Kanak Mungikar

About me

Kanak Mungikar
PhD-student
kanakmungikar@gmail.com
Phone:+49 6131 39 20141
Gebäude Biozentrum 1, Hanns-Dieter-Hüsch-Weg 15, 55128 Mainz

Current project

Actin cytoskeleton plays an important role in neuronal development and it’s diseases by contributing in the regulation of cellular processes like cell shape, migration, locomotion, etc. Dendritic spines are involved in synaptic transmission and are rich in actin filaments. Malfunction of actin can affect shape and size of dendritic spines which subsequently may result to neuronal diseases. I am working on understanding role of actin dynamics during diseases like bipolar disorder,  ASD, schizophrenia using publicly avaliable NGS datasets.
Furthermore in collabration with Prof. Müller I am working on effect of early life stress. I am also part of CRC 1193 A05 project.

Publications

Hussain K*, Mungikar K*, Kulkarni A, Kamble A. Identification, characterization and expression analysis of pigeonpea miRNAs in response to Fusarium wilt. Gene 2018.
*joint first authors