Dr. M. Hamsa Priya


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2005 – 2011), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • M.E. Chemical Engineering (2003 – 2005), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • B.Tech. Chemical Engineering (1999 – 2003), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad.

Academic identity:

Dr. M. Hamsa Priya pursued her B.Tech in Chemical Engineering in Dr. B. V. Raju Institute of Technology, affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. She was awarded the University Gold Medal for being the topper among all the colleges affiliated with the university. Her research career started at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) through a 2-month Young Engineer Fellowship Programme (YEFP). She secured national level 3rd rank in the GATE exam that paved the way to pursue M.E. in Chemical Engineering in IISc and continue to work on the photocatalysis research project that she started as a YEFP fellow. She was awarded the Prof. Kuloor Memorial Award for her academic excellence. Later she moved to Ohio State University to pursue a Ph.D. in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department with a University Fellowship. Her doctoral study was in the interface of Biology and Chemical Engineering, wherein she carried out the molecular modeling of interactions in protein solutions that drive protein crystallization. After a short industrial postdoc in Dow Chemicals, Pune, she joined the Department of Biotechnology in Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and presently working as an Associate Professor. Her research pertains to understanding the process of self-assembly and aggregation by elucidating the underlying biomolecular interactions, to understand disease pathogenesis, design ordered nanostructures for drug delivery, and enhance therapeutic stability


  • Royal Society of Chemistry Travel Award to attend Faraday Discussion 141: Water – From Interfaces to the Bulk in Edinburgh 2008
  • Inducted into Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 2008
  • Graduate Fellowship, Institute for Multi-scale Modeling of Biological Interactions, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 2006 – 2008
  • University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 2005 – 2006
  • Kuloor Memorial Award for Best Graduate Student, IISc, Bangalore 2005
  • Young Engineers Fellowship, IISc, Bangalore 2003
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Gold Medal for Best Undergraduate Student in Chemical Engineering 2003
  • Padmasri. Dr. B. V. Raju Gold Medal for Topping in Chemical Engineering among thousands of students in the state of Andhra Pradesh 2003
  • Akhila Memorial Medal for being the School Topper in class XII CBSE exam 1999
  • Awarded the Certificate of Merit by CBSE for being in top 0.1% (national level) in Mathematics in class X exam 1997

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