Malathy Shanmugam, PhD, MS


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Malathy Shanmugam, PhD, MS, is associate professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Shanmugam is a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute, and the Molecular and Systems Pharmacology Program at Emory Laney Graduate School's Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.


Dr. Shanmugam attended Madurai Kamaraj University in T. Nadu, India where she earned a MS in Biotechnology. She received her PhD in Tumor Cell Biology from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her fellowship training at Northwestern University Medical School and at Loyola University of Chicago Medical Center.


The long-term objectives of Dr. Shanmugam's research are to: 1) elucidate how altered cellular metabolism promotes the evasion of apoptosis and resistance to therapy in multiple myeloma; 2) investigate how the mitochondrial electron transport chain regulates therapy sensitivity in multiple myeloma; and 3) explore how metabolic heterogeneity promotes lung cancer cell invasion. We seek to identify targetable metabolic vulnerabilities for cancer therapy.


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Dr. Shanmugam has earned the following awards and honors:

  • Lexie Clayton Impact Award, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2020
  • MilliPub Club, Emory University School of Medicine, 2015
  • Best Abstract Platform Presentation, "Nucleosides, Nucleotides, & Oligonucleotides", Gordon Research Conference, Rhode Island, July 2009
  • Postdoctoral NRSA Fellowship: NIH Training Grant-T32 A107508, Experimental Immunology, 2001-2004
  • Gramm Travel Fellowship Award, Lurie Cancer Center, Northwestern University Medical School, 1997
  • Northwestern University Representative, Dept. of Defense Breast Cancer Research Meeting, Washington, DC, 1997

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