Seema Chugh, PhD
Seema Chugh received her master's degree in Biochemistry from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS, India). Dr. Chugh earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. As a graduate student, she studied Pancreatic Cancer glycobiology and developed the first mouse model of pancreatic cancer with aberrant O-glycosylation (KPCC mice) in lab of Surinder K Batra. To further advance her research interests in basic and translational cancer research, she did a post-doctoral fellowship with Arul Chinnaiyan at University of Michigan. In the Chinnaiyan lab, she led multiple projects that were focused on RAS biology and cancer therapeutics. Along with research, Dr. Chugh has mentored several undergraduate students and helped them in achieving their career goals.
Currently, she is leading RAS therapeutics efforts in the Aguirre lab and the Hale Family Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research. She is particularly interested in understanding mechanisms of therapeutic resistance to RAS inhibitors. She also supervises Translational Organoid research and some of the in vivo projects of the Hale Center. Outside of research, Seema is interested in spirituality, writing poems, experiments with cooking, traveling, and exploring nature.