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MCCB Diversity Profile of the Month


Each month the MCCB Department will feature a department member's unique story.

This month, we sat down with Dimpi Mukhopadhyay, PhD Student in the Arthur Mercurio Lab. Read Dimpi's story below.

Neha Samant

Dimpi Mukhopadhyay is a 2nd year graduate student in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology at UMass Chan Medical School. Originally from Calcutta, India, she received her B.S. in Microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and an M.S. in Cancer Biology from Drexel University School of Medicine.

Her current research interests are focused on mechanisms that contribute to the function of cancer stem cells with an emphasis on the role of specific calcium channels.

Outside the lab, she enjoys cooking, watching soccer and being a full-time ‘dog mom’

What set you on a trajectory of becoming a scientist?

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Are there any setbacks you faced on your journey and what did you do to overcome them?

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 What is your current research focus?

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 How would you describe your research?

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 How does your research apply to the broader world and why is it important outside of the scientific community?

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 Why did you choose your current lab and/or UMass Chan?

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What is the coolest thing about your research?

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What are some of the lessons that you have learned along the way that you would like to share with trainees who recently joined our department?

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Any advice you wished you had gotten when you first started as a scientist?

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 Is there something you would say to your younger self?

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If you would like to be the next spotlight, please reach out to Peter Chhoy.

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