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Pooja Jadiya, PhD

Instructor, Center for Translational Medicine

Pooja Jadiya
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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by the loss of memory accompanied by neuronal cell death and metabolic dysfunction. Numerous studies have reported an increase in neuronal intracellular calcium (iCa2+) signaling as an early event in AD pathogenesis. It is postulated that a prolonged elevation in neuronal iCa2+ promotes excessive mitochondrial calcium (mCa2+) uptake, yet to date, no study has examined the contribution of mCa2+ flux to disease progression. Since mCa2+ flux is an important regulator of cellular respiration and cell death, both of which are involved in AD pathogenesis, we hypothesize that mCa2+ dysregulation is a key contributor to AD pathology and may contribute to metabolic deficits and neuronal demise.

Ca2+ enters the mitochondrial matrix via the mitochondrial calcium uniporter channel (mtCU). Recently, genetic components of the mtCU have been identified including MCU, MCUB, MCUR1, EMRE, MICU1, MICU2, and MICU3. mCa2+ efflux is primarily occurred by NCLX (mitochondrial Na+/Ca2+ exchanger). The overarching aim of current research is to dissect how specifically mCa2+ dysregulation contributes to AD pathogenesis. We are generating/utilizing various neuronal-specific knockouts and overexpression of mtCU components to manipulate the mCa2+ flux in AD mutant mouse models. We aim to discover new therapeutic targets for AD and associated mitochondrial dysfunction.

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Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

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


  • American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
  • Society for Mitochondrial Research and Medicine

Honors & 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

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