University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Vishal Kothari, PhD

Vishal Kothari, PhD

Assistant Researcher, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Prostate Cancer

Research Summary

The overall theme of my research program is to identify, characterize and target druggable kinases that may drive the progression of aggressive cancers to metastatic disease. During my postdoctoral fellowship, I developed novel approaches to identify outlier kinases in breast and pancreatic cancer and studied the role of these kinases in oncogenic progression (Kothari V et al, Cancer Discovery, 3(3): 280-93). I continued to apply this novel matrix to identify novel biomarkers to distinguish indolent from aggressive prostate cancer, and to interrogate therapeutic targets in advanced prostate cancer (Cancer cell 2015, Clin. Cancer Res 2015, JAMA oncol 2016, Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis 2015). Apart from identifying biomarkers and therapeutic targtets, I also have an expertise in delineating oncogenic signaling and resistance mechanisms (Cell reports 2016, Clin Cancer Res 2016, Cancer Discov. 2017) and carry out translational research (Neoplasia 2016, Int J cancer, 2010), due to which I am considered as an expert in kinase biology and translational research (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2016). My goal is to apply novel therapeutic approaches to the study of prostate cancer, to help progress the field towards personalized medicine.


Dr. H.S.G. University, India, B.Sc., 06/2001, Biological Sciences
Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, India, M.Sc., 06/2003, Biotechnology
Advanced Center for Treatment Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Navi Mumbai, India, Ph.D., 08/2009, Molecular biology (applied sciences)
Loma Linda University Medical Centre, Loma Linda, CA, USA, Postdoctoral fellow, 2009-2011, Molecular Biology
University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor, MI, Postdoctoral fellow, 2011-2014, Molecular Biology

Professional Experience

  • 2014-2016
    Research Investigator, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan
  • 2016-current
    Junior Faculty, Department of Radiation Oncology,  University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 06-2003
    Silver medal for securing second place in Masters of Biotechnology, Pt. R.S.S. University, India
  • 2003-2005
    Council of Science and Industrial Research, Junior Research Fellowship
  • 2005-2008
    Council of Science and Industrial Research, Senior Research Fellowship
  • 01-2007
    Rajnikant Baxi Award for best poster presentation (1st place), I.A.C.R.
  • 01-2008
    Rajnikant Baxi Award for best poster presentation (1st place), I.A.C.R.
  • 2008-2009
    Department of Biotechnology, Senior Research Fellowship
  • 03-2015
    Best poster presentation award, SPORE 2015, Ft. Lauderdale
  • 08-2015
    Prostate Cancer Foundation-Young Investigator Award
  • 08-2016
    Best presentation at the prostate cancer research retreat, UCSF