Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Balasubramanian Moovarkumudalvan

Bala

 Postdoctoral Researcher

 Tel: +974 4454 6348
 Email: bmoovarkumudalvan@hbku.edu.qa
BRIEF
BIOGRAPHY
Dr Balasubramanian Moovarkumudalvan received his Bachelor degree in Physics and Master in Biophysics from the University of Madras in 2002 and 2004. In 2010, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Crystallography & Biophysics from the Centre of Advanced Study in Crystallography and Biophysics at the University of Madras in India. In 2010, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore and joined the Structural Biochemistry Laboratory in the Stem Cell and Developmental Biology Group at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS). Then he joined as a postdoctoral researcher at QBRI in 2013. Moreover, apart from his research work, he is also actively involved in teaching activities at HBKU.
RESEARCH
INTEREST
Dr Moovarkumudalvan’s research interest is focused on combinatorial control of gene regulation by the stem cell transcription factors SOX and POU. He is interested in better understanding the molecular mechanisms behind this type of gene regulation in diabetes and cancer. He particularly aims to investigate those mechanisms at the atomic level, including protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions, using x-ray crystallography.
CURRENT
RESEARCH
PROJECT
Dr Moovarkumudalvan’s current research focuses on the structural studies of the transcription factor networks involved in pluripotency and β islet cell development.
SELECTED KEY
PUBLICATIONS
COLLABORATIONS
Dr Moovarkumudalvan’s research work involves active collaborations within and outside QBRI.
Collaborator Name Institute Research Area
Tamas Lukacsovich QBRI Molecular Biology
Reda Rawi QCRI Bioinformatics
Irene Aksoy Inserm, Paris Stem Cell Biology
TEACHING
& ACADEMIC
RESPONSIBILITIES
Institution Course Name Role
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology Providing lecture and training on protein purification and crystallization to the graduate students
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