The Jadiya Lab aims to foster an inclusive and open lab culture that provides a productive, independent, and collegial environment for all members with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to flourish. Working to develop a better understanding of the mitochondrial (dys)function in aging and age-associated neurodegenerative diseases.

Our Research


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Our Team

Pooja Jadiya, PhD

Pooja received her Ph.D. in Life Sciences from CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India where she studied functional genomics and epigenetic alterations in neurodegenerative diseases in the lab of Dr. Aamir Nazir. She completed her postdoctoral training with Dr. John Elrod at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia. During postdoctoral training, she discovered that mitochondrial calcium flux plays a key role in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. 


  • Fellowship, Center for Translational Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2015-2020
  • Fellowship, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, 2015
  • PhD, Biological Sciences, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, 2015
  • MSc, Biotechnology, Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar, India, 2008
  • BSc, Biotechnology, Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar, India, 2006

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Rakesh Sharma

Rakesh has completed his doctorate degree in life sciences and biotechnology under Dr. Ravi Shankar Akundi from South Asian University, India. His PhD work mainly focused on understanding the signaling mechanisms involved in neurodegeneration following mitochondrial complex-I inhibition. After his graduate training, he worked with Dr. Giulia Bertolin at the University of Rennes to understand the molecular mechanism of metabolic heterogeneity among breast cancer cells.


  • PhD in Life Sciences and Biotechnology, South Asian University, New Delhi, India, 2014-2020
  • MSc in Biotechnology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 2010-2012

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