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Pradipta Ghosh, MD

Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Contact Information

​​​​​Office: 858-822-7633
Lab: 858-822-7735
Fax: 858-822-7636

Department of Medicine &
Cellular & Molecular Medicine
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0651
George E. Palade Bldg.
Rm 331-333
La Jolla, CA 92093-0651

Lab Manager: Celia Espinoza 

Lab Website

The Ghosh Lab is busy identifying and characterizing novel interfaces within key signaling cascades which serve as “Signal-Amplification-Switches”. The primary function of these switches is “UNRESTRICTED AMPLIFICATION” of signaling cascades, rendering them capable of driving the efficiency of diverse cellular processes beyond physiologic needs (secretion, renewal & healing) and thereby, initiate and promote pathologic processes such as tumor growth, metastasis and fibrogenesis.



Research Focus Areas

Biochemistry and Structural Biology  |  Membrane Trafficking  |  Signal Transduction


Dr. Ghosh's Publications (PubMed)


Selected Publications

Ma GS, Lopez-Sanchez I, Aznar N, Kalogriopoulos N, Pedram S, Midde K, Ciaraldi TP, Henry RR, Ghosh P. Activation of G proteins by GIV-GEF is a Pivot Point for Insulin Resistance and Sensitivity. Mol Biol Cell. (2015). PMID: 26378251.


Aznar, N., Midde, K., Dunkel, Y., Lopez-Sanchez, I., Pavlova, Y., Marvin, A., Barbazán, J., Murray, F., Nitsche, U., Janssen, K.P., Willert, K., Goel, A., Abal, M., Garcia-Marcos, M., and GHOSH, P. Daple is a Novel Non-Receptor GEF Required for Trimeric G protein Activation in Wnt Signaling. eLife, (2015). PMID: 26126266.


Lo, I., Midde, K., Taupin, V., Lopez-Sanchez, I., Kufareva, I., Abagyan, R., Randazzo, P., Farquhar, M.G. and GHOSH, P. Activation of Gαi at the Golgi by GIV/Girdin Imposes Finiteness in Arf1 Signaling. Developmental Cell. Apr 20;33(2):189-203 (2015). PMID: 25865347.


Midde, K., Aznar N., Laederich, B., Ma, G.S., Kunkel, M., Newton, A.C. and GHOSH, P. Multi-modular Biosensors Reveal a Novel Platform for Activation of G Proteins by Growth Factor Receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. (2015). pii: 201420140. PMID: 25713130.


Ma, G., Aznar, N., Kangrioloulos, N., Lopez-Sanchez, I., Midde, K., Dunkel Y, Muto J., Gallo R. and GHOSH, P. Therapeutic Effects of Cell-Permeant GIV peptides that Activate G Proteins downstream of Growth Factors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Apr 29 (2015). pii: 201505543. PMID: 25926659.


Lin, C., Midde, K., Ear, J., Pavlova, Y., Garcia-Marcos, M., Kufareva, I., Abagyan, R., and GHOSH, P. GIV/Girdin is a Unique SH2-like adaptor which couples GEF activity for Gαi to Growth Factor Receptors. Mol Biol Cell. Nov 5;25(22):3654-71; (2014). doi: 10.1091/mbc.E14-05-0978. PMID: 25187647.


Lopez-Sanchez I., Dunkel., Y., Mittal., Y., Deminicis, S., Murayni, A., Singh, S., Kandavel, S., Seki, E., Ho, S.B., Brenner, D.A. and GHOSH, P. GIV/Girdin is a Central Hub for Pro-fibrogenic Signaling Networks during Liver Fibrosis. Nature Commun. Jul 21;5:4451 (2014). doi: 10.1038/ncomms5451. PMID: 25043713.


Lopez-Sanchez, I., Garcia-Marcos, M, Mittal, Y., Aznar, N., Farquhar, M.G. and GHOSH, P. PKC theta phosphorylates and inhibits the Guanidine Exchange Factor, GIV/Girdin. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. Apr 2;110(14):5510-5 (2013). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1303392110. PMID: 23509302.


Lin., C., Ear, J., Pavlova, Y., Mittal, Y., Kufareva, I., Abagyan, R., Ghassemian, M., Garcia-Marcos, M., and GHOSH, P. Tyrosine phosphorylated GIV/Girdin binds and activates PI3-Kinase During Cell Migration. Science (STKE; AAAS, Washington). Sep 27;4(192):ra64 (2011). PMID: 21954290.


Garcia-Marcos M., Ear, J., Kudlicka K., Farquhar, M. and GHOSH, P. A GEF and a GDI Regulate Autophagy by Balancing G protein Activity and Growth Factor Signals. Mol Biol Cell, Mar;22(5):673-86 (2011). PMID: 21209316