Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Disease diagnosis at an early pre-symptomatic stage using nanomaterials and Raman spectroscopic techniques:
(1) Early cancer diagnosis via liquid biopsies like saliva, blood plasma etc.
(2) Developing efficient gold nanomaterials for enabling biomolecule or biomarker detection, as well as in vivo cancer tracking.
(3) Cancer tracking/imaging through tissues
(4) Investigating the molecular mechanism of disease progression/recurrence and therapy monitoring.

Accepting self-funded PhD students.

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Priyanka has completed a PhD in Chemistry, specializing in nanomaterials and biomedical spectroscopy from Australia. Following which, she has gained valuable research experience in working with global leaders in specific domains in LMU Munich Germany, ICN2 Barcelona Spain and UoE Exeter UK. She joined Portsmouth in September 2022 as a Senior Lecturer in bioanalytical chemistry.

Her research focusses on Development of novel technologies for disease diagnosis at an early pre-symptomatic stage using a synergistic combination of gold nanostructures and unique Raman spectroscopic techniques. She is actively researching the following:

  1. Noninvasive Cancer imaging: locating cancer tumour in vivo 
  2. Biosensing: disease biomarker detection from tissue biopsies and liquid biopsies
  3. Plasmonic biosensors: Gold nanostructures and their controlled assemblies as signal boosters and sensors for disease diagnosis.

Priyanka welcomes interested MRes students, PhDs and postdocs to contact her at

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Education/Academic qualification

MEng, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Ph.D., Queensland University of Technology

PG Cert, FHEA, University of Exeter


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