ABOUT Dr. SANTRA


      Dr. Santra

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

      Discipline/Specialization:
      • Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry.
      • Nanomedicine, Nanosensor.
      • Cancer Therapy, Infectious Diseases.
      • Neurodegenerative Disorders.


      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


    2013 - Present    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 215-216: General Chemistry I and Lab
    2.     CHEM 360: Introduction to Polymer Science and Technology
    3.     CHEM 325-326: Organic Chemistry I and Lab
    4.     CHEM 625-626: Polymer Synthesis and Characterizations, and Lab
    5.     CHEM 687: Polymers in Nanotechnology
    6.     CHEM 720: Advanced Polymers
    7.      CHEM 850: Inorganic and Architecturally Unusual Polymers
    8.      CHEM 887: Advanced Biopolymers and Nanotechnology

















  • Collaborators

                              
        

    J. M. Perez

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Anil Kumar

    IIT-Bombay, India

        

    Jan Grimm

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    William (Bill) Brooks

    Kansas University Medical Center

        

    Liang Xu

    University of Kansas- Lawrence

    Annette Khaled

    University of Central Florida




  • Presentations