Dr. Shailja Kumar earned her B.S. (with honors) followed by M.S. in Chemistry from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, India. She was awarded CSIR-NET (LS) fellowship to pursue Ph.D. in Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery Research Lab, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Delhi, India. In 2018, she obtained her Ph.D. focussing synthesis, characterisation and applications of doped Gadolinium oxide nanomaterial for bio-imaging and anti-cancer drug delivery. Her Post-Doctoral Research in Materials Chemistry and Analysis Group (in Collaboration with Trinity College Dublin) focuses on developing new synthesis protocols and characterization of metal/metal-oxide core-shell nanowires for developing next generation electronic devices using nanowire networks.
Current Research Shailja’s research focuses on establishing novel techniques for fabrication of core-shell nanowires having transition metal core (Au, Ag, Ni) and metal oxide shell; strategies for binding metal oxide to surface; in-depth characterisation of core-shell structure using SEM, TEM, EDX etc with focus on the core thickness, shell thickness, nanowire length, shell crystallinity, magnetic property of wire etc.; utilizing nanowire network in developing efficient electronic devices. She is also exploring novel techniques for targeted anti-cancer drug delivery using nano-vehicles & combining photothermal and photodynamic therapy for dual anti-cancer activity.
Publications “Rose Bengal attached and dextran coated gadolinium oxide nanoparticles for potential diagnostic imaging applications”, Shailja Kumar, Virendra Kumar Meena, Puja Panwar Hazari, Surinder Kumar Sharma, Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Eur. J. Pharm. Sci. 117 (2018) 362-370. “PEG coated and doxorubicin loaded multimodal Gadolinium oxide nanoparticles for simultaneous drug delivery and imaging applications”, Shailja Kumar, Virendra Kumar Meena, Puja Panwar Hazari, Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Int. J. Pharm. 527 (2017) 142–150. “FITC-Dextran entrapped and silica coated gadolinium oxide nanoparticles for synchronous optical and magnetic resonance imaging applications”, Shailja Kumar, Virendra Kumar Meena, Puja Panwar Hazari, Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Int. J. Pharm. 506 (2016) 242-252. “Facile Synthesis of Gold Nanocatalyst for Redox Reaction Between Potassium Ferricyanide and Sodium Thiosulphate – An Electron Relay Effect”, Shailja Kumar, Henam P. Singh, Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Adv. Sci. Eng. Med. 7 (2015) 1-8.