Dr. Biman B. Mandal

Associate Professor,

Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering,

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG).


Email: biman.mandal@iitg.ernet.in, mandal.biman@gmail.com

Homepage: http://www.iitg.ac.in/biman.mandal/

Dr. Mandal’s group is working on Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials and Stem cells towards developing a number of affordable healthcare products. Dr. Mandal received his Ph.D from IIT Kharagpur and completed his Post Doctoral Research at Tufts University, Boston, USA.

Dr. Mandal has published 80 highly referred International peer reviewed articles in best flagship journals of PNAS, Scientific Reports, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces etc with a cumulative impact factor of 365+, 2700+ citations and H-index of 27. He is lead inventor in 04 US and 06 Indian patents, contributed 05 book chapters and is editorial board member of 05 International Journals.

Dr. Mandal is a recipient of numerous International and National awards which includes the NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award 2016; INSA- Medal for Young Scientists 2015; NASI- Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award 2013; DST- INSPIRE Faculty award 2013; Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award 2014; DAE- Young Scientist Award 2011; SYIS- TERMIS Asia-Pacific Young Investigator Award 2011; MAHE Young Scientist Award 2012; DBT- RGYI Award 2012; DST- Young Investigator Grant Award 2012; He was awarded “Indo-Swiss Student Exchange Award” during his Ph.D in 2006. Dr. Mandal has been invited to deliver talks both Nationally and Internationally including at MIT, Boston and is a visiting faculty to KTH, Sweden, UCL London, Justus-Liebig University, Germany and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Dr. Ajay Soni

Assistant Professor,

School of Basic Sciences, Academic Block-A4,

Indian Institute of Technology Mandi,

Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, 175005 India

Phone: 91-1905-267154,

Email: ajay@iitmandi.ac.in, ajaysoni30@gmail.com

Homepage: http://faculty.iitmandi.ac.in/~ajay/

Dr. Ajay Soni received Ph.D. degree from UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore, MP (2004-09), followed by Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University (2009-11), and National University of Singapore (2011-2013), Singapore.

His research interests includes Nanomaterials and Mesoscopic Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter physics, Thermoelectric and Optoelectronic Chalcogenide materials, Nano-functional Devices of 2D materials. Dr. Soni is recipient of DAE Young Scientist Research Award by Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, India, DST-SERB Young Scientists (YSS) start-up grant. He has been awarded Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Research Fellowship (BASE Fellow-2018).

Dr. Munia Ganguli

Principal Scientist

CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology,

New Delhi.




She has done her Masters' in Chemistry from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and PhD in solid state chemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Her laboratory focuses on developing cell penetrating peptides for delivery of nucleic acids and nanoparticles; in particular to the skin, lungs and retina. Her group has developed novel strategies for facile delivery of nanoparticles and macromolecules to skin. She has multiple publications and patents to her credit in this area. She is a recipient of the National Bioscience Award for Career Development from the department of biotechnology, India in 2012.

Dr. Avanish Singh Parmar

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics

Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi-221005


Phone: +91-8601733330

Email: asparmar.phy@itbhu.ac.in

Homepage: https://www.iitbhu.ac.in/app/Faculty.html

Dr. Avanish Parmar received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA, followed by Post-Doc with Prof. Barbara Brodsky (2009-2011: Rutgers Medical School, NJ, USA and Tufts University, Boston USA) and with Dr. Vikas Nanda (2011-2014: Centre for Advanced Biotechnology & Medicine, Rutgers University, NJ, USA).

His laboratory (Biophysics & Nanotechnology Laboratory) focuses on developing novel hybrid materials for health, energy, and environment applications. The main research interest of group is to understand how 2D materials interact with biomolecules to form hybrid materials. Another interest of the group is to use green synthesis method to form nanoparticles for nanotechnology applications. Dr. Parmar is recipient of prestigious Ramanujan Fellowship from DST-SERB and Young Scientist under DST SERB Start-Up Research Grant. He is founder president of “Society for Interdisciplinary Research in Materials and Biology” (SIRMB) and also successfully organized an international conference (ABSMSNW-2017) at IIT (BHU), Varanasi.

