Researchers at UCD


Jai Mehta

Postdoc Research Fellow Lvl Ii

Systems Biology Ireland
Conway Institute
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716


Dr. Jai Prakash Mehta obtained his graduation from Allahabad University; post-graduation from G.B.P.U.A.T, Pantnagar. There after he joined Pune University to study Bioinformatics. Following this he worked as Principal Bioinformatics Specialist at Ocimumbio solutions, Hyderabad and worked on algorithms and software development for gene expression data analysis.

Further on he moved to Ireland for his PhD at National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology at Dublin City University and worked on gene expression in Breast cancer. He then joined UCD Conway Institute of Bimolecular & Biomedical Research and worked with sequencing core facility, managing and analysing sequencing data generated from Illumina sequencers. Later he moved to Systems Biology group and is currently working on Neuroblastoma, developing MYCN transcriptional network using high throughput genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics data obtained from cell lines and clinical samples.



Mehta J.P. (2011) Understanding Breast Cancer dynamics using Gene Expression Profiling. Germany: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. [Details]

Book Chapters

Mehta J.P, O'Driscoll L., Barron N. Clynes M. (2010) 'Translating in vitro cell lines results into clinical practice' In: Methods of Cancer Diagnosis, therapy and prognosis Vol 7. USA: Springer. [Details]
Mehta J.P (2011) 'Software and tools for microarray data analysis' In: Gene Expression Profiling: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology). USA: Humana Press. [Details]
Mehta J.P (2011) 'Microarray analysis of mRNAs: Experimental design and data analysis fundamentals' In: Gene Expression Profiling: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology). USA: Humana Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

