Dr. Meenakshi Pahwa

Dr. Meenakshi Pahwa

Name: Dr. Meenakshi Pahwa
Designation: Assistant Professor
Phone: 04366-277290
Email: meenakshipahwa@cutn.ac.in


Biographic Sketch:
Dr. Meenakshi Pahwa was born in New Delhi (India), in 1993. She completed her B.Sc in Chemistry (Hons) from Hindu College, Delhi University in 2013, followed by her M.Sc (Chemistry) from Department of Chemistry, Delhi University in 2015. She qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) for junior research fellowship and lectureship conducted by CSIR India, with 77 rank in 2014. Furthering her academic pursuits, Dr.Pahwa obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2021 from JNCASR, India under the supervision of Dr. Sarit S. Agasti. Her research work at Programmable Molecular Design Laboratory was focused on engineering gold nanoparticle surface via host-guest chemistry and self-assembly to fabricate biocompatible nanosystems to achieve various biological applications such as delivery, sensing, NP templated organic synthesis and regulating enzymatic function. Following the completion of her PhD, she got engaged in postdoctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Michał Chmielewski at the Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory, University of Warsaw, Poland. During this period, she worked on a project titled "Gold Nanoparticles as a Synthetic Transmembrane Anion Transporter." Dr. Pahwa is now currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Central University of Tamil Nadu.

Research Highlights :

Dr. Pahwa’s research group is keen to exploit supramolecular chemistry mediated host-guest interactions to advance a wide array of biological applications in the field of therapeutic, sensing and diagnostic. Furthermore, her research group explores molecular recognition between supramolecular probes and nanomaterials, aiming to accomplish:

  • Development of high throughput sensors by utilising array based sensing (chemical nose) approach to discriminate various bioanalytes
  • Spatially and temporally controlled therapeutics
  • Design and development of bioinspired nanosystems for templated organic synthesis
  • Reversible self-assembled systems as smart materials

Recent Publications :

1.     R. Sasmal, A. Som, P. Kumari, M. Pahwa, N. D. Saha, S. Rao, V. Sheeba, S. S. Agasti; “Supramolecular catch-and-release strategy for bioorthogonal fluorogenic imaging across the visible spectrum”, bioRxiv, 2023.

2.     N. Das Saha, S. Pradhan, R. Sasmal, A. Sarkar, C. M. Berač, J.C. Kölsch, M. Pahwa, S. Show, Y. Rozenholc, Z. Topçu, V. Alessandrini, J. Guibourdenche, V. Tsatsaris, N. G. Eilstein, S. S. Agasti; “Cucurbit[7]uril Macrocyclic Sensors for Optical Fingerprinting: Predicting Protein Structural Changes to Identifying Disease Specific Amyloid Assemblies”, JACS2022144, 14363-14379.

3.     M. Pahwa, P. Jain, N. Das Saha, C. Narayana and S. S. Agasti, “Interfacial Tetrazine Click Chemistry Mediated Assembly of Multifunctional Colloidosomes” Chem. Commun.202157, 9534-9537.

4.     A. Som, M. Pahwa, S. Bawari, N. Das Saha, R. Sasmal, M. S. Bosco, J. Mondal, and S. S. Agasti, “Multiplexed Optical Barcoding of Cells via Photochemical Programming of Bioorthogonal Host-Guest Recognition” Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 5484-5494.

5.     M. Pahwa, M. Sharma, S. K. Meethal and S. S. Agasti, “Reversible Regulation of Esterase Activity via Host–Guest Molecular Recognition at the Nanoparticle Surface” Bull. Mater. Sci.2020, 43, 1-7.

6.     R. Sasmal, N. Das Saha, M. Pahwa, S. Rao, D. Joshi, M. S. Inamdar, V. Sheeba and S. S. Agasti, “Synthetic Host–Guest Assembly in Cells and Tissues: Fast, Stable, and Selective Bioorthogonal Imaging via Molecular Recognition” Anal. Chem.201890, 11305-11314.

7.     S. K. Meethal, R. Sasmal, M. Pahwa, S. Chandrasekhar, N. Das Saha and S. S. Agasti, “Cucurbit[7]uril Directed Assembly of Colloidal Membrane and Stimuli Responsive Microcapsules at the liquid-liquid Interface” Langmuir2018, 34, 693-699.


Book chapter:

1.     M. Pahwa, Athira M. P. and S. S. Agasti; “Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Nanostructures for Biological Imaging and delivery” Encyclopedia of Nanomaterials, Elsevier2023, V2, 478-495.:


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