Arup Indra is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University (OSU) and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is also a member of the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU and an affiliated Principal Investigator at Linus Pauling Institute at OSU.
Dr. Indra is nationally and internationally recognized for his work on skin development, inflammatory skin disease and melanoma. He is author of over 40 research articles, book chapters and review papers, and also an editorial board member for three research journals.
Dr. Indra’s laboratory is investigating the mechanisms of skin development from stem cells and his group has identified key factors essential for establishment and maintenance of a protective epidermal barrier, lack of which can trigger inflammatory skin diseases e.g. atopic dermatitis (AD). His team is also studying the cell-cell signaling that is functional in the “tumor microenvironment” and contributing to melanoma metastasis. They identified that nuclear receptor (NR)-controlled signaling between skin keratinocytes, pigment-producing melanocytes and immune cells contributes to formation of malignant melanoma.
Dr. Indra serves on different national and international grant review panels. As a member of the scientific community, he is dedicated to advance the mission and vision of the University and promote scientific excellence in the field of inflammatory skin disease and cancer.