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Dr. Krishne Gowda's research efforts combine synthetic organic chemistry, biochemical and molecular biological tools in an interdisciplinary approach to designing and synthesis of small molecules that specifically target diseased cells or infectious agents.

The long-term goal of the research is the development of selective strategies for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Topics of current interest include:

  • Development of selective modulators of Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (SAhRM) activity. Recently, the lab developed a molecule SGA360 and analogs as selective modulators of aryl hydrocarbon receptor, which was shown to inhibit a set of inflammatory cytokines. Future studies are needed to test whether SGA360 and analogs would be useful in treating chronic inflammatory diseases.
  • Development of novel therapeutic agents for cancer. Currently, the lab has developed novel isatin derivatives that were demonstrated as aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) inhibitors and suitable candidates for further study for the anticancer activity. The lab developed maritoclax and pyoluteorin derivatives as Mcl-1 inhibitors and is also involved in the synthesis of various carcinogens like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their metabolites like diols and diol epoxides and tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines, wherein they prepare specific carcinogens and their metabolites for bioassays and the exploration of DNA adducts formation. The lab uses mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis as a tool for developing chemopreventive strategies to reduce the morbidity and mortality from cancer.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Pharmacology

May 1 2006Aug 31 2009

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jan 1 2002Apr 30 2006

Organic/Medicinal Chemistry, PhD, University of Mysore

… → 2000

Organic Chemistry, MS, University of Mysore

… → 1987

Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, BS, University of Mysore

… → 1985


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