O'Driscoll L, McMorrow J, Doolan P, McKiernan E, Mehta JP, Ryan E, Gammell P, Joyce H, O'Donovan N, Walsh N, Clynes M (2006) 'Investigation of the molecular profile of basal cell carcinoma using whole genome microarrays'. MOL CANCER, 5 . [DOI] [Details]
Mehta JP, O'Driscoll L, Barron N, Clynes M, Doolan P (2007) 'A microarray approach to translational medicine in breast cancer: how representative are cell line models of clinical conditions?'. ANTICANCER RES, 27 (3A):1295-1300. [Details]
Doolan, P.,Clynes, M.,Kennedy, S.,Mehta, J. P.,Crown, J.,O'Driscoll, L.; (2008) 'Prevalence and prognostic and predictive relevance of PRAME in breast cancer'. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 109 (2):359-365. Available Online [Details]
Doolan P, Clynes M, Kennedy S, Mehta JP, Crown J, O'Driscoll L (2008) 'Prevalence and prognostic and predictive relevance of PRAME in breast cancer'. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 109 (2):359-365. [DOI] [Details]
O'Driscoll L, Kenny E, Mehta JP, Doolan P, Joyce H, Gammell P, Hill A, O'Daly B, O'Gorman D, Clynes M (2008) 'Feasibility and relevance of global expression profiling of gene transcripts in serum from breast cancer patients using whole genome microarrays and quantitative RT-PCR'. Proteomics, 5 (2):94-104. [Details]
Kennedy, S.,Clynes, M.,Doolan, P.,Mehta, J. P.,Rani, S.,Crown, J.,O'Driscoll, L.; (2008) 'SNIP/p140Cap mRNA expression is an unfavourable prognostic factor in breast cancer and is not expressed in normal breast tissue'. British Journal of Cancer, 98 (10):1641-1645. Available Online [Details]
Martinez, V.,Kennedy, S.,Doolan, P.,Gammell, P.,Joyce, H.,Kenny, E.,Mehta, J. P.,Ryan, E.,O'Connor, R.,Crown, J.,Clynes, M.,O'Driscoll, L.; (2008) 'Drug metabolism-related genes as potential biomarkers: analysis of expression in normal and tumour breast tissue'. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 110 (3):521-530. Available Online [Details]
Doolan P, Clynes M, Kennedy S, Mehta JP, Germano S, Ehrhardt C, Crown J, O'Driscoll L (2009) 'TMEM25, REPS2 and Meis 1: favourable prognostic and predictive biomarkers for breast cancer'. Tumour biology : the journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine, 30 (4):200-209. [DOI] [Details]
Rani S, Mehta JP, Barron N, Doolan P, Jeppesen PB, Clynes M, O'Driscoll L (2010) 'Decreasing Txnip mRNA and protein levels in pancreatic MIN6 cells reduces reactive oxygen species and restores glucose regulated insulin secretion'. Cell, 25 (6):667-674. [DOI] [Details]
Carter F, Rings F, Mamo S, Holker M, Kuzmany A, Besenfelder U, Havlicek V, Mehta JP, Tesfaye D, Schellander K, Lonergan P; (2010) 'Effect of elevated circulating progesterone concentration on bovine blastocyst development and global transcriptome following endoscopic transfer of in vitro produced embryos to the bovine oviduct'. Biology of Reproduction, 83 (5):707-719. [DOI] [Details]
Mamo S, Carter F, Lonergan P, Leal CL, Al Naib A, McGettigan P, Mehta JP, Evans AC, Fair T; (2011) 'Sequential analysis of global gene expression profiles in immature and in vitro matured bovine oocytes: potential molecular markers of oocyte maturation'. Genomics, 12 . [DOI] [Details]
Clemente M, Lopez-Vidriero I, O'Gaora P, Mehta JP, Forde N, Gutierrez-Adan A, Lonergan P, Rizos D; (2011) 'Transcriptome changes at the initiation of elongation in the bovine conceptus'. Biology of Reproduction, 85 (2):285-295. [DOI] [Details]
Forde N, Carter F, Spencer TE, Bazer FW, Sandra O, Mansouri-Attia N, Okumu LA, McGettigan PA, Mehta JP, McBride R, O'Gaora P, Roche JF, Lonergan P; (2011) 'Conceptus-induced changes in the endometrial transcriptome: how soon does the cow know she is pregnant?'. Biology of Reproduction, 85 (1):144-156. [DOI] [Details]
Mamo S, Mehta JP, McGettigan P, Fair T, Spencer TE, Bazer FW, Lonergan P; (2011) 'RNA Sequencing Reveals Novel Gene Clusters in Bovine Conceptuses Associated with Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy and Implantation'. Biology of Reproduction, . [DOI] [Details]
Walsh SW, Mehta JP, McGettigan PA, Browne JA, Forde N, Alibrahim RM, Mulligan FJ, Loftus B, Crowe MA, Matthews D, Diskin M, Mihm M, Evans AC (2012) 'Effect of the metabolic environment at key stages of follicle development in cattle: focus on steroid biosynthesis'. Genomics, 44 (9):504-517. [DOI] [Details]
Mamo S, Mehta JP, Forde N, McGettigan P, Lonergan P (2012) 'Conceptus-endometrium crosstalk during maternal recognition of pregnancy in cattle'. Biology of Reproduction, 87 (1):1-9. [DOI] [Details]
Forde N, Mehta JP, Minten M, Crowe MA, Roche JF, Spencer TE, Lonergan P (2012) 'Effects of Low Progesterone on the Endometrial Transcriptome in Cattle'. Biology of Reproduction, . [DOI] [Details]
Forde N, Duffy GB, McGettigan PA, Browne JA, Mehta JP, Kelly AK, Mansouri-Attia N, Sandra O, Loftus BJ, Crowe MA, Fair T, Roche JF, Lonergan P, Evans AC (2012) 'Evidence for an early endometrial response to pregnancy in cattle: both dependent upon and independent of interferon tau'. Genomics, 44 (16):799-810. [DOI] [Details]
O'Shea LC, Mehta J, Lonergan P, Hensey C, Fair T (2012) 'Developmental competence in oocytes and cumulus cells: candidate genes and networks'. Biology of Reproduction, 58 (2):88-101. [DOI] [Details]
Forde N, Carter F, di Francesco S, Prakash Mehta J, Garcia-Herreros M, Gad AY, Tesfaye D, Hoelker M, Schellander K, Lonergan P (2012) 'Endometrial response of beef heifers on Day 7 following insemination to supra-physiological concentrations of progesterone associated with superovulation'. Genomics, . [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests

Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer which arises from the developing sympathetic nervous system. Previous studies have shown MYCN to be associated with the most aggressive form of the cancer. Currently we are using Next Generation Sequencing to sequence the RNA at various time points after MYCN expression. The aim is to build regulatory networks  from various high-throughput omics data generated from sequencing and proteomics experiments. We are also looking at fusion genes on various Neuroblastoma cell lines using paired end RNA-sequencing.