Nibedita Lenka

Faculty Scientist

Nibedita Lenka serves as a senior faculty scientist at National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, India. The prime focus of her group pertains to exploring the guiding cues underlying the cell fate decision machinery using pluripotent embryonic stem cells as a model system. Besides, her group is indulged in understanding the controversial phenomenon of transdifferentiation from mesenchymal stem cells derived from sources ranging bone marrow, umbilical cord blood and cord tissues. The ongoing investigations aim at understanding the mechanistic basis of stem cells maintenance, the temporal action and cross-talk among factors contributing to mesodermal and neuroectodermal specifications and subsequent differentiation into functional cardiomyocytes and neurons with special focus on dopaminergic neuronal subtypes respectively, and exploring their therapeutic efficacy by using rodent models.