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I was born and bought up in Roopnagar, a small town in the north Indian state of Punjab. I was awarded national scholarships for maintaining an excellent academic record in my secondary school examinations and received the certificate of merit for being among the top 0.1% of successful candidates in mathematics in the All India Secondary School Examination. Thereafter, I attended the Department of Biophysics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, where I gained my B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees. Here too, I received university medals for excellence in academics throughout my bachelor's and master's courses. I completed my Ph.D. in 2011 and was entitled “Peptoids as Antimicrobial and Collagen Mimetics: A Computational Study”.

I started my teaching career in 2007 as an Assistant Professor at Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Chandigarh. In 2010 I rejoined Panjab University as Assistant Professor, where I am currently involved in teaching and research. In my post-doctoral research at University College London (U.K.) I analyzed and characterized peptides derived from the family of intermediate filament proteins that have the ability to bind unpolymerized tubulin. After completing my research in London, I returned to Panjab University in 2015. Currently, I am the Chairperson of the Department of Biophysics and also the Warden of Working Women Hostel here at Panjab University. 

Latest Book Published 2022 

Book Chapters

Patents Filed

  • Peptide and Device for the detection of Prostate Specific Antigen. Avneet Saini,   Panchali Barman, Sheetal Sharma, Shweta Sharma. Indian Patent Office, Application No.202211061821 A, 4 Nov 2022.

  • Process and development of nano-bio composite anti-bacterial additive for commercial paint production. Gaurav Verma, Avneet Saini, Shubhi Joshi, Deeksha Sharma. Indian Patent Office, Application No. 202211011934 A, 4 March 2022.​

  • A Synthetic Peptide Possessing Antimicrobial and Anticancer Properties. Avneet Saini, Pratibha Sharma, Simran Preet, Neha Singla, Praveen Rishi. Indian Patent Office, Application No. 202011015631, 9 April 2020.

Research Projects

  • Development of a novel antibacterial and antibiofilm coating for biomaterial implants and medical devices. (ICMR) (2022-2025) Rs 50, 00, 000/-

  • Development of peptide functionalized antifouling graphitic nano coating. (WOS-B, DST) (2021-2024) as Mentor.

  • Studies on the consequences and prevention of the intra cellular amyloid B- aggregation and cognitive decline in progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Department of Science & Technology-Cognitive Science Research Initiative (2019-2022).

  • Design and Development of Novel Peptides/Peptoids against selected pathogens. Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) (2017-2021) Rs 59, 52, 876/-.

  • Design and Bio validation of novel antimicrobial peptides. UGC-BSR (2016-2020).

  • Joshi S., Sharma S., Verma G., Saini A. Peptide functionalized nanomaterials as microbial sensors. In Photophysics and Nanophysics in Therapeutics (2022) by Elsevier Inc. ISBN: 978-0-323-89839-3.

  • Barman P., Sharma S., Saini A. Improving the functionality of a nanomaterial by biological probes. In Photophysics and Nanophysics in Therapeutics (2022) by Elsevier Inc. ISBN: 978-0-323-89839-3.

Group Members

PhD Students

  • Mayank Maan,  2021

  • Satvika, 2021

  • Panchali Barman, 2019

  • Sandeep Saini, 2018

  • Shubhi Joshi, 2017

  • Pratibha Sharma, (2016-2020)

  • Sheetal Sharma, (2012-2017)

Masters Students

  • Hemant, 2021-22

  • Chakshu Sharma, 2020-21

  • Piyush, 2019-2020

  • Ruby Siddiqui, 2018-2019

  • Puneet Kaur, 2017-18

  • Aindrilla Chatterjee, 2016-17

  • Aakarshan Datta, 2016-17

  • Reetika Sahore, 2015-2016

  • Sukriti Sharma, 2012-2013

  • Riteshwari Negi, 2011-2012

  • Rohit Bansal, 2011-2012

  • Tapish Malik, 2011-2012


Department of Biophysics, 

Basic Medical Science Block-2 (BMS Block-2), South Campus, Sec-25
Chandigarh-160014 (India)

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