Dr. Franky Dhaval Shah
Senior Scientific Officer

Email : franky.shah@gcriindia.org, frankyjha@yahoo.com

Qualification : M.Sc., PhD (Life science)
Designation : Senior Scientific Officer & Head, Stem Cell Biology Lab
Specialization : Cancer Biology
Experience (in yrs.) : 21 years

Awards& Achievements:
Young Scientist award for the best poster presentation entitled “Redox signaling in breast etiology, invasion and metastasis” during National symposium on Recent Trends in cellular research held at Saurashtra university, Rajkot on March 9, 2009.
First Prize for the poster presentation entitled “Significance of alterations in non-enzymatic antioxidants in breast cancer” during 2nd International Symposium on Translational Cancer Research, held at Lonavala, Mumbai during December 9-12, 2007.
First Prize for the best oral presentation for paper entitled “Activation of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in breast cancer” during 7th National Conference of Society of Science and Environment, held at Udaipur September 17-18th, 2005.
Dr. T. B. Patel Young Research Scientist Award (GOLD MEDAL) for the year 2003: The award was given by The Gujarat Cancer Society, Ahmedabad, India for the best intra organizational publication entitled “Clinical utility of telomerase activation and telomere length in head and neck cancer”, published in Head & Neck, 24: 1060-1067; 2002.
Rajanikant Baxi Award for the best poster Presentation entitled “Enzymatic and nonenzymatic antioxidants in patients with oral cancer and precancerous conditions”. during 20th Annual Convention Of Indian Association For Cancer Research held at The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Ahmedabad during 19-21st January 2001.

Total 31: Original Article-27, Review Article -2, Book Chapter-1, Conference Abstract-1
Publication in State Journal:3
Publication in National Journal:7
Publication in International journal :21

Short term course on Cancer Genetics, December 2016
Indo-American Cancer Association Travelling fellowship 2nd February 2015 –13th March 2016, at MD Anderson Cancer Centre, USA
Participated in workshop on “Writing Research Proposal” Organized by IIAR, February 3-4, 2011.
Participated in work shop on “Mammalian cell culture: A laboratory training course” supported by GSBTM and organized by B. V. Patel PERD centre from June 16-19, 2010
Participated in short term course and workshop on “Molecular and Genetic Diagnostic Techniques and Clinical Implications” conducted by Reliance Life Sciences at Dhirubhai Ambani life Sciences Centre, Navi Mumbai from January 16-20, 2006.

Area of Interest:
Breast cancer, Oral Cancer, Lung cancer
The main area of interest is to study molecular pathogenesis of cancer and regulation of cancer progression by looking to various signal transduction pathways like vitamin D signaling pathway. To discover role of stem cells/ cancer stem cells in therapeutic resistance of cancer. To carry out In vitro models for Cancer stem cell to predict drug response and resistance To study epigenetic regulation of various signaling pathways by miRNAS in various cancer. To study various DNA damage and repair mechanism in cancer. Identifying role of genetics in hereditary cancers. Collectively the research knowledge gained will be translated in development of new approaches for the detection, prevention and treatment of cancer.