as an EMBO fellow at Cancer Research UK. There he was awarded the 2004 Kirsten-Hardiman Redon Prize for his paper (Cell, 115: 537-549) that "shows outstanding research novelty" and was ranked among the top 12 candidates for the 2004 European Cell Signaler Award. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine. He was awarded the “Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher 2009-2010” award from the Florida State University College of Medicine for his seminal work on regulated histone proteolysis (Nature Cell Biology, 11: 925-933). Dr. Gunjan has nearly two decades of experience in the field of chromatin structure and function, and well over a decade of experience in the field of DNA damage and repair. He continues to work on trying to understand how histones and chromatin maybe contributing to DNA repair, genome stability and cancer prevention.
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