Santra Research Group

Research Group

Group photo of the research team

Current Members

Postdocs

  • Parthiban Rajasekaran


    Studying environmental toxicity of emerging bactericides
  • Smruti Das


    Plant uptake studies of emerging bactericides
  • Maria Nugiera Campos


    Studying chitosan nanocomposites

Ph.D.

  • Mikaeel Young


    Studying emerging bacterial biofilm eradicating composite materials
  • Tyler Maxwell


    Studying cancer targeting nanocomposites
  • Harikishan Kannan


    Studying emerging carbon based antimicrobial composite materials
  • Ali Ozcan


    Studying emerging film based bactericides
  • Ziyang Huang


    Studying emerging non-traditional metal-based bactericides

PSM (non-thesis)

  • Jorge Martinez


    Studying small molecule antimicrobials

Undergraduate

  • Preeti Kumrah


    Studying bacterial biofilm

High school

  • Kripa Ahuja


    Trinity Preparatory School; Studying antimicrobial chitosan material

Group Alumni

Postdocs

  • Subir Kumar Sabui

    (Research Scientist (team leader) at Sapala Organics Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, India)
  • Shelly John Mechery

    (Scientist, Physical Optics Corporation, Torrance, CA)
  • Soumitra Kar

    (Assistant Professor of Physics, School of Applied Science, Haldia Institute of Technology, Haldia, (W.B), India)
  • Subhash Banerjee

    (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur (C.G.), India)
  • Padmavathy Tallury

    (Research Professional, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
  • Subhajit Biswas

    (Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland)
  • Rajendra Narayan Mitra

    (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Opthalmology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC)

Graduate (PhD and MS) students graduated with thesis

  • Srijita Basumallick

    (PhD in Chemistry; Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology Agartala, Tripura, India)
  • Jen Archer

    (PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology)
  • Astha Malhotra

    (PhD in Chemistry; Co-advisor)
  • Chetak Patel

    (MS in Chemistry; scientist, Johnson and Johnson)
  • Pavithra Maniprasad

    (MS in Biotechnology; employed at eClinicalWorks as s healthcare business intelligence)
  • Roseline Menezes

    (MS in Biotechnology; joined PhD program at New Jersey Institute of Technology)
  • Mikaeel Young

    (MS in Biotechnology; joined PhD program at UCF)
  • Jeremy Tharkur

    (MS in Molecular Biology and Microbiology; St. Georges University, Grenada)
  • Andrew Teblum

    (MS in Interdisciplinary Research; Teacher, Coral Spring High School, Coral Springs, FL)
  • Joshua Bazata

    (MS in Biotechnology; LECOM medical School, Bradenton, Sarasota, FL)
  • Megan Berroth

    (MS in Biotechnology, Working for Kaplan Test Prep)
  • Keith Payton

    (MS in Dentistry; Co-Advisor; Department of Orthodontics, Case Western Reserve University)

Undergraduate students

  • Ashton Lee

  • Kelly Kenniff

  • Alise Oti Ramirez

  • Alejandra Ricaurte Diaz

  • Andrew Teblum

  • Christine Malgoza

  • Carlos Solano

  • Jennelle Suarez

  • Jessica Tyus

  • Karishma Cantarero

  • Antonia Bass

  • Keith Payton

  • Logan Byrne

  • Jay Patel

  • Richard Alvarez

  • Sabrina Ghim

  • Sara Rifai

  • Tamre Parsons

  • Nick Fusco

  • Priya Patel

High school students

  • Gabrielle Rickstrew

    (Lake Brantley High School; currently at Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Niharika Maity

    (Hagerty High School)
  • Rikhav Shah

    (Lake Highland Preparatory School; Admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Kendyl Drayer

Other research assistants

  • Olajompo Moloye

    (Summer 2006, Johnson and Johnson)
  • Supriyo Ray

    (Sep 1, 2006 – Nov. 30, 2006)
  • Preethi Mylavarapu

    (2006-2007)
  • Cynthia Klein

    (AMPAC REU; Summer 2006)
  • Cynthia Yates

  • Anindarupa Chunder

  • Jayanta Das


Swadeshmukul Santra, Ph.D., University of Central Florida  •  Email: Swadeshmukul.Santra@ucf.edu  •  Phone: 407-697-2848  •  Fax: 407-882-2819