Jayanta Kumar Das, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Florida Memorial University
Miami Gardens, Florida

Abstract 5830. Carcinogenic effects of metal and metalloids through epigenetic reprogramming of human bone marrow stem cells: The bioinformatics database analysis.

What are your long-term goals?

My long-term research goal is to focus on epigenetically reprogrammed adult stem cells that are transformed from non-cancerous to cancerous states as well as cancer stem cells by the effect of environmental carcinogens and the changes in the microenvironment of the cells leading to cancer. I plan to expand my current research work to train undergraduates, and researchers in the field of cancer stem cells of pancreatic, lung, brain, and breast cancer to achieve this goal. My long-term career goal is to establish a well-funded research program at Florida Memorial University that publishes papers in high-impact journals and trains future minority cancer undergraduates and researchers in our community.

Please share information about how the pandemic has impacted your research over the last two years.

There was a total work time difference for me as principal investigator focusing on laboratory research and was the change for teaching and mentoring our undergraduates and researchers in our community. However, my research also involved data base in silico genomic and epigenomic analysis for anticancer drug designing against cancer stem cells led undergraduates, researchers, and collaborators to work from home to hold our research goal for the past two years.