Dr. Gayatry Mohapatra is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She was trained in human genetics in the laboratory of Dr. Timothy Donlon at Standford University, Palo Alto, CA; and in cancer genetics in the laboratory of Drs. Joe Gray and Dan Pinkel at UCSF, San Francisco, CA.
Her primary research interests include development and use of high throughput genomic approaches for studying cancer, using high throughput genomic data to stratify patient tumors into treatment subgroups, and comparative onco-genomics.
Her research focus has been focused on the genomic characterization of subset of high grade serous ovarian cancer with poor outcome, functional characterization of key genes that are associated with clinical outcome in patients with high grade ovarian cancer, and identifying genes that are involved in platinum resistance.
Recently, Dr. Mohapatra relocated from Massachusetts General Hospital to University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC, her major focus has been to establish a translational research laboratory with a major focus on diagnostic clinical oncology. To this end, she has set up a state-of-the-art translational research laboratory powered by next-generation sequencing (NGS) based technology along with other technology platforms for high throughput genomic analysis. Their short term goal is to optimize and validate NGS-based assays as diagnostic tools for cancer and other human genetic disorders.