Tamal Das

Tamal Das
Hyderabad (IND)


Tamal Das obtained his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. In 2010, he became a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut du Cancer de Montréal, Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) in Montréal, Canada where he focused on probing tumor spheroids using microfluidic platforms. In 2011, he started working with Joachim P. Spatz at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems Stuttgart to elucidate the role of the tumor-suppressor protein merlin in the collective movement of cells, which has important implications in the process of wound healing, cancer metastasis, and embryonic development. Their discovery, which was eventually published in Nature Cell Biology, brought to light how merlin acts as a regulator in cellular migration. He is currently leading a research group in the same institute focusing on collective cell migration.

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