The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MITThe David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

National Cancer Institute Cancer Center

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Mazumdar-Shaw International Oncology Fellows


A Koch Institute Partnership for Postdoctoral Catalytic Cancer Research at MIT

The Mazumdar-Shaw International Oncology Fellows Program is a high-impact, bilateral collaboration with India focusing on cancer research training as its cornerstone. The program offers opportunities for postdoctoral scientists, engineers, and physicians to undertake cancer research at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, working at the interfaces between biology and medicine and the diverse fields of mathematics, engineering, computer science, and the physical and chemical sciences.

The program is funded by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chair and managing director of Biocon, one of India’s largest biotechnology firms. Started in 2011, the Mazumdar-Shaw Fellows Program brings fellows at the postdoctoral level to the Koch Institute to train for a period of two years. Those researchers will then return to India to help jump-start cancer research programs there. As part of the program, MIT faculty also travel to India to interact with scientists there. Read more about the Mazumdar-Shaw fellowship program and its potential impact on the growing cancer problem in India.

Mazumdar-Shaw Fellowship Overview

Applications for the 2020 Mazumdar-Shaw Fellowships will open soon.

2020 Fellow

Apoorv Shanker

Apoorv Shanker, PhD

Hammond Laboratory
Temporally-controlled Layer-by-Layer Delivery of Immune-Modulators for Combination Immunotherapy

2017 Fellows

Yogesh Dayma

Neelkanth Bardhan, PhD

Belcher Laboratory
Development of a Low-cost Optical Imaging Approach Towards
Early Diagnostics and Near-Infrared Phototherapy
of Metastatic Ovarian Cancer



Yogesh Dayma

Sriram Ganapathy, PhD

Yaffe Laboratory
Non-canonical Role for the p38-MAPK/MK2 Pathway
in Lung and Head & Neck Cancer


2014 Fellow


Noor Jailkhani, PhD

Hynes Laboratory
Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Biomarkers and Targets
in Breast Cancer Metastases



2013 Fellows


Siddharth Jhunjhunwala, PhD

Anderson Laboratory
Counteracting Immunosuppressive Pathways
Exploited by Tumor Microenvironments Using RNA Interference

Read about Dr. Jhunjhunwala's current work



Yogesh Dayma

Yogesh Dayma, PhD

Yaffe Laboratory
Characterizing Molecular and Cellular Crossstalk Between
Inflammatory Cytokines, Neutrophils, and Tumorigenesis in Lung, Head and Neck Cancers 


2012 Fellows

Neetu Singh, PhD

Bhatia Laboratory
Multiblock siRNA-Polymer Nanostructures for RNA Interference

Read about Dr. Singh's  current research




David Wood, PhD

Bhatia Laboratory
Paper Diagnostics for Cancer Using Synthetic Biomarkers

Read about Dr. Wood's current work