Dr. Anuj Tripathi


Bio-Science Group,

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai

Phone: 022-25592763

Email: chianuj@gmail.com

Dr. Tripathi has completed his Masters’ and Ph.D. in Biotechnology in the year 2005 and 2011, respectively. He conducted his doctoral research on the designing of novel porous polymer frameworks for tissue-engineering and biomolecules separation applications at IIT-Kanpur. He is a recipient of prestigious K.S. Krishnan fellowship (2011-2013) from BRNS-DAE. He has been a visiting research fellow at Lund University (Sweden), Newcastle University (UK), Kyushu University (Japan), and Protista Biotechnology AB (Sweden). He received several fellowships of different funding organizations of Government of India like DBT, CSIR, DST, ICMR and HLL, and also from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Dr. Tripathi has published high quality international peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and has patents in his area of research. He has also edited a book with Springer-Nature publisher on ‘Advances in biomaterials for biomedical applications’ in 2017. He is serving as an editorial member in three international journals and an executive board member of the Clini-India, a clinical research institute. Dr. Tripathi is a founding member of Society for Interdisciplinary Research in Materials and Biology (SIRMB), and also life member of several other international science societies. For his contribution in biomaterials science, he has received awards from Asian Polymer Association (APA), Association of Separation Scientist and Technologists (ASSET), Indian Thermal Analysis Society (ITAS).

His research is focuses in the area of novel biomaterials, nanomaterials and superabsorbent hydrogels development by chemical and radiation processing with their progressive advancement in biosensor, tissue engineering, stem cell therapy, bioprocess development, and environmental biotechnology.

Dr. Priyanka Sabherwal,

Assistant Professor,

Institute of Nano Science and Technology,

Habitat Centre, Sector 64, Phase X, Mohali-160062 (Punjab) India

Phone: +91-172-2210073/75; Ext. 314

Fax: +91-172-2211074

Email: psnanobiotech@gmail.com; priyanka@inst.ac.in

Website: www.inst.ac.in

Group Homepage: http://www.inst.ac.in/faculty/dr_priyanka.html

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=QZ5--BsAAAAJ&hl=en

Dr. Priyanka received her Ph.D. in Life Sciences from Jawahar Lal Nehru University (India), with a spe-cialization in nanoprobe based biosensing platforms. She has published more than 30 international papers with a Cumulative Impact Factor ∼150; Citations ∼600; h-index ∼15; i10- index ∼16 and a lead inventor of ~2 indian patents. She has bagged prestigious accolades naming a few: INSA Visiting Fellowship 2017, Google INK Research Fellowship 2013; Sole woman MIT TR35 young innovator, 2012; Top innovator under the DST − Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Pro-gram 2012; INK Fellow 2012; Visiting Research Fellow at Northwestern University, Chicago (USA) 2010.

Her current research activities include design and development of Nanobioprobe based low cost sensors for clinical and environmental applications using specific aptamers, short oligonucleotides (screened by SELEX and Non SELEX method) using s-s DNA random libraries. Her group is working on design & development of biosensors based on Rapid screening dipstick (Optical/electrochemical based methods using gold/iron nanoparticles); Electrochemical sensor and surface modification using (CNTs, graphene, GO, MoS2, WS2, Phosphorene, Carbon Nitride and other 2-D layered materials); Microfluidics devices using optical lithography for the detection of small molecules like pesticides, explosives, toxins, narcotic drugs, clinical markers like cardiac serum protein markers, prostate cancer markers, diabetic markers and pathogenic bacteria.

Dr. Padmaja P mishra

Associate Professor,

Chemical sciences Division

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physica

1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata, 700064

Phone: (Mob) +91-8420425144 , (Office) +91-33-23375346; Ext. 1634

Fax: +91-172-2211074

Email: padmaja.mishra@saha.ac.in, ppmishra@gmail.com

Homepage: http://www.saha.ac.in/web/scientific/personal-page?mid=padmaja.mishra&tab=tab2

Dr. Padmaja P Mishra received Ph.D. degree from IIT, Bombay (2001-06), followed by Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Pennsylvania, USA (2006-07) and Pennsylvania State University, USA (2007-11), before joining as an Assistant Professor at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (2011-Onwords)

His research interests include developing and use of single-molecule fluorescence methods to address a number of key issues in molecular biophysics and biophysics at the nano-interface. Direct observation of multiple species, steps, pathways and complex kinetics in Double strand DNA breaks repairing and homogeneous end joining, protein folding and misfolding, etc are the research areas he is actively involved in. His multidisciplinary research utilizes a broad range of tools from chemistry, biology and physics.

