Research Scientist

Gayatri Gowrishankar

Research Scientist, Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab (MMIL)


Ph.D., Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Hannover, Germany, 2005
M.Sc., Biotechnology, School Of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj, University, India, 2001
B.Sc., Zoology, Stella Maris College, Chennai, India, 1999


2006 Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award - Cancer Biology Program at Stanford. (postdoctoral fellowship)
2006 Travel Award - Academy of Molecular Imaging. Awarded for annual conference in Orlando, FL.
2000 First Rank Holder Madurai Kamaraj University, award given for the first year of the masters program
1999 Dr. Mrs Hannah John Cash prize for academic proficiency in BSc
1998 Bronze Medal, All India Best Cadet competition at the Republic Day camp held at New Delhi, India
1997 General Proficiency Prize for the academic year 1996-97

Contact Information:

318, Campus Drive E150 Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305

Phone: (650) 725-3113

Research Interests:

Development of novel PET tracers

Recent Publications:

  1. So MK, Gowrishankar G,Hasegawa S,Chung JK and Rao J. Imaging Target mRNA and siRNA-Mediated Gene Silencing In Vivo with Ribozyme-Based Reporters. ChemBiochem. 2008;9(16):2682-2691.
  2. Hasegawa S, Gowrishankar G and Rao J. Detection of mRNA by a split-ribozyme reporter. ChemBiochem. 2006;7(6):925-28.
  3. Winzen R, Gowrishankar G, Bollig F, Redich N, Resch K, Holtmann H. Distinct domains of AU-rich elements exert different functions in mRNA destabilization and stabilization by p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase or HuR. Mol Cell Biol. 2004;24(11):4835-47.