Ajit K. Bharti, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Medicine

Ajit Bharti
650 Albany St Evans Biomed Research Ctr


Ajit Bharti, PhD. Research Assistant Professor of Medicine:
Dr. Bharti received his PhD from Ranchi University, India. After a brief stint as a research scientist at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, he joined Dr. Donald W. Kufe’s lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After post-doctoral training, he continued to work as an instructor and contributed to understand the DNA-damage response pathway, particularly DNA-DSB caused by topoI inhibitors. TopoI inhibitors are used extensively to treat solid tumors, however, the response rate is low and the drug resistance mechanism is not understood. Dr. Bharti’s lab defined the mechanism of resistance, identified topoI-pS10 as the key molecular determinant of this pathway, and validated that as a potential predictive biomarker for this class of drugs. This IHC-based biomarker is retrospectively validated in CRC and GC. The discovery of topoI-pS10 as a predictive biomarker will significantly enhance the clinical utility of topoI inhibitors and will change the response rate in patient population

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center



  • Ranchi University, PhD
  • Ranchi University, MS
  • Ranchi University, BS


  • Published on 3/27/2018

    Ando K, Tohme YH, Srinivasiah A, Taylor-Parker J, Harrington Y, Shah AK, Oki E, Brahmandam M, Bharti AK. Developing a Phosphospecific IHC Assay as a Predictive Biomarker for Topoisomerase I Inhibitors. J Histochem Cytochem. 2018 08; 66(8):549-561. PMID: 29587004.

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  • Published on 7/4/2017

    Ando K, Shah AK, Sachdev V, Kleinstiver BP, Taylor-Parker J, Welch MM, Hu Y, Salgia R, White FM, Parvin JD, Ozonoff A, Rameh LE, Joung JK, Bharti AK. Camptothecin resistance is determined by the regulation of topoisomerase I degradation mediated by ubiquitin proteasome pathway. Oncotarget. 2017 Jul 04; 8(27):43733-43751. PMID: 28415827.

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  • Published on 8/12/2015

    Raina D, Agarwal P, Lee J, Bharti A, McKnight CJ, Sharma P, Kharbanda S, Kufe D. Characterization of the MUC1-C Cytoplasmic Domain as a Cancer Target. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0135156. PMID: 26267657.

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  • Published on 12/10/2013

    Rolle CE, Kanteti R, Surati M, Nandi S, Dhanasingh I, Yala S, Tretiakova M, Arif Q, Hembrough T, Brand TM, Wheeler DL, Husain AN, Vokes EE, Bharti A, Salgia R. Combined MET inhibition and topoisomerase I inhibition block cell growth of small cell lung cancer. Mol Cancer Ther. 2014 Mar; 13(3):576-84. PMID: 24327519.

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  • Published on 1/5/2012

    Icli B, Bharti A, Pentassuglia L, Peng X, Sawyer DB. ErbB4 localization to cardiac myocyte nuclei, and its role in myocyte DNA damage response. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2012 Feb 3; 418(1):116-21. PMID: 22244893.

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  • Published on 7/29/2011

    Tamayo AG, Slater L, Taylor-Parker J, Bharti A, Harrison R, Hung DT, Murphy JR. GRP78(BiP) facilitates the cytosolic delivery of anthrax lethal factor (LF) in vivo and functions as an unfoldase in vitro. Mol Microbiol. 2011 Sep; 81(5):1390-401. PMID: 21797942.

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  • Published on 11/9/2010

    Murshid A, Chou SD, Prince T, Zhang Y, Bharti A, Calderwood SK. Protein kinase A binds and activates heat shock factor 1. PLoS One. 2010; 5(11):e13830. PMID: 21085490.

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  • Published on 4/1/2010

    Shah A, Singh H, Sachdev V, Lee J, Yotsukura S, Salgia R, Bharti A. DIFFERENTIAL SERUM LEVEL OF SPECIFIC HAPTOGLOBIN ISOFORMS IN SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER. Curr Proteomics. 2010 Apr 01; 7(1):49-65. PMID: 20526421.

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  • Published on 9/21/2008

    Chitalia VC, Foy RL, Bachschmid MM, Zeng L, Panchenko MV, Zhou MI, Bharti A, Seldin DC, Lecker SH, Dominguez I, Cohen HT. Jade-1 inhibits Wnt signalling by ubiquitylating beta-catenin and mediates Wnt pathway inhibition by pVHL. Nat Cell Biol. 2008 Oct; 10(10):1208-16. PMID: 18806787.

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  • Published on 3/20/2008

    Tamayo AG, Bharti A, Trujillo C, Harrison R, Murphy JR. COPI coatomer complex proteins facilitate the translocation of anthrax lethal factor across vesicular membranes in vitro. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Apr 1; 105(13):5254-9. PMID: 18356299.

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