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Nanotechnology, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine, and nanotoxicology.

Daima Research Lab

Welcome to Dr. Hemant Kumar Daima's "Nanomedicine and Nanotoxicity Research Laboratory," where our focus lies in advancing the field of functional organic and inorganic nanomaterials. Our research is dedicated to the development of cutting-edge technologies for drug and gene delivery, biosensing, cancer management, inflammation control, targeting multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria, nanozyme activities, and innovative medical devices. Our dedicated research team is also delving into the fundamental understanding of Nano-Bio interfacial interactions, with a specific emphasis on regulating nanotoxicity in functionalized materials.

Dr. Daima's pioneering work has demonstrated the significance of surface functionalization in controlling the exterior corona of nanomaterials. This corona plays a pivotal role in dictating the interactions of nanomaterials at the nano-bio interface. Our research findings have revealed guiding principles involved in the rational design strategies for nanomaterials in biomedical and agricultural applications.

Join our research team

Presently, Daima's Lab (Nanomedicine and Nanotoxicity Research Laboratory) is actively seeking enthusiastic PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows to become valuable members of our interdisciplinary team. Join us as we push the boundaries of scientific discovery and contribute to the advancement of nanotechnology for a multitude of applications.

For more information, please send an email with your resume, and research proposal.

Academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Applied biology and nanobiotechnology | RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Master of Science - Biotechnology | University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.
  • Bachelor of Science - Chemistry and life sciences | MDS University, Ajmer, India.

Academic experiences

  • Associate Professor | Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India | October 2022 – onwards.
  • Senior Assistant Professor | Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India | January 2021 – October 2022.
  • Assistant Professor | Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India | January 2016 – January 2021.
  • Honorary Visiting Scientist | RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia | August 2018 – December 2018.
  • Assistant Professor of Nanomedicine | Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur, India | January 2014 – December 2015.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow | NBRL, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia | March 2013 – December 2013.
  • Tutor | School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia | February 2010 – November 2013.
  • Research Fellow | University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India | July 2008 – August 2009. 

Academic achievements

  • Elected member | International Association of Engineers (IAENG), Hong Kong | No. 306722 | 2022.
  • Elected member | Royal society of chemistry (RSC), UK | No. 686971 | 2020.
  • Outstanding publication award | Nano convergence | NanoKorea-2019 | Kintex, South Korea | 2019.
  • Honorary visiting scientist | RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia | 2018.
  • International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), Sweden | No. 836181912135 | 2017.
  • Sakura science exchange fellowship | Japan science and technology agency, Japan | 2017.
  • First prize | International advanced lecture series - trends in nanomedicine | SIT, India | 2015.
  • PerkinElmer research excellence award | RMIT University and PerkinElmer, Australia | 2012.
  • Elected member | Royal Australian chemical institute inc. (RACI), Australia | No. 40569 | 2010-2013.
  • National overseas scholarship | Government of India | 2009 – 2013.
  • Graduate aptitude test in engineering (GATE-2009) | 99.18 percentile | 2009.

Academic progressions  

  • Course on nanotechnology and its applications | Sponsorship by IASc, Bangalore; INSA, New Delhi and NAS, Allahabad under the science academies education programme (SAEP) | 16th – 28th April 2018.
  • Japan-Asia youth exchange in science | ‘Learn today; lead tomorrow’ biomedical and environmental technology training in Japan, for society development in India | Funded by the Japan science and technology agency | Organized by the University of Miyazaki, Japan | 14th – 23rd December 2017.
  • Research commercialization | ATN-Learning employment aptitudes program (ATN-LEAP) | Queensland University of Technology, Australia | April 2012 – May 2012.
  • Project management | ATN-LEAP | University of Technology, Australia | April 2012 – May 2012.
  • Entrepreneurship | ATN-LEAP | University of South Australia, Australia | Sept. 2012 – Oct. 2012.
  • Leadership and communication | ATN-LEAP | Curtin University, Australia | Sept. 2012 – Oct. 2012.

