Nano Therapeutics Research Laboratory



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Shanta Dhar, Ph.D.

NanoTherapeutics Research Laboratory
Department of Chemistry, Assistant Professor
1001 Cedar Street, Chemistry Building - Rm 679
Athens, GA
Email: shanta(at)
Office: 706-542-1012
Fax: 706-542-9454

Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (2005)
Postdoctoral fellow, Johns Hopkins University (2006-2007)
Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (2007-2010)
Assistant Professor, University of Georgia (2010-Present)

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 as an assistant professor, University of Georgia in August 2010.



2015 -- Thieme Chemistry Journal Award
2014 -- Georgia's best and brightest: 2014 Georgia Trend's list of 40 Under 40
2014 -- Georgia top medical researchers by Atlanta Business Chronicle
2014 -- Seahorse Bioscience Young Scientist Travel Award
2013 -- National Scientist Development Award, American Heart Association
2012 -- Targeting Mitochondria 2012 Award for Scientific Contribution Award
2012 -- Prostate cancer idea development award, Department of Defense
2011 -- Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
2008 -- Anna Fuller Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Oncology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2005 -- Prof. S. Sunderajan Best thesis award, Indian Institute of Science
2001 -- Vasudevamurthy-Soundararajan Prize, Indian Institute of Science
1998 -- Gold medal from University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, India
1996 -- Silver medal from University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, India
1993-1998 -- National merit scholarship, Government of India

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