Our Team

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 Univerisity under the supervisoin 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.



Graduate Students


Shipra Malik

Shipra Malik is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Bahal’s lab. She earned her Bachelor’s of Pharmacy and Master’s of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics from University of Delhi, India. Shipra’s research work is focused upon developing antisense therapy based on nanoparticle technology for targeting tumors. Outside research, she enjoys reading, traveling, and meeting new people!


Karishma Dhuri

Karishma Dhuri is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Bahal’s lab. She completed her Bachelor’s of Pharmacy and Master’s of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics from 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.

Undergraduate Students
Clara Bechtold


Clara Bechtold is a sophomore Cell and Molecular Biology major with the intention of attending the UConn Pharmacy School in the fall of 2020. In Dr. Bahal’s lab, she is working on optimizing  lyophilization conditions for nucleic acid loaded nanoparticles. She is a member of the UConn Equestrian team and in her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, and artwork. 
Jason Shi


Jason Shi is a first year pre-pharmacy student in UCONN’s Special Program in Pharmacy (SPiP) from Litchfield, CT. In Dr. Bahal’s Lab, Jason is exploring the use of nanotechnology for the treatment of cancer. He is currently a new member of the Student National Pharmacists’ Association (SNPhA). During his free time, Jason enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and learning magic tricks!
Undergraduate Students

  • Brenda Asmara
  • Suneri Amin
  • Zoe Moscato
  • Kevin Kao
  • Erin Garrison