Anisha Gupta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees B. Pharm., Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Punjabi University, India (2004)
M.Pharm., Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Punjabi University, India (2007)
Ph.D., Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University (2013)
Postdoc., Yale University (2018)

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Dr. Anisha Gupta received her bachelor’s and master’s of pharmacy degrees from the department of pharmaceutical sciences and drug research, Punjabi University, India. During her M.Pharm., she greatly enjoyed designing and developing novel chitosan-chondroitin-based polymeric formulations as part of her thesis project under the supervision of Dr. A. K Tiwary. She absolutely liked how the pharmacy curriculum offered a wide variety of courses and infused in her a quest for gaining knowledge. Hence, she pursued a Ph.D. in nucleic acid chemistry as a career path for her.

Anisha performed her Ph.D. in the Chemistry department, at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Dr. Bruce Armitage (expert in  G-Quadruplex research), studying nucleic acid-based chemical molecules for antisense (targeting RNA) and antigene (targeting DNA) based therapeutic and diagnostic applications. Continuing her research interests in nucleic acid-based scaffolds, during her postdoctoral training at Yale, she designed and developed peptide nucleic acid-based molecules and novel drug delivery systems for gene editing and antisense applications with Dr. Peter Glazer (an expert in gene editing and DNA repair) and Dr. Mark Saltzman (an expert in nanotechnology). At Yale, she also developed her pedagogical skills and decided to pursue an academic career in a liberal arts institution.

Before joining USJ, she taught sophomore-level chemistry courses at Wesleyan University. She is pleased to join the School of Pharmacy at USJ. She strongly believes that having a foundational Pharmacy education and diverse research training will facilitate her to teach the medicinal chemistry courses at USJ with a focus on real-world applications.

Her research interests at USJ are focused on nucleic acid chemistry and drug delivery particularly centered on cancer therapeutics. She is primarily interested in targeting potential oncomiRs (cancer-causing microRNAs) and developing novel precision medicine, working at the interface of nucleic acid chemistry and nanotechnology. Research projects will focus on the solid-phase synthesis of peptide nucleic acids, nucleic acid characterization and binding studies, and formulation and development of polymeric drug delivery carriers. Her other area of interest is in developing and implementing new pedagogical strategies in her teaching.

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