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Pratikkumar Rathod Pratikkumar Rathod is level III PhD student in Analytical Chemistry sub-discipline of Chemistry PhD program at City University of New York (CUNY). Pratikkumar came to the United States in 2008 to pursue his Masters of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ). His interest and desire for research inspired him to join PhD program in Chemistry at CUNY in 2011. He expects to earn his doctorate in spring 2017. He conducts his research in field of proteomics and mass spectrometry under the guidance of his mentor, Associate Professor Dr. Emmanuel Chang at York College.

Evaluation of different post-translational modification, especially phosphorylation of different proteins is a key to successfully unearth many unknown biochemical processes. In his research at Dr. Chang’s lab, Pratikkumar investigates the potential phosphorylation sites in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a causative agent of one of most fatal disease called AIDS by incorporating mass spectrometry as an analytical technique. Successful identification and characterization of phosphorylation sites in different HIV proteins may provide a stage to target any specific mechanism to develop future anti-retroviral drug candidates. The other project in the lab he focuses on is to develop a novel label-free method to quantify presence of phosphorylation in protein using peptide as a model study.

For financial support during his PhD, Pratikkumar has received a CUNY Science Scholarship for his five year study. He also has earned Conference Presentation Support for Graduate Student Award in addition to a Doctoral Student Research Grant Award to present his research data at various national and international conferences such as American Society of Mass Spectrometry (ASMS), Eastern Analytical Symposium & Exposition (EAS) and ACS Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM). Besides his research, he also mentored and trained more than 15 undergraduates and high school students in Dr. Chang’s lab. Moreover, Pratikkumar also teaches undergraduate level courses such as instrumental analysis, organic chemistry and general chemistry to Chemistry and Nursing Major undergraduate students at York College since 2012.

Pratikkumar really wants to make significant contribution in the biopharmaceutical society utilizing his analytical skills and research experience. Indeed he will like to continue his research work in area of his expertise in as a postdoctoral candidate at an academic institution or as a research scientist at a biopharmaceuticals industry.