This first-of-its-kind event has been co-organised by Centre for Translational Cancer Research (Pune) , Persistent Systems Ltd., Pune and TCGA, NCI, NIH, USA

Centre for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR)

CTCR is a joint initiative of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (PCCM), Pune and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune. This Centre has been established in 2018 with an aim to undertake high-impact translational research that will identify solutions to problems that onco-clinicians face in the Indian context and thus, improve cancer treatment. In addition, the main agenda of this Centre is to integrate various activities related to cancer education, training and research and thereby, increase the national capacity for translational research on cancer in India.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune

IISER Pune, established in 2006 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is a research intensive teaching institute. IISERs represent a unique initiative in India where teaching and education are totally integrated with state-of-the-art research nurturing both curiosity and creativity in an intellectually vibrant atmosphere of research. Biological research at IISER Pune covers a large spectrum of Biology and necessitates the availability of a wide range of instrumentation and specialist infrastructure. The biology infrastructure includes spacious research and training laboratories, “state-of-the-art” animal house, tissue culture facility as well as imaging centre, fly facility, computational resources, greenhouses, experimental field plots, and several other facilities. Institutionally, we have access to a range of spectroscopy techniques, a micro-/nano-fabrication suite, a proteomics and mass spectroscopy unit and workshop facilities. IISER Human Ethics Committee oversees translational research on IISER premises in collaboration with clinical partners.

Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (PCCM), Pune

PCCM is a registered, public charitable trust in Pune working with a goal of providing affordable medical treatment and rehabilitation to underprivileged cancer patients and their families. Since 2009, PCCM has also established Orchids Breast Health Center (OBHC)-a Center of Affordable Excellence for Breast Care with help from a team of oncosurgeons, radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, clinical Scientists, physicians, nursing and para-clinical staff with patient counselors. OBHC is well equipped with advanced BC diagnostics and a chemotherapy day-care facility. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India has conferred PCCM with a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) status. PCCM is also a member of the National Cancer Grid of India and National Clinic-based Cancer Registry Program. PCCM Research Program is overseen by a Government of India (CDCSO)-accredited Independent Ethics Committee

Persistent Systems

Persistent Systems is a technology services company which builds software that drives the business of customers; enterprises and software product companies with software at the core of their digital transformation.

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), USA

TCGA is collaboration between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) that has generated comprehensive, multi-dimensional maps of the key genomic changes in 33 types of cancer. The TCGA dataset, comprising more than two petabytes of multi-omics data such as whole genome sequencing, copy number variation, transcriptome and methylome, has been made publicly available, and this multi-omics information helps the cancer research community to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. In the past decade, all major discoveries in cancer research have at least some reference to the TCGA data mining.


Dr. Jean Claude Zenklusen
Director, TCGA, NCI, NIH, USA

Prof. Sunil Badve
Joshua Edwards Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, USA

Dr. C.B. Koppiker
Medical Director, PCCM, Pune

Prof. L.S. Shashidhara
Professor, IISER Pune

Dr. Anand Deshpande
Founder and Chairman, Persistent Systems

Prof. Chintamani
Professor, VMMC, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi

Dr. B.K. Smruti
Consulting Medical Oncologist, Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai

Dr. Chetan Deshmukh
Consulting Medical Oncologist, PCCM, Pune

Dr. Sanjeev Galande
Professor and Chair (Biology), IISER Pune


Dr. Mayurika Lahiri
Associate Professor, IISER Pune

Dr. Anamika Krishanpal
Senior Domain Specialist, Labs, Persistent Systems

Dr. Nagaraj Balasubramanian
Associate Professor, IISER Pune

Dr. M.S. Madhusudan
Associate Professor, IISER Pune

Dr. Jyothi Prabhu
Associate Professor, SJRI, Bangalore

Dr. Aruna Korlimarla
Assistant Professor, SJRI, Bangalore

Dr. Madhura Kulkarni
Senior Scientist, PCCM, Pune

Dr. Devaki Kelkar
Senior Scientist, PCCM, Pune

Dr. Swagatika Sahoo
Assistant Professor, IIT Chennai

Dr. Sabarinathan Radhakrishnan
Assistant Professor, NCBS, Bangalore

Mr. Srikant Verma
Domain Team Lead, Labs, Persistent Systems


Dr. Santosh Dixit
Senior Scientist, PCCM, Pune


Ms. Laleh Busheri
PCCM Pink Ribbon Support Group