Dr. Smita Pattanaik obtained her M.D in Pharmacology from PGIMER, Chandigarh. She also holds a D.M. in Clinical Pharmacology from PGIMER, Chandigarh. She completed her MBBS from Shriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Pharmacology at PGIMER, Chandigarh. Her work involves studying chemoresistance and response markers in bladder cancer. She is also involved in clinical trials in benign prostatic hyperplasia, chronic kidney disease and male infertility. Her research interest extends to pharmacogenomics of tacrolimus, an immunosuppressive drug.