Who is Shyamala Gopalan? Wiki, Biography, Age, Husband, Children, Cause of Death, Instagram, Net Worth

Shyamala Gopalan Wiki  – Biography

Shyamala Gopalan (Shyamala Harris) was an Indian-American cancer researcher and civil rights activist. She conducted research in the Cancer Research Lab in UC Berkeley’s Department of Zoology. She worked as a breast cancer researcher at University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin. She worked for 16 years at Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and McGill University Faculty of Medicine.

She served as a peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and as a site visit team member for the Federal Advisory Committee. She also served on the President’s Special Commission on Breast Cancer. She mentored dozens of students in her lab. For her last decade of research, Gopalan worked in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

She graduated with an undergraduate degree from Lady Irwin College of University of Delhi at the age of 19. She earned a doctor of philosophy in nutrition and endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley at the age of 25. Gopalan’s dissertation was titled The isolation and purification of a trypsin inhibitor from whole wheat flour.

Gopalan’s research led to advancements in the knowledge of hormones pertaining to breast cancer. Her work in the isolation and characterization of the progesterone receptor gene in mice changed research on the hormone-responsiveness of breast tissue. At Berkeley Laboratory, Gopalan’s lab investigated the role of sex steroids in induction of breast cancers.

Shyamala Gopalan Age

Shyamala Gopalan was born on April 7, 1938, in Madras, British India. She died on February 11, 2009, in Oakland, California, United States. She was 70 years old.


Shyamala Gopalan was married to her husband Donald Harris from 1963 until their divorce in 1971.

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Shyamala Gopalan Harris and her husband Donald Harris had two children, Kamala Harris and Maya Harris. Her daughter Kamala is the Democratic vice presidential nominee in the 2020 United States presidential election. She also had a granddaughter, Meena Harris.


Shyamala Gopalan died on February 11, 2009, at age 70, in Oakland, California, United States.

Cause of Death

Shyamala Gopalan’s cause of death was colon cancer.


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