Amrita Mandal. Hometown: Tarakeswar, West Bengal, India
Undergraduate Institution: University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India


1. Characterization of novel transgenic retinoic acid (RA) sensor zebrafish line.

2: Deciphering the underlying molecular and genetic networks by which the novel zebrafish mutant sea squirt (sqi) suppresses enlarged heart of retinoic acid deficient embryos.

3. Study the role of dapper antagonist of β-catenin (Dact) proteins during cardiovascular development in zebrafish.


Mandal A, Waxman JS. Retinoic acid negatively regulates dact3b expression in the hindbrain of zebrafish embryos . Gene Expr Patterns . 2014 Sep 30. pii: S1567-133X(14)00077-5. doi: 10.1016/j.gep.2014.09.003. [Epub ahead of print]

Mandal A, Rydeen A, Anderson J, Sorrell MR, Zygmunt T, Torres-Vázquez J, Waxman JS. Transgenic retinoic acid sensor lines in zebrafish indicate regions of available embryonic retinoic acid . Developmental Dynamics . 2013 Aug;242(8):989-1000

D'Aniello E, Rydeen AB, Anderson JL, Mandal A, Waxman JS. Depletion of retinoic acid receptors initiates a novel positive feedback mechanism that promotes teratogenic increases in retinoic acid . PLoS Genetics . 2013;9(8):e1003689

Roy P, Bhattacharya G, Mandal A, Dasgupta UB, Banerjee D, Chandra S, Das M, (2012): Influence of BCL11A, HBS1L-MYB, HBBP1 single nucleotide polymorphisms and the HBG2 Xmnl polymorphism On Hb F levels . Hemoglobin . 2012;36(6):592-9.


Awarded Student Travel Award from the Society for Developmental Biology to present at the SDB 73rd Annual Meeting, 2014.

MDB-Program activity

I am currently serving as the seminar coordinator for the 2014-2015 academic year along with a fellow student, Sneha Sitaraman.