Kunal Shroff

Kunal Shroff, Kampmann Lab

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MSTP Student, Neuroscience Program



BS in Neuroscience and Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry, Duke University


Honors and Awards

  • Duke Department of Chemistry Award, 2020
  • Duke Outstanding Senior Thesis in Neuroscience, 2020
  • Harvard-Amgen Scholar, 2019
  • Goldwater Scholarship, 2019
  • Intel Science Talent Search, 3rd place Basic Science, 2016


Research Experience

  • Calakos Lab, Department of Neurobiology, Duke University (2016-2020)
    • Led a quantitative proteomics project to determine subcellular compartment-specific defects under basal and stressed conditions
  • Murthy Lab, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University (2019)
    • Identified novel mitral and tufted cell-type-specific protein markers using scRNA-seq cluster analysis and in situ antibody staining
  • Beese Lab, Department of Biochemistry, Duke University (2018)
    • Optimized novel antifungal farnesyltransferase inhibitors via in silico molecular modeling and in vitro enzyme kinetics experiments
  • Choy Lab, Department of Biology, The Catholic University of America (2014-2016)
    • Led a research project studying the effects of huntingtin on genomic instability in S. cerevisiae 
    • Established data analysis methods for high-throughput screens studying the role of sirtuins in aging and the effect of metabolic conditions on cellular metabolism pathways



  • Shroff, K., Caffall, Z. F., & Calakos, N. (2021). DYT-TOR1A subcellular proteomics reveals selective vulnerability of the nuclear proteome to cell stress. Neurobiology of disease158, 105464.
  • Choy, J. S., Qadri, B., Henry, L., Shroff, K., Bifarin, O., & Basrai, M. A. (2016). A genome-wide screen with nicotinamide to identify sirtuin-dependent pathways in saccharomyces cerevisiae. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics6(2), 485-494.


Research Interests

Synapse loss is highly correlated with clinical dementia symptoms and neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Much of this loss has been associated with microglial synaptic pruning. I am interested in using functional genomics to study the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic pruning, as well as the neuron-microglia interactions that regulate these mechanisms.



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