Academic associations

  • Rating-reviewer | The National Research Foundation, South Africa | 2021 – onward.
  • Associate PhD supervisor | RMIT University, Australia | 2019 – onward.
  • International doctoral thesis examiner | University of Zululand, South Africa (2016 – onward); University of South Australia, Australia (2018 – Onward), RMIT University, Australia (2019 – onward), Visvesvaraya Technological University, India (2022 – Onward).

Research interests

  • Advanced multifunctional nanomaterials and nanocomposites
  • Fundamentals of Nano-Bio interface
  • Management of cancer and multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria
  • Nanomaterials-mediated drug and gene delivery
  • Nanozymes activities, biosensors, and medical devices
  • Designer-made nanomaterials for agriculture and forestry 

Editorial responsibilities  

Editorial board member: Nano convergence (Q1, IF 11.7, springer nature)

Academic editor: PLoSOne (Q1, IF 3.7, Public Library of Science)

Chief editor: Materials Today: Proceedings (2019, Elsevier - Special issue on the INTENSE-17)

Key collaborators

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
  • RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan.
  • University of Zululand, Umhlatuze, South Africa.
  • Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur, India.
  • National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad, India.
  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India.
  • Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat, India.

 

Research supervision

PhD 05 – Biochem.

Arvind Yadav, yet to be decided (2023- onwards).

PhD 04 – Nanobiotech.

Pinky Choudhary, Development of amino acids synthesized metal oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications (2023- onwards).

PhD 03 – Nanobiotech.

Ayush Sharma, Neurotransmitters, and bioactive molecules-based gold nanozymes for neurological application (2022- onwards).

Other supervisor: Prof. S. L. Kothari, Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.

 

 

MSc 09 Biochem.

Shaswati Pragya, yet to be decided (2024)

MSc 08 Biochem.

Shubhi Bindal, Peroxidase-mimicking gold nanoparticles-based selective optical detection of dopamine (2024)

MSc 07 Biochem.

Pranay Bundel, Silver nanoparticles decorated graphene oxide nanosheets for multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria (2024)

Int. MSc 06 Biochem.

Ayushi Koushik, Development of specialized gold nanozymes with Ayurvedic formulations for drug delivery (2023-2024)

Int. MSc 05 Biochem.

Riya Sen, Towards photocatalytic activation of metal oxide nanocomposites for industrial pollutant degradation (2023-2024)

 

Dr. Daima has successfully supervised two PhD theses, eight postgraduate dissertations, seven undergraduate engineering research projects and three honour’s internships.

PhD 02 – Nanobiotech.

Mamta Nathuram Kumawat, Development of surface engineering strategies for gold and silver nanoparticles and their bio-medical applications (2019-2022)

Co-supervised by Prof. Neerish Revaprasadu, University of Zululand, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

PhD 01 –

Nanobiotech.

Dr. Akhela Umapathi, Developing functional metal nanostructures for controlled biological activities (2016-2021)

Co-supervised by Prof. Vincent Rotello, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

 

MTech 01 –

Nanosci. & Nanotech.

Dipanjan Paul, Development of Ag/BTO/TiO2 nanocomposites as gas sensor towards ammonia and ethanol (2021-2022)

Supervised by Dr. Dipshikha Rathor, Amity University Rajasthan, India.

 

MSc 07 Biochem.

Shubhi Bindal, Graphene-based nanomaterials: unlocking their diverse roles in addressing neurodegenerative disorders (2023)      

MSc 06 Biochem.

Pranay Bundel, Exploring RNA and RNA conjugated nanoparticles for lung and breast cancer and their applications in diagnosis and therapy (2023)

MSc 05 Biochem.

Shaswati Pragya, Nanoparticles for drug delivery towards cardiovascular diseases (2023)

MSc 04 Biochem.

Kirti Baghel, Colorimetric detection of aminoglycoside antibiotics using surface specialized gold nanoparticles (2023)

MSc 03 Biochem.

Shazia Sana, In vitro nanotoxicity and hemocompatibility assessment of silver nanoparticles functionalized with tyrosine and ascorbic acid (2023)

Int. MSc 02 Biochem.

Arvind Yadav, Influence of quercetin and tyrosine-mediated silver nanoparticles on cancer cells (2022-2023)

MSc 01 –

App. chem.

