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Akhil Jain

Research Fellow, Faculty of Science



Akhil obtained Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech), Biotechnology degree from Amity University Uttar Pradesh in 2010. During his graduation, he worked on various short term research projects that deals with isolation, characterization, and purification of antibiotics isolated from soil samples. During the last year of graduation he worked on a research project entitled identification of hybrid paddy through STMS markers at Indo-American Hybrid Seeds Ltd Bangalore, India. Akhil then moved to Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, TN, India to pursue Master of Technology (M.Tech) degree in Biotechnology (2010-2012). He spent the last semester of his degree as an International exchange student at UPAEP & UDLAP, Puebla, Mexico. During his stay in Mexico, he worked on synthesis, characterization and biological activity of nanocapsules with active natural compounds used in medicine. Akhil started his PhD in May 2013 in the group of Dr. Gustavo Hirata (supervisor) and Dr. Patricia Juarez (co-supervisor) at CNyN-UNAM, Ensenada, Mexico. During his PhD, Akhil worked on synthesis of magnetic-luminescent rare-earth-doped nanoparticles for cancer theranostics. After completing his PhD in June, 2017 he started to work as guest researcher in the group of Dr. Gustavo Hirata where he worked on the synthesis of nanoscintillators for X-ray mediated photodynamic therapy and also on development of persistent luminescent nanoparticles. Akhil joined the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham as a research fellow in the group of Dr. Frankie J. Rawson in September 2018 where the main focus of his research will be wireless electrochemistry for new bioelectronic therapeutics.

Expertise Summary

  1. Synthesis, characterisation and surface functionalisation of various organic and inorganic nanoparticles.
  2. Sol-gel, combustion and microwave assisted synthesis of nanoparticles.
  3. Upconversion, Downconversion, Persistent luminescence and magnetic properties of nanoparticles.
  4. In vitro toxicity of nanoparticles.
  5. In vivo delivery, pharmacokinetics, biodistribution of nanoparticles.
  6. Photodynamic therapy.

Research Summary

Development of Multifunctional Nanoparticles Based Wireless Intracellular Actuators for Novel Bioelectronic Therapeutics.

Selected Publications

Past Research

  1. Identification of Hybrid Paddy Through STMS Markers (June-November 2008).
  2. Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Activity of Nanocapsules with Active Natural Compounds Used in Medicine (March-September 2012).
  3. Synthesis of Magnetic-Luminescent Rare-Earth-Doped Nanoparticles for Cancer Theranostics (May 2013 - June 2017).
  4. Synthesis of Magnetic-Luminescent Rare-Earth-Doped Nanoscintillators for X-ray Mediated photodynamic therapy (July 2017- January 2018).

Future Research

  1. Nanotechnology
  2. Wireless electrochemistry
  3. Additive Manufacturing / 3D-Printing

School of Pharmacy

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