Pooja Jadiya Bio

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. Her lab is studying mitochondrial biology in aging and age-associated neurodegenerative diseases.

Scientific Interests 

Mitochondria, Calcium, Metabolism, Mitochondrial quality control, Cell death, Neurodegeneration, Alzheimer's Disease, Aging


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


Society for Neuroscience (SfN), USA
Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART), USA
American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB), USA
Society for Mitochondrial Research and Medicine (SMRM), India

Honors and Awards 

  • K99/R00: Pathway to Independence Award, NIH-National Institute on Aging, 2020
  • Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship on Neurodegeneration, Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2020
  • F1000 Outstanding Presentation Award, New York Academy of Sciences, 2018
  • The Eliot Stellar Best Scientific Presentation Award, Annual Meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (PCSfN), 2018
  • Best Presentation Award, Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society (MAPS) Symposium, 2017
  • CPOW (Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women) travel Award, Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, 2017
  • Best Scientific Presentation Award, 6th Regional Translational Research in Mitochondrial, Aging, and Disease (TriMAD) Symposium, 2016
  • Best Scientific Presentation award, 4th Annual Temple translational science symposium, 2016
  • Charles and Johanna Busch Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Charles and Johanna Busch Biomedical Fund, USA, 2015
  • Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology (DST)- India and the German Research Foundation (DFG)- Germany, 2014
  • Dr. JM Khanna Memorial Early Career Achievement Award, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, India, 2014
  • International Travel Fellowship Award, Department of Science and Technology, International Co-operation in Science, India, 2013
  • Best Scientific Presentation award, Lucknow Science Congress, India, 2013
  • AcSIR-Ph.D Research Fellowship, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, 2012
  • Senior Research Fellowship, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, 2012

Academic Services and Science Outreach

  • 2021-present: Ad-hoc Reviewer, Grants submitted to the France Alzheimer, PARIS 
  • 2021-present: Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Aging, Metabolism and Redox Biology (specialty section of Frontiers in Aging)
  • 2020-present: Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Mitochondrial Research (specialty section of Frontiers in Physiology and Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • 2020-present: Topic Editor, Biomolecules
  • 2020 & 2021: Posters Judge, at Annual Meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for   Neuroscience.      (PCSfN), Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • 2018-present: Member, COST Working Group 1 & Working Group 3, MitoEAGLE (European Union Framework Programme Horizon 2020 COST Action CA15203)
  • 2015-present: Ad-hoc Reviewer for a manuscript submitted in peer-reviewed journals (>10 journals); Nature Communications, Neurobiology of Aging, PLOS One, Communications Biology, Frontiers in Physiology, Frontiers in Aging, Current opinion in physiology, Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, Scientific Report, Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Behavioural Brain Research, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, Clinical and Translational Medicine