Jyotsna Dhawan obtained a Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry from Boston University in 1991 and pursued postdoctoral work on adult stem cells and gene therapy at Stanford University. Dr. Dhawan joined the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad, India in 1996, where she started a group studying the biology of muscle stem cells and muscle repair. Her research focuses on skeletal muscle regeneration and the contribution of quiescence or dormancy to adult stem cell function.
From 2009-2014, Dr. Dhawan helped to establish the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (InStem) in Bangalore. Currently, Dr. Dhawan is Chief Scientist at CCMB and Professor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, retaining links with InStem as an adjunct professor and a member of the advisory board. She also serves as the Scientist In Charge of CCMB’s iHub, a next-generation innovation space with an incubation center for startups, skilling and training programs and genetic diagnostics services, in addition to translational research programs.