Nano Therapeutics Research Laboratory



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Group Photo - Spring 2015

Group picture in spring 2015

Principal Investigator

Dr. Shanta Dhar, Ph. D
Department of Chemistry
1001 Cedar Street, Rm 679
Phone: 706-542-1012
Fax: 706-542-9454
Email: shanta(at)
Shanta Dhar

Shanta was born in West Bengal, India. She received her Ph. D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Her graduate work was in the area of bioinorganic chemistry with the overall goal being to develop copper(II) complexes to effect photocleavage of double stranded DNA at longer wavelengths. In 2006, she came to this side of the globe and joined Johns Hopkins University as a postdoctoral fellow where she worked in the area of bioorganic chemistry with Prof. Marc M. Greenberg developing fluorescent sensors for the detection of various DNA lesions. In 2007, Shanta joined the group of Prof. Stephen J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her postdoctoral studies were focused on nanocarrier-mediated delivery of platinum-based drugs for their potential applications in cancer. Shanta joined the chemistry department at the University of Georgia in August 2010 and currently she is in the process of motivating young talents towards the exciting field of metal-based nanomedicine for their potential uses in different human diseases.

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Dr. Bhabatosh Banik
Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore Phone: 706-542-6241
Email: bbanik(at)
Bhabatosh Banik

Bhabatosh is from Assam, India. He did his Bachelors and Masters in Chemistry from Gauhati University, Guwahati, before moving to Bangalore for Ph.D. He worked towards the development of Oxo-Vanadium(IV) based photochemotherapeutic agents during his Ph.D research at the Indian Institute of Science with Prof. A. R. Chakravarty. His current research interests include development high density lipoprotein mimicking nanotherapeutics for cardiovascular diseases and using polymer based vehicles for delivering drug cargo.

Dr. Anil Kumar
Ph.D. from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijiing Phone: 706-542-6241
Email: akumar(at)
Anil Kumar

Anil Kumar is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Georgia, USA. He previously worked at the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China. He obtained his PhD from the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interest is broadly in the field of nanomedicine and neuroscience.

Dr. Uttara Basu
Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore Phone: 706-542-6241
Email: uttara(at)
Uttara Basu

Uttara was born in Kolkata, India. She did her bachelor degree in Chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata and pursued the Integrated PhD program at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. During her PhD, she worked in the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry with Prof. A. R. Chakravarty where she developed photocytotoxic iron complexes for imaging and tumor targeted anticancer activity. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Georgia, USA in the research group of Prof. Dhar. Her current research interest is based on neuroprotectant stem cell therapy for stroke.

Visiting Researchers / Research Professionals

Dr. Nagesh Kolishetti, Ph. D
Visiting Research Scholar
PartiKula LLC
Phone: 706-542-6241
Fax: 706-542-9454
Email: nagesh(at)
Nagesh Kolishetti

Dr. Kolishetti is a visiting reserach scientist in our group who plans to translate our technologies to clinic through PartiKula LLC.

Graduate Students/Researchers

Ru Wen
Department of Chemistry
1001 Cedar Street, Rm 683
Phone: 706-542-6241
Fax: 706-542-9454
Email: soso2012(at)
Ru Wen

Ru is from Hunan, China. She received her Bachelor degree from Wuhan University, China and M.S. from University of New South Wales, Australia. Before she joined our group, she has done her research for two years in UGA on purification and modification of carbon nanotube. Her graduate thesis work is about high density lipoprotein mimicking therapeutic nanoparticles for cardiovascular diseases.

Afoma Chinyelu Umeano
Department of Chemistry
1001 Cedar Street, Rm 683
and M2 GRU Medical School
University Systems of Georgia
Phone: 706-542-6241
Fax: 706-542-9454
Email: aumeano(at)
Afoma Umeano

Afoma is from Augusta, Georgia. She did her Bachelor studies in Chemistry and English at Harvard University. She is currently an MD/PhD student for the University Systems of Georgia. She has completed the first two years of medical school at Georgia Regents University and is pursuing her Ph.D research at University of Georgia, working towards the development and characterization of new nanotherapuetics for cancer disease.

Undergraduate Researchers

Noah Newman
Department of Chemistry
1001 Cedar Street, Rm 683
Phone: 706-542-6241
Fax: 706-542-9454
Email: (at)

 Noah Newman

Noah Newman was born in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Riverwood High School with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. He is a first year Honors student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a pre-med intent. Noah is excited to study the significance of targeting nanoparticles in the prevention of cancer cell metastasis. After graduation, Noah plans to attend medical school to earn a MD/PhD.

Brett William Askins
B.S.B.E. Biological Engineering
University of Georgia
Phone: 706-542-6241
Fax: 706-542-9454
Email: askb95(at)

 Brett William Askins

Brett Askins is from Columbus, Ga. He graduated from Harris County High School. He is a third year Honors student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a pre-med intent. Brett is looking forward to studying the significance of HDL mimicking nano therapeutics in the early detection of atherosclerosis. After graduation, Brett plans to attend medical school or earn a MD/PhD.

Lily Francis
University of Georgia
Phone: 706-542-6241
Fax: 706-542-9454
Email: lgf39148(at)

 Lily Francis

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Clara Ni Fall 2010
Jitendra J. Gangwal Spring 2011
Amy Parks Taylor Spring 2011
Molly Atkinson Spring 2011
Anna Williams Fall 2010 - Fall 2011
David Benson Fall 2010 - Spring 2012
Ellen Broering Fall 2010 - Spring 2012
Syvonne J. Timmons Summer 2012
DeAngelo J. Mckinley Summer 2012
David A. Fischler Fall 2011 - Summer 2012
Yasir Bouchi Spring 2012 - Fall 2012
Mohit Shiv Agarwal Spring 2012 - Fall 2012
Molly Weinberg Spring 2012 - Fall 2012
Andrew Lee Cooper Fall 2010 - Spring 2013
Sam Kennedy Spring 2013
Dillon Zaver Spring 2011 - Summer 2013
Malikah Christie Spring 2013 - Summer 2013
Boyd Thomas Guttery Fall 2013
Kristine Martin Fall 2013
Harris Waqar Fall 2013
Kasey Darley Spring 2012 - Spring 2014
Huimin Hu Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Chinmaya Sharma Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Trent Berding Summer 2013 - Spring 2014
Afoma Umeano Summer 2014
Tae Do(Jake)Choi Summer 2014
Sean Marrache Fall 2010 - Fall 2014
Joshua Choi Fall 2011 - Fall 2014
Isha Dabke Fall 2014
Sam Kennedy Spring 2013 - Fall 2014
Krupa Merchant Spring 2013 - Fall 2014
Brittany Feldhaeusser Spring 2014 - Fall 2014
Krystal Vo Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
David Montgomery Fall 2013 - Spring 2015
Akil Kalathil Spring 2013 - Spring 2015
Megan Kaiser Summer 2015
Sterling Street Fall 2014 - Summer 2015
Dr. Rakesh Pathak Fall 2012 - Fall 2015
Angel Edgardo Flores September - October 2015
Erin Shumans Summer - Fall 2015
Timothy Allen Ruiter Summer 2015 - Spring 2016
Mike Linzey Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Nivita Sharma Fall 2014 - Spring 2016
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