Malancha Ta

Associate Professor
Dept:Biological Sciences
E-mail: malancha.ta [at]
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Research Interest:
  • Molecular characterization and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells isolated from human umbilical cord/bone marrow/adipose tissue

Academic Background:
  1. Ph.D. Life Sciences (virology) National Institute of Immunology (NII), N. Delhi, India
  2. M.Sc. Biotechnology,Jawaharlal Nehru University, N. Delhi, India.
  3. B.Sc. (Hons), Biochemistry, Delhi University, N.Delhi, India.

  1. 2008-2011 Sr. Principal Scientist, Diabetes group, Stempeutics Research Pvt Ltd., Bangalore, India and adjunct Professor, Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), Bangalore, India.
  2. 2005-2007 Visiting Fellow, Under the supervision of Dr. Alexandra McPherron, Diabetes Branch, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA.
  3. 2002-2005 Visiting Fellow, Under the supervision of Dr. Nadya Lumelsky, Islet and Autoimmunity Branch, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA.

Awards and Honors:

Selected Publications:
  1. Sharma T, Kumari P, Pincha N, Mutukula N, Saha S, Jana SS, Ta M. 2013. Inhibition of non-muscle myosin II leads to G0/G1 arrest of Wharton's jelly-derived mesenchymal stromal cells. Cytotherapy. Nov 7. pii: S1465-3249(13)00710-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jcyt.2013.09.003. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Balasubramanian S., Venugopal P., SundarRaj S., Zakaria Z, Majumdar A.S. and Ta M. 2012. Comparison of Chemokine and Receptor Gene Expression between Wharton’s Jelly and Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Cytotherapy. Jan;14(1):26-33. Epub 2011 Nov 18.
  3. Nekanti U., Mohanty L., Venugopal P., Balasubramanian S., Totey S. and Ta M. 2010. Optimization and Scale up of Wharton's Jelly-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Clinical Applications. Stem Cell Res. Nov;5(3):244-54.
  4. Nekanti U, Rao VB, Bahirvani AG, Jan M, Totey S. and Ta M. 2010. Long-term Expansion and Pluripotent Marker Array Analysis of Wharton’s Jelly-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Stem Cells Dev, 19, 117-130.
  5. Ta M., Atouf F., Choi Y., and Lumelsky N. 2006. The defined combination of growth factors controls generation of long-term-replicating islet progenitor-like cells from cultures of adult mouse pancreas. Stem Cells Aug;24(7):1738-49.
  6. Ta M. and Vrati S. 2000. Mov34 protein from mouse brain interacts with the 3’-noncoding region of Japanese encephalitis virus. J. Virol. 74(11):5108-5115