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Shardul Kulkarni

Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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About Me

I joined as a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Vasudevan Seshadri at NCCS, India. After receiving my Ph.D. in Biotechnology from University of Pune, India in 2013, I worked as a visiting fellow in the lab of Dr. Jon Lorsch at National Institutes of Health, USA. I am currently working as a Research Assistant Professor at BMMB in the lab of Dr. Joseph Reese at Pennsylvania State University. 


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Research Interest

Gene expression regulation in eukaryotic cells


Research Summary

My research focus has been on understanding the gene regulatory mechanisms in eukaryotic cells. In my Ph.D. I worked on elucidating the mechanism of glucose stimulated translational regulation of insulin mRNA. As a post-doc at NIH, I worked on genome-wide analysis of upstream translation in yeast cells. I specifically focused on understanding the stress-dependent changes in the accuracy of translation regulation.

Currently, I am working on deciphering the genome-wide and proteome-wide functional significance of CCR4-NOT complex using CRISPR.


Honors and Awards

  • Ph.D. (Biotechnology) 2013
  • M.Sc. (Zoology) 2007
  • B.Sc. (Microbiology) 2005 


Selected Publications

  • Glucose-stimulated translation regulation of insulin by the 5′ UTR-binding proteins SD Kulkarni, B Muralidharan, AC Panda, B Bakthavachalu, A Vindu, ... Journal of Biological Chemistry 286 (16), 14146-14156 (PMID: 21357685).
  • miR-196b-mediated translation regulation of mouse insulin2 via the 5′ UTR AC Panda, I Sahu, SD Kulkarni, JL Martindale, K Abdelmohsen, A Vindu, ... PloS one 9 (7), e101084 (PMID: 25003985).
  • eIF1A residues implicated in cancer stabilize translation preinitiation complexes and favor suboptimal initiation sites in yeast P Martin-Marcos, F Zhou, C Karunasiri, F Zhang, J Dong, J Nanda, ... Elife 6, e31250 (PMID: 29206102).
  • Novel splice variant of mouse insulin2 mRNA: implications for insulin expression AC Panda, SD Kulkarni, B Muralidharan, B Bakthavachalu, V Seshadri FEBS letters 584 (6), 1169-1173 (PMID: 20153322).
  • Temperature-dependent regulation of upstream open reading frame translation in S. cerevisiae SD Kulkarni, F Zhou, ND Sen, H Zhang, AG Hinnebusch, JR Lorsch BMC biology 17 (1), 1-27 (PMID: 31810458).
  • eIF1 discriminates against suboptimal initiation sites to prevent excessive uORF translation genome-wide F Zhou, H Zhang, SD Kulkarni, JR Lorsch, AG Hinnebusch RNA 26 (4), 419-438 (PMID: 31915290).
  • Translation of insulin granule proteins are regulated by PDI and PABP RD Sarwade, A Khalique, SD Kulkarni, PR Pandey, N Gaikwad, ... Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (PMID: 32248978).