Babu Sudhamalla

Assistant Professor
Dept: Biological Sciences (DBS)
E-mail: s.babu [at] iiserkol.ac.in
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Research Interest:
 

The research in my laboratory focuses on following areas of epigenetic mechanisms that are at best partially understood: (i) reversal of DNA methylation (ii) epigenetic readers and erasers of histone acetylation. Dysregulation in above-mentioned processes can cause chromosomal instability, and eventually lead to multiple disorders including cancer and neurological diseases. Molecular rationale linking these epigenetic events to disease states is lacking. For example, how mutations in various gene products in these pathways play role in tumorigenesis, tumor progression and metastasis is not completely clear. To address these questions, we take a multidisciplinary approach that integrate protein engineering, unnatural amino acid mutagenesis, biochemistry, proteomics, mammalian tissue culture system and bioinformatics to interrogate cellular machineries towards molecular understanding of epigenetic mechanisms in human health and disease.

Academic Background:

  1. Ph.D. (Chemistry), University of Hyderabad, 2014
  2. M.Tech. (Bioinformatics), University of Hyderabad, 2009
  3. B.Tech. (Biotechnology), JNTU-Hyderabad, 2006

Positions:

  1. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )
  2. Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh (2014 - 2018)

Awards and Honors:

  1. Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship from Dept of Biotechnology (2019)
  2. Junior Research Fellowship from DBT, Govt. of India (2009)

Selected Publications:

  1. Sudhamalla, B; Wang, S; Snyder, V; Kavoosi, S; Arora, S and Islam, K. 2018." Complementary Steric Engineering at the Protein-Ligand Interface for Analogue-Sensitive TET Oxygenases." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 140(32), 10263
  2. Sudhamalla, B; Dey, D; Breski, M and Islam, K. 2017."A rapid mass spectrometric method for the measurement of catalytic activity of ten-eleven translocation enzymes." Anal Biochem. , 534, 28
  3. Perell, GT; Mishra, NK; Sudhamalla, B; Ycas, PD; Islam, K and Pomerantz, WCK. 2017."Specific Acetylation Patterns of H2A.Z Form Transient Interactions with the BPTF Bromodomain." Biochemistry, 56(35) , 4607
  4. Sudhamalla, B; Dey, D; Breski, M; Nguyen, T and Islam, K. 2017."Site-specific azide-acetyllysine photochemistry on epigenetic readers for interactome profiling." Chem Sci. , 8(6) , 4250
  5. Breski, M; Dey, D; Obringer, S; Sudhamalla, B and Islam, K. 2016."Engineering Biological C-H Functionalization Leads to Allele-Specific Regulation of Histone Demethylases." J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 138 (41) , 13505

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