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Dr. Rakesh Kumar Majhi

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Majhi

Assistant Professor,

Mehta Family Center for Engineering in Medicine,

Biological Sciences and Bioengineering

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


Phone: +91-512-259-2354 

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Dr. Rakesh Kumar Majhi was introduced to the field of ion channels during his Integrated MSc and PhD at NISER Bhubaneswar under the supervision of Prof. Chandan Goswami. He had thorough clinical exposure during his PhD as well as during his Postdoctoral training at Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital, University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital. He got trained in the field of Host-Pathogen Interaction and Antimicrobial Peptides during his postdoc with Prof. Annelie Brauner at Karolinska, Sweden. He got exposure to industrial collaborations and cellular immunotherapy product development during his postdoc with Prof. Karl-Johan Malmberg at Oslo, Norway. He joined IIT Kanpur as Assistant Professor in September 2022; and established the Tissue Restoration Lab in September 2023 as Lab No. 1 in MFCEM building of IIT Kanpur.

Professional Experience


Assistant Professor,

Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering,

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur



Maria Skłodowska-Curie Scientia Postdoctoral Fellow,

Department for Cancer Research, Institute for Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway

Department of Cancer Immunology, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital, 0310 Oslo, Norway.

 Supervisor: Prof. Karl-Johan Malmberg

Postdoctoral Researcher,

Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Division of Clinical Microbiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.

Supervisor: Prof. Annelie Brauner

Jan-Aug 2018

Research Associate

School of Biological Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research–Bhubaneswar, Odisha, INDIA.

Supervisor: Dr. Chandan Goswami



School of Biological Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research–Bhubaneswar, Odisha, INDIA.

Thesis Title: Identification and functional characterization of thermosensitive ion channels (TRPV1 and TRPM8) in neuronal and non-neuronal cells.

PhD supervisor: Dr. Chandan Goswami


Integrated Master in Science                         

School of Biological Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research–Bhubaneswar, Odisha, INDIA.


Senior Secondary                                                                                  

Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, Odisha, India.



Cambridge School, Cuttack, Odisha, India.
















Selected among top 14 finalists for Manohar Parrikar Yuva Scientist award 2023.

Selected to participate in YIM2021 as Young Investigator.

Received Maria Skłodowska-Curie Scientia Postdoctoral Fellowship from the EU Horizon 2020

Travel award for attending International Congress of Cell Biology 2018 at CCMB.

Travel award for attending EMBO workshop on Frontiers in Cytoskeleton research, IISER Pune.

Best Oral Presentation award in Neuroscience at Annual Meeting of Society of Biotechnologists India (SBTI).

Best Oral Presentation award at Annual Convention of Society Of Veterinary Biochemists & Biotechnologists of India (SVBBI).

Selected for Oral Presentation at XXXIX All India Cell Biology Conference.

Qualified for UGC-JRF Fellowship (Rank 56) via National Eligibility Test conducted by University Grants Commission, India.

Qualified for CSIR-JRF Fellowship (Rank 87) in via National Eligibility Test conducted by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, India.

Qualified for ICMR-JRF Fellowship via National Exam conducted by ICMR, India.

Received Department of Atomic Energy Scholarship for pursuing PhD Programme at NISER-Bhubaneswar, India.

Scored All India Rank 143 in GATE-2012 Life Sciences

Qualified the National Eligibility Screening Test and Received DST-INSPIRE scholarship from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India for 5-year Integrated MSc at NISER Bhubaneswar.

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