Ravin Narain received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry under the supervision of Professor Dhanjay Jhurry at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Mauritius, Mauritius. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, he held an academic position (Associate Professor) at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada. In 2001, he moved to the Department of Chemistry, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Steven P. Armes, and in 2003, he joined Professor Allan S. Hoffman and Professor Patrick S. Stayton group as a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. His research focuses on polymer chemistry, biomaterials, and nanotechnology. During the last five years as an independent academic researcher, he has established an active research program on the synthesis, characterization, and applications of polymeric materials and surface-coated metal nanoparticles for biomedical applications. One of the primary focuses of his research is toward the design of novel carbohydrate-based materials (glycopolymers and glyconanoparticles) for the study of carbohydrate-protein interactions, biomolecular recognition processes in biodiagnostic devices, and for drug and gene delivery applications. Narain has recently edited a book entitled Engineered Carbohydrate-Based Materials for Biomedical Applications: Polymers, Surfaces, Dendrimers, Nanoparticles, and Hydrogels. The book covers the following: the design, synthesis, characterization of synthetic carbohydrate-based materials, and their biological applications; helps readers understand synthetic approaches and applications of glycopolymer biomaterials; guides the design and synthesis of biomacromolecules including dendrimers, nanoparticles, and hydrogels; and features biological applications in each chapter.
Biography Updated on 24 April 2012