Vignesh Nandakumar
Tel: 001 408-806-4820


  • Ph.D (Anticipated Graduation Date: Aug. 2017). Dept. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Advisor: Prof. Brij Moudgil
  • M.S. 2014 Dept. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • B.S. 2012 Industrial Biotechnology, Sastra University, India
  • Major Courses and Skills: Interfacial engineering, bio-adhesion, particle – cell interactions, polymeric biomaterials, microbiology, antimicrobial systems
  • Analytical Techniques: AFM, Fluorescence and UV-Vis spec., Liquid chromatography

Technical Interests

  • Antimicrobial materials
  • Design and Structure-Property relationships for surfactants and bio-membranes
  • Broad spectrum cell targeting
  • Particle design for enhanced cell targeting

Experience – Research / Industrial

  • Cell – materials interactions
  • Antimicrobial systems, microbial adhesion and removal from surfaces
  • Visible light activated photocatalytic coatings
  • Nano-mechanical properties of biological membranes

Extra-curriculum: Leadership, Teaching, outreach etc.

  • Teaching assistant for Energetics and Kinetics and Diffusion, Kinetics, and Transport Phenomena