Svasti Haricharan, Ph.D.

Svasti Haricharan's Research Focus

Breast Cancer

Dr. Haricharan's lab focuses on the role of DNA damage repair in inducing resistance to endocrine therapy in breast cancer, particularly the role of HER2/4 in mismatch repair deficiency, and in identifying early driver mutations in breast cancer formation.

Svasti Haricharan's Bio

Haricharan received her B.Sc from Stella Maris College in Chennai, India, her M.Sc from the University of Leicester, UK , and her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Baylor College of Medicine.  Haricharan completed 2 years of postdoctoral training at MD Anderson Cancer Center studying the effect of mutation load on breast cancer, before moving to Baylor College of Medicine for her second postdoctoral position focused on breast cancer genomics, where she was promoted to Research Assistant Professor. As junior mentored faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, she developed a research program studying non-canonical roles for DNA damage repair defects in cancer. In October 2018, Haricharan joined the faculty at SBP Medical Discovery Institute as an Assistant Professor in the Tumor Microenvironment and Cancer Immunology Program.

Funding awards and collaborative grants

Department of Defense Breast Research Program Breakthrough Award
Susan G Komen Career Catalyst Research Award

Honors and recognition

2013-15: NCI Cancer Prevention Research Training Fellowship
2015-17: SU2C Laura Ziskin Postdoctoral Fellow

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