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Sunaina Surana

     

    EDUCATION

    Currently      : Post-doctoral scholar (Mentor: Prof. Yamuna Krishnan, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, USA)


    2009-2014   : PhD (Thesis title: A framework to apply DNA nanodevices to a multicellular model organism)
    Prof. Yamuna Krishnan and Dr. Sandhya P. Koushika (TIFR, Mumbai, India) National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR (Bangalore, India).


    2008-2009   : Junior Research Fellow (Mentor: Prof. Yamuna Krishnan) National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR (Bangalore, India).


    2007              : Summer Internship for 3 months (Mentor: Prof. Yamuna Krishnan)
    National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR (Bangalore, India).


    2006-2008   : M.Sc. Genetics (Calcutta University, India), GPA 4.8/6.0.


    2003-2006   : B.Sc. Zoology (Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta University, India),
    61.0%.

Awards/Prizes/Certificates:

1. Nominated for BioAsia Innovation Award, 2015.


1. Malhotra-Weikfield Foundation NanoScience Fellowship Award, 2013.


2. EMBO-CCCP Corporate Registration Fellowship, EMBO Conference Series: C. elegans
Neurobiology, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany, 2012.


3. Department of Biotechnology Travel Award, Govt. of India, 2012.


4. Best poster award for "An autonomous DNA nanomachine maps spatiotemporal pH changes  in  a  multicellular living organism"  at the 79th  Conference of the Society of Biological Chemists (India), held at Indian Institute of Science, India, 2010.

Meetings/Workshops attended:


1. Teaching Assistant (3 semesters) at the Scientific Communication Course, held at
National Centre for Biological Sciences, India, 2012 and 2014.


2. Teaching Assistant at the 4th Bangalore Microcopy Workshop, held at National Centre for Biological Sciences, India, 2012.


3. Presented poster titled "An autonomous DNA nanomachine maps spatiotemporal pH
changes in a multicellular living organism" at the EMBO Conference Series: C. elegans
Neurobiology, held at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany, 2012.

4. Participant at the 3rd  Bangalore Microscopy Workshop, held at National Centre for
Biological Sciences, India, 2011.


5. Presented poster titled "An autonomous DNA nanomachine maps spatiotemporal pH changes  in  a  multicellular living organism"  at the 79th  Conference of the Society of Biological Chemists (India), held at Indian Institute of Science, India, 2010.


6. Attended the Genomics, Model Organisms and Disease Conference, held at National Centre for Biological Sciences, India, 2008.

Publications:


1. Modi, S., Nizak, C., Surana, S., Halder, S. and Krishnan, Y. Two DNA nanomachines map pH  changes  along  intersecting  endocytic pathways  inside  the  same  cell.   Nature Nanotech. 8, 459-467 (2013).


2. Surana, S., Bhatia, D. and Krishnan, Y. A method to study in vivo stability of DNA nanostructures. Methods 64, 94-100 (2013).


3.  Surana,  S.,  Krishnan,  Y.  A  method  to  map  spatiotemporal  pH changes  in  a multicellular living organism using a DNA nanosensor. Methods Mol. Biol.   991, 9-23 (2013).


4. Surana, S., Bhat, J. M., Koushika, S. P. and Krishnan, Y. An autonomous DNA nanomachine maps spatiotemporal pH changes in a multicellular living organism. Nat. Commun. 2, 340 doi:10.1038/ncomms1340 (2011).


5. Bhatia, D., Surana, S., Chakraborty, S., Koushika, S. P. and Krishnan, Y. A synthetic, icosahedral DNA-based host-cargo complex for functional in vivo imaging. Nat. Commun.
2, 339 doi:10.1038/ncomms1337 (2011).

Book Chapters:


1. Surana, S., Modi, S. and Krishnan, Y. An autonomous DNA nanodevice captures pH
maps of living cells in culture and in vivo. L. Cardelli and W. Shih (Eds.): DNA 17, LNCS
6937, 22–31 (2011).

Popular Science Articles:


1. The Art of doing Bionanotechnology. The Hindu, July 2013.

Press Reports:


1. DNA nanomachines: Finding their way into worms. Nature Nanotechnology, 2011, doi:10.1038/nnano.2011.91. http://www.nature.com/nnano/reshigh/2011/0611/full/nnano.2011.91.html


2.    Monitoring    pH    changes    in    vivo    using    a    DNA    sensor.    Bhatnagar,    J. http://www.indiabioscience.org/node/305


3.  Giving  DNA  Nanodevices  a  New  Role  inside  Living  Systems.  Sukumaran,  A.  The Financial Express, Nov 14th 2011, New Delhi.


4. Science News: DNA designs for Biology. Priyadarshini, S.,  Nature India, 29th  June, 2011, http://www.nature.com/nindia/2011/110629/full/nindia.2011.99.html

Post-doctoral Scholar, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago,
GCIS, E347A, 929, East 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Email: sunainas[at]uchicago.edu
Phone: +1 7737024364


 

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