Dr. Ranita Ghosh Dastidar

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry


    Dr. Ranita Ghosh Dastidar has joined in 2019 as a full-time research faculty with 13 years of international research and teaching experience. Her background is in molecular and cell biology. She did her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas and her postdoctoral training was at the University of California San Diego. Her current focus is energy metabolism and mitochondrial studies.

    1.  Research Faculty in Department of Biochemistry, KMC, Manipal
    2. Speciality: Cell and Molecular Biology with an emphasis on energy metabolism with mitochondrial studies
    3. Coordinator of Grant Clinic in KMC, Manipal to promote grant writing and guidance to faculty members
    4. Coordinator of “Research Talk Series” to promote research awareness and networking for post-doctoral positions amongst Ph.D. scholars
    5. Reviewer of PLOS One.
    6. Interested in student development with student-centered learning pedagogy in a laboratory environment. 
    7. An advocator of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness through the propagation of collaborative projects that bring in more innovative ideas onto the bench and promotes translational research.


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Ph.D. Molecular and Cell Biology The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA May, 2012
M.S. Molecular and Cell Biology The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA. May, 2009
M.Sc. Biotechnology Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, W.B. September, 2002


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, MAHE, KA, India Assistant Professor 2019-onwards
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, USA Adjunct Assistant Professor-Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2018-2019
Northern Wake Tech College, Raleigh, NC, USA. Adjunct Faculty - Biology 2018
San Diego Miramar College, San Diego, CA, USA. Adjunct Faculty - Biology 2016-2018
Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA, USA. Adjunct Faculty - Biology 2016-2017
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, USA. Instructor of Biology - Biochemistry and Cell Biology 2016
Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA, USA. Adjunct Faculty - Biological Sciences 2016
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, San Diego Postdoctoral Researcher 2013-2015
Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA, USA. Adjunct Faculty - Biology 2013
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego Postdoctoral Researcher 2012-2013
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, The University of Texas at Dallas Research Assistant 2009-2012

Elucidating the role of metalloproteases in the mitochondrial proteostasis, energy metabolism and apoptosis

Ranita Ghosh Dastidar Dr. Krishnananda Prabhu RV Dr. Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay Dr. Vaishali KH Dr.Somasish Ghosh Dastidar

National Ataxia Foundation of America reports that approximately 1,50,000 Americans suffer from sporadic or hereditary ataxia. Ataxia, being a slowly progressive neurological disorder, can affect people of any age or sex. At the mechanistic level some processes are being related to AFG3L2 and SPG7. AFG3L2 aids in PINK1 maturation and hence is directly linked to Parkinson’s disease. SPG7 may be an important cause underlying the multiple system atrophy of cerebellar type (MSA‐C) phenotype. These sporadic neurological disorders include Parkinsonism. MAHE Research Ignition Grant


Area of Interest

Microbiology; General Biology; Metabolic Biochemistry; Cell/Molecular Biology; Physiology

Area of Expertise

Cell and Molecular Biology

Area of Research

Energy metabolism with mitochondrial studies; Hypoxic studies; Microbiology; Cancer Biology; Neurological degeneration

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Dr. Ranita Ghosh Dastidar is extensively trained on genomic and proteomic studies and had worked largely with cell lines with an emphasis on live-cell imaging by fluorescence microscopy and cell fractionation. She is also trained for various molecular/cell biology techniques, protein chemistry studies, and immunological assays that are required for basic science research. She has successfully completed NIH-funded research projects. She has also collaborated in research projects and has trained MS students who have contributed towards peer-reviewed journal publications in PubMed. She is capable of handling all relevant projects that have been planned within the department or in collaboration. She is also a reviewer for PLOS One.

Hypoxia elicits broad and systematic changes in protein subcellular localization

2011 Oct;301(4):C913-28. Henke RM* Dastidar RG* Shah A Cadinu D Yao X Hooda J Zhang L

American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology.

The nuclear localization of SWI/SNF proteins is subjected to oxygen regulation.

2012 Aug 1;2(1):30. Dastidar RG Hooda J Shah A Cao TM Henke RM Zhang L

Cell & bioscience.

Deletion of a subgroup of ribosome-related genes minimizes hypoxia-induced changes and confers hypoxia tolerance.

2011 Jul;43(14):855-72. Shah AN Cadinu D Henke RM Xin X Ghosh Dastidar R Zhang L

Physiological genomics.