Dr V. Deepak holds a doctorate in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Northeast Normal University, China. He received a PhD fellowship jointly awarded by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India and the Government of China under a bilateral exchange programme. Dr Deepak recently joined Dr McNamara’s research group after completing his Postdoctoral research at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He received Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research fellowship at the University of Pretoria.
During his PhD, Dr Deepak’s research focused on osteoblast differentiation induced by the master transcription factor RUNX2 and the epigenetic mechanisms underlying the transcriptional control of osteoblast differentiation. During his recent postdoctoral research work at the University of Pretoria, Dr Deepak worked on the discovery of novel plant-derived small molecules with potent inhibitory effects against osteoclast formation.
Dr Deepak in collaboration with Dr McNamara at the National University of Ireland-Galway further wants to explore the novel and intricate mechanisms involved in the mechanosensing and mechanotransduction pathways regulated by osteocytes in bone. He intends to understand, characterise and exploit these pathways as a therapeutic target against osteolytic diseases such as osteoporosis by employing in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models