IIT Guwahati

Participated as Core Committee of Second Departmental Retreat, 2020


Curriculum Vitae


Kalpana Kumari is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India. She received her postgraduate degree in Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore in 2019, where supramolecular chemistry and peptide chemistry captured her interest before she knew such a term existed. Her passion for research and curiosity to learn more about bio-nanotechnology led her to enroll in a Ph.D. after her postgraduation. She is a recipient of the prestigious Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PMRF), awarded to the country's excellent doctoral candidates for pursuing their research.

Her research interests include Functional biomaterials, Hydrogels, Enzyme mimicry, and Bio-nanaocatalysis.

Prof. Vibin Ramakrishnan



Email: vibin@iitg.ac.in


Kalpana Kumari

  • Ph.D. Research Scholar (July 2019 - Present)
    • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati

    Kalpana Kumari
  • M.Sc. (2017 - 2019)
    • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore
      Department of Biosciences & Biomedical Engineering
      Fellowship : Merit-cum-Means (MCM) Scholarship (2017 - 2019)

    Kalpana Kumari
  • B.Sc. (2014 - 2017)
    • Ranchi Women's College (Ranchi University)

      Department of Biotechnology
      Fellowship : Prime Minister's Scholarship (PMSS) from Kendriya Sainik Board (2014 - 2017)


    ResearchGate , Google Scholar , Linkedin

    My current research interests include:
    • Supramolecular Chemistry
    • Peptide Chemistry
    • Bio-nanotechnology
    • Functional Biomaterials
    • Hydrogels
    • Enzyme mimicry
    • Bio-nano catalysis
    • Drug Design and Therapeutics
    • Animal Diseases

    Aim of Study:

    Peptides have been a preferred choice for the design of bioinspired functional materials. Recent success in the design of novel peptide-based molecular systems that can catalyze reactions with comparable efficiency, yet with remarkable stereo-selectivity provides hope for such an attempt. Such bioinspired catalytic scaffolds or their nano-assemblies mimic the active sites of a natural enzyme, with the minimum number of amino acids in their sequences. In our study, we have focussed on mimicking the active site of two catalytic systems, Human carbonic anhydrase II and Serine protease. The designed peptides will be experimentally tested for their efficacy and selectivity in catalyzing reactions of industrial significance. The construction of ‘molecular mimics’ for all two molecular model systems for two distinct reactions is the core objective of this study.


    [J4]. Sasidharan, S., Sreedhar, R., Ghosh, S., Kumari, K., Thota, S., & Ramakrishnan, V. "Anisotropic Ferromagnetic Organic Nanoflowers. ACS Applied Nano Materials.", 2021, Under Review.

    [J3]. Kumari, K., & Ramakrishnan, V., "Synthesis and Conformational Characterization: Solid phase peptide synthesis, CD spectroscopy, FTIR. Springer protocol. ", Under preparation.

    [J2]. RSC Advances, Anshu Kumari, Kalpana Kumari and Sharad Gupta (2019) Kumari, A., Kumari, K., & Gupta, S., "The effect of nanoencapsulation of ICG on two-photon bioimaging. " in RSC advances , 9(32), 18703- 18712, 2019.

    [J1]. Scientific Reports, Anshu Kumari, Kalpana Kumari and Sharad Gupta (2019) Kumari, A., Kumari, K., & Gupta, S. (2019), "Protease Responsive essential Amino-acid Based nanocarriers for near-infrared imaging." in Scientific Reports , 9(1), 1-12. , 2019.


    Teaching assistant in the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at IIT Guwahati
    • BT 501 Biotechniques: 2021 Monsoon, semester: Jul-Dec 2021
    • BT 601 Analytical Biotechnology 2021 Winter, semester: Jan- May 2021
    • BT 305 Computational Biology 2020 Monsoon, semester: July- Dec 2020


    Kalpana Kumari

    Ph.D. Research Scholar

    Molecular Informatics and Design Laboratory
               N block (3rd Floor)

    Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering
               Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

    Email: k.kalpana@iitg.ac.in


    • Hostel General Secretary (2021-2022)
    • Hostel Sports Secretary (2019-2021)
    • Member of Athletics Club (2019-Present)
    • Received Enerzal Most Hydrated Player of the Day (Women) in 5.7 km cross-country (2021)
    • Received 2nd prize in Triathlon (Athletics), SPIRIT (2021)
    • Winner of Intra-hostel Cross-country (2021)
    • Won championship (Women) trophy of SPARDHA (Inter-hostel sports event) in my leadership (2020)
    • Winner of Inter-hostel Kho-kho tournament, SPARDHA (2020)
    • Participated in March-past on 26th January (2020)
    • Organized Intra-hostel sports tournament (2020)
    • Participated in Inter-hostel Food Festival (2019)
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