Purushothama Rao Tata


Assistant Professor of Cell Biology

Lung regeneration
Lung stem cells
Cell plasticity
Organoid models
Lung Fibrosis
Single Cell Biology

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
  • Assistant Professor in Medicine
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
  • Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. University of Ulm (Germany), 2011

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Rising Star Award. International Society for Regenerative Biology. 2022
  • Whitehead Scholar Award. Duke University School of Medicine. 2016
  • NIH K99-Pathways to Independence Award. National Institutes of Health. 2015
  • The Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Award. Massachusetts General Hospital. 2014

Courses Taught

  • CELLBIO 493: Research Independent Study
  • CELLBIO 730: Stem Cell Course
  • CMB 710D: Cell & Molecular Biology Module IV
  • MOLCAN 730: Stem Cell Course
  • PHARM 730: Stem Cell Course

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Ide, S; Ide, K; Abe, K; Kobayashi, Y; Kitai, H; McKey, J; Strausser, SA; O'Brien, LL; Tata, A; Tata, PR; Souma, T, Sex differences in resilience to ferroptosis underlie sexual dimorphism in kidney injury and repair., Cell Reports, vol 41 no. 6 (2022) [10.1016/j.celrep.2022.111610] [abs].
  • Yaron, TM; Heaton, BE; Levy, TM; Johnson, JL; Jordan, TX; Cohen, BM; Kerelsky, A; Lin, T-Y; Liberatore, KM; Bulaon, DK; Van Nest, SJ; Koundouros, N; Kastenhuber, ER; Mercadante, MN; Shobana-Ganesh, K; He, L; Schwartz, RE; Chen, S; Weinstein, H; Elemento, O; Piskounova, E; Nilsson-Payant, BE; Lee, G; Trimarco, JD; Burke, KN; Hamele, CE; Chaparian, RR; Harding, AT; Tata, A; Zhu, X; Tata, PR; Smith, CM; Possemato, AP; Tkachev, SL; Hornbeck, PV; Beausoleil, SA; Anand, SK; Aguet, F; Getz, G; Davidson, AD; Heesom, K; Kavanagh-Williamson, M; Matthews, DA; tenOever, BR; Cantley, LC; Blenis, J; Heaton, NS, Host protein kinases required for SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid phosphorylation and viral replication., Sci Signal, vol 15 no. 757 (2022) [10.1126/scisignal.abm0808] [abs].
  • Konkimalla, A; Konishi, S; Kobayashi, Y; Kadur Lakshminarasimha Murthy, P; Macadlo, L; Mukherjee, A; Elmore, Z; Kim, S-J; Pendergast, AM; Lee, PJ; Asokan, A; Knudsen, L; Bravo-Cordero, JJ; Tata, A; Tata, PR, Multi-apical polarity of alveolar stem cells and their dynamics during lung development and regeneration., Iscience, vol 25 no. 10 (2022) [10.1016/j.isci.2022.105114] [abs].
  • Konkimalla, A; Tata, A; Tata, PR, Lung Regeneration: Cells, Models, and Mechanisms., Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology, vol 14 no. 10 (2022) [10.1101/cshperspect.a040873] [abs].
  • Caetano, AJ; Human Cell Atlas Oral and Craniofacial Bionetwork, ; Sequeira, I; Byrd, KM, A Roadmap for the Human Oral and Craniofacial Cell Atlas., J Dent Res, vol 101 no. 11 (2022), pp. 1274-1288 [10.1177/00220345221110768] [abs].