|Hometown||Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Education||Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences - Texas Tech Health Science Center
M.S., Biotechnology - Texas Tech University
B.S., Biotechnology - Andhra University
The Rao Lab
Awards and Honors
Outstanding Graduate Student award (2017)
Student Government Association President’s Excellence Award (2014-2015)
Evaluating the role calcium pumps in breast cancer.
Kang MH, Wang J, Makena MR, et al. Activity of MM-398, nanoliposomal irinotecan (nal-IRI), in Ewing’s family tumor xenografts is associated with high exposure of tumor to drug and high SLFN11 expression. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Mar 1;21(5):1139-50.
Krytska K, Ryles HT, Sano R, Raman P, Infarinato NR, Hansel TD, Makena MR, et al. Crizotinib Synergizes with Chemotherapy in Preclinical Models of Neuroblastoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Feb 15;22(4):948-60.
Makena MR, et al. Reactive Oxygen Species-Mediated Synergism of Fenretinide and Romidepsin in Preclinical Models of T-cell Lymphoid Malignancies. Mol Cancer Ther. 2017 Apr;16(4):649-661.