Dr. Shalini Gupta

Associate Professor,

II-282, Dept. of Chemical Engineering,

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

Phone: (Mob)011 2659 1070,

Fax: +91-172-2211074

Email: shalinig@chemical.iitd.ac.in; sgupta.ncsu@gmail.com

Homepage: https://nanodxiitd.com/

Dr. Gupta’s lab works in the area of molecular biotechnology and nanoscale materials for sensing and advanced biomedical applications. Her research interests include colloidal bioassays, naoscale engineering, molecular self-assembly, field-directed particle manipulation, microfluidics and design of point-of-care diagnostic devices. In the last 7 years, Dr. Gupta’s group has developed novel engineering approaches for the facile capture and ultransenstive detection of infectious pathogens and disease biomarkers.

Dr. Gupta did her B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT BHU in 2002. She received her Ph.D. from the Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State Univ., Raleigh, USA in 2007. After a year and a half of post doctoral research work in the Dept. of Mateials at Imperial College London, UK, she joined as an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering in IIT Delhi in 2010. She is now an Associate Professor in the same Dept. She has been a co-inventor of two patent-pending technologies – imC2 and Septiflo, both of which are now under clinic trials. The technologies have received various awards including the Longitude Discovery awards 2016 & 17, Gandhian Young Technology Innovation (GYTI) award 2016, TechPlanter India Innovation award 2016, Pfizer grant 2016 and BIG grant 2014.

Dr. Neelanjana Sengupta

Assistant Professor,

Dept. of Biological Sciences

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata

Dr. Sengupta’s group uses investigates structure, interactions and dynamics, and hence properties of biological systems, in their closest native milieu, and also under modulating influences such as natural and artificial nano-surfaces. The key goal of predicting the properties of these complex systems via ‘bottoms up’ approaches is achieved by harnessing the power of modern day computers to perform state-of-the-art computer simulations based on the principles of equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. The resultant ‘computational microscope’ has enabled the team to investigate a number of important problems including, but not limited to, to protein thermal stability, denaturation and self-assembly; amyloidogenic pathways and molecular origin of neurodegenerative diseases; the role of select nanosurfaces on protein self-assembly; and solvent mediated biomolecular interactions.

Dr. Sengupta was formerly a scientist in the Physical Chemistry Division of the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, which she joined after her Ph.D in Chemical and Materials Physics from the University of California, Irvine. She was awarded the prestigious CSIR Raman Research Fellowship for research associateship at the University of Cambridge, UK. She moved to the Dept.of Biological Sciences in IISER Kolkata in 2016.

Dr. Jayeeta Lahiri

Assistant Professor

School of Physics, University of Hyderabad

Hyderabad 500046, Telangana, India

Email: jlsp@uohyd.ernet.in; jlsp@uohyd.ac.in

Dr. Lahiri completed her PhD in Physics from Department of Physics, University of South Florida, Tampa,USA in 2010.Then she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Center of Functional Nanomaterial, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York from 2010-2012.She was employed as a postdoctoral research fellow at Graphene Research Center, National University of Singapore, Singapore from 2012-2013. She worked briefly at Department of Physics, IIT Guwahati before joining University of Hyderabad in 2014.

Surfaces and interfaces are critical for many important technological applications like solid state devices (microelectronics, photovoltaic, electrochemical cells, chemical and gas sensors etc.) and catalysis. Understanding and controlling surface & interface properties thus have a large impact for different applications. Her research interest focuses primarily on investigating the properties of surfaces and interfaces of nanomaterials to gain a better understanding of their functionalities.

