Rizia Bardhan, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Rizia Bardhan, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Her research efforts are focused on nanomedicine and the development of theranostic (therapeutic + diagnostic) nanostructures that can simultaneously target, diagnose, and deliver therapeutic drugs/genes in tumor cells. Bardhan's lab is developing a hybrid nanoplatform that enables early detection of micrometastasis with multimodal optical imaging techniques combining high spatial resolution, high sensitivity and specificity, and rapid image analysis. After detection, this hybrid platform can simultaneously deliver drugs by light-triggered hyperthermia specifically targeted to the tumor location, minimizing off-target toxicities. This hybrid nanoplatform will ultimately detect and treat drug-resistant micrometastatic cells before metastatic invasion to distant organs. Bardhan is currently collaborating with Justin Balko, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and Melissa Skala, Ph.D., to implement this platform in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Beyond TNBC, this technology can be applied to other cancer as well in both solid tumors and micrometastasis.
- Ph.D., Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas (2010)
- M.S., Rice University, Houston, Texas (2007)
- B.A., Mathematics and Chemistry, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri (2005)