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Dr. Kaur

Gagandeep Kaur, Ph.D. (She/Her)

Assistant Professor

  • Chemistry
  • College of Arts & Sciences


Dr. Gagandeep Kaur is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Howard University. Dr. Kaur has strong expertise in engineering biomaterial-based platforms for drug delivery and biomedical applications. Dr. Kaur earned her Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), India. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Kaur’s research focused primarily on the assembly and implementation of peptides and peptide-based biomaterials in the study of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. After receiving her doctorate degree, Dr. Kaur conducted postdoctoral research at Texas A&M University, College Station, where she studied the therapeutic value of mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, lupus, autoimmune uveitis and Sjogren's syndrome. Dr. Kaur has more than 10 years of professional experience in multidisciplinary research. Dr. Kaur has authored 17 peer-reviewed research publications along with two patents pending.

Her research is focused on the development and implementation of precision biomaterials and immunotherapies for treatment or prevention of chronic diseases and cancerous conditions.

Office: Rm. 211, Chemistry Building, 525 College Street, N.W., Washington DC 20059.

Lab: 212, G-01, Chemistry Building, 525 College Street, N.W., Washington DC 20059.


Ms. Nzube Amaeze

Mr. Krushi Suresh

Ms. Kaya Moody




Education & Expertise



Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


Panjab University, Chandigarh


Panjab University, Chandigarh


Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Stem cells, Regenerative medicine



CHEM 003 General Chemistry

4 credit course.

Deals with the fundamental principles of chemistry, the chemical and physical properties of the elements and their most common compounds, and methods of qualitative inorganic analysis.

Prerequisite: CAR math 

Text books and other materials: Chemistry: The Central Science (14th Ed), by Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward and Stoltzfus; Pearson, Prentice Hall. 

Non-programmable Calculator (TI-30x recommended)

Periodic Table of Elements (in any form)

CHEM 145 Organic Chemistry Laboratory

3 credit course.

Experimental studies in the isolation, purification, and synthesis of organic compounds.

Prerequisite: CHEM 141 or CHEM 142

Textbook: Bakare, O. Ed. Experimental Organic Chemistry. 2014-2015 Howard University Edition; Academx Publishing Services: Sagamore Beach, MA. 2014.  





Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Stem cells, Regenerative medicine

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(Published) (* = corresponding author; # = equal contribution; † = highlighted)

