Purushothama Rao Tata

Purushothama Rao Tata

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
  • Affiliate of the Regeneration Next Initiative
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

Contact Information

  • Email Address: purushothamarao.tata@duke.edu


  • Ph.D. University of Ulm (Germany), 2011

Courses Taught

  • CELLBIO 493: Research Independent Study
  • CMB 710D: Cell & Molecular Biology Module IV

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Tata, PR; Chow, RD; Saladi, SV; Tata, A; Konkimalla, A; Bara, A; Montoro, D; Hariri, LP; Shih, AR; Mino-Kenudson, M; Mou, H; Kimura, S; Ellisen, LW; Rajagopal, J, Developmental History Provides a Roadmap for the Emergence of Tumor Plasticity, Developmental Cell (2018) [10.1016/j.devcel.2018.02.024] [abs].
  • Konkimalla, A; Tata, PR, Plasticity in Olfactory Epithelium: Is It a Sniffer or Shape Shifter?, Cell Stem Cell, vol 21 no. 6 (2017), pp. 707-708 [10.1016/j.stem.2017.11.014] [abs].
  • Saladi, SV; Ross, K; Karaayvaz, M; Tata, PR; Mou, H; Rajagopal, J; Ramaswamy, S; Ellisen, LW, ACTL6A Is Co-Amplified with p63 in Squamous Cell Carcinoma to Drive YAP Activation, Regenerative Proliferation, and Poor Prognosis., Cancer Cell, vol 31 no. 1 (2017), pp. 35-49 [10.1016/j.ccell.2016.12.001] [abs].
  • Tata, PR; Rajagopal, J, Cellular plasticity: 1712 to the present day., Current Opinion in Cell Biology, vol 43 (2016), pp. 46-54 [10.1016/j.ceb.2016.07.005] [abs].
  • Tata, PR; Rajagopal, J, Regulatory Circuits and Bi-directional Signaling between Stem Cells and Their Progeny., Cell Stem Cell, vol 19 no. 6 (2016), pp. 686-689 [10.1016/j.stem.2016.11.009] [abs].