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Shanta Dhar, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Assistant Director of Technology and Innovation, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
NanoTherapeutics Research Laboratory
Primary Appointment of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
(305) 243-1292
Gautier Building Room #317
Research Summary: NanoTherapeutics Research
Lab Website: NanoTherapeutics Research Lab
Publications: Click here to see her publications

  • PhD, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (2005)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University (2006-2007)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (2007-2010)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Georgia (2010-2016)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Miami (Present)


Shanta was born in West Bengal, India. She received her Ph. D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Her graduate work was in the area of bioinorganic chemistry with the overall goal being to develop copper(II) complexes to effect photocleavage of double stranded DNA at longer wavelengths. In 2006, she came to this side of the globe and joined Johns Hopkins University as a postdoctoral fellow where she worked in the area of bioorganic chemistry with Prof. Marc M. Greenberg developing fluorescent sensors for the detection of various DNA lesions. In 2007, Shanta joined the group of Prof. Stephen J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her postdoctoral studies were focused on nanocarrier-mediated delivery of platinum-based drugs for their potential applications in cancer. Shanta was an Assistant Professor in the chemistry department, University of Georgia during August 2010- 2016. She joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in June 2016.


  • 2015 — Thieme Chemistry Journal Award
  • 2014 — Georgia’s best and brightest: 2014 Georgia Trend’s list of 40 Under 40
  • 2014 — Georgia top medical researchers by Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • 2014 — Seahorse Bioscience Young Scientist Travel Award
  • 2013 — National Scientist Development Award, American Heart Association
  • 2012 — Targeting Mitochondria 2012 Award for Scientific Contribution Award
  • 2012 — Prostate cancer idea development award, Department of Defense
  • 2011 — Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • 2008 — Anna Fuller Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Oncology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2005 — Prof. S. Sunderajan Best thesis award, Indian Institute of Science
  • 2001 — Vasudevamurthy-Soundararajan Prize, Indian Institute of Science
  • 1998 — Gold medal from University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, India
  • 1996 — Silver medal from University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, India
  • 1993-1998 — National merit scholarship, Government of India