Hi, I’m M.K. “Deepa,” and I’m a post-doctoral appointee in Dr. Kacena’s lab at Indiana University School of Medicine.
I have been here since January 2018 and feel privileged to work with this team. I live in the city with my family near the beautiful canal. I love living downtown and working close to IUPUI so we can enjoy all that our great city has to offer.
In the lab, I perform a variety of duties such as isolating primary cells from mouse organs, maintaining large mouse colonies and overseeing undergraduate students. My current research is directed toward understanding the mechanism of cell interaction networks between megakaryocytes, which give rise to platelets, and osteoblasts and osteoclasts. I am particularly interested in learning how megakaryocytes regulate osteoblasts and osteoclasts during aging and in understanding mechanisms of bone healing.
Prior to my research career at IUSM, I served as teaching faculty for more than five years with various prestigious institutions in India. I obtained my PhD while in India and focused on advanced molecular biology and genetic engineering tools to study the expression and characterization of rhPDGF-BB in plant-based system.
I was fortunate to continue my doctoral studies at Technical University in Dresden, Germany. This international research experience peaked my interest in continuing my research abroad and led me to my postdoctoral fellowship in the United States.
As I continue to grow as a research scientist, I hope to broaden my research exposure and present my research at venues that are challenging and intellectually stimulating in the field of Orthopaedic research. I am extremely excited to visit NASA and help my lab with the space flight studies this summer.