DST Inspire Faculty
Cell division is a fundamental cellular process involved in embryonic development and mitotic aberrations result in disorders such as microcephaly, aneuploidy syndromes and embryonic lethality. We study the molecular mechanisms regulating cell division to understand the basis of these developmental disorders. We use zebrafish as the model system to study cell division dynamics during embryonic development. The zebrafish embryos are amenable to live cell imaging, genetic manipulation and high throughput genetic screens.
My group is also interested in ecotoxicology and embryo toxicology. In one of our projects, we aim to assess the impact of common industrial byproducts on embryonic development. Our long-term goal is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms which form the basis of developmental defects upon exposure to these industrial byproducts.
Mukherjee S., Iyer S., Prasad T., Kumar M.* (2021). Epigenetic regulation of chromatin during mitosis in embryos. Journal of Embryology and Stem Cell Research ;5,1.
Iyer, S., Mukherjee, S., & Kumar, M.* (2021). Watching the embryo: Evolution of the microscope for the study of embryogenesis. BioEssays, e2000238. https://doi.org/10.1002/bies.202000238
Sharma A., Shukla A., Attri K., Kumar M., Kumar P., Suttee A., Singh G., Barnwal R. and Singla N. (2020). Global trends in pesticides: A looming threat and viable alternatives. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety; 201, 110812.
Mahale P*., Kumar M.*, Sharma A*.,Babu A., Ranjan S., Sachidanandan C. and Mylavarapu V. S. (2016). The Light Intermediate Chain 2 Subpopulation of Dynein Regulates Mitotic Spindle Orientation. Scientific Reports; 6(1); 22.
Kumar M., Pushpa K. and Mylavarapu V. S. (2015). Splitting the cell, building the organism: Mechanisms of cell division in metazoan embryos. IUBMB Life; 67,7: 575-87
Education & Experience
|P.G:||Zoology ; University of Delhi ; 2007|
|Ph.D:||Specification of the neural crest derived pharyngeal mesenchyme: The role of pharyngeal endoderm, FGF and BMP signaling in the establishment of prechondrogenic identity and initiation of chondrogenesis. ; Clemson University, USA ; 2012|
Cell and Developmental Biology ; Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) ; 2017
Developmental Biology ; Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) ; 2012
|Phosphorylation and Pin1 binding to the LIC1 subunit selectively regulate mitotic dynein functions||Journal of Cell Biology||2021|
|Epigenetic regulation of chromatin during mitosis in embryos.||Journal of Embryology and Stem Cell Research ;5,1. DOI: 10.23880/jes-16000153||2021|
|Role of vertebrate GAGA associated factor (vGAF) in early development of zebrafish||Cells and Development, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cdev.2021.203682||2021|
|Watching the embryo: Evolution of the microscope for the study of embryogenesis.||BioEssays, e2000238. https://doi.org/10.1002/bies.202000238||2021|
|Global trends in pesticides: A looming threat and viable alternatives.||Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety||2020|