Joel Saji, Electrical, dielectric, dye-degradation and antimicrobial profile of designer made silver nanoparticles and titanium dioxide incorporated polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposites (2018-2019)

Co-supervised by Prof. Divya Prakash, Amity University Rajasthan, India.

 

BE 07 –

Biotech.

 

Sanjana Sheshadri and Medha M. Ugru, Fabrication of assorted nanoparticles with phenolic compounds and their biological applications (An extended major research project, 2015-2017).

BE 06 –

Biotech.

Shruthi TS and Meghana MR, Immobilization of enzymes on metal nanoparticles: Kinetic studies and applications (An extended major research project, 2015-2017).

BE 05 –

Biotech.

 

Sanjana Sheshadri and Medha M Ugru, Fabrication of assorted nanoparticles with Quercetin, a phenolic compound, and their biological applications (Minor research project, 2015-2016).

BE 04 –

Biotech.

Shruthi TS and Meghana MR, Investigation on the effects of surface corona of gold nanoparticles on their biological applications (Minor research project, 2015-2016).

BE 03 –

Biotech.

Kaustav Nath, Madhushree G, Nikhath Firdose and Sourabh Monnappa KJ, Development of fluorescent gold nanoparticles and their applications in biological sciences (Major research project, 2015-2016).

BE 02 –

Biotech.

Ankita, Nikhath Firdose and Siddharth DS, Development of functional metal nanoparticles and investigation of their intrinsic peroxidase-like behaviour (Minor research project, 2014-2015).

BE 01 –

Biotech.

Vinay Kumar, Sarwagya Raj Pandey and Rashmi S, Fabrication, and characterization of multi-functional titanium dioxide-polyoxometalates-silver composite materials (Major research project, 2014-2015).

 

BSc-H 03 –

Biotech.

Sanjana Lamba, Developing amino acid functionalized silver nanoparticles for controlled biological action (Internship project, 2018).

BSc-H 02 –

Biotech.

Aprajita Sharma, Amino acid mediated synthesis, characterization, and biological applications of silver nanoparticles (Internship project, 2018).

BSc-H 01 –

Biotech.

Udisha Mathur and Ayushi Parikh, Basic training on molecular biology, microbiology and nanobiotechnology (Internship project, 2016).

Research associations

  • Rating-reviewer | The National Research Foundation, South Africa | 2021 – onward.
  • Associate PhD supervisor | RMIT University, Australia | 2019 – onward.
  • International doctoral thesis examiner | University of Zululand, South Africa (2016 – onward); University of South Australia, Australia (2018 – Onward), RMIT University, Australia (2019 – onward), Visvesvaraya Technological University, India (2022 – Onward).

Web addresses  

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=rhcvNjkAAAAJ&hl=en

Scopus: http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=54895414100

ResearcherID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-3586-2013

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9109-430X

Reviewer page: https://publons.com/author/550051/hemant-daima#profile

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Research grants 

  • Seed invigoration through nano-formulations in important forest tree species | Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun, India (August 2023) I Project code: ICFRE/RFRI/2023-24/SFM-2 | Co-project investigator with Dr. Vishwanath Sharma, Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat | 27,10,000 Rs.
  • In-house financial support | Sree Siddaganga Education Society, Tumkur (Dec. 2015) > Rs 47,24,000.
  • Fabrication of nanoengineered multi-functional TiO2-POM-Ag materials for wastewater treatment | Ref: 7.1.03/SPP/1018 I Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST) (2015).

Grants/Fellowships/Awards

  • Outstanding publication award | NanoKorea-2019 | South Korea (July 2019) > $1,000.
  • Visiting research fellowship | RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (June 2018) > $10,000.
  • International travel grant | Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India | Reference no. 3598, Approval no. 37153598 (April 2017) > Rs 84,000.
  • International travel grant | SERB, Department of Science & Technology (Government of India), Grant no. SB/ITS/0988/2014-15. (May 2014) > Rs 1,64,000.
  • National overseas scholarship | Government of India, Grant no. 11015/21/2008-SCD-V (Aug. 2009 - March 2013) > $1,66,500.
  • DPVC research & innovation postgraduate research international conference award (Oct. 2012) $1,800.
  • International conference funds | School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne (May 2012) $2000.
  • DPVC research & innovation postgraduate research international conference award (April 2012) $1800.
  • The PerkinElmer research award for academic achievements in 2011 (March 2012) $500.
  • The Australian nanotechnology network bursary (February 2012) $500.
  • The royal Australian chemical institute (RACI) travel grants (twice) (Sept. 2011 & Sept. 2010) $500 + $500.

