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Kusum Rathore PhD
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Research Interests

  • Translational research incorporating the field of oncology research with veterinary hospital. The work involves identification of various novel cancer drugs to therapeutically treat dogs and cats. Work also involves characterizing animal tumors and studying various imaging techniques to identifying the effects of drugs of various types of cancers.
  • Isolation and characterization of autologous canine mesenchymal stem cells for treatment of various diseases.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Genome Science Technology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2007-2011
  • M.S. in Biomedical Science, University of Delhi, India 2005-2007
  • B.S. in Industrial Microbiology, Chemistry, and Botany, University of Rajasthan, India 2002-2005

Background

I was born in colorful city called Jaipur in eastern India. I went to school in the same place and went on receiving my BS degree in triple major of Industrial Microbiology, Chemistry and Botany from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur in 2005. Further I completed her MS in Biomedical Sciences at University of Delhi, New Delhi in 2007. I completed my PhD degree in Genome Science Technology at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Currently I am pursing postdoctoral research training in translational cancer research at Small Animal Clinical Sciences at University of Tennessee.

Employment

  • 2011 – present, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Teaching

  • General Biology-140 (Fall 2008), University of Tennessee
  • Biochemistry I -401 (Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology, BCMB) (Spring 2009), University of Tennessee

Awards

  • 1st place Travel grant ($1000) for best oral presentation. Comparative & Experimental Medicine and Public Health Research Symposium University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2010
  • Young Investigators Award for contributions in cancer research at 17th American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research, Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2010
  • All India Rank # 15 (99.86 percentile) in GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering) conducted by IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), 2007
  • Catch Them Young–Human Resources Development for Biomedical Research, Government of India: Council for Scientific & Industrial Research Scholarship for Masters-Ph.D. program at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research. Given to top 10 students selected among 1,500 in All India Test, 2006
  • Catch Them Young–Human Resources Development for Biomedical Research, Government of India: Council for Scientific & Industrial Research Scholarship for securing highest marks in Master’s- Ph.D. program at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research, 2007
  • Maharani College Gold Medal: Highest percentage (GPA Equivalent) in Bachelor’s in the departments of Science, Arts & Commerce. Given to the outstanding student of the year 2005
  • R.S. Sharma Gold Medal: Highest percentage (GPA Equivalent) in Industrial Microbiology 2005
  • Dr. S.D. Loiwal Gold Medal: Highest percentage (GPA Equivalent) in Chemistry (Honors) 2005
  • Dr S.D.Sharma Gold Medal: Highest percentage (GPA Equivalent) in Chemistry 2005
  • C.L.Batra Gold Medal: Highest percentage (GPA Equivalent) in Botany 2005
  • 1st Position in University Bachelor of Science Year III, II & I. Highest percentage (GPA Equivalent) in the University of Rajasthan on the annual examination 2005, 2004 & 2003.
  • 1st Position in College Bachelor of Science Year III, II & I. Highest percentage (GPA Equivalent) in the Maharani College on the annual examination 2005, 2004 & 2003.