Assistant Professor

Hematology & Oncology

Campus Address:
WTI 520A

Mailing Address:  
1720 2nd Avenue South, WTI 520A
Birmingham, AL 35294-3300

(205) 975-5973

Departmental Affiliation(s):
Primary: Medicine, Hematology/Oncology


Certificate in Project Management, 2013
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA 

PhD, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, 2002G.B. Pant University, India 

MS, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, 1995G.B. Pant University, India

2017 – present ASMBT
2005-2013  American Society for Cell Biology
2005-2013  American Association for the Advancement of Science                           
2004-2010  American Society for Microbiology
2010-2013  ISSCR


2017- Present: Lead GMP Cell Prep Tech. (SANBIO Clinical Trial for Ischemic Stroke)
2016- Present: Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology & Oncology), UAB, Birmingham, AL, USA
2014-2016: Assistant Research Professor, Immuno-Oncology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA, USA
: Staff Scientist, Immuno-Oncology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA, USA
: Assistant Research Professor, BRI, City of Hope, Duarte, CA, USA
: Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope, Duarte, CA, USA
2001-2002: Research Scientist, International Centre for Genetic Engineering &Biotechnology, India                  
2000-2001: Postdoctoral Fellow, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India 
Professional experience
  1. NIH Sponsored Human Embryonic Stem Cell training course- Children Hospital Orange County, CA, USA-2006
  2. Clinical Research Certification (CRC) - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), Member ID: 1811046- 2010
  1. SANBIO Cell preparation training for Thaw and Dosing for surgical implantation (GMP) – 2017
  2. GMP level cell manufacturing in Clinimac Prodigy and validation of manufactured products for startup company -Insysus– 2016 to present
  3. High dimensional flow cytometry: 14 color parameter for immune cells phenotyping using BD LSR Fortessa (X-20)
Brile Chung, Ali Esmaeli, Sailesh Gopalakrishna-Pillai, John Murad, Emily Andersen, Naveen Kumar Reddy, Gayathri Srinivasan, Brian Armstrong, Young Kim, Tommy Tong, James Waisman, John Yim, Behnam Badie, Caleb Chu, Peter Lee. Human brain metastatic stroma recruits breast cancer cells via chemokines CXCL16 and CXCL12. npj Breast Cancer 3, Article number: 6 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41523-017-0008-8.

Dobrin Draganov, Sailesh Gopalakrishna-Pillai, Yun-Ru Chen, Neta Zuckerman, Sara Moeller, Carrie Wang, David Ann, and Peter P. Lee. Modulation of P2X4/P2X7/Pannexin-1 sensitivity to extracellular ATP via Ivermectin induces a non-apoptotic and inflammatory form of cancer cell death. Scientific Reports. 2015; 5:16222.

Ganlu Hu, Kevin Huang, Juehua Yu, Sailesh Gopalakrishna-Pillai, Jun Kong, He Xu, Zhenshan Liu, Kunshan Zhang, Jun Xu, Yuping Luo, Siguang Li, Yi E. Sun, Linda E Iverson, Zhigang Xue, Guoping Fan. Identification of miRNA signatures during the differentiation of hESCs into Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells. PloS ONE 2012; 7(7) e37224

Li Z. Luo#, Sailesh Gopalakrishna-Pillai#, Stephanie L. Nay#, Sang-Won Park, Steven E. Bates, Xianmin Zeng, Linda E. Iverson, Timothy R. O’Connor. DNA repair in human pluripotent stem cells is distinct from that in non-pluripotent human cells. PloS ONE 2012; 7(3): e30541 (#equal contribution) 

Sailesh Gopalakrishna-Pillai and Linda Iverson. A DNMT3B alternatively spliced exon and encoded peptide are novel biomarkers of human pluripotent stem cells. PLoS ONE 2011; 6(6): e20663 

Sailesh Gopalakrishna-Pillai and Linda Iverson. Astrocytes derived from trisomic human embryonic stem cells express markers of astrocytic cancer cells and premalignant stem-like progenitors. BMC Medical Genomics 2010; 3:12

Dong-Suk Kim, Veronica Gusti, Sailesh G Pillai and Rajesh K. Gaur. An artificial riboswitch for controlling pre-mRNA splicing. RNA 2005; 11:1667-1677. 

Sailesh Gopalakrishna, Veronica Gusti, Sethulekshmy Nair, Saurabh Sahar and Rajesh K. Gaur. 2004. Template-Dependent Incorporation of 8-N3AMP in to RNA with Bacteriophage T7 RNA Polymerase. RNA 2004; 10(11):1820-30.

Publications: See a listing of publications on PubMed , a service of the National Library of Medicine.