Principal Investigator


Swarnapali De Silva Indrasekara
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, August 2018- Present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University & Rice University
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University
B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

The Team

Ashley Blackwell
(Graduate Student, 2020- present)

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I am currently a master’s graduate student researcher in Dr. Indrasekara’s lab group at UNCC. I spent my undergraduate career at the College of Charleston where I worked on bioanalytical projects, and I am currently working on research projects in that field. My goal is to go on to obtain my Ph.D. and work within the realm of academia. 

Pranamita Chakraborti
(Graduate Student, 2021-present)


I am a Ph.D. student in the Nanoscale Science program at UNCC. I completed my B.Tech-M.Tech dual degree in Biotechnology from India, where I worked with synthesis and characterization of peptide nanoparticles for my thesis. I enjoy collecting vinyl records, going on backpacking trips, performing spoken poetry, charcoal sketching and playing the drums in my free time, and take part in raising mental health and LGBTQ+ awareness. I wish to conduct postdoctoral research after this, and ultimately establish myself as a scientist in the field of Nanotechnology .


Casey Folks
(Graduate Student, 2020- present)


I received my Bachelors degree in chemistry from Wingate University with a double minor in math and criminal justice. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and riding my horse. I’m interested in joining a federal or state agency specializing in crime scene investigation and analysis after graduation. 

Mahima Rajesh
(Undergraduate Student, 2020-present)

I’m a Psychology major minoring in Chemistry and Biology on the pre-med track at UNC Charlotte. After getting certified as a Nurse Aide, I realized how much I love direct patient interaction and working in a professional healthcare setting. I strive to become a physician involved in clinical trials and research, applying knowledge from various fields of science for the betterment of medicine and human health. 

Bhavana Reddy
(Undergraduate Student, 2019- present)

Bhavana ReddyI’m on a Pre-med track at UNCC and leaning towards declaring a major in Biology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. I love travelling, volunteering at hospitals and clinics, as well as spending time with my loved ones. My lifelong dream is to become a doctor and serve others through medicine or research.

Allison Stadick
(Undergraduate Student ,2019- present)

20190827_213158I am currently a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am majoring in a bachelor’s degree for chemistry with a minor in mathematics. I moved to North Carolina from Tampa, Florida after 14 years to enjoy the mountainous environment this campus and state has to offer. I was working as a staff assistant in the Department of Global Health at the University of South Florida,  so my interest for chemistry migrated to the medical applications of chemistry such as nanotechnology and biochemistry.

Kaela Williams
(Undergraduate Student, 2020- present)




Logan Hamm (Graduate student, M.Sc, graduated in 2020) ; Now Technologist at LabCorp
Uttam Sharma (Postdoctoral Associate, 2019-2020)
Thushara Arja (Undergraduate Student, 2018-2020)
Madeline Hicks (Undergraduate student, 2018-2019) ; Now a clinical research coordinator at Wake Forest University

REU Summer students:
Michael Gladden (REU Students-Summer 2019, Winthrop University)
Joshua Taylor (REU Students-Summer 2019, North Carolina A&T University)