Organized

  • Organizing secretary and convener | International conference on Nano-Technology in Energy, Nano-bio interface & Sustainable Environment (INTENSE-2017) | Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India | 19th–21st August 2017 | Sponsored by Amity University Rajasthan, Indian council of medical research (ICMR), department of science and technology (DST) Rajasthan, thermo fisher scientific and HiMedia.
  • Coordinator | Three-day workshop on biomedical instrumentation and bioinformatics | Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India | 19th–21st August 2016 | Sponsored by Amity University Rajasthan. 
  • Convener | International advanced lecture series I - recent trends with a focus on nanomedicine | Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT), Karnataka, India | 8th–9th August 2015 | TEQIP-II sponsored.   
  • Convener | International technical seminar on contemporary advances in biotechnology and allied sciences | Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India | 20th May 2015 | TEQIP-II sponsored.

Session chair

  • International Conference on Advanced Material in Innovative Technology (AMITY-2022) | Track - Biomaterials and Technology | 06 April 2022 | Hosts Dr. Deepshikha Rathore and Prof. Jagdish Prasad| Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.
  • Biotechnological Interventions to Overcome the Challenges of Covid/ Post-Covid Era (BIOCoPE-2022) | Track 5 - Plant Biotechnology and Plant Therapeutics (PBP) | 25 March 2022 | Hosts Dr. Naveen Malik, Prof. Bharat Singh, and Prof. Vinay Sharma | Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.                                                              