Dr. Neetu Singh, PhD

Assistant Professor

Center for Biomedical Engineering

Block-II, Room No. 388

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi,

Hauz Khas,New Delhi-110016,

Tel: +91-11-2659-1422(O)

Email: sneetu@iitd.ac.in

Her group is interested in integrating concepts and skills from chemistry, materials science, and biology to design nano-structured materials with enhanced functionality for applications in biomedical implants, cancer diagnostics, and drug delivery. We are particularly focused on seeking a systematic understanding of the bio-activity of nanostructures and developing specific "structure-bioactivity" relationships. We believe that such a rational approach is necessary for systematically advancing nano-materials and biomedical technologies of the future.

Projects in our lab can be broadly categorized into the following sub-areas:

(1)Structure-bioactivity relationships in design of biologically relevant nanostructures.

(2) Development of new functional nanomaterials.

Dr. A Kunwar

Associate Professor,

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,

Room No. 204, BSBE Building

Tel: +(91-22) 2576 7799

Fax: +(91-22) 2572 7760

Email: akunwar@iitb.ac.in

Dr. Ambarish Kunwar completed his Ph.D. in statistical physics from IIT Kanpur in 2006 under supervision of Prof. Debashish Chowdhury. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Kunwar joined experimental laboratory of Dr. Steven P. Gross at University of California Irvine as postdoctoral scholar. In 2008, Dr. Kunwar moved to University of California Davis to work with Prof. Alex Mogilner as postodoctoral schoal in his computational biology laboratory. In 2011, Dr. Kunwar moved back to India and joined IIT Gandhinagar as assistant professor in Physics, In 2012, he moved to IIT Bombay as assistant professor to join Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering where he is currently working as associate professor. He was awarded “Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award” of Department of Biotechnology for year 2012 (IYBA 2012). Dr. Kunwar is currently working on problems such as cargo transport by multiple motor proteins, microtubules and its interaction with potential anti-cancer drugs.

Dr. Devesh M Sawant

Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacy

Central University of Rajasthan

Bandarsindri, NH-8


Dr Sawant Received his PhD from Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow in 2011. He worked as Research Scientist at Jubilant Chemsys Ltd, Noida and as a Lecturer at NIPER, Raebareli from 2011 to 2013, before joining at Central University of Rajasthan in 2013. His group works on development of transition-metal catalyzed new synthetic methodologies for generating bioactive heterocycles. His group is also involved in generating organic nanometerials for the application in medical sciences. He received DST Young Scientist grant, DST Extramural grant, CSIR Extramural grant and UGC startup grant

Rajesh K. Murarka

Assistant Professor,

Department of Chemistry

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal

Tel: +91-755-269/669-1319 (O)

Email: rkm@iiserb.ac.in

Homepage: https://home.iiserb.ac.in/~rkm/

Dr. Rajesh K. Murarka received his PhD in theoretical chemical physics from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, followed by postdoctoral research at University of California, Berkeley and subsequently at Cornell University, before joining IISER Bhopal.

His current research interest focuses on dynamics and thermodynamics of protein catalytic activity, allosteric signaling mechanism in GPCRs and protein kinases, conformational dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins involved in neurological disorders, and solvation energetics and dynamics of biomolecules in room temperature ionic liquids.


Assistant Professor

Department of Physics

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal

Bhauri, Bhopal 462066

Phone: +91-755-2691225

Email: surajit@iiserb.ac.in

Homepage: https://phy.iiserb.ac.in/faculty_profile.php?id=MTQ=&lname=c3VyYWppdA==

Surajit received his PhD in experimental Condensed Matter Physics from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and then followed with a Post doctoral stint at the National University of Singapore before joining IISER, Bhopal.

Surajit has been exploring the role of lattice vibrations, aka phonons, in materials and their novel properties. At finite temperatures, phonons play an important role, often dictating the materials properties. Phonons in solid state systems and across the interfaces can interact with various quasiparticles or collective excitations, such as, charge-carriers, spins, orbitals, impurities, defects, and the phonons themselves. Such interactions can be enhanced or attenuated by engineering the material by appropriately tailoring its structure, geometry, composition, temperature, and other relevant parameters. Surajit's group at IISER, Bhopal, envisions to develop phonon-engineered smart materials suitable for device applications such as electronic, optical, optoelectronic, thermoelectric, magnetic, and spintronic devices, as well as energy conversion applications.