Dr. Karobi Moitra , B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor of Molecular Biology

Phone: 202-884-9226
Office: Payden 417


  • B.S., Zoology, University of Burdwan, India
  • M.S., Zoology, University of Burdwan, India
  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of Burdwan, India


  • ABC Transporters
  • Human genetic diseases, with a focus on PXE, Pseudoxanthoma elasticum
  • Evolution of ABC Transporters


  • Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda MD, 2012
  • Outstanding Poster Award (1st place), Moitra K, Borsa A, Terry S and Dean M. Mutations in ABCC6 and modifier genes responsible for PXE. 16th Spring Research Festival, NCI (NIH), Frederick, MD, May 9th-10th 2012, 2012
  • Superior Performance Award , 07

Select Works Published

  • Differential gene and microRNA expression between etoposide resistant and etoposide sensitive MCF7 breast cancer cell lines.
    Moitra K, Im K, Limpert K, Borsa A, Sawitzke J, Robey R, Yuhki N, Da Wei Huang, Richard A, Lempicki, Savan R, Bates S, and Dean M., PLoS ONE September 2012 | Volume 7 | Issue 9 | e45268, 2012
  • Evidence for modulatory sites at the lipid-protein interface of the human multidrug transporter P-glycoprotein.
    Mandal D, Moitra K, Ghosh D, Xia D and Dey S, Biochemistry, 51(13):2852-66., 2012
  • Moving out: From sterol transport to drug resistance " the ABCG subfamily of efflux pumps."
    Moitra K, Silverton L, Limpert K, Im K and Dean M, Drug Metabolism and Drug Interactions, 26(3):105-111., 2011
  • Multidrug Efflux Pumps and Cancer Stem Cells: Insights into Multidrug Resistance and Therapeutic Development.
    Moitra K, Lou H and Dean M, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 89(4): 491-502., 2011
  • Molecular evolutionary analysis of ABCB5: The ancestral gene is a full transporter with potentially deleterious single nucleotide polymorphisms.
    Moitra K, Scally M, McGee K, Lancaster G, Gold B and Dean M., PLoS ONE 6(1)e16318.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016318, 2011

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My philosophy of teaching is centered on the ability to take an extremely complicated concept or theory and break it down to make it simple and easy to understand. The foundation for this philosophy is based on the belief that learning should not be a difficult task; it should be a natural and enjoyable experience. The primary focus of education should be based on creating a conceptual framework upon which to build. While designing the foundation for my classes I first take into consideration the intended audience and how they will use this knowledge in the real world. I like to keep the channels of communication open and intentionally create openings to stimulate discussion and the voicing of diverse opinions in order to introduce an element of cooperative learning. I am also in favor of using modern technological tools like PowerPoint presentations and YouTube videos that can visually enhance the learning experience, but, if the need arises, a piece of chalk and a chalkboard work fine, too. The key to good instruction is communication; you have to connect with your students and inspire them to actually want to learn. Teaching does not end in the classroom; mentoring is also an important part of being a teacher and I am honored to have had the opportunity to be a mentor for many of my students who in turn have also taught me many things and have inspired me to continue to learn and to teach.