Keynote/invited lectures delivered

  • Keynote address | Engineered nanomaterials with smart functionalities: trends in bio-medical sciences | 08-09 February 2024 | Hosts Dr. A. Sangilimuthu, and Dr. C. Rajkuberan | National conference on Innovate advances in biotechnology and nano-biotechnology (IABNB24) I Karpagam Academy of Higher Education, Coimbatore, India.
  • International public lecture | Nanomaterials for agriculture, food, and environment: applications, toxicity, and regulations | 28 November 2022 | Fakultas Pertanian Universitas, Jambi, Indonesia.
  • Invited insight lecture | Biomedical applications of surface engineered nanozymes: trends, challenges, and perspectives| 23 September 2022 | IBTN-ISC Webinar Series 2022 India- chapter I Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion, Nano and Regenerative Medicine, India.
  • Invited talk | Multifunctional nanomaterials: Recent trends in biomedical sciences and perspectives | 26 November 2021 | 42nd Annual Conference of Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists (IABMS) “Recent Trends and Advances in Biomedical Sciences- An Integrated Approach” I NITTE University, Mangalore, India.
  • Invited lecture | Functional nanoparticles in healthcare: trends, challenges, and perspectives | 23 October 2021 | Host Dr. KS Verma | IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) trilogy series "Biology meets Tech" I Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.
  • Invited lecture | Crosstalk between metal nanoparticles and biomolecules: opening new opportunities for medical sciences | 04 October 2021 | Host Dr. Krishna Murthy T P| one week e-Workshop on Advances and Applications of Nanobiotechnology I Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, India.
  • Keynote address and plenary talk | Advanced multifunctional nanomaterials for future medicine | 23 September 2021 | Host Dr. C. Rajkuberan | National conference on modern utilization of smart nanomaterials in healthcare and environment I Karpagam Academy of Higher Education, Coimbatore, India.
  • Keynote speaker of Biotech Club webinar | Upcoming wave of nanomedicine: opportunities and challenges | 21 August 2021 | Host Prof. Mousumi Debnath | Manipal University Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
  • Webinar-cum-discussion meeting | Mysterious coronavirus: opportunities and challenges | 30 May 2021 | Host S. S. Samal | COVID-19 pandemic in India: creating opportunities from challenges | Sadhana Charitable Trust, India.
  • Invited talk | Mysterious world of life sciences: opportunities and challenges | 20 February 2021 | Hosts Dr. Mithilesh Kumar and Dr. Sumit Gowil | Jaipur National University, Rajasthan, India.
  • Webinar | Conceptual understanding and assessment of nanotechnology against novel corona virus | 19 June 2020 | Host Prof. Divya Prakash | Shobit University, India.
  • Invited talk | Introduction to aspects of nanobiotechnology | 27 February 2020 | Host Dr. Nidhi Gupta | Workshop on basics of molecular biology and nanobiotechnology at IIS University, Rajasthan, India.
  • Invited talk | Applications of nanotechnology in biology: opportunities and challenges | 10 November 2019 | Hosts Dr. Afroz Alam, Dr. Arun Sharma and Prof. Dipjyoti Chakraborty | National symposium on avenues and challenges in biotechnology education at Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan, India.
  • Invited lecture | Rational engineering of physicochemical properties of nanomaterials for biomedical applications with nanotoxicological perspectives | 04 July 2019 | Host Ki-Bum Kim, Editor-in-Chief, Nano convergence | Nano convergence special session at Nano Korea 2019, KINTEX, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
  • Conceptual lecture | Isonicotinylhydrazide enriched functional nanoparticles for MDR mycobacterial sensitivity and potential therapeutic application | 27 November 2018 | Host Prof. Vipul Bansal and Dr. Rajesh Ramanathan | Sir Ian Potter nano-bio-sensing facility, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lecture | Functional metal nanoparticles in sensing and therapeutic applications | 03 October 2018 | Host Dr. Wenrong Yang | Deakin University (Waurn Ponds Campus), Geelong, Australia.
  • Special tutorial lecture | Advances in nanotechnology: biomedical and bio-sensing applications | 24-25 March 2018 | Hosts Dr. Prema Padmanabhan, Dr. R. R. Sudhir and Prof. S. P. Srinivas | Synergy 2018: cornea and basic science symposium organized in collaboration with Indiana University under the aegis of US India educational foundation at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India.
  • Special lecture and hands-on training | Crosstalk between nanosciences and plant derivatives | 05-14 March 2018 | Hosts Asst. Prof. Vinod Saharan and Asst. Prof. Devendra Jain| Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for plant protection and growth, short course by Indian council of agricultural research (ICAR) and Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
  • Special lecture | Nanomaterials in biomedical sciences | 21 December 2017 | Host Prof. Harishkumar Madhyastha | Japan-Asia youth exchange program in science (SAKURA exchange program in science) | department of applied physiology, faculty of medicine, University of Miyazaki, Japan.
  • Invited lecture (video presentation) | Engineering nanomaterials: biomedical applications with nanotoxicological perspectives | 07-08 November 2017 | DOI: 10.21767/2471-9838-C1-006 | International meeting on advanced nanomaterials and nanotechnology | Singapore.
  • Special lecture | Controlling toxicity by smart engineering of nanomaterials for biomedical applications | 19-21 August 2017 | INTENSE-2017 | Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.
  • Guest lecture | Nanotechnology for biological applications: a golden opportunity | 17 August 2016 | Hosts A/Prof. Navya PN and Dr. Mousumi Das | Department of biotechnology, Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT), Karnataka, India.
  • Invited Lecture | Rational engineering of physicochemical properties of nanomaterials for biomedical applications with nanotoxicological perspectives | 13-14 August 2016 | Hosts Dr. S. P. Srinivas, Prof. S. Kiran and Prof. D. R. Ramesh Babu | Advanced lecture series in ocular pharmacology II | Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering (DSCE), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
  • Special talk | Controlling nano-bio interfacial interactions for biomedical applications | 8-9 August 2015 | Hosts Prof. K.L. Shivabasappa and Prof. B.S. Gowrishankar | International advanced lecture series in ocular pharmacology I - recent trends with a focus on nanomedicine | Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT), Karnataka, India.
  • Guest Lecture | Keggin ions and lysine decorated silver nanoparticles: stepwise surface modification strategy to improve antibacterial potential of silver nanoparticles | 14-16 December 2012 | Host Prof. Kaman Singh | International conference on chemistry and materials: prospects and perspectives | Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • Guest Lecture | Towards tailoring the biological activities of amino acid functionalized metal nanoparticles | 15 December 2011 | Host Prof. H. S. Gehlot | Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.