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Dr Hirak K Patra (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow)


Dr. Patra has recently been awarded with EU Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Individual European Fellowship for his recent proposal ‘NinZA’ on theranostic nanomedicine to overcome drug resistance and is now working at CEB. Dr. Patra is an expert in Nanomedicine and Theranostics and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Linköping University (LiU), Sweden.

Dr. Patra has also invented a NIR label free imaging technique to study such dynamics at nano-scale and recently filed 4 patents (US and PCT) in the area. He has degrees in Chemistry (BSc) and Biochemistry (MSc, PhD) and during his training, he spent research stays at the Department of Physics of University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in USA, and at the Micro-Nanotechnology Department of Hosei University, and the Department of Immunology and Microbiology of Nihon University Medical School, both in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Patra has been selected in prestigious 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting through a global competition, in Lindau, Germany. He is engaged in active editorial process to the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics (Elsevier, UK), Frontiers in Biotechnology (Frontiers, Switzerland) and recently edited three books on 'Advanced Theranostic Materials', 'Advanced Bioelectronics Materials' and ‘Advanced Materials Interfaces’ with Wiley-Scrivener. His long-term research goal is to lead an international academic team on ‘Translational Theranostics’, designing nano-architectures for early stage probing, site-specific therapeutics and systemic theranostics for regenerative medicine and chronic diseases.

Research Interests

BioScience Engineering group


Other Professional Activities

Conference organisation team: 

Sweden-Japan Seminar on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SJS-Nano 2012, SJS-Nano 2015), Sweden

Advanced Materials World Congress (AMWC 2013, Turkey & AMWC 2015, Stockholm, ASAMC 2017, Singapore)

International Conference in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICNANO 2017)


Editorial Assistant: Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Elsevier

Associate Editor:   Frontiers (spcl. responsibility Bioengineering and Biotechnology)

Editor: Advanced Materials book series, John Wiley & Sons and Scrivener publishers.

External expert:       National Research Agency, Govt. of France since 2016

                                External expert for grant evaluation of NCSTE since 2014 


  • protein engineering
  • biochemical engineering
  • Biosensors
  • drug delivery
  • biopharmaceuticals
  • superparamagnetic
  • MRI
  • nanoparticles
  • nanoparticle synthesis
  • analytical biotechnology
  • pharamaceuticals

Key Publications

Peer reviewed articles (top 10):

  1. Hirak K Patra, Yashpal Sharma, Mohammad Islam, Mohammad Javad Jafari, Arul Murugan, Hisatoshi Kobayashi, Anthony PF Turner, and Ashutosh Tiwari. Inflammation-sensitive in situ smart scaffolding for regenerative medicine. Nanoscale, 2016, 8 (39), 17213-17222.
  2. Hirak K Patra, Roghayeh Imani, Jaganmohan Jangamreddy, Meysam Pazoki, Aleš Iglič, Anthony Turner et al, On/off-switchable anti-neoplastic nanoarchitecture, Scientific Reports 5, 14571, 2015.
  3. Hirak K Patra, Nisar Ul Khaliq, Thobias Romu et al, MRI-visual order-disorder micellar nanostructures for smart cancer theranostics, Advanced Health. Materials, 2014, 3(4) 526-535. (Nanowerk Spotlight)
  4. Hirak K Patra and Anjan Kr. Dasgupta. Cancer Cell Response to Nanoparticles: Criticality and Optimality. Nanomedicine, 2012, 8(6), 842-852. (Issue Highlight)
  5. Hirak K Patra and Anjan Kr. Dasgupta. Arginine an enhancer of Gold nanoparticle induced Blocking of S-Phase cell cycle in HL60. Advanced Science Letter, 2011, 4: 3770-3775.      
  6. Hirak K Patra, Anjan kr. Dasgupta, S. Sarkar et al. Dual Role of Nanoparticles as Drug Carrier and Drug; Cancer Nanotechnolog, 2011, 2: 37-47.
  7. Hirak K Patra, D. GuhaSarkara and Anjan Kr. Dasgupta, Multimodal electrophoresis of gold nanoparticles: A real time approach. Anal. Chimica Acta. 2009, 649:128–134. (spotlight in IUPAC meet 2009, Sanghai)
  8. Hirak K Patra, Subhojit Banerjee, Utpal Chaudhuri, Prabir lahiri & Anjan.Kr.Dasgupta. Cell Selective Response to Gold Nanoparticle. Nanomedicine. 2007, 3(2): 111-119. (Citation > 265)
  9. Azzouzi, S., Hirak K Patra, Ali, M. B., Abbas, M. N., Dridi, C., Errachid, A., & Turner, A. P. (2016). Citrate-selective electrochemical μ-sensor for early stage detection of prostate cancer. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 228, 335-346.
  10. S. Deb, Hirak K Patra, P. Lahiri, A.K. Dasgupta, et al, Multistability in platelets and their response to gold nanoparticles. Nanomedicine, 2011, 7(4): 376-84. (Cover page & Cover storey)


