Dr. Priyanka Upadhyai

Associate Professor

Department of Medical Genetics


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, USA 2013
MSc Biotechnology University of Calcutta 2006
BSc Zoology University of Calcutta 2004


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC, Manipal Associate Professor Oct 2020 till date
KMC Manipal Assistant Professor 03/2016 to Sept 2020
Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK Postdoctoral Research Associate 08/2007 to 08/2013

Investigating the role of IFT52 and EXOC6B in human biology and disease using cell culture and Drosophila systems

2017-01-01 Upadhyai P Girisha KM

This project aims to achieve a detailed molecular and functional elucidation of IFT52 and EXOC6B, two genes recently implicated in skeletal disorders in India, using in vitro cell culture and in vivo Drosophila models. It will not only be relevant in enhancing our molecular understanding of the rare disease genes in question but will also contribute to the larger national aim of building an exhaustive knowledge base with a finer understanding of the cellular mechanisms underlying rare diseases discovered in Indian populations, which may be crucial for developing suitable therapeutics and precision medicine in India


Area of Interest

Genetics, Cell, molecular and developmental biology, Biochemistry

Area of Expertise

Developmental genetics, Drosophila as model of human disease, gene editing techniques

Autosomal recessive spinocerebellar ataxia 20: Report of a new patient and review of literature

2017-01-01 Shukla A Upadhyai P Shah J Neethukrishna K Bielas S Girisha KM

Eur J Med Genet. 2017;60(2):118-23

Brinker possesses multiple mechanisms for repression because its primary co-repressor, Groucho, may be unavailable in some cell types.

2013-01-01 Updhyai P Campbell G

Development. 2013;140(20):4256-65.