Arunika Das

Graduate Student

Start Date: April 2010 - Defended on November 17, 2015!



B.Sc. University of Calcutta (July 2007)

M.Sc. University of Calcutta (August 2009)

Ph.D. Rutgers University (January 2016)



Charles and Joanna Busch Fellowship (2011-2013)

Waksman Retreat Travel Award (2011)

Best Poster from a new member at HGINJ Research Day (2012)

Benedict-Michael Fellowship (2014-2015)


Teaching: Teaching Assistant for Genetic Analysis (2013-2014)


Mentored undergrads: Dan ('13), Victoria ('14), Dan ('16), Niki ('17)


Extra activities: Member of American Society for Cell Biology Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS). Part of communications subcommittee and liaison to the membership committee.


Research Summary:

I am interested in the counteraction of Aurora B activity in meiosis by various phosphatases with a focus on PP1. I mainly look at regulation of centromere cohesion and chromatin organisation. 




Das, A, Shah SJ, Fan B, Paik D, DiSanto DJ, Hinman A M, Cesario JM, Battaglia RA, Demos N, McKim KS.  2016.  Spindle Assembly and Chromosome Segregation Requires Central Spindle Proteins in Drosophila Oocytes.. Genetics. 202(1):61-75.


Where is Runi now? Doing a postdoc with Mike Lampson at the University of Pennsylvania.