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Mohit Verma

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Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
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Microbiome: The complex communities of microorganims (i.e. microbiome)—bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa—that reside in and on us determine our health. Our lab is engineering these microbiomes to improve health and prevent diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Nanotechnology: The use of nanotechnology permits us to manipulate biological matter (bacteria, viruses, fungi, mammalian cells) in novel ways. At the nanoscale, matter can have unique properties such as a change in color depending on its size (gold nanoparticles) or superparamagnetism (iron oxide nanoparticles). We harvest these properties to study and engineer microbiomes.

Selected Publications:

Verma, M.S., Tsaloglou, M.-N., Sisley, T., Christodouleas, D., Chen, A., Milette, J., and Whitesides, G.M. (2018) Sliding-strip microfluidic device enables ELISA on paper Biosensors and Bioelectronics; 99: 77-84.

Ainla, A., § Verma, M.S.,§ Yang, D.,§ and Whitesides, G.M. (2017) Soft, rotating pneumatic actuator Soft Robotics; doi:10.1089/soro.2017.0017.

Yang, D., Verma, M.S., Lossner, E., Stothers, D., Whitesides, G.M. (2016) Negative-pressure soft linear actuator with a mechanical advantage Advanced Materials Technologies; 1: 1600164.

Yang, D., Verma, M.S., So, J.-H., Mosadegh, B., Keplinger, C., Lee, B., Khashai, F., Lossner, E., Suo, Z., and Whitesides, G.M. (2016) Buckling pneumatic actuators as mimics of muscle Advanced Materials Technologies; 1: 1600055.

Jahed, Z., Shahsavan, H., Verma, M.S., Rogowski, J.J., Seo, B. B., Zhao, B., Tsui, T. Y., Gu, F. X., Mofrad, M. (2017) Bacterial networks on hydrophobic micropillars ACS Nano; 11: 675-683.

Rogowski, J.L., Verma, M.S., and Gu, F.X. (2016) Discrimination of proteins using an array of surfactant-stabilized gold nanoparticles Langmuir; 32: 7621-7629.

Rogowski, J.L., Verma, M.S., Chen, P.Z., and Gu, F.X. (2016) A “chemical nose” biosensor for detecting proteins in complex mixtures Analyst; 141:5627-5636.

Verma, M.S., Tsuji, J.M, Hall, B., Chen, P.Z., Forrest, J., Jones, L., and Gu, F.X. (2016) Towards point-of-care detection of polymicrobial infections: rapid colorimetric response using a portable spectrophotometer Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research; 10: 15-19.

Verma, M.S., Wei, S.-C., Rogowski, J.L, Tsuji, J.M, Chen, P.Z., Lin, C.-W., Jones, L., and Gu, F.X. (2016) Interactions between bacterial surface and nanoparticles govern the performance of “chemical nose” biosensors Biosensors and Bioelectronics; 83:115-125.

Verma, M.S., Chen, P.Z., Jones, L., and Gu, F.X. (2015) Controlling “chemical nose” biosensor characteristics by modulating gold nanoparticle shape and concentration Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research; 5: 13-18.

Verma, M.S., Rogowski, J.L., Jones, L., and Gu, F.X. (2015) Colorimetric biosensing of pathogens using gold nanoparticles. Biotechnology Advances; 33:666-680.

Liu, S., Chang, C.N., Verma, M.S., Hileeto, D.,Muntz, A., Stahl, U., Woods, J., Jones, L., and Gu, F.X. (2015) Phenylboronic acid modified mucoadhesive nanoparticle drug carriers facilitate weekly treatment of experimentally-induced dry eye syndrome. Nano Research; 8:621-635.

Verma, M.S.,§ Chen, P.Z.,§ Jones, L., and Gu, F.X. (2014) “Chemical nose” for the visual identification of emerging ocular pathogens using gold nanostars. Biosensors and Bioelectronics; 61: 386-390.

Verma, M.S.,§ Chen, P.Z.,§ Jones, L., and Gu, F.X. (2014) Branching and size of CTAB-coated gold nanostars control the colorimetric detection of bacteria. RSC Advances; 4:10660-10668.

Jahed, Z., Lin, P., Seo, B.B., Verma, M.S., Gu, F.X., Tsui, T.Y., and Mofrad, M. (2014) Responses of Staphylococcus aureus bacterial cells to nanocrystalline nickel nanostructures. Biomaterials;35: 4249-4254.

Davidson, D., Verma, M.S., and Gu, F.X. (2013) ­­Controlled root targeted delivery of fertilizer using an ionically crosslinked carboxymethyl cellulose hydrogel matrix. SpringerPlus; 2: 318.

Verma, M.S.,§ Liu S.,§ Chen Y., Meerasa A. and Gu F.X. (2012) Size-tunable nanoparticles composed of dextran-b-poly(D,L-lactide) for drug delivery applications. Nano Research; 5: 49-61.

Lehtovaara B.C., Verma, M.S., and Gu F.X. (2012) Synthesis of curdlan-graft-poly(ethylene glycol) and formulation of doxorubicin loaded core-shell nanoparticles. Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers; 27: 3-17.

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