Sarbani Ghoshal MPH, PhD

Sarbani Ghoshal smiling with CUNY backdrop

Office: Medical Arts Building, Room M-426
Phone: (718) 631-6208
Alternate email:
ORCID: ORCID # 0000-0002-1089-084X


University of Kentucky, Lexington: Master of Public Health (Epidemiology)
Thesis Advisor: Dr Claudia Hopenhayn

University of Calcutta, India: Doctor of Philosophy, Biology
Thesis Advisor: Prof Anita Mukherjee

Research Training:

University of Kentucky, Lexington

The Scripps Research Institute, Florida

Courses taught in QCC:

BI-554 (Research Laboratory Internship - Honors)
BI-453 (Biotechnology - Honors, Writing Intensive)
BI-201 (General Biology I)
BI-503 (General Epidemiology - Honors)
BI-520 (Introduction to Public Health)
BI-150 (Organization and Delivery of Health Care)

QCC Students supervised in Research

  • Umit Muradi, BI554, Fall 2019 (Transferred to Columbia University in Spring 2020)
  • Jordan Graham, BI554 Fall 2019 & CRSP Fall 2019, Spring 2020
  • Shamare Hallpike BI554, Spring 2020
  • Bianca Bierre NIH-RIMS, Spring 2020
  • Natasha McGowan, BI554 Fall 2020 & CRSP Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021
  • Lisbel Pena BI554 Fall 2020
  • Rafael Cruzado, BI554 Spring 2021
  • Stella Hill, BI554 Spring 2021
  • Janice Williams, CRSP Fall 2020 & Spring 2021
  • Mayra Wanderley, CCRG Spring & Summer 2021
  • Sabina Piechowska, CCRG Spring & Summer 2021
  • Mira Bhattacharya, BI554 Fall 2021
  • Brittney Aragon, CRSP Fall 2020, Spring 2022 & BI554 Spring 2022
  • Raheem Carvey NIH-RIMS Spring 2022
  • Bansari Patel, BI554 Spring 2022
  • Victoria Bamwo, BI554 Spring 2022
  • Abdul Rashid Baraki, BI554 Spring 2022
  • Sarai Gamez, BI554 Spring 2022

Student awards

  • Umit Muradi - MACUB 2019
  • Sabina Piechowska - MACUB 2021
Umit Muradi, Third place - Microbiology, Immunology, 'Adropin - Setting Fire to Fat', Mentor: Dr. Sarbani Ghoshal, Grant: CUNY Research Scholars Program Sarbani Ghoshal with African male student Jordan Graham near poster at Research Fair

Awards & Honors (selected few):

  • “Exceptional Faculty Award” (student nominated, teaching) - Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, Florida. 2014
  • Award of distinction in research, Digestive Disease Week (DDW) held in California, 2008.
  • öAD Research Fellowship by Austrian Academic Development, Govt. of Austria, 2004.

Research Interests:

I have a long-standing interest in cardiometabolic and vascular diseases relevant to public health. Published genome wide association, transcriptomic and proteomic studies by various laboratories together with our ongoing studies, identified that a number of proteins are altered in such diseases, although the roles and regulations of many such proteins are unknown. The goal of my research is to elucidate functions of such proteins with a hope to find novel therapeutic targets for these diseases. I am very passionate about undergraduate research (UR) and implement UR as a High Impact Practice in teaching and pedagogy. Other HIPs that I implement include GDL, SWIG and WI components.

List of publications since joining QCC:

(1720 Citations till February 2022, i10 index: 20)

