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Puja Agrawal

Puja Agrawal_Academic Profile

Puja Agrawal, PhD

M4 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California-Berkeley, 2014

Research Interests

Developmental Biology, Enhancer Biology and Epigenetics, Nuclear Architecture, Pluripotency, Functional Genetics

Research Experiences

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2017-2021
Advisor: Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD
Project: Mechanism of Enhancer-mediated Gene Expression Regulation (F30DK120152)

University of California-San Francisco, 2012-2015
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Bush
Project: A-type Eph/ephrins in midface development


Agrawal P, Rao S. Super-Enhancers and CTCF in Early Embryonic Cell Fate Decisions. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2021 Mar 25;9:653669. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2021.653669. PMID: 33842482; PMCID: PMC8027350.

Heimbruch KE, Meyer AE, Agrawal P, et al. A cohesive look at leukemogenesis: The cohesin complex and other driving mutations in AML. Neoplasia. 2021 Mar;23(3):337-347. doi: 10.1016/j.neo.2021.01.003. Epub 2021 Feb 20. PMID: 33621854; PMCID: PMC7905235.

Agrawal P, Blinka S, Pulakanti K, et al. Genome editing demonstrates that the -5 kb Nanog enhancer regulates Nanog expression by modulating RNAPII initiation and/or recruitment. J Biol Chem. 2020 Dec 17;296:100189. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA120.015152. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33334884; PMCID: PMC7948488.

Agrawal P, Heimbruch KE, Rao S. Genome-Wide Maps of Transcription Regulatory Elements and Transcription Enhancers in Development and Disease. Compr Physiol. 2018 Dec 13;9(1):439-455. doi: 10.1002/cphy.c180028. PMID: 30549021; PMCID: PMC6566905.

Agrawal, P., Wang, M., Kim, S., Lewis, A. E. and Bush, J. O. (2014). Embryonic expression of EphA receptor genes in mice supports their candidacy for involvement in cleft lip and palate. Dev. Dyn. 243, 1470–1476.

Meeting Abstracts

Agrawal, P., Wang, M., Kim, S., Lewis, A. E., and Bush, J. O. The embryonic expression of EphA receptor genes in mice supports their candidacy for involvement in cleft lip and palate. Society of Developmental Biology 73rd Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. July 17-21, 2014.

Lehmuth, S., Agrawal, P., Fisher, D., Nguyen, A., Roberts, K., Strawa, A. F., Johnson, L. F., and Skiles, J. W. (2009) Comparison of Deep Blue and Land Surface Reflectance in the San Joaquin Valley. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2009, abstract #A41D-0150. San Francisco, CA.

General Interests

Cooking and baking, reading, murder mystery TV shows and crochet