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Dr. Deepika Sharma


Currently working as a Scientist C at the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali (Department of Science and Technology, Government of India).My Lab research interest lies at the interface of engineering, medicine and biology to develop novel platforms for understanding, diagnosing and treating human disease. Specifically, our work is focused on diagnostics and treatments for cancer. The research work is centered on designing and development of targeted nanoparticles to perform a complex task such as multimodal, non-invasive tumor imaging; trigger the release of a targeted, therapeutic payload, hyperthermia and multifunctional agents for cancer therapies. I am also a member of the Indian Association For Cancer Research (IACR), Indian Association for Hyperthermic Oncology and Medicine (IAHOM) and Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI).


Research Interest

  • Dr. Sharma’s present research interest focuses on the use of heat in the treatment of cancer and making efforts in establishing hyperthermia as an independent therapy system to treat cancerous cells. Her Lab mission is to accelerate the study of cancer therapy through developing a broad range of impactful nanosystems that can be used to detect, monitor, or enhance cancer treatment. Area of particular focus is hyperthermia and its contribution towards cancer prevention. Her multidisciplinary team is also working on the downstream processing of natural anticancer bioactives, mimicking tumor microenvironment through biochips and the role as well as risks of other barrier contributing to cancer treatment.

Research Highlights

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PhD Students

  • MS. Nandini

    Email: nandini.ar200802@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: 10BB20A67002

    Working Since Aug, 2020

    Email: amit.ph20203@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH20203

    Working Since Aug, 2020
  • Ruby Gupta

    Email: ruby.ph16201@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH16201

    Working Since Aug, 2016
  • Ms. Tashmeen Kaur

    Email: tashmeen.ph19232@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH19232

    Working Since Jan, 2020
  • Ms.Priyanka

    Email: priyanka.ph17230@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH17230

    Working Since Jan, 2018

Project - JRF/SRF

  • Amit Tewari

    Email: abt.amit@gmail.com

    Reg. No.: RP571923

  1. In Vitro Anti-tumoral and Anti-bacterial Activity of an Octamolybdate Cluster-Based Hybrid Solid Incorporated with a Copper Picolinate Complex: Joshi A,Gupta R,Vaghasiya K,Verma R.K,Sharma D,Singh M, (2021) ACS Applied Bio Materials, 3(7): 4025–4035. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.0c00093

  2. Biomineralized and Chemically Synthesized Magnetic Nanoparticles: A Contrast.: Nanda T,Rathode A,Sharma D, (2020) Frontiers of Materials Science, 14(4): 387–401. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11706-020-0531-7

  3. Formation of diamond nanostructures from graphite using 10 W fibre laser.: Verma A,Prakash B,Sharma D, (2020) Bulletin of Materials Science, 43(1): 1-5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12034-020-02255-8

  4. First report of isolation of Aeromonas taiwanensis from India.: Nanda T,Sharma D., (2020) New Microbes and New Infections, 36: 100721. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nmni.2020.100721

  5. Effective inhibitory activity against MCF-7, A549 and HepG2 cancer cells by a phosphomolybdate based hybrid solid: Arti Joshi,Ruby Gupta,Bharti Singh,Deepika Sharma,Monika Singh, (2020) Dalton Trans, 49: 7069-7077. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D0DT01042A

  6. Near-infrared-responsive silver-capped magnetic nanoclusters for cancer therapy.: Tewari A,Gupta R,Sharma D, (2020) Journal of Radiation and Cancer Research, 11: 45-51. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4103/jrcr.jrcr_19_20

  7. Manganese-Doped Magnetic Nanoclusters for Hyperthermia and Photothermal Glioblastoma Therapy.: Ruby Gupta and Deepika Sharma, (2020) ACS Applied Nano Materials, 3: 2026-2037. DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.0c00121).

  8. Evolution of Magnetic Hyperthermia for Glioblastoma Multiforme Therapy: Ruby Gupta, Deepika Sharma, (2019) ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 10(3): 1157-1172. DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.8b00652

  9. Biofunctionalization of magnetite nanoparticles with stevioside: effect on the size and thermal behaviour for use in hyperthermia applications.: Ruby Gupta, (2019) International Journal of Hyperthermia, 36(1): 302-312. DOI: 10.1080/02656736.2019.1565787

  10. Biocompatible ferrite nanoparticles for hyperthermia: effect of polydispersity, anisotropy energy and inter-particle interaction: Neha Wadhera, Ruby Gupta,Bhanu Prakash,D Sharma,Suvankar, (2017) Materials Research Express, 4: 025037. DOI: 10.1088/2053-1591/aa5d93

  11. Enzyme assisted extraction of bioactives from plants.: Munish Puri,Collin J. Barrow, (2012) Trends in Biotechnology, 30(1): 37-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2011.06.014

