Our Team

Bahal Lab 

Front row (L-R): Daniela Barisano, Sai Pallavi Pradeep, Karishma Dhuri, Vishal Kasina & Shipra Malik

Back row (L-R): Dr. Raman Bahal, Dr. Vikas Kumar, Shahab Edalatian Zakeri, Aniket Wahane, Jason Shi & Alex Kapphahn.


Dr. Raman Bahal

Dr. Raman Bahal was born and raised in India. He received his B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Punjabi University, Patiala; his Master’s Degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research, Mohali; and his Ph.D. in Nucleic Acid Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Professor Danith H. Ly.

During his Ph.D. studies, Dr. Bahal focused on the optimization of new generation gamma Peptide Nucleic Acids as an effective tool for gene regulation and went on to demonstrate that genomic DNA can be targeted in a sequence unrestricted manner using new generation gPNAs.

Dr. Bahal did his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Peter M. Glazer at Yale University. He independently established a PNA synthesis facility in the Glazer lab and showed how nanoparticle delivered gPNAs can be used as antisense and gene editing agents.

Dr. Bahal joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Connecticut as an Assistant Professor in August 2017.


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Vikas Kumar

Dr. Vikas Kumar is a postdoctoral research associate at Dr. Bahal’s lab. He has completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Ram A Vishwakarma from CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine-Jammu, India. His research at the interface of drug discovery and drug development primarily accounts for the physicochemical characterization and pharmaceutical development of small molecular and phytopharmaceutical drugs. At Dr. Bahal’s lab, he is working on antigene/antisense therapy and nano-carrier development for targeted delivery of therapeutic agents. Aside from research, he loves listening to music, playing badminton and running.

Graduate Students


Karishma Dhuri
Karishma Dhuri is a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Bahal’s lab. She completed her Bachelor’s of Pharmacy and Master’s of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics from the University of Mumbai, India. In Dr. Bahal’s Lab, Karishma is exploring the area of gene targeting for the treatment of cancer. Her hobbies are reading, painting and cooking.

Aniket Wahane
Aniket Wahane is a Ph.D. candidate in Dr.Bahal’s lab. He completed his Bachelor’s of Technology in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India and his Master’s of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Northeastern University, Boston. At Dr.Bahal’s lab, Aniket is investigating anti-sense therapy for the treatment of cancer using nanotechnology. Apart from research, he is passionate about music, soccer and computer games.

Vishal Kasina
Vishal Kasina is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Bahal’s Lab. He completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with Honors from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Dr. Bahal’s lab, Vishal will be researching nano-formulations targeting different cancers. Outside research, he enjoys playing tennis, working out, and traveling.

Sai Pallavi Pradeep

Sai Pallavi Pradeep is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Bahal’s lab. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India and her Master’s of Science from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India. At Dr. Bahal’s lab, Sai is working on mRNA delivery and antisense projects for treating diverse genetic diseases as well as cancer. Apart from research, she is passionate about dance, swimming and hiking.


Shahab Edalatian Zakeri

Shahab Edalatian Zakeri received his PharmD degree from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran. He is interested in targeted therapeutics. In Dr. Bahal’s lab, Shahab as a PhD student will be working on developing antisense oligonucleotides against oncomiRs. In his free time, he plays guitar and listens to music and goes sightseeing.

Mounika Pathuri
Mounika Pathuri is a first year Ph.D. student in Dr. Bahal’s lab. She completed her Bachelor’s of Pharmacy from a college affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India and her Master’s of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics from RBVRR Women’s college of Pharmacy, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Apart from research, she is passionate about watching movies.
Undergraduate Students

Suraj Kalaria

Suraj Kalaria is a sophomore undergraduate student in Dr. Bahal’s Lab majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology.

Pranjali Kulkarni

Pranjali Kulkarni is a senior undergraduate and a second-year pharmacy student in the Bahal Lab.

Nitya Somineni

Nitya Somineni is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology.
Graduate Students

  • Shipra Malik (PhD student; currently at Verve Therapeutics)


Undergraduate Students

  • Daniela Barisano
  • Jason Shi
  • Elizabeth Abraham
  • Brenda Asmara
  • Suneri Amin
  • Zoe Moscato
  • Kevin Kao
  • Erin Garrison
  • Clara Bechtold
  • Chaohao Chen