Peer reviewed Review articles (top 5):

  1. M. Griffith, M.M. Islam, J. Edin, G. Papapavlou, O. Buznyk and Hirak K Patra* (2016). The quest for anti-inflammatory and anti-infective biomaterials in clinical translation. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 4:71. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2016.00071
  2. Hirak K Patra and Anthony PF Turner. The Potential Legacy of Nanotechnology: Cellular Selection. Trends in Biotechnology, 2014, 32(1) 21-31. (Cover Page & cover story)
  3. E. Farahani, Hirak K. Patra, Jaganmohan R., Iran Rashedi. Cell adhesion molecules and their relation to (cancer) cell stemness. Circinogenesis, 2014.
  4. Hirak K Patra, Chan O Chey, Mattias Tengdelius et al, Impact of nanotoxicology towards technologists to end users Advanced. Materials Lett. 2013, 4, 591- 597. (Issue highlight)
  5. Hirak K Patra, Ghaderi, A., de Mayolo, E. A., Golabi, M., Parlak, O., Gunnarsson, R., & Yandi, W. (2015). Keys and regulators of nanoscale theranostics. Adv. Mater. Lett, 6, 87-98.


*Corresponding author


Book Chapters (*corresponded):

  1. A. Mukhopadhyay and Hirak K Patra*. Nanomaterial—Live Cell Interface:Mechanism and Concern. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2016, 11: 405–426. ISBN: 9781119242451
  2. A. Mukhopadhyay and Hirak K Patra*. Nano-assisted Functional Modulation of Enzymes: Concept and Applications, Advanced Surface Engineering Materials. 2016: 7, 281-316.

Patents and IPs:

  1. Systems and methods employing giant stokes shift: 1076/KOL/2009 [2009, India]; PCT/IB2011/000733 [2011, International] 12/628,721[2009, USA, Published]
  2. Label-free cell sorting: 13/123,209 [2011, USA]; PCT/IB2010/001954 [2010]
  3. NIR fluorescence of heavy water: [PCT/IB2011/000733[2011, International]; 196/KOL/2011 [2011, India]; 13/376,102 [2011, USA]; US9354170 B2 [2016, USA]
  4. Thermostable enzymes and methods: 95/KOL/2012[2009, India]; PCT/IB2012/000744 [2012, International]; US 13/991,605 [2012, USA]; US9133450 B2 [2015, USA]




  1. Patra H.K., Tiwari, A. & Choi, J. Advanced Theranostic Materials (2015). John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 978-1-118-99829-8. The book covers the recent advances in the development on the regulation of theragnosis system and their biomedical perspectives to act as a future nanomedicine.
  2. Patra H.K., Tiwari, A. & Turner, APF. Advanced Bioelectronics Materials (2015). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-118-99830-4. This book covers the recent advances in the development of bioelectronics systems and their potential application in future biomedical applications starting from system design to signal processing for physiological monitoring, to in situ biosensing.
  3. Patra H.K., Tiwari A. &Wang X. Advanced Material Interfaces (2016). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-119-24245-1. This book covers a state-of-the-art look at innovative methodologies and strategies adopted for interfaces and their applications. 
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