Dr. Santra

      Dr. Santimukul Santra Ph. D.
      Associate Professor of Chemistry

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

      Dr. Santra was born in east Midnapur, West Bengal, India, in a small family with mixed culture of chemical and agricultural sciences. He completed his undergraduate (BS) studies 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. After qualifying all-India-based GATE and NET-CSIR exams, he got selected in the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), the best technology institute in India, for pursuing doctoral degree. At IIT-B, he joined Professor Anil Kumar’s organic synthesis and synthetic polymer chemistry laboratory in the department of chemistry. His doctoral research was focused on the multistep synthesis of amino acid-based, biologically important small molecules and biodegradable dendritic (hyperbranched and dendrimer) polymers for drug delivery. After defending his Ph. D. thesis in 2006, Dr. Santra immediately joined Dr. J. M. Perez’s lab at the Nanoscience Technology Center, University of Central Florida (UCF) as a postdoctoral research associate. He was promoted to the rank of Research Assistant Professor in 2010. Formulation of various metallic and polymeric nanomedicines for cancer treatment and nanosensors for the timely detection of infectious diseases were the important goals of his research. During this time, he has mentored a group of MS and Ph.D. students working in the lab. In April, 2013, Dr. Santra joined the Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Currently, his research group is working on the inhibitor-based nanomedicines for cancer therapy and activatable nanoprobes for infectious diseases and neurodegenerative disorders.

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

    2018 - Present     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".