Gandhar Datar

Undergraduate Researcher

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

Worked in the Lab: June 2014 - June 2017

Current position: MD/PhD student, Baylor College of Medicine

Funding: MCB Summer Research Fellowship (2015)
James Scholarship (2015)

Awarded "Highest Distinction for thesis work in MCB (2016)"


Arif W, Datar G and Kalsotra A (2017) Intersections of post-transcriptional gene regulatory mechanisms with intermediary metabolism.
Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 1860(3):349-362. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagrm.2017.01.004.


My name is Gandhar Datar, a sophomore here at UIUC majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. My project in the lab deals with a member of the Fox family of splicing regulator, Rbox2. I’m currently characterizing the hepatic Rbfox2-splicing-network using liver-specific Rbfox2 knock-out mice. In my free time, I’m a big fan of listening to music or wasting hours on Youtube (though I’ve been trying to cut down). This is my first experience in a Biochemistry lab and I’m excited to learn many fascinating things about "THE BIOLOGY OF RNA"