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The mandate of this division is to foster basic cancer research. Major area of study is the biology of cancers, which are most frequent in India, such as, oral cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer. The analysis of the role of cell cycle regulatory genes in the prognostication of oral cancer has given lot of insights into oral cancer biology. The studies on MicroRNA expression profile and its relevance to carcinogenesis with reference to oral cancer is underway. Elucidation of normal Stem cell and cancer stem cell biology will also be a major focus in the coming years. The division is also conducting various studies in familial cancers, in this regard; a familial cancer registry is being maintained. The role of natural background radiation in cancer causation, the isolation and characterization of various plant derived anticancer agents and anticancer properties of synthetic chemical compounds are also being evaluated. The division is also conducting studies on the scientific evaluation of Ayurvedic drugs to improve immune response in cancer patients.


Dr. Prabha Balaram - Professor & Head

Dr. Ravindran Ankathil - Additional Professor

Dr. S Kannan - Additional Professor

Dr. P Remani - Additional Professor

Dr. S Hariharan - Lecturer

Dr. TT Sreelekha - Scientific Officer

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