Monica Chanda

Monica Chanda

Graduate Student


I graduated from Purdue University in 2019 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, and in 2020 with a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. During my time at Purdue, I investigated the role of CD90 in the breast cancer tumor microenvironment and its contribution to tumor heterogeneity. I joined the Cancer Biology program in the Spring of 2021 and am now pursuing my PhD in Dr. Adam Courtney’s lab where we study T cell response in the tumor microenvironment. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and photography.

Research Interests

My project focuses on understanding how cancer modifies T cell signaling in the tumor microenvironment so that we can counter these mechanisms to improve an anti-tumor response.


RNA Sequencing, Flow Cytometry, Cell Culture, Mouse Models, Viral Transfection/Transduction