Undergraduate Institution: Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India
Graduate Institution: University of Delaware, DE
Nairiti earned her Bachelor of Technology degree in Polymer Engineering and Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology in 2014. She joined the Darrin Pochan research lab in the Materials Engineering Department at the University of Delaware as a PhD student in early 2016 where she investigated the synthesis, design and self-assembly of peptidic biomaterials. During this time, she was also stationed as a guest researcher at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and gained experience in biosynthesis techniques at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), Gaitherburg, Maryalnd. Nairiti received the ACS POLY/PMSE Excellence in Graduate Research Award in 2020 for her PhD research. Later that year, she joined the Hawker and Helgeson groups at UCSB to pursue postdoctoral research in coacervating biomaterials. She aspires to continue her career in academia and is interested in conducting research in the field of peptidic biomaterial design, synthesis and hierarchical assembly.
As part of the Materials Research Laboratory's interdisciplinary research group that focuses on developing resilient multiphase soft materials, Nairiti's current research efforts are centered on utilizing peptidic polymers as model systems to investigate the equilibrium and kinetic aspects of coacervation, and design peptidic polymers that assemble into sub-structured coacervating biomaterials.