Dr. Niren Murthy is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Murthy received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle in Bioengineering in 2001, and then did Postdoctoral research at U.C. Berkeley in Chemistry from 2001-2003. He started his academic career at Georgia Tech in 2003 and in 2012 moved back to U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Murthy’s laboratory is an interdisciplinary laboratory that focuses on the development of new materials for drug delivery and molecular imaging. Murthy laboratory has developed several new biomaterials and imaging agents, such as the maltodextrin based imaging agents, which are focused on improving the treatment and diagnosis of infectious diseases. In addition, Murthy laboratory has developed numerous reagents for detecting radical oxidants, such as the hydrocyanines.
PhD: Biopharmaceutics, University of the Pacific
Research focus:My current research focuses on developing the carrier-free siRNA delivery systems with organ specificity, controlled release, and lower side effects. Discovering technology that stabilizes mRNA and improves the protein expression.
PhD: University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, San Juan, PR. 2018 (PI, Kai Griebenow)
Postdoctoral Researcher: Comprehensive Cancer Center San Juan, PR. 2019-2021 (PI, Pablo Vivas-Mejia)
Research focus:My research focuses on the in vivo use of lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) for nucleic acid delivery, with a specific emphasis on the delivery of genome editors. My goal is to optimize the LNP formulations to improve their stability, biodistribution, and target specificity. I am interested in developing strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of LNP to make them easier to use in gene therapy.
PhD: University of Maryland College Park, USA
Joined Murthy group: August 2022
Research focus: I am developing polymer nanoparticles for mRNA delivery. I am also fabricating new microfluidic devices to make smaller lipid nanoparticles and microgels for encapsulating and delivering large biomolecules.
PhD: Molecular and Genetics biology, 2017
Research focus: My research aims to address challenges in delivering therapeutic and genetic materials more effectively by leveraging lipid nanoparticle (LNP) technology. By advancing LNP design, formulation techniques, and integrating AI and machine learning, my goal is to enhance the safe and efficient delivery of drugs, DNA, RNA, and gene editing tools.
PhD: Medicinal Chemistry, (PI. Prof. Harinath Chakrapani), IISER Pune
Research focus: My current research work in Prof. Murthy’s lab is focused on development of efficient and promising methods for the delivery of mRNA, siRNA, Antisense oligonucleotides and Proteins. Also, I have keen interest in developing the therapeutics for infectious diseases.
PhD:Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University
Research focus: My current research focuses on developing new molecules and materials for mRNA stabilization and drug delivery overcoming anti-infectious or anti-viral.
PhD: School of life science, Nanjing University 2022, China
Research focus: My main emphasis is on advancing the field of mRNA delivery through the development of polymer and polypeptide nanoparticles. Additionally, I am actively investigating RNA ligations to enhance our understanding in this area.
PhD : Florida Atlantic University
Research focus: My research focused on Deep learning/AI for drug discovery and microfluidic devices for drug delivery.
M.S: Biophysics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Research focus: My current research work is discovering the drugs against essential proteins of SARS-CoV-2 (PLpro and Nsp15). Besides this, I am also working on using site-specific fusion proteins to deliver drugs.
B.S: University of Maryland, College Park (2019)
Undergraduate Student: bioengineering.
Research focus: My research involves using recombinant protein purification to generate site-specific fusion proteins and use those to transfect cells and deliver drugs.
|Yumiao Zhang||2016-2018||Postdoctoral Fellow||Professor, Tianjin University|
|Chad Altobelli||2017-2018||B.S. Student||Undergraduate researcher, Nomura lab|
|Corinne Sadlowski||2015-2017||Postdoctoral Fellow||Scientist, R2M Pharma, Inc.|
|Abhinav Acharya||2012-2015||Postdoctoral Fellow||Assistant Professor, Arizona State University|
|Jingtuo Zhang||2015-2017||Postdoctoral Fellow||Scientist, PaxVax Inc,|
|Bora Park||2015-2017||Postdoctoral Fellow||Research Scientist, Impossible Food Inc.|
|Subhamoy Das||2016-2017||Postdoctoral Fellow||Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University|
|Kunwoo Lee||2011-2016||Ph.D. Student||CEO of GenEdit|
|Vanessa Mackley||2016-2017||Master Student||GenEdit|
|Xiaojian Wang||2013-2016||Postdoctoral Fellow||Faculty at Nanjing Tech University|
|Giri K. Vegesna||2015-2016||Postdoctoral Fellow||Scientist, Profusa Inc|
|Mike Webb||2013-2014||Postdoctoral Fellow||Faculty at Montana State University|
|Kiana Aran||2012-||Postdoctoral Fellow||Assistant Professor, University of San Diego|
|HyunJin Kim||Postdoctoral Fellow|
|Carlo Lo Sterzo||2013-||Postdoctoral Fellow|
|Xinghai Ning||2008-||Postdoctoral Fellow||Faculty at Nanjing University|
|Mikhail Zibinsky||2012-2014||Postdoctoral Fellow||Scientist, Flexus Biosciences|
|Jianping Zheng||2013||Postdoctoral Fellow||Postdoctoral Fellow, Dophen Biomed|
|Kousik Kundu||2007-2011||Postdoctoral Fellow||Senior Scientist, LI-COR Biosciences|
|Madhuri Dasari||2005-2011||Postdoctoral Fellow||Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Jason Lee||2008-2011||Postdoctoral Fellow||Research Scientist, Kimberly-Clark|
|John Perng||2008-2011||Ph.D. Student||Research Scientist, Siemens|
|Scott Wilson||2006-2011||Ph.D. Student||Professor, John Hopkins School of Medicine|
|Khalilah Reddie||2009-2011||Postdoctoral Fellow||Lecturer, UMass-Lowell|
|Dongin Kim||2008-2010||Postdoctoral Fellow||Prof of university of Texas A&M|
|Jay C. Sy||2006-2010||Ph.D. Student||Faculty at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey|
|Yash Kolambkar||2010||Postdoctoral Fellow||Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech|
|Alex Cooper||2010||Undergraduate||Georgia Tech|
|Chen-Yu Kao||2007-2009||Ph.D. Student||Assistant Professor of BME, Taiwan National University of Engineering|
|Sungmun Lee||2005-2009||Postdoctoral Fellow||Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Khalifa University (UAE)|
|Mike Heffernan||2003-2008||Ph.D. Student||Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH | Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine|
|Dongwon Lee||2006-2008||Postdoctoral Fellow||Professor of Material Science, Chonbuk University|
|Stephen Yang||2003-2008||Ph.D. Student||Research Scientist, Merck|
|Siraj Khaja||2005-2007||Postdoctoral Fellow||Research Scientist, Cambridge Pharmaceuticals|