Disha completed her BSc Honours in chemistry at the top of her class from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She was awarded the Khorana scholarship to research at the protein nanowires lab with Professor Nikhil Malvankar at Yale University. As a part of Stanford University’s frugal science project, she attempted to develop a low-cost blood glucose monitoring device for diabetes – using a smartphone-based microscope. At IIT Delhi, she worked on improving the anti-microbial properties of silk fibroin-based biomedical devices at Professor Neetu Singh’s lab.
Disha is now a student on the University of Oxford Chemistry in Cells Doctoral Training Programme. Through this programme, she has joined the Booth group to work on the development of next-generation antisense oligonucleotide therapeutics for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, co-supervised by Professor Tom Milne.
Outside of her academic pursuits, Disha runs a non-profit that ’wo’mentors young girls in India from underprivileged backgrounds to pursue STEM careers. She is also an avid reader, a keen debater and trained pianist.
Antisense technology, biologics discovery process and development, and stimuli-responsive polymers for biomedical applications.