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2021 Fellow

Shashank Gandhi

PhD Institution
California Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral institution and lab

Clevers Group, Utrecht University

Working with birds as a model species, Shashank uncovered the genetic network responsible for normal embryonic heart development. His work has the potential to lead to new treatments for congenital heart defects. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Shashank will investigate cutting-edge human tissue culture techniques to identify novel cancer-causing mutations, enable efficient prioritization of drug targets, and personalize the testing of treatment options. He will give particular focus to colorectal cancer, which lacks effective treatments for late-stage patients and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.