On 14 May 2018, Professor L S Shashidhara of IISER Pune was elected an EMBO Associate Member, joining the league of 61 other outstanding life scientists that were elected to its membership this year. Prof. Shashidhara is also a member of the Management Board at NCBS, Bangalore.
Research in the Shashidhara laboratory revolves around questions of how organ size and shape is determined using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. While addressing this question, his group has been able to identify key mechanisms by which signaling pathways are fine-tuned to achieve precise growth control. As many of these pathways are implicated in cancer, the team now has genetic and biochemical leads that may prove useful as markers for cancer diagnosis and prognosis. Thus, through the use of such functional genomics, Prof. Shashidhara has now begun to develop fly models of human diseases.
Prof. Shashidhara commented that, “While networking with EMBO members at various platforms will provide me an opportunity to bring new collaborations for my research work, I am equally keen to learn and acquaint myself in European policy on science funding, their skills in good science administration, excellent peer-review and research evaluation programs, and new ideas for science education and popularization.”
The Bangalore Life Sciences Cluster wishes Prof. Shashidhara success in all his endeavours.
About the EMBO Membership
EMBO Associate Members are eminent scientists residing in countries other than the EMBC Member States, or residing in EMBC Associate Member States, and have made outstanding contributions to the life sciences. They are actively involved in the execution of the organization’s initiatives by serving on EMBO Council, Committees and Editorial Boards, by evaluating applications for EMBO funding, by mentoring young scientists and by providing suggestions and feedback on activities.