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We are interested in studying cellular senescence, a process of growth arrest of cells that encounter unscheduled stress. Senescent cells accumulate in tissues of humans and other organisms with age. Cellular senescence is thought to promote cell and tissue ageing. Cellular senescence occurs in conjunction with chromatin changes and epigenetic changes. It is crucial to understand how chromatin is maintained in long-term proliferation arrested senescent cell and possibly in an "aged" cell. We are using various senescence model systems to test various compounds for their ability to eliminate/kill senescent cells. Such compounds are called senolytics. We are beginning to dissect key processes involved in ageing with hope of finding chemical and natural compounds as anti-ageing agents. We have two good hits and looking for industrial/biotech collaborators for commercialization. 

External positions

Visiting Scientist, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research

201331 Dec 2016

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Research Output 2006 2017

Cellular senescence in osteoarthritis pathology

McCulloch, K., Litherland, G. J. & Rai, T. S., 26 Jan 2017, In : Aging Cell. 16, 2, p. 210-218

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cell Aging
Joint Diseases

Histone chaperone HIRA deposits histone H3.3 onto foreign viral DNA and contributes to anti-viral intrinsic immunity

Rai, T. S., Glass, M., Cole, J. J., Rather, M. I., Marsden, M., Neilson, M., Brock, C., Humphreys, I. R., Everett, R. D. & Adams, P. D., 13 Sep 2017, In : Nucleic Acids Research. 45, 20, p. 11673-11683

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Histone Chaperones
Viral DNA

Oncogene-expressing senescent melanocytes up-regulate MHC class II, a candidate melanoma suppressor function

van Tuyn, J., Jaber-Hijazi, F., MacKenzie, D., Cole, J. J., Mann, E., Pawlikowski, J. S., Rai, T. S., Nelson, D. M., McBryan, T., Ivanov, A., Blyth, K., Wu, H., Milling, S. & Adams, P. D., 21 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 137, 10, p. 2197-2207 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cell proliferation

ChIP-Sequencing to Map the Epigenome of Senescent Cells Using Benzonase Endonuclease

Rai, T. S. & Adams, P. D., 16 Feb 2016, In : Methods in enzymology. 574, p. 355-64 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Serratia marcescens nuclease
DNA Sequence Analysis

Mapping H4K20me3 onto the chromatin landscape of senescent cells indicates a function in control of cell senescence and tumor suppression through preservation of genetic and epigenetic stability

Nelson, D. M., Jaber-Hijazi, F., Cole, J. J., Robertson, N. A., Pawlikowski, J. S., Norris, K. T., Criscione, S. W., Pchelintsev, N. A., Piscitello, D., Stong, N., Rai, T. S., McBryan, T., Otte, G. L., Nixon, C., Clark, W., Riethman, H., Wu, H., Schotta, G., Garcia, B. A., Neretti, N. & 3 othersBaird, D. M., Berger, S. L. & Adams, P. D., 25 Jul 2016, In : Genome Biology. 17, 1, p. 158

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cell Aging


Top 30 Converge Challenge

Taranjit Singh Rai (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2004 2015

Saltire Fellowship

Taranjit Singh Rai (Recipient)

Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

Epigenetic regulation of senescence, tumour suppression and healthy ageing

Taranjit Singh Rai (Speaker)
2 Apr 2015

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

2015 MIT Research and Development Conference

Taranjit Singh Rai (Participant)
18 Nov 201519 Nov 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Mechanisms and Models of Cancer Conference

Taranjit Singh Rai (Speaker)
12 Aug 201416 Aug 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Chromatin: From Nucleosomes to Chromosomes

Taranjit Singh Rai (Participant)
30 Apr 20142 May 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Tibial Meniscus
PAR-2 Receptor