Associate Professor Prakash Hande

Associate Professor Department of Physiology National University of Singapore
Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Dr. M. Prakash Hande is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. Dr. Hande has worked at the following institutions before joining NUS as a faculty member in 2002: Department of Radiobiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India; Osaka University Medical School, Japan; Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands; Terry Fox Laboratory, British Columbia Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver, Canada; and Columbia University, New York, USA. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles in international journals such as Nature Genetics, Current Biology, Journal of Cell Biology, American Journal of Human Genetics, Cell, Genes and Development, PNAS, and Science. His current research interests are: Telomeres and Telomerase in ageing and cancer, Experimental Cancer Therapeutics, Environmental Stress, and Human Health. Dr. Hande is one of the founding Editors-in-Chief of Genome Integrity – a BioMed Central Journal.


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The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.