Paul, D.

Dr. Debjani Paul
Associate Professor

Phone: +(91-22) 2576 7798
E-mail: debjani.paul [at]
Location: Room No. 604, BSBE Building
Lab web page

Research Interest

  • Microfluidic devices for healthcare applications
  • Biological physics


  • Grand Challenges Explorations (Round 14- June 2014) Phase 1 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (through IKP-GCE).
  • Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (2012) from Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.
  • Co-recipient of a Discipline Hopping Grant (2009) from Medical Research Council, UK, (with Drs. Pietro Cicuta and Clare Bryant).
  • College Research Associate (2007-2009), Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.
  • Curie Institute fellowship for foreign researchers (2006).
  • Senior Research Fellowship, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (2002).

Teaching (current)

  • Medical imaging physics (BB 663)
  • Microfluidics: Physics and Applications (BB 624)
  • Experimental Techniques in Biomedical Engineering (BB 653); course co-ordinator
  • Biosensors and BioMEMS (EE 625); co-instructor with Prof. Ramgopal Rao

Academic Background

  • Integrated PhD (Physics), 2005: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor (May 2017 – present)
  • Assistant Professor (May 2012 – May 2017): Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay, India.
  • Research Fellow (June 2011 – May 2012): Piramal Healthcare Ltd., Mumbai, India.
  • Research Associate (November 2009 – January 2011): Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Research Associate (January 2007 – October 2009): Department of Engineering (Electrical Engineering Division), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Visiting Researcher (January 2007 – June 2007): MRC Cancer Cell Unit, Hutchison-MRC Research Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (March 2005 – December 2006): UMR 168, Physical Chemistry Unit, Curie Institute, Paris, France.


  • Point of care sickle cell test.  Paul, C. D’Costa, O. Sharma and M. Singh. Indian patent application 201621026630 (Aug 4, 2016).
  • Method for amplifying nucleic acid from a target.  Paul, D. Ghosh and P. J. Shetty. Indian patent application 201621026481 (Aug 3, 2016).
  • A portable microscope.  Pauland Samrat. Indian patent application 4743/Mum/2015 (Dec 18, 2015).
  • A method for molding thermoplastics. S. Mukherji,  Paul,Bhuvaneshwari K. and A. Jagirdar. Indian patent application 2003/Mum/2015 (May 22, 2015).
  • Systems and methods for point-of-care detection and amplification of nucleic acids.  Paul, P. J. Shetty and A. Jagirdar.Indian patent application 165/Mum/2015 (Jan 16, 2015).
  • Method for fabrication of microlens. S. Mukherji,  Paul, Bhuvaneshwari K. and A. Jagirdar, Indian patent application 3096/MUM/2014(Dec 4, 2014).
  • Method for increasing the hydrophobicity of the paper.  Pauland A. Jagirdar. Indian patent application 1652/MUM/2014 (May 15, 2014).
  • Paper fluidic device for regular monitoring of oral health.  Paul, A. Jagirdar; P. J. Shetty and R. K. S. Satti. Indian patent application 1653/MUM/2014(May 15, 2014).
  • Rapid detection of urea in adulterated milk using thread based microfluidic system (US 20140065712 A1). J. Khandare,  Paul, S. Banerjee, N. Taneja and M. Shidore.
  • Method for improving the bonding properties of microstructured substrates and devices prepared with this method (US 2010/0104480 A1and PCT/IB2007/055031). J.-L