Dr. Santra

      Dr. Santimukul Santra, PhD

      • Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry.
      • Nanomedicine, Nanosensor.
      • Cancer Therapy, Infectious Diseases.

      Dr. Santra was born in the district of Midnapur, West Bengal, India, in a small family with mixed culture of chemical and agricultural sciences. He completed his undergraduate (BS) studies in chemistry from Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, University of Calcutta, India. He received his Master of Science (MS) degree in Organic Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, India, with distinction. He joined the department of chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) for pursuing doctoral degree. At IIT-B, his research was focused on organic synthesis and synthetic polymer chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Anil Kumar. Dr. Santra began his journey by completing his Ph.D. and swiftly transitioned to Dr. J. M. Perez’s lab at the Nanoscience Technology Center, University of Central Florida, where he started as a postdoctoral research associate. Later,he was ascended to the rank of Research Assistant Professor. In 2013, Dr. Santra joined Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and subsequently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2018. Dr. Santra’s lab moved to the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri in 2023, where he joined as a Professor of Organic Chemistry. Currently, his research group focuses on developing personalized nanomedicines for cancer therapy, redox-active nanosensors for the detection of infectious diseases, and exploring polymer-supported recyclable catalysts.

Academic Profile

  • Education

    2000 - 2006    Ph. D. in synthetic polymer chemistry and organic chemistry. Department of Chemistry,

                           Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay), Mumbai, India. Advisor: Prof. Anil Kumar.

    1998 - 2000    M. Sc. in Organic Chemistry. Department of Chemistry (2nd topper), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, India.

    1995- 1998     B. Sc. in Chemistry. Ramakrishna Mission College-Narendrapur. University of Calcutta, India.
  • Employment Profile

    2023 - Present     Professor. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA.

    2018 - 2023        Associate Professor. Department of Chemistry, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, USA.

    2013 - 2017        Assistant Professor. Department of Chemistry, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, USA.

    2015                   Visiting Assistant Professor. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA.

    2010 - 2012        Research Assistant Professor. Nanoscience Technology Center, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA.

    2007 - 2009        Postdoctoral Research Associate. NanoScience Technology Center, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA
  • Teaching

    1.     CHEM 215: General Chemistry I
    2.     CHEM 216: General Chemistry I Laboratory
    3.     CHEM 225: General Chemistry II
    4.     CHEM 226: General Chemistry II Laboratory
    5.     CHEM 360: Introduction to Polymer Science and Technology
    6.     CHEM 325: Organic Chemistry I
    7.     CHEM 326: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    8.     CHEM 625: Polymer Synthesis and Characterizations
    9.      CHEM 626: Polymer synthesis laboratory
    10.      CHEM 687: Polymers in Nanotechnology
    11.     CHEM 720: Advanced Polymers
    12.      CHEM 850: Inorganic and Architecturally Unusual Polymers
    13.      CHEM 887: Advanced Biopolymers and Nanotechnology

  • Collaborators


    Dr. Tuhina Banerjee

    Missouri State University

    Dr. Joshua Jay Zimmerberg

    National Institute of Health


    Dr. David Weliky

    Michigan State University

    Dr. Shrikant Anant

    University of Kansas Medical Center


    Dr. J. M. Perez

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Dr. Anil Kumar

    IIT-Bombay, India


    Dr. Jan Grimm

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Dr. William (Bill) Brooks

    Kansas University Medical Center


    Dr. Sutapa Barua

    Missouri University of Science and Technology

    Dr. Manashi Nath

    Missouri University of science and technology

    Dr. Nikolay N. Gerasimchuk

    Missouri State University

    Dr. Yolanda Vasquez

    Oklahoma State University

  • Services

    1.     Member of Council for Research And Creative Endeavors (CRaCE)
    2.     Chair of Chemistry Curriculum Committee
    3.     Graduate Advisor of Polymer Chemistry Program
    4.     Member of Polymer Chemistry Curriculum committee
    5.     Member of the College of Arts and Science (CAS) "Honors Committee"
    6.     Member of the CAS Faculty Excellence Awards Selection Committee
    7.     Member of Graduate Council
    8.     Member of student health fee committee
    9.     Member of in-house symposium and summer school organizing committee for student recruitment.
    10.     Member of the 2013-2014 session of "Leadership PSU".
    11.     Member of Masters thesis committee.
    12.     Member of University "Host Family" and "Moving Crew".