Assistant Professor

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2013-2017 Post doctorate in Biomaterials, Imperial College London, UK
2012 Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
2007 M.Sc. in Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
2005 B.Sc. in Chemistry, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College Narendrapur (University of Calcutta)



Assistant Professor, Newcastle University UK


2017 Young Investigators’ Meeting Travel Award by India Bioscience
2014 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship by the European Commission
2012 William E. McEwen Fellowship Award for outstanding poster presentation, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Graduate Student Travel Grant Award by University of Massachusetts Amherst

2010 William E. McEwen Fellowship Award for outstanding poster presentation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2006-2007 Merit Scholarship by Indian Institution of Technology Madras, India

The central theme of our interdisciplinary research is an emerging area of nanobiotechnology: the role of biomaterials surface chemistry in modulating the materials-biology interface. This work is particularly crucial for biological applications of materials given the central role of surface chemistry in constructing biomaterials with appropriate functionalities and biocompatibility. Our research has demonstrated the utility of these novel materials in different bio-applications including diagnostics, drug discovery and therapeutic delivery. Long-term, we aim to innovate effective point-of-care diagnostics for different diseases with personalized screening abilities, novel platforms for precision medicine, and tissue engineering incorporating the desired materials properties.

Current research topics are:

Chemical Biology


Tailorable soft materials

Nano-emulsions and vesicles

Metal nanoclusters

Self-assembly of nanomaterials

Recent Publications:

1 Holme, M.N.; Rana, S.; Barriga, H.M.G.; Kauscher, U.; Brooks, N.J.; Stevens, M.M. A robust liposomal platform for direct colorimetric detection of sphingomyelinase enzyme and inhibitors ACS Nano 12, 8197-8207 (2018)
2 Rana, S.; Elci, S.G.; Mout, R.; Singla, A.K.; Yazdani, M.; Bendur, M.; Bajaj, A.; Saha, K.; Bunz, U.H.F.; Jirik, F.R.; Rotello, V.M. A multichannel nanosensor for instantaneous readout of cancer drug mechanisms. Journal of the American Chemical Society 138, 4522-4529 (2016)
3 Rana, S.; Le, N.D.B.; Mout, R.; Saha, K.; Tonga, G.Y.; Bain, R.E.S.; Miranda, O.R.; Rotello, C.M.; Rotello, V.M.  A multichannel nanosensor for instantaneous readout of cancer drug mechanisms Nature Nanotechnology 10, 65-69 (2015)
4 Rana, S.; Le, N.D.B.; Duncan, B.; Elci, S.G.; Mout, R.; Rotello, V.M. A multichannel biosensor for rapid determination of cell surface glycomic signatures. ACS Central Science 1, 191-197 (2015)
5 Chen. K.; Rana, S.; Moyano, D.F.; Xu, Y.; Guo, X.; Rotello, V.M. Differentiation of protein isoforms using gold nanoparticles through controlled ligand hydrophobicity. Nanoscale 6, 6492-6495 (2014)
6 Howes, P.D.; Rana, S.; Stevens, M.M. Plasmonic nanomaterials for biodiagnostics Chemical Society Reviews 43, 3835-3853 (2014)
7 Rana, S.; Singla, A.K.; Bajaj, A.; Miranda, O.R.; Yan, B.; Jirik, F.R.; Rotello, V.M. Array-based sensing of metastatic cells and tissues using nanoparticle-fluorescent protein conjugates. ACS Nano 6, 8233-8240 (2012)
8 Rana, S.; Yu, X.; Patra, D.; Moyano, D.F.; Miranda, O.R.; Hussain, I.; Rotello, V.M. Control of surface tension at liquid-liquid interfaces using nanoparticles and nanoparticle-protein complexes. Langmuir 28, 2023-2027 (2012)
9 Rana, S.; Bajaj, A.; Mout, R.; Rotello, V.M. Rana, S.; Bajaj, A.; Mout, R.; Rotello, V.M. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 64, 200-216 (2012)
10 De, M.; Rana, S.; Akpinar, H.; Miranda, O.R.; Arvizo, R.R.; Bunz, U.H.F.; Rotello, V.M. Sensing of proteins in human serum using conjugates of nanoparticles and green fluorescent protein. Nature Chemistry 1, 461-465 (2009)


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