  1. Oh. J. Y.; Kim. H.; Lee, H. J.; Lee, K.; Barreda, H.; Kim, H. J.; Shin, E.; Bae, E. H.; Kaur, G.; Zhang, Y.; Kim, E.; Lee, J. Y.; Lee, R. H. “MHC class I enables MSCs to evade NK-cell-mediated cytotoxicity and exert immunosuppressive activity” Stem cells, 2022, 40, 870-882.
  2. Rogers, R.; Haskell, A.; White, B.; Dalal, S.; Lopez, M.; Tahan, D.; Pan, S.; Kaur, G.; Kim, H.; Barreda, H.; Woodard, S.; Dai, J.; Han, A.; Lee, R. H.; Kaunas, R., Gregory, C. "A Scalable System for Generation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived from Induced Pluripotent Cells Employing Bioreactors and Degradable Microcarriers” Stem Cells Transl. Med., 2021, 10, 1650–1665.
  3. Kim, H.; Zhao, Q.; Barreda, H.; Kaur, G.; Hai, B.; Choi, J. M.; Jung, S. Y.; Liu, F.; Lee, R. H. "Identification of Molecules Responsible for Therapeutic Effects of Extracellular Vesicles Produced from iPSC-derived MSCs on Sjögren’s Syndrome" Aging Dis. 2021, 12, 1409-1422.
  4. Bhandaru, N.; Kaur, G.; Panjla, A.; Verma. S. “Spin Coating Mediated Morphology Modulation in Self Assembly of Peptides” Nanoscale, 2021,13, 8884-8892.
  5. Thomas, A.#; Kaur, G.#; Verma, S. “Small Molecule Inhibitors for Amyloid Aggregation” Wiley Book Chapter 2021,
  6. Kim, H.; Lee, M. J.; Bae, E.-H.; Ryu, J. S.; Kaur, G.; Kim, J. Y.; Kim, H. J.; Barreda, H.; Jung, S. Y.; Choi, J. M.; Shigemoto-Kuroda, T.; Oh, J. Y.; Lee, R. H. “Comprehensive Molecular Profiles of Functionally Effective Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cell-derived Extracellular Vesicles in Immunomodulation” Mol. Ther. 2020, 28, 1628-1644.
  7. Kaur, G.#; Arora, M.#; Ganugula, R.#; Kumar, M. N. V. R. "Double-headed nanosystems for oral drug delivery" Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 4761-4764. († Featured on the back cover)
  8. Kaur, G.; Arora, M.; Kumar, M. N. V. R. “Oral Drug Delivery Technologies-A Decade of Developments” J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther. 2019, 370, 529-543.
  9. Arora, M.; Ganugula, R.; Kumar, N.; Kaur, G.; Pellois, J.‐P.; Garg, P.; Kumar, M. N. V. R. “Next-generation non-competitive nanosystems based on gambogic acid: in silico identification of transferrin receptors binding sites, regulatory shelf-stability and their preliminary safety in healthy rodents” ACS Appl. Bio Mater. 2019, 2, 3540-3550. († Featured on the cover, † media coverage: DownToEarth; BioTechTimes; ResearchStash)
  10. Kaur, G.; Kumari, S.; Saha, P.; Ali, R.; Patil, S.; Ganesh, S.; Verma, S. “Selective Cell Adhesion on Peptide–Polymer Electrospun Fiber Mats” ACS Omega 2019, 4, 4376-4383.
  11. Tomar, K.; Kaur, G.; Verma, S.; Ramanathan, G. “A Self-assembled tetrapeptide that acts as a "turn-on" fluorescent sensor for Hg2+ ions” Tetrahedron Lett. 2018, 59, 3653-3656.
  12. Mitra, S.; Kandambeth, S.; Biswal, B.; Khayum, A. M.; Choudhury, C.; Mehta, M.; Kaur, G.; Banerjee, S.; Prabhune, A.; Verma, S.; Roy, S.; Kharul, U.; Banerjee, R. “Self-Exfoliated Guanidinium-Based Ionic Covalent Organic Nanosheets (iCONs)” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 2823-2828.
  13. Halder, A.; Kandambeth, S.; Biswal, B. P.; Kaur, G.; Roy, N. C.; Addicoat, M.; Salunke, J. K.; Banerjee, S.; Vanka, K.; Heine, T.; Verma, S.; Banerjee, R. “Decoding the Morphological Diversity in Two Dimensional Crystalline Porous Polymers by Core Planarity Modulation” Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 7806-7810.
  14. Kaur, G.; Shukla, A.; Sivakumar, S.; Verma, S. "Soft structure formation and cancer cell transport mechanisms of a folic-acid dipeptide conjugate", J. Pept. Sci. 2015, 21, 248-255. († Special issue article invitation)
  15. Das, G.; Biswal, B. P.; Kandambeth, S.; Venkatesh, V.; Kaur, G.; Addicoat, M.; Heine, T.; Verma, S.; Banerjee, R. “Chemical Sensing in Two Dimensional Porous Covalent Organic Nanosheets” Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 3931-3939.
  16. Kaur, G.; Thomas, A.; Verma, S. “Heterocyclic scaffolds and carbohydrate appendages in synthetic peptides", Indian J. Heterocycl. Chem. 2015, 24, 487-494.
  17. Kaur, G.; Abramovich, L. A.; Gazit, E.; Verma, S. "Ultrastructure of metallopeptide- based soft spherical morphologies", RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 64457-64465.