Anirban Mitra, Ph.D.
915 E. 3rd St.
Myers Hall 200
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-8118
Fax: (812) 855-4436
Research Program Membership
Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Dr. Mitra's research interests include:
My laboratory seeks to understand the paracrine and juxtacrine interactions between cancer cells and their microenvironment that regulate metastatic colonization in ovarian cancer. We are using in vitro organotypic 3D culture models, live 3D time lapse microscopy and mouse xenograft models of metastasis along with cell and molecular biological approaches to study the reciprocal interactions between the metastasizing cancer cells with their microenvironment at the site of metastasis. We are specifically interested in the regulation of key microRNAs and transcription factors by these paracrine/juxtacrine interactions and the mechanism by which they drive metastatic colonization in ovarian cancer. We also study the role of cancer associated fibroblasts – a major constituent of the tumor microenvironment – in providing a favorable niche for cancer stem cells and promoting chemoresistance. To help us gain a better understanding of all these heterotypic interactions, we have developed novel assays like proximal culture assay, plug homing assay and a 3D time-lapse confocal microscopy based assay for co-invasion of cancer cells along with stromal cells.
Post-doctoral Fellowship - The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2007-2011
Ph.D. - Mumbai University, Mumbai, India 2002-2007