  12. Optimization of novel method for the extraction of stevioside from Stevia rebaudianaleaves: Munish Puri, Collin J Barrow, Ashok K Tiwary, (2012) Food Chemistry, 132(3): 1113-1120. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2011.11.063

  13. Antibacterial activity of stevioside towards food borne pathogenic bacteria: Munish Puri, (2011) Engineering in Life Science, 11(3): 326-329. DOI: 10.1002/elsc.201000142

  14. Downstream processing of stevioside and its potential applications: Munish Puri,Ashok K Tiwary, (2011) Biotechnology Advances, 29(6): 781-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2011.06.006

  1. Multifunctional Bioactives- Nano-sized Delivery Systems for Cancer. In: Food Bioactives Extraction and Biotechnology Applications: Springer Comm., (2017) Ch12: 299-323.

  1. Evolution of Hyperthermia for Cancer Therapy and its Present Prospective in 6th world congress on Nanomedical Sciences-ISNSCON-2018”, “Chemistry-Biology Interface 2019” and “Conference on “Sc: Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, (2019) .

  2. Functionalization and Application of Magnetite Nanoparticles as Hyperthermic agents: Effect on the Size and Magnetic Properties in eBBT-2018 at: IIT Indore, (2018) .

  3. Validation of Cancer Metastasis through Microfluidic Approach in: 8th BANGALORE INDIA NANO, (2016) .

  4. Biocompatible Ferrite Nanoparticles for Hyperthermia: Effect of Polydispersity, Anisotropy Energy and Inter-particle Interaction in: 1st INST In-house Symposium, (2016) .

  5. Validation of Cancer Metastasis through Microfluidic Approach in 2nd CRIKC: Nanoscience Day, (2016) .

  6. Validation of Cancer Metastasis through Microfluidic Approach in 2nd India International Science: Festival, (2016) .

  7. Magnetic Nanoparticles as an Efficient heat mediators for tumour therapy in GLOBAL CANCER SUMMIT held at: Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru, (2015) .

  8. Nanodiamond mediated bone metastasis inhibition in Organ-on-a-chip in 2nd AISRF Meeting on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy,: Optoelectronics and Biological Applications, (2015) .

  9. Evaluating Potential of Noncalorie Sweetener in Masking Bitter Taste of Drugs in BRSI International Conference on Industrial: Biotechnology, (2012) .

  10. Nanomedicine for Cancer. 3rd International Conference on Stem Cells and Cancer: (ICSCC-2012), (2012) .

  11. DBT and UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Biotech Vistas-2011 held at Department of Biotechnology,: Punjabi University, Patiala, (2011) .

  12. Training programme on HPTLC organized by Science and Technology Entrepreneur’s Park (STEP) conducted at Thapar University: Patiala, (2010) .

  13. Applications and Importance of Laboratory Animals in Biomedical Research at National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH): Mumbai, (2009) .

  14. Biotech- Present and Future Perspective held at Biotech Department: Punjabi University, Patiala, (2009) .

  15. Downstream Processing of Stevioside from Stevia rebaudianaBertoni (SrB): an attempt to explore its Microbicidal Potential in BRSI International conference on Emerging Trends in: Biotechnology, (2009) .

  16. Workshop on Patents & IPR at: Chitkara Institute, Punjab, (2007) .

  17. National Symposium on Horizons of Biotechnology held at Department of Biotechnology,: Punjabi University, Patiala, (2006) .


  • Temozolomide delivery across blood brain barrier through nanomagnetic transducer: A targeted therapy for Glioblastoma multiforme. 2019-2021, SERB, DST
    Funding Amount: 46,93,973
    PI: Dr. Deepika Sharma

  • 2013


    Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University, Patiala, India

  • 2007


    Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University, Patiala, India

  • 2005


    Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

  • Scientist C:Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Phase 10, Sector 64, Mohali 160062, Punjab, India (January 2019 to Present till date )

  • Scientist B:Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Phase 10, Sector 64, Mohali 160062, Punjab, India (January 2015 to December 2018 )

  • DBT Research Associate:Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Phase 10, Sector 64, Mohali 160062, Punjab, India (July 2013 to December 2014 )

  • Lecturer:Department of Biotechnology, Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala, Punjab, India. (April 2011 to June 2013 )

Awards & Honours

  • Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Research Associateship (2013-2015).

  • Punjab State Scholarship for merit in Graduation (2005).

  • Awarded by Roll of Honour during Graduation (2005).

Professional Recognitions

  • Member of Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC)

  • Member of Indian Association for Hyperthermic Oncology and Medicine (IAHOM)

  • Member of Indian Association of Cancer Research (IACR)

  • Member of Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI)