Thupten Tsering

“As a PhD student, my research focuses on exosomes which are nano-particles (size 30-100nm) emitted by cancer cells. The interesting thing about these nano-particles are, they act as a cargo and carry DNA, oncogenes and proteins from host cancer cells and transfer it to recipient cells. Therefore, it can be used as biomarker and therapeutic tools in future. Biomarkers are used to detect cancer in human body fluids such as blood, urine, saliva and cerebral spinal fluids. My project is to understand how cancer cells emit exosomes carrying oncogenic DNA? My long-term goal is to establish my lab and continue working in a cancer research. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to The Dalai Lama scholarship, without which it would be impossible to pay my tuition fees on time.”