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Kanika Jain, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

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Kanika Jain, PhD



Dr. Jain obtained her PhD in Life Sciences (Cardiovascular Biology) from India. Her PhD work focused on identifying the effect of high altitude hypoxia on rodent heart and further investigating the role of the Proteostasis network in the cardiovascular system. Her work has contributed to understanding the mechanism behind the differential hypoxic tolerance and has published several research articles during her PhD.

Currently her projects at the Hwa lab at Yale, involve the study of platelets, the anucleate cells in the blood stream. Dr. Jain is doing extensive work on exploring the role of stress induced signaling cascades in the platelets, more specifically in context of protein misfolding and ER Stress. Using a combination of basic and advanced techniques, involving both human and rodent samples, her studies involve a wide range of pathophysiological conditions including Diabetes Mellitus, Aging and Neurodegenerative diseases.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    DIPAS, DRDO, Life Sciences (2015)
  • MSc
    Jamia Hamdard University, Biochemistry (2009)


  • Targeting the UPR in a nucleus free zone
    New Haven, CT, United States 2022
    2022 VBT & CVRC Retreat
  • Platelets as novel peripheral markers of Parkinson Disease
    New Haven, CT, United States 2022
    Symposium on Cellular and Metabolic Pathways in Neurodegeneration (CT Early Career Researcher Symposium)
  • Platelet Hyperreactivity in Advanced Age Is Governed by the Novel Adaptive Changes in Intraplatelet Antioxidants
    Las Vegas, NV, United States 2019
    Annual Conference Society for Redox Biology and Medicine.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Career Development Award American Heart Association2023
Larry Oberley Young Investigator AwardSociety for Redox Biology and Medicine.2019

Professional Service

Journal of Biological ChemistryEarly Career Reviewer (ECR) Board2023 - Present
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority StudentsAbstract Reviewer2023 - Present
Cell Bio 2023 – An ASCB|EMBO MeetingProteostasis Section2023 - Present
International Society on Thrombosis and HaemostasisMember2023 - Present
American Society for Cell BiologyMember2023 - Present
JCI InsightReviewer2023 - Present
Thrombosis ResearchReviewer2023 - Present
Experimental Cell ResearchReviewer2023 - Present
American Heart AssociationMember2022 - Present
BloodReviewer2022 - Present
EMBO Molecular MedicineReviewer2022 - Present
Pharmacological ResearchReviewer2020 - Present
Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity Reviewer2020 - Present
Expert Reviews in Molecular MedicineReviewer2020 - Present

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