Asst. Professor, Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Amritapuri
Ph.D, MSc, BSc
Dr. Sandhya Sadanandan currently serves as Assistant Professor at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri. She joined Amrita School of Arts and Sciences in June 2018. She completed her B. Sc. from the University of Calicut in 2007 and M. Sc. from the University of Madras in 2009. She received her Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2015 with the thesis entitled “PEPTIDE DESIGN: Designer Peptides as Anion Sensors, Secondary Structure Mimetics and Self- Assembled Materials”. Then she worked as a Research Scientist in OMIX research and diagnostics lab, Bangalore for one year.
Her area of research is synthetic organic chemistry. Her research interests are peptides and carbohydrate chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and transition metal catalysed radical chemistryand their applications in medicines.
Research Scientist - OMIX Research and Diagnostics Labs, Bangalore
Research Project Highlights:
Surface modification of polystyrene dishes using plasma techniques
Coupling of oligonucleotides to in-house synthesized photo linker activated polystyrene surfaces
Quantification of end groups in oligonucleotides on solid surfaces
Synthesis of water-soluble Protein-Coated Micro-Crystals (PCMC)
Design and synthesis of modified DNA bases for the probe synthesis.
Research Scholar - Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi
Thesis Highlights :
Synthetic minimalistic tryptophan zippers as chiroptical switch
Design and synthesis of bispidine based secondary structure mimetics
Design and synthesis of peptide based anion receptors
Deigned and synthesized Peptide dendrons and dendrimers as pseudochaperonins for refolding of proteins and peptide-dendrimer gold nanoparticles for anion sensing
Peptide-based organic field effect transistors by topochemical polymerization
Endeavour Research Fellow - Mawson Institute, UNISA, South Australia
Research Project Highlights :
Lysine-appended polydiacetylene scaffolds for human mesenchymal stem cells
Peptide dendron-surface for interference-free electrochemical detection of cardiac troponin I
Academic Achievements & Awards
Recipient of Endeavour Research Fellowship 2012 from Government of Australia
Recipient ofSenior Research Fellowship (SRF) by CSIR, Government of India.
Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in Chemistry conducted by IIT, India in 2010 and scored 96.16 percentile.
National Merit Scholarship 2002-2003 from Government of Kerala.
Rashtrapathi and Rajyapuraskar Guide awards from ‘The Bharat Scouts and Guides”
Posters & Papers Presented in Symposia
Poster presentation entitled “Peptide Dendrimer Stabilized Nanoparticles as Sensors”in the symposium “The 3 M's of Chemistry: Molecules, Materials & Medicines”, organized by Department of chemistry, IIT Delhi, 2014.
Delivered oral presentation entitled “Minimalistic design approach for the protein secondary structures”in the symposium “New Horizons of Chemical Sciences”, organized by Department of chemistry, IIT Delhi, November, 16, 2013.
Delivered an oral presentation entitled “Combined Anaerobic-Aerobic bacterial degradation of Dyes” at a national seminar on 'New Frontiers in Chemistry' held in 2009, at Auxillium College, Gandhi nagar, Vellore.
Poster Presentation entitled “Dimer aniline acting as a head group for polymerization on ordinary and ITO glass plate’ in a national seminar MACRO 2009 held at IIT madras.