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Sonu Gandhi


Biosensor Development

Education and training:

Dr. Gandhi completed B.Sc. (2002) from Aligarh Muslim University and M.Sc. (2004) from Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India, and Ph.D. (2011; Biosensor Development) from CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh. She worked as Post-doctoral Fellow (October 2010 to Jan 2014) at Campus IFOM-IEO, Milan, Italy. Later Dr Gandhi worked as Visiting Scientist (October 2014 to August 2015) at University of Washington, USA. Before joining NIAB on 13-07-2018, Dr Gandhi worked as Assistant Professor (October 2015 to July 2018) at Amity University, Noida, India.

Research experience and interests:

Dr. Gandhi’s experience spans (a) development of biosensing probes for clinical and nutritional applications, (b) chemical modification of biomolecules for generation of specific antibodies against antibiotics, pesticides, toxins or clinically important diseases, (c) discovery of novel biomarkers for the design of efficient, affordable and cost effective lab on chip, and (d) development of novel nanomaterials for targeted drug delivery and therapeutics. Her laboratory at NIAB is dedicated to address issues relating to reproduction and nutrition in animals.

Selected awards, honours and fellowships:
  1. 2018: Distinguished speaker award in SELECT-BIO conference, Bangalore

  2. 2017: Visiting Faculty at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

  3. 2017: Best Young Investigator Award at IIT-BHU, Varanasi

  4. 2011: Marie Curie cofund Post-doc Research Scholarship (2 years)

  5. 2007: Senior Research Fellowship (SRF), CSIR

Selected publications:

  1. Sonu Gandhi, Neena Capalash, Prince Sharma and C Raman Suri, Strip based immunochromatographic assay using specific egg yolk antibodies for rapid detection of heroin and its metabolites in urine samples, Biosensors and Bioelectronics (2009), 25, 502–505. (highlighted in Nature India) (Impact Factor- 9.518)

  2. I Putu Mahendra Wijaya, Tey Ju Nie, Sonu Gandhi, Robin Boro, Isabel Rodriguez, Subodh G. Mhaisalkar, C. Raman Suri, Alagappan Palaniappan, Goh Wei Hau, Femto Molar Detection of 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid Herbicides via Competitive Immunoassays using Microfluidic Based Carbon Nanotube Liquid Gated Transistor, Lab on a Chip, (2010), 10, 634–638. (Impact Factor- 6.914)

  3. J. N. Tey*, S. Gandhi*, I. P. M. Wijaya, Al. Palaniappan, J. Wei, I. Rodriguez, C. R. Suri and S. G. Mhaisalkar, Direct Detection of Heroin Metabolites using a Carbon Nanotubes Liquid Gated Field Effect Transistor based Competitive Immunoassay, SMALL, (2010), 6, 993-998. (*contributed equally) (highlighted in Nature India) (Impact Factor-9.598)

  4. Asahi Tomitaka, Hamed Arami, Sonu Gandhi, Kannan M Krishnan. Lactoferrin conjugated iron oxide nanoparticles for targeting brain glioma cells in magnetic particle imaging. Nanoscale, (2015), 7, 16890–16898. (Impact Factor- 7.76)

  5. Sonu Gandhi, Hamed Arami, Kannnan M. Krishnan, Detection of cancer-specific proteases using magnetic relaxation of peptide-conjugated nanoparticles in biological environment. Nanoletters, 2016, 16 (6), 3668–3674. (Impact Factor- 13.8)

  6. Anita Talan, Annu Mishra, Sergei A. Eremin, Jagriti Narang, Ashok Kumar, Sonu Gandhi$. Ultrasensitive electrochemical immunosensing platform based on gold nanoparticles triggering chlorpyrifos detection in fruits and vegetables. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2018, 105, 14–21. (Impact Factor- 9.518)

  7. Prem Prakash Tripathi$, Hamed Arami, Ivneet Banga, Jalaj Gupta, Sonu Gandhi$, Cell penetrating peptides in preclinical and clinical cancer diagnosis and therapy, Oncotarget, 2018, 9, 37252-37267. (Impact Factor- 5.168)

  8. Saurav Islam, Shruti Shukla, Vivek K. Bajpai, Young-Kyu Han, Yun Suk Huh, Arindam Ghosh, Sonu Gandhi$, A smart nanosensor for the detection of human immunodeficiency virus and associated cardiovascular and arthritis diseases using functionalized graphene-based transistors, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2019, 126, 792-799. (Impact Factor- 9.518)

  9. Saurav Islam, Shruti Shukla, Vivek K. Bajpai, Young-Kyu Han, Yun Suk Huh, Arindam Ghosh, Sonu Gandhi$, Microfluidic based graphene field effect transistor for femtomolar detection of chlorpyrifos pesticide, Scientific Reports, 2019, 9, 276-282. (Impact Factor- 4.172)

  10. Akanksha Roberts, Prem Prakash Tripathi, Sonu Gandhi$, Graphene nanosheets as electric mediator for ultrafast sensing of urokinase plasminogen activator receptor - a biomarker of cancer, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2019, 141, 111398. (Impact Factor- 9.518)

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