Debasish Boral, PhD
Debasish ‘Debu’ Boral received his MD from the University of Calcutta, India, and his PhD in molecular Biology at Southern Illinois University, where he explored the role of embryonic stem cell transcription factors in cancer cell quiescence. During his postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine, Debu studied circulating tumor cells, and delineated novel signaling mechanisms implicated in maintaining dormancy in bone marrow-resident breast cancer and melanoma cells vis-a-vis systemic organotropic metastasis. In his present role in the Chen lab, Debu is studying how dormant cancer cells maintain their genomic integrity and evade detection by the immune system. Debu enjoys road trips, cooking for family and friends, and loves to sing karaoke with his kids.