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My research team aims to create next-generation biomaterials including self-assembled soft-materials, organic/inorganic nanoparticles, polymers and stem cells based drug delivery vehicles as therapeutics through a highly multidisciplinary approach. We believe laboratory innovations should not only remain at lab-bench, but also should be translatable into the clinic to help people. Thus, our ultimate goal is to develop therapeutics/strategies that can rapidly translate into the clinic. Our approach to achieve this goal is through an interactive and collaborative research with biologists, engineers, material scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs. We are actively seeking to establish collaborations with clinicians, biologists and labs that have expertise in animal models. Thus, we encourage you to contact us for further discussion to have a great beginning.

In addition, professional development of my team members takes priority, and my lab is dedicated to the development of next-generation chemists, material scientists and bioengineers to work at the forefront of translational research.


All the best,
Praveen Vemula

Latest News

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Lab's first research article has been appeared in Science Translational Medicine. A great start for the lab and wish to continue the same. Aug 13, 2014. (Media coverage can be seen here)

- Niranjan Kotla from Dhanvanthari College of Pharmacy has joined as JRF in the lab on July 30, 2014. A warm welcome into the group.

- Ashley Farris a summer student from Univ. of Kansan, USA has joined the lab for three months on June 6, 2014. A warm welcome into the group.

- Ketan Thorat got selected for inStem/NCBS graduate program-2014 on May 30, 2014. Congratulations, fantastic news.

Sangeetha Ramesan has completed her Masters thesis work, and defended her thesis. She will be transitioned to Agilent during June/July 2014. All the best for this alumni.

- Aprameya Ganesh has joined has an IAS Summer Researh Fellow on May 12, 2014. A warm welcome into the group.

- OCongratulations to Debjit Dutta and Srujan Marepally who's book chapter has been accepted in Elsevier Publications (Apr 2, 2014). Great news.

- Congratulations to Ketan Thorat who scored  All India Rank 120 in GATE 2014 in Biotechnology! (Mar 28, 2014). Fantastic news, party time!

- Congratulations to Srujan Marepally
who received DST's Fast Track Startup Research Grant. Fabulous news!  (Mar 21, 2014)

Our Vision

Our passion is to build the bridge from discovery to delivery (translational path)

                 - Praveen Vemula


Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem),
National Centre for Biological Sciences,
UAS-GKVK Campus,
Bellary Road,

Bangalore 560065
Karnataka, INDIA

Tel: +91-80-67176395
Fax: 91-80-2363 6662



Key Publications

- Gajanayake T, et al. "A single localized dose of enzyme-responsive hydrogel improves long-term survival of a vascularized composite allograft". Science Transl. Med. 2014, 6, 248ra110. Link

- Vemula PK, et al. "Self-assembled hydrogel fibers for sensing the multi-compartment intracellular milieu". Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4466. Link

- Vemula PK, et al. “Nanoparticles reduce nickel allergy by capturing metal ions”. Nature Nanotech. 2011, 6, 291-295. Link

-Jadhav SR, et al. "Sugar derived phase-selective molecular gelators as model oil spills and solidifiers". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 7695-7698. Link

- Kumar A. et al. "Silver nanoparticle-embedded anti-microbial paints based on vegetable oil". Nature Mater. 2008, 7, 236-241. Link

- Vemula PK, et al. "Enzyme catalysis: tool to make and break amygdalin hydrogelators from renewable resoureces: a delivery model for hydrophobic drugs". J. Am. Chem. Soc.2006, 128, 8932-8938. Link


Open Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow:

We are looking for an outstanding candidate with experience in organic synthesis and Self-Assembled Hydrogels - see details here