Rajeeb Kumar Swain, Ph.D.



Dr Rajeeb K. Swain is a developmental biologist who studies development of vertebrate vascular and hematopoietic system using zebrafish as a model organism. He has a PhD degree from University of Tübingen, Germany and carried out his dissertation work in Prof. Herbert Steinbeisser’s laboratory at Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen and University of Heidelberg, Germany. He then joined Prof. Roy Bicknell’s laboratory at University of Birmingham, UK as a research fellow to study molecular regulation of tumour angiogenesis. His interest in clinical research took him to the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Manchester, UK where he studied the role of circulating tumour cells in cancer metastasis (mentor –  Prof. Caroline Dive). Since December 2011, he heads the vascular biology laboratory at ILS, Bhubaneswar.


Academic Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. (2004): Developmental Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany.
  2. M.Sc. (1996): Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India.
  3. B.Sc. (1993): Biology (Zoology honours), Utkal University (Bhadrak Autonomous College), India.


Academic Positions

  • Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India.
  • Scientist-E (January 2019 – Present)
  • Scientist-D (September 2015 – December 2018)
  • Ramalingaswami Fellow (December 2011 – December 2016)
  • Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, University of Manchester, UK. Postdoctoral Research Scientist (January – December 2011).
  • University of Birmingham, UK. Research Fellow (June 2006 – December 2010).
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany. Young Investigator (March 2004 – June 2006).
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