Professor Devleena Samanta | CV

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin (2021-)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University (2017-2021)
International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Postdoctoral Fellow • Outstanding Researcher, IIN • Outstanding Research Mentor, IIN • HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow Finalist

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Stanford University (2012-2017)
Winston Chen Stanford Graduate Fellow • Stanford Center for Molecular Analysis and Design Fellow

Devleena Samanta was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University where she worked with Professor Richard N. Zare. Her dissertation research was focused on developing an electroresponsive drug delivery platform based on conducting polymers for the treatment of chronic diseases. In parallel, she was involved in the study of chemical reactions in aqueous microdroplets which led to the first indication that size-confined water droplets are redox-active. During her postdoctoral training under the advisement of Professor Chad A. Mirkin, she developed DNA- and protein-based nanomaterials for chemical analysis and biological sensing. Devleena is passionate about educating the next generation of scientists and strives to create opportunities for students from underprivileged backgrounds. Outside of science, Devleena enjoys dancing, playing badminton, and traveling the world with her husband Kinjal Basu. She has also trained in the Indian classical dance form Odissi and vocal Hindustani classical music for over 15 years and holds advanced diplomas in both.