Undergraduate Institution: Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India
Graduate Institution: University of Delaware, DE
Nairiti received her bachelors 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 in 2016. During this time, she was stationed as a guest researcher at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Nairiti received the ACS POLY/PMSE Excellence in Graduate Research Award in 2020 for her PhD research. In winter 2020, she joined the Hawker and Helgeson groups at UCSB to pursue her postdoctoral research. The manuscript culminating from her work on coacervating peptides was selected for the Rising Stars in Soft and Biological Matter Symposium 2022 that is organized by UChicago. Nairiti will be joining MatSE at Penn State as an assistant professor starting Fall 2023.
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.