The 2nd TCGA Conference has been co-organised by Centre for Translational Cancer Research (Pune) , Persistent Systems Ltd., and TCGA, NCI, NIH, USA

Centre for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR)

CTCR is a joint initiative of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (PCCM), Pune and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, supported by Bajaj Auto Ltd. This Centre has been established in 2018 with an aim to undertake high-impact translational research that will identify solutions to problems that onco-clinicians face in the Indian context and thus, improve cancer treatment. In addition, the main agenda of this Centre is to integrate various activities related to cancer education, training and research and thereby, increase the national capacity for translational research on cancer in India.

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), USA

TCGA is collaboration between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) that has generated comprehensive, multi-dimensional maps of the key genomic changes in 33 types of cancer. The TCGA dataset, comprising more than two petabytes of multi-omics data such as whole genome sequencing, copy number variation, transcriptome and methylome, has been made publicly available, and this multi-omics information helps the cancer research community to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. In the past decade, all major discoveries in cancer research have at least some reference to the TCGA data mining.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune

IISER Pune, established in 2006 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is a research intensive teaching institute. IISERs represent a unique initiative in India where teaching and education are totally integrated with state-of-the-art research nurturing both curiosity and creativity in an intellectually vibrant atmosphere of research. Biological research at IISER Pune covers a large spectrum of Biology and necessitates the availability of a wide range of instrumentation and specialist infrastructure. The biology infrastructure includes spacious research and training laboratories, “state-of-the-art” animal house, tissue culture facility as well as imaging centre, fly facility, computational resources, greenhouses, experimental field plots, and several other facilities. Institutionally, we have access to a range of spectroscopy techniques, a micro-/nano-fabrication suite, a proteomics and mass spectroscopy unit and workshop facilities. IISER Human Ethics Committee oversees translational research on IISER premises in collaboration with clinical partners.

Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (PCCM), Pune

PCCM is a registered, public charitable trust in Pune working with a goal of providing affordable medical treatment and rehabilitation to underprivileged cancer patients and their families. Since 2009, PCCM has also established Orchids Breast Health Center (OBHC)-a Center of Affordable Excellence for Breast Care with help from a team of oncosurgeons, radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, clinical Scientists, physicians, nursing and para-clinical staff with patient counselors. OBHC is well equipped with advanced BC diagnostics and a chemotherapy day-care facility. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India has conferred PCCM with a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) status. PCCM is also a member of the National Cancer Grid of India and National Clinic-based Cancer Registry Program. PCCM Research Program is overseen by a Government of India (CDCSO)-accredited Independent Ethics Committee.

Persistent Systems

Persistent Systems is a technology services company which builds software that drives the business of customers; enterprises and software product companies with software at the core of their digital transformation.

CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology

CSIR-Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB) is a premier Institute of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), engaged in research of national importance in the areas of genomics, molecular medicine, bioinformatics and proteomics. The IGIB Mission is “To translate concepts developed in basic biological research to commercially viable technologies for health care”

Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. ICR is considered a world leader in  identifying cancer genes, discovering cancer drugs and developing precision radiotherapy. Together with our hospital partner The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, ICR are rated as one of the top centres for cancer research and treatment worldwide. The ICR has charitable status and relies on support from partner organizations, charities, donors and the general public.

DBT-Wellcome Trust India Alliance

DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance) is an independent, dynamic public charity that funds research in health and biomedical sciences in India. India Alliance invests in transformative ideas and supportive research ecosystems to advance discovery and innovation to improve health and well-being. India Alliance stands for diversity, inclusivity, and transparency in science and works to facilitate engagement of science with society. India Alliance is funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and the Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom. For 10 years, India Alliance has enabled high-quality, internationally competent biomedical research in India

Organising committee


Dr. Jean Claude Zenklusen

Prof. Sunil Badve
Joshua Edwards Professor of Laboratory Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine, USA

Dr. C.B. Koppiker
Medical Director
PCCM, Pune, India

Prof. L.S. Shashidhara
Dean (R&D), Ashoka University
Professor, IISER Pune

Dr. Anand Deshpande
Founder and Chairman
Persistent Systems

Dr Anurag Agrawal
CSIR-IGIB, New Delhi

Organising team

Dr. Mayurika Lahiri
Associate Professor
IISER Pune, India

Dr. Anamika Krishanpal
Senior Domain Specialist, Labs
Persistent Systems

Dr. Anguraj Sadanandam
Director, Centre for Global Oncology
The Institute of Cancer Research , UK

Dr. Shantanu Chowdhury
Professor, CSIR-IGIB, New Delhi

Dr. Abu Shadat Mohammad Noman
Advisor (Technical and Foreign Affairs)
Bangomata National and Molecular Research Centre ( BNCMRC), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. Devaki Kelkar
Senior Scientist
CTCR, Pune, India

Dr Madhura Kulkarni
Senior Scientist
CTCR, Pune

Dr. Sabarinathan Radhakrishnan
Assistant Professor
NCBS, Bangalore, India

Mr. Srikant Verma
Domain Team Lead, Labs
Persistent Systems

Ms. Disha Singh
Marketing Lead
Persistent Systems


Dr. Santosh Dixit
Senior Scientist
CTCR, Pune, India


Ms. Laleh Busheri
CEO, PCCM, Pune, India