CTCR Team

Dr. Koppiker, is a Breast Oncosurgeon and the Medical Director, Orchids Breast Health Center, Pune.  Dr. Koppiker is a pioneer in Breast Oncoplasty in India and has established an International School of Breast Oncoplasty in collaboration with senior faculty of the Association of Breast Surgeons, UK and University of East Anglia (UEA) , UK. He is also an Honorary Faculty and Asia Convener for M.Ch. Breast Oncoplasty Program of UEA, UK. Dr Koppiker lead the establishment of the 1st integrated cancer center in the city namely the Budhrani Cancer Institute, at the Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital, Pune. He then helped set up 2 more reputed cancer centers as the Director of Ruby Hall Clinic Cancer Center and Cancer Clinic and Research Center at Jehangir Hospital in Pune. 

Dr. C . B. Koppiker

Dr. L.S. Shashidhara is a Professor in at IISER, Pune. His research work in cancer biology, genetics, cell and developmental biology has generated numerous high-impact publications and book chapters. He is recognized with CSIR Technology Award, SS Bhatnagar Prize and JC Bose National Fellowship and is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy; National Academy of Sciences, India; and Indian Academy of Sciences. He has been elected as Vice-President of Indian National Science Academy and Secretary General of International Union of Biological Sciences. Recently, Prof Shashidhara was elected as Associate member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), a coveted international recognition for excellence in research in life sciences.

Prof L. S. Shashidhara

Laleh Busheri is the CEO of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (PCCM), which is a non-profit NGO in Pune, working towards eradicating women cancers from the city and touching the lives of over 30000 cancer patients and caregivers by providing prompt diagnosis, free and concessional treatment to the needy, comprehensive, holistic care and support to everyone going through the bewildering maze of challenges the disease brings to its wake, and preparing the patients for a life after the disease.

Ms. Laleh Busheri

Dr. Lahiri is currently an Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune. She did her Bachelors from Department of Botany, Presidency College (now Presidency University), Kolkata and her Masters from Division of Biomedical Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She graduated from School of Applied Sciences at University of Wolverhampton, UK. She joined Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA as a postdoctoral research associate and later moved to the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, USA as a postdoctoral fellow.

Dr.  Mayurika Lahiri, PhD

Dr. Dixit is a Senior Scientist at Prashanti Cancer Care Mission and leads the design and conduct of multiple interdisciplinary projects in breast cancer with a translational focus at CTCR. He has received a Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Mumbai and a Ph.D.(Pharmaceutical Sciences) from University of Cincinnati, USA. He has also completed post-doctoral training at Vanderbilt University, USA and University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Santosh G. Dixit, PhD

Dr. Kulkarni is a Senior Scientist and DBT-Ramalingaswami Fellow at Prashanti Cancer Care Mission and leads the design and conduct of projects in breast cancer related to cellular signalling and transcriptional regulation with with a translational focus at CTCR.  She is a gold medalist for MSc from the University of Pune and has obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from University of Maryland, College Park, USA. During her post-doctoral work at MGH-Harvard Medical School, USA and Cancer Science Institute, Singapore; she has gained extensive experience in cancer biology and translational research specifically pertaining to breast cancer. Her work has been published in many high impact international journals. Dr. Kulkarni has received the prestigious ‘re-entry’ Ramalingaswami fellowship from the Department of Biotechnology, India to set-up a laboratory in India.

Dr. Madhura Kulkarni, PhD

Dr. Kelkar is a senior scientist at Prashanti Cancer Care Mission. She received her MSc from the University of Pune where she won the Silver Jubilee Prize and obtained her Ph.D in membrane biophysics from CCMB, Hyderabad. She completed post doctoral training at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA. Her research work has been published in many prestigious international journals.

Dr.  Devaki A. Kelkar, PhD

Dr. Gangurde completed her graduation in Homoeopathy, from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (March 2004), after which she worked with a multispeciality hospital as a Medical Officer to earn clinical skills.

Dr. Nutan Gangurde

Dr. Noor  received a Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from University of Kashmir, after which he undertook Tutor/Demonstrator training at Dept. of Biochemistry SKIMS-MC, Bemina, Srinagar. His pre-doctoral training is from National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS), Bangalore and Université Laval, Canada.

Dr. Aeijaz Ul Noor, PhD

Rituja recieved her BSc in Microbiology from Modern College Of Arts, Science & Commerce, Pune. She further trained and completed courses in Clinical Data Management , Basic Bioinformatics in Life Science and Biological Techniques

Ms. Rituja Banale

Rohini  recieved her B.Sc. Zoology from Pune University, and Post graduate Diploma in Clinical Research Management,  Institute of Clinical Research India, Mumbai and M.Sc. in Cinical Research from Cranfield University UK. She has also won a silver medal in Rowing at the National Championships 

Ms. Rohini Unde

Aditi is a B.Sc and M.Sc in Biotechnology from Fergusson College, University of Pune. For her masters thesis she worked at Aagharkhar Research Institute, Pune. She has worked as a project assistant at IISER, Pune on 'In vivo screening of Tumour suppressors in Drosophila' funded by an Indo-Danish DBT grant.

Ms. Aditi Khatpe


Dr. Kulkarni completed his BS/MS from IISER-Pune. During his MS he worked on a research project on the role of Wnt signalling in Drosophila wing development. He obtained his Ph.D from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany in Neural stem cell epigenetics.

Dr. Apurv Kulkarni, Ph.D


Rutvi is pursuing an Integrated Masters (Life Sciences) from Ahmedabad University. She received a Summer Research Fellowship awarded by the Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences India and Indian Academy of Sciences. She did her summer research at the National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai. She is currently working at CTCR for her final year dissertation project.

Ms. Rutvi Shah


Pooja is a gold medalist from D.Y.Patil, Pune where she received her M.Sc (Biotechnology). She has worked as a project assistant on the 'DISC - Denmark-India In Vivo Screen for Cancer Biomarkers' project funded by an  Indo-Danish collaboratory project through DBT at IISER, Pune.

Ms. Pooja Vaid

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