Professor Rohit Kulkarni

Rohit N. Kulkarni, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Investigator and Co-Head of the Section on Islet Cell and Regenerative Biology at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Boston and Associate Member of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, USA and currently holds the inaugural Margaret A. Congleton Endowed Chair.

Dr. Kulkarni received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College and continued at St. John’s Medical College where he started research under the supervision of Prof. PS Shetty MD. Subsequently, he worked at Hammersmith Hospital as an Honorary Clinical Registrar while also working on his PhD (Biochemistry) from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (University of London) under the mentorship of Sir Steve Bloom FRS. Dr. Kulkarni then undertook a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Cell Physiology in the lab of C. Ronald Kahn MD at the Joslin Diabetes Center. In 1999 Dr. Kulkarni was recruited to the Faculty at Joslin Diabetes Center and Department of Medicine (Harvard Medical School, Boston). Dr. Kulkarni is a recipient of the Endocrine Society’s Ernst Oppenheimer Award for Outstanding Research and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Kulkarni is a recipient of the James H. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professorship, the Endocrine Society’s Visiting Professorship in Endogenous Pancreas Preservation, is a Takeda Visiting Scholar, and delivered the Merck Frosst Distinguished Lectureship, the Harlan G. Wood Annual Memorial Lecture, the Prof. M.M.S. Ahuja Oration and the Dr. H.J. Mehta Oration.

His lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms that underlie pancreatic islet cell regeneration with a focus on growth factor signaling, induced pluripotent stem cells and inter-organ crosstalk.


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