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Aruna Dhathathreyan

Country of origin: India Currently in: India, Chennai General field of specialization: Physics
Academic Background


1984 Doctorate Physics
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Chemical Sciences

o Biophysical Chemistry- bio-colloids, Design of new materials at interfaces, Thin polymeric and protein films- coating on surfaces, adhesion proteins, molecular crowding and interfacial rheology and protein colloids o Soft condensed matter- Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of bio-molecules – proteins, lipid-protein interactions and their composites with polymers o Bio-nanotechnology- Molecular organized assemblies of bio-membranes, liposomes, and proteasomes-

Publications resulting from Research: 

Some recent publications
1. pH induced reorganization of protein-protein interface in liposome
encapsulated Ferritin at air/fluid and fluid/solid interfaces
Maheshkumar Jaganathan , C. Selvaraju , A. Dhathathreyan , Journal of Molecular Liquids 312 (2020) 113422
2. Design of pH-Induced complex coacervates of gelatin and wattle
N. Bhargavi, A. Dhathathreyan, K. J. Sreeram, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Vol. 6025, October 2020, Article 125148
3. Plasticity or elasticity? Relating elastic moduli with secondary structural features of mixed films of polypeptides at air/fluid and fluid/solid interfaces.
Madhumitha D, Vaidyanathan VG, Dhathathreyan A.,
Biophys Chem. (2020), 258, p.106329
4.Sub-micron sized cytochrome c particles adsorbing to solid surfaces: A comparison between solution phase and colloidal system
International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Volume 13715 September 2019 Pages 1268-1277
Maheshkumar Jaganathan, S. Easwaramoorthy, A. Dhathathreyan
5. Elastic compliance as a tool to understand Hofmeister ion specific effect in DMPC liposomes
Biophysical Chemistry, Volume 249, June 2019, Article 106148
D. Madhumitha, Bruntha A., V. G. Vaidyanathan, Bhargavi Gari Narayana Reddy, A. Dhathathreyan
6. Elastic compliance of fibrillar assemblies in type I collagen,
Ganesan VV, Dhanasekaran M, Thangavel N, Dhathathreyan A
Biophys Chem. (2018), 240, p.15
Initiating fibro-proliferation through interfacial interactions of myoglobin colloids with collagen in solution.
Dhanasekaran M, Dhathathreyan A., Int J Biol Macromol. 2017, 101, p.117
7. Viscoelastic phase separation at Cytochrome c solution/capsules interface
Steffi Antony M., Maheshkumar Jaganathan, Aruna Dhathathreyan,
Colloids and Surfaces A, July 2016, 506, p.756
8.Balancing soft elasticity and low surface polarity in films of charged BSA capsules at air/fluid interface
D. Madhumitha, Maheshkumar Jaganathan, Aruna Dhathathreyan, Reinhard Miller
Colloids and Surfaces B, 1 October 2016, 146, p.161.
9. Relevance of interfacial viscoelasticity in stability and conformation of biomolecular organizates at air/fluid interface
Steffi Antony M, Maheshkumar Jaganathan and Aruna Dhathathreyan
Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Aug.2016, 234, p.80
10. Jones-Ray effect on the organization of lysozyme in the presence of NaNO3 at an air/water interface:is it a cause or consequence?
Maheshkumar Jaganathan, Aruna Dhathathreyan,* Chellappan Selvarju, Reinhard Miller,
RSC Adv., Nov.2015, 5, 100638
11. Understanding ethylammonium nitrate stabilized cytochrome c – Molecular dynamics and experimental approach
Maheshkumar Jaganathan, C. Ramakrishnan, D. Velmurugan, Aruna Dhathathreyan,
J.Mol.Struct., 2015,1081, pp.334-341
12. Protein microcapsules: Preparation and applications
Jaganathan, Maheshkumar; Madhumitha, D.; Dhathathreyan, A.
Advances in colloid and interface science 2014, 209, pp 1-7
13. Conformational Transitions of Cytochrome c in Sub-Micron-Sized Capsules at Air/Buffer Interface. Maheshkumar Jaganathan and Aruna Dhathathreyan Langmuir, (2014), 30 , pp 11356–11365
14. Ionic liquid doped β lactoglobulin as template for nanoclusters of nickel oxide, Kamatchi Sankaranarayanan, M.Kalaiarasi, B.Sreedhar, B.U.Nair, A.Dhathathreyan
Int. J. Nanoscience, 2014, 13, pp1450006-1450015
15. Anomalous conformational transitions in cytochrome C adsorbing to Langmuir-Blodgett films
Sankaranarayanan, Kamatchi; Nair, B. U.; Dhathathreyan, A., Applied surface science, 273, 2013 pp.75-81
16. Microviscosity-Induced Conformational Transition in beta-Lactoglobulin in the Presence of an Ionic Liquid, Sankaranarayanan, Kamatchi; Sreedhar, B.; Nair, B. U.; Dhathathreyan, A.
Journal of physical chemistry B 2013, 117, pp.1234-1240

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Higher Education Study
Emeritus Professor & Scientist, Principal investigator of Govt. of India (SERB) project on development of Admittance based tool for analyzing mechanical properties of liposomes and cells. Teaching Advanced Physical chemistry and Biophysical Techniques to graduate and Ph.D students

Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Apr 2024
• Fellow, Madras Science Foundation, since 2011 • Best woman Biophysicist, Mother Teresa Women’s University-Silver jubilee year award , 2009 • INSA DFG visiting fellowship, 2010 ( FRG) • Lily Pithavadian endowment speaker, Women’s Christian College, 2010 • Featured in one of 100 Women Scientists of India in the compendium ‘Leelavathi’s daughters’ brought out by Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, 2006 • Stree Shakti Samman award for Best Woman scientist, physical Sciences, awarded by the Stree Shakti Trust, Kolkata, 2005 • Bronze medal in Physical Chemistry, Chemical Research Society of India, Feb., 2003 • Raman Research Fellow, (Awarded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India, 1999) • B.C.Deb memorial award for Physical Chemistry 1997-98 awarded by the 85th session of the Indian Science Congress, India ( For the work carried out in the previous 5 years)

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