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Tara Sigdel, Ph.D.

Tara Sigdel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Division of Transplant Surgery

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513 Parnassus Ave, Med Sci
San Francisco CA 94143
tara.sigdel@ucsf.edu
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  • B.Sc. (Biology and Chemistry) Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • M.Sc. (Chemistry) Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, Advisor: Prof. Vishwanath Pd. Agrawal, PhD
  • Ph.D. (Biochemistry), Miami University, Oxford, OH, Advisor: Prof. Michael Crowder, PhD
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  • Postdoctoral Training, Dept of Pediatrics-nephrology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Advisor: Prof. Minnie Sarwal MD. PhD.
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomarker DIscovery
  • High Throughput Data
  • Immunology
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Cancer
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Proteomics

Tara Sigdel, Ph.D. obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Miami University (OH) followed by postdoctoral training in biomarker discovery, immunology, and organ transplantation at Stanford University under Professor Minnie Sarwal. Dr Sigdel joined the UCSF Department of Surgery in 2014 where he uses proteomics, immune response profiling, and gene expression analysis to discover sensitive and effective biomarkers that help in developing clinical tools for early diagnosis and improved patient monitoring. In collaboration with researchers at UCSF and other institutes, Dr. Sigdel is actively involved in identification of non-invasive biomarkers genes, peptides, proteins, and antibodies that monitor disease status after organ transplantation.

  • Pediatric Research Fund – CHRP Award, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2009-2010
  • Pediatric Research Fund – CHRP Award, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2008-2009
  • Deans Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2007-2008
  • Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunities in Scholarship (DUOS) award for two consecutive years (2003 and, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2003-2005
  • William Hale Charch Graduate Fellowship, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2002-2003

Dr. Sigdel's research is driven by two major factors. First, there is an unprecedented pressure to deliver new and improved diagnostic and treatment options to patients. Second, due to improved understanding of biological intricacies with ever improving molecular assays have placed us in a much better position to look for disease specific biomarkers that once validated can be used in the clinics in order to provide timely and accurate assessment of health status of patients.

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