Bio Patrika interviews Dr. Das on his thoughts about “how ERK mediated phosphorylation regulate oocyte numbers”

Dr. Debabrata Das’s interview with Bio Patrika hosting “Vigyan Patrika”, a series of author interviews. Dr. Das completed his Ph.D. as a DST-INSPIRE-fellow in the Cellular and Molecular Endocrinology Laboratory of Dr. Sudipta Maitra at the Department of Zoology, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India. His Ph.D. work was focused on the role of insulin-signaling pathway in regulating female reproduction using zebrafish as model organism. After his Ph.D., He joined the Arur Laboratory at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2017. Currently, he is an Odyssey post-doctoral fellow. Here using C. elegans germline, he is working on the downstream substrates of RAS/ERK signaling pathway in regulating female fertility with special emphasis on meiosis I, as well as their role in cancer progression. Here, Debabrata talks about his PhD work titled “ERK phosphorylates chromosomal axis component HORMA domain protein HTP-1 to regulate oocyte numbers” published as a first author in Science Advances (2020).