Navneet Chandra Verma received his BSc and MSc in Physics from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University (DDU GKPU), India, and his MTech in Computational and Systems Biology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His MTech thesis was based on the computational aspects of protein folding dynamics.
In his doctoral studies with Prof. Nandi at the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, he built an optical setup for single-molecule measurements and superresolution microscopy. His research focused on developing carbon-based robust and biocompatible fluorescent nanoprobes to target specific proteins in the cells and improve nanomaterials' photophysics for single-molecule blinking-based superresolution microscopy. He won the 2021 national award for the best PhD thesis from the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences.
Navneet joined Prof. Amit Meller's lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral research fellow in September 2020. His postdoctoral research focuses on developing single-molecule methods for protein fingerprinting using nanopores and fluorescence sensing. Specifically, he is developing an on-chip protein separation-identification device that will permit high-resolution protein classification, visualization, and counting of biological and eventually clinical samples. Since thousands of proteins sustain the cell's different functions and play important roles in all aspects of life, analyzing them is crucial to understanding bioprocesses and disease. Currently available bulk techniques suffer from a lower limit of analytical concentration and cannot detect protein biomarkers present in a deficient number of copies inside the specimen. Navneet's single-molecule approach will be more sensitive and fast, with numerous potential biomedical applications involving liquid biopsies of various types.