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Sushila Maharjan

Country of origin: Nepal Currently in: Nepal, Kathmandu General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
OWSD Award
Academic Background


2012 Doctorate Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

1. Isolation and characterization of novel antibiotics and anticancer agents from Streptomyces 2. Combining biomaterials with biotechnology for drug/gene/vaccine delivery

Research Keywords: 
Anticancer agents
Vaccine delivery
Drug delivery
Gene delivery

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Maharjan S, Singh B, Jiang T, Yoon SY, Li HS, Kang SK, Yun CH, Choi YJ, Cho CS. Systemic administration of RANKL overcomes the bottleneck of oral vaccine delivery through microfold cells in ileum. Biomaterials. 2016

2. Kim YD, Pofali P, Park TE, Singh B, Cho KH, Maharjan S, Dandekar P, Jain R, Choi YJ, Arote RB, Cho CS. Gene Therapy for Bone Tissue Engineering. Tissue Eng Regen Med 2016

3. Singh B, Maharjan S, Jiang T, Kang SK, Choi YJ, Cho CS. Attuning hydroxypropyl methylcellulose phthalate to oral delivery vehicle for effective and selective delivery of protein vaccine in ileum. Biomaterials. 2015 (Equal contributions)

4. Singh B, Maharjan S, Park TE, Jiang T, Kang SK, Choi YJ, Cho CS. Tuning the Buffering Capacity of Polyethylenimine with Glycerol Molecules for Efficient Gene Delivery: Staying In or Out of the Endosomes. Macromol Biosci 2015 (Equal contributions)

5. Singh B, Maharjan S. Jiang T, Kang SK, Choi YJ, Cho CS. Combinatorial approach of antigen delivery using M cell-homing peptide and mucoadhesive vehicle to enhance the efficacy of oral vaccine. Mol. Pharm. 2015 (Equal contributions)

6. Pofali PA, Singh B, Dandekar P, Jain RD, Maharjan S, Choi YJ, Arote RB, Cho CS. Drug-conjugated polymers as gene carriers for synergistic therapeutic effect. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2015

7. Gankhuyag N, Singh B, Maharjan S, Choi YJ, Cho CS, Cho MH. Galactosylated poly(ethyleneglycol)-lithocholic acid selectively kills hepatoma cells, while sparing normal liver cells. Macromol Biosci 2015

8. Kim JI, Park TE, Maharjan S, Li HS, Lee HB, Kim IS, Piao D, Lee JY, Cho CS, Bok JD, Hong ZS, Kang SK, Choi YJ. Soluble RANKL expression in Lactococcus lactis and investigation of its potential as an oral vaccine adjuvant. BMC Immunol. 2015

9. Kim YD, Park TE, Singh B, Maharjan S, Choi YJ, Choung PH, Arote RB, Cho CS. Nanoparticle-mediated delivery of siRNA for effective lung cancer therapy. Nanomedicine 2015

10. Kim YD, Park TE, Singh B, Maharjan S, Cho KS, Park KP, Arote RB, Cho CS. Image guided nanoparticle based siRNA delivery for cancer therapy. Curr Pharm Design 2015

11. Maharjan S, Singh B, Bok JD, Kim JI, Jiang T, Cho CS, Kang SK, Choi YJ. Exploring codon optimization and response surface methodology to express biologically active full-length RANKL in E. coli. PLOS ONE 2014

12. Park TE, Singh B, Maharjan S, Jiang T, Yoon SY, Kang SK, Bok JD, Choi YJ, Cho CS. Mucosal Delivery of Vaccine by M Cell Targeting Strategies. Curr Drug Therapy 2014

13. Jiang T, Singh B, Maharjan S, Li HS, Kang SK, Bok JD, Cho CS, Choi YJ. Oral delivery of probiotic expressing M cell homing peptide conjugated BmpB vaccine encapsulated into alginate/chitosan/alginate microcapsules. Eur J Pharm Biopharm. 2014

14. Singh B, Maharjan S, Kim YK, Jiang T, Kang SK, Cho MH, ChoiYJ, Cho CS. Targeted gene delivery via N-acetylglucosamine receptor mediated endocytosis. J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 2014

15. Islam MA, Park TE, Singh B, Maharjan S, Firdous J, Cho MH, Kang SK, Yun CH, Choi YJ, Cho CS. Major degradable polycations as carriers for DNA and siRNA. J Control Release 2014

16. Chaudhary AK, Singh B, Maharjan S, Sohng JK. Switching antibiotics production on and off in Streptomyces by an IclR family transcriptional regulator from Streptomyces peucetius ATCC 27952. J Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2014

17. Maharjan S, Koju D, Lee HC, Sohng JK. Metabolic engineering of Nocardia sp. CS682 for enhanced production of nargenicin A. Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol. 2012

18. Maharjan S, Aryal N, Bhattarai S, Lamichanne J, Sohng JK. Biosynthesis of the nargenicin A1 pyrrole moiety from Nocardia sp. CS682. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2012

19. Koju D, Maharjan S, Dhakal D, Yoo JC, Sohng JK. Effect of different biosynthetic precursors on the production of nargenicin A1 from metabolically engineered Nocardia sp. CS682. J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2012

20. Maharjan S, Park JW, Yoon YJ, Lee HC, Sohng JK. Metabolic engineering of Streptomyces venezuelae for malonyl-CoA biosynthesis to enhance heterologous production of polyketides. Biotechnol. Lett. 2010

21. Maharjan S, Oh TJ, Lee HC, Sohng JK. Identification and functional characterization of an afsR homolog regulatory gene from Streptomyces venezuelae ATCC 15439. J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2009

22. Maharjan S, Oh TJ, Lee HC, Sohng JK. Heterologous expression of metK1-sp and afsR-sp in Streptomyces venezuelae for the production of pikromycin. Biotechnol. Lett. 2008

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 

Workshop and Conference Attended

2016 Trieste, Italy TWAS Research Grants Conference - Shaping Careers in Science
2016 Washington, DC, USA AAAS Annual Meeting

Presentation given

TWAS Research Grants: Opening Doors to Success
Trieste, Italy
Event: TWAS Research Grants Conference - Shaping Careers in Science
Prizes, Grants and Awards

OWSD Awards

Feb 2016
OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists
For her work using soil microbes to develop medically useful chemicals. Microbes create a great number of the materials used in medicine, including antibiotics. Dr. Maharjan studies bacterial strains from the high-altitude regions of Nepal to identify substances useful for the development of new antibiotics, as well as other medically useful compounds.

Other Awards

Aug 2013
TWAS Research Grant Award
TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) Research Grant in Basic Sciences (Groups)
Jul 2015
BK 21 PLUS Fellowship Award
BK21 PLUS (Brain Korea 21 Program for Leading Universities & Students) is a human resource development program initiated by the Korean government.
Mar 2016
Excellent Article Award
Excellent Article Award for Best Research Publications in College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Seoul National University, 2016
Apr 2011
Best Poster Award
Best Poster Award, Korean Society of Glycobiology, Korea, 2011
Jun 2007
Korean Research Fund (KRF) Scholarship
Korean Research Fund (KRF) Scholarship for the international intelligent student for PhD course for three years by Korean government, Korea, 2007- 2010
Sep 2011
PhD Fellowship Award
PhD fellowship from Graduate School of Sun Moon University, South Korea, 2006-2008

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