Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
Advisor: Chad A. Mirkin
International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Postdoctoral Fellow
Outstanding Researcher, IIN
HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow Finalist

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Stanford University
Advisor: Richard N. Zare
Winston Chen Stanford Graduate Fellow
Stanford Center for Molecular Analysis and Design Fellow

I design and synthesize nanoscale soft materials for biological and medical applications. As a graduate student, I developed approaches for controlled drug release using electric-stimuli responsive polymeric nanoparticles. My research laid the foundation for building the first acoustically-powered, minimally-invasive, electroresponsive drug delivery platform.

During my postdoctoral training, I have been developing DNA-based nanostructures as dynamic material building blocks and chemical probes for live-cell analysis. These structures are highly tailorable and can be used for studying fundamental biological processes, detecting diseases early, and screening drugs in high throughput.

Outside of science, I enjoy dancing, playing badminton, and traveling the world with my husband Kinjal Basu. I have also trained in the Indian classical dance form Odissi and vocal Hindustani classical music for over 15 years and hold advanced diplomas in both.

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterial synthesis and assembly
  • DNA-based materials
  • Protein-based materials
  • Live-cell chemical analysis
  • Drug delivery
  • Microdroplet chemistry