  1. Sarbani Ghoshal*, Sandip Mukherjee, Molee Chakraborty, Eliwaza Msengi, Jake Haubner, Anutosh Chakraborty*  (*corresponding author)
    "Whole Body Ip6k1 Deletion Protects Mice from Age-Induced Weight Gain, Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Dysfunction" Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2022, 23(4), 2059;
  2.  Mukherjee S, Chakraborty M, Ulmasov B, McCommis K, Zhang J, Carpenter D, Msengi EN, Haubner J, Guo C, Pike DP, Ghoshal S, Ford DA, Neuschwander-Tetri BA, Chakraborty A “Pleiotropic actions of IP6K1 mediate hepatic metabolic dysfunction to promote nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis” Molecular Metabolism 2021 PMID 34757046.
  3. Ghoshal S, Banerjee S, Zhang J, Niehoff ML, Farr SA, Butler AA.
    "Adropin transgenesis improves recognition memory in diet-induced obese LDLR-deficient C57BL/6J mice" Peptides. 2021 Dec;146:170678. doi: 10.1016/j.peptides.2021.170678. Epub 2021 Oct 22
  4. Ashif I Bhuiyan, Pratikkumar Rathod, Sarbani Ghoshal, Dibyendu Dana, Tuhin Das, Guoshen Li, Anna A Dickson, Faiza Rafi , Gopal S Subramaniam, Karl R Fath, Suneeta Paroly , Emmanuel J Chang , Sanjai K Pathak "Clickable, selective, and cell-permeable activity-based probe of human cathepsin B - Minimalistic approach for enhanced selectivity" Bioorg Chem. 2021 Dec;117:105463.  doi: 10.1016/j.bioorg.2021.105463. Epub 2021 Nov 2
  5. Subhashis Banerjee #, Sarbani Ghoshal #, Clemence Girardet #, Kelly M DeMars, Changjun Yang, Michael L Niehoff, Andrew D Nguyen , Prerana Jayanth, Brittany A Hoelscher, Fenglian Xu, William A Banks, Kim M Hansen, Jinsong Zhang, Eduardo Candelario-Jalil, Susan A Farr, Andrew A Butler.
    "Adropin correlates with aging-related neuropathology in humans and improves cognitive function in aging mice" NPJ Aging Mech Dis. 2021 Aug 30;7(1):23. doi: 10.1038/s41514-021-00076-5
  6. Banerjee S*, Ghoshal S* et al “Hepatocyte expression of the micropeptide adropin regulates the liver fasting response and is enhanced by caloric restriction” J of Biol Chem 2020 (in press) (* equal contribution)
  7. Gao S*, Ghoshal S* et al “The peptide hormone adropin regulates signal transduction pathways controlling hepatic glucose metabolism in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity”. J of Biol Chem 2019 PMID: 31324719. (*equal contribution)
  8. Yu CG, Bondada V, Ghoshal S et al “Repositioning Flubendazole in Spinal Cord Injury”. Journal of Neurotrauma, 2019 PMID: 30747048.
  9. Ghoshal S, Stevens JR et al “Adropin: an endocrine link between the biological clock and cholesterol homeostasis”. Molecular Metabolism 2018 PMID 29331507.

Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography 

Research Collaborators:

  1. Dr Sanjai K Pathak, Queens College
  2. Dr William Hersh, Queens College
  3. Prof Andrew Butler, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Research & Pedagogy Funding:

  • PSC CUNY Trad A (2019, Role PI)
  • PSC CUNY Trad B (2020, Role PI)
  • CUNY CCRG (Mentored Undergraduate Research) (December 2020, Role PI)
  • PSC CUNY Enhanced (2021, Role PI)
  • NSF-Major Research Instrumentation Grant (2021, Role - Lead PI)
  • CETL, QCC, CUNY (Pedagogy 2018-2019, Role - Co-PI)


  • CUNY Research Foundation (Reviewer of PSC-CUNY grants, Section - Biological SC)
  • College Research Committee (2020-2023) Role - Co-Secretary
  • College Admissions Committee (2019, 2020-2023)
  • Department Research Committee (2021-2023)
  • College Cultural and Archival Committee (2018-2019)
  • Department Integrity & Awards Committee (2019-2021)

Invited talks/seminars: (last five years)

  • University of Calcutta, India, August 2019
  • Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Govt of India, Kolkata, India, August 2019
  • Research Fest, QCC-CUNY, NY, USA, April 2019
  • Environmental Sustainability Club, QCC-CUNY, NY, USA, April 2019
  • Queens College, CUNY, NY, USA, September 2018
  • Research Fest, QCC-CUNY, NY, USA, November 2018
  • Obesity Week, New Orleans, USA, November 2016
  • Palm Beach State College, Florida, USA, August 2014

Synergistic Activities:

  • Course Coordinator: Epidemiology, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
  • Faculty Co-advisor: Environmental Sustainability Student Club, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for journal “Peptides”
  • Reviewer: PSC-CUNY grants

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