Subhojit Roy, MD, PhD. Principal Investigator, Fundraiser, Cheerleader, Neuropathologist and elite e-mail forwarder
"Subhojit" has various pronunciations ("soob - oh! - jeet" being the most popular). I started life in a small copper mining town in the state of Rajasthan, India, where my father was an engineer. I then went to medical school in Calcutta, India, with every intention to pursue a career in general Medicine. However a series of highly improbable misadventures led me to abandon this predictable path and enter the US (long story). Despite never having held a pipette in medical school (didn't even really know what a pipette was), I decided to do a PhD in neuronal cell biology with Mark Black at Temple. My PhD thesis work helped resolve a key controversy at that time, and instilled a desire of "finding new things". After a rather intense training-period of residency/fellowship and post-doctoral research in neurodegenerative neuropathology/cell biology with Virginia Lee at University of Pennsylvania, the Roy Lab was founded in 2008. Places I've lived: Rajasthan, Kolkata, Philadelphia, San Diego, Madison WI. See my scientific ancestry at Neurotree.
Blog about my career path: https://crosstalk.cell.com/blog/there-is-no-right-career-path-a-perspective-from-an-immigrant-physician-scientist
and podcast (RARECAST) on gene therapy in neurodegenerative diseases: globalgenes.org/rare-cast/episode-323/
A static cell is a dead cell. The broad interest of my laboratory is to explore movement in neurons – trafficking mechanisms that convey, deposit, and retain cargoes in axons, dendrites and synapses. A related interest is to manipulate trafficking-pathways for therapeutics in neurodegenerative diseases; particularly gene- and CRISPR- based therapies.