As an educator, my goal is to create an inclusive learning environment where students can creatively explore new concepts. Regardless of their major, I aim to provide them with problem-solving skills and emphasize collaborative learning, both of which will prepare them for their future careers. I strive to use my interdisciplinary background to connect basic biochemical principles to applications in polymer, organic chemistry, and chemical biology cultivating students into versatile scientists. Much of my experience has been in training graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.
Dr. Bhattacharya received her Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Chemistry from Presidency College Kolkata and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. She completed her Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Sidney M. Hecht from Arizona State University, and her thesis work was mainly focused on the study of the role of the disaccharide moiety in tumor targeting of the anti-tumor agent antibiotic bleomycin (BLM). To further augment her foundation in glycoscience, Dr. Bhattacharya briefly worked with Dr. Linda Hsieh-Wilson at Caltech on understanding the role of the sulfation pattern of glycosaminoglycans in different cellular processes. Then she joined the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Anderson and Dr. Robert Langer at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, to complete her postdoctoral training as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fellow. Her research interfaces the disciplines of bioengineering, drug delivery, and personalized medicine. At UNLV, She brings a new research area to the Chemistry Department – utilizing carbohydrates in targeting and diagnostics for solving critical high-impact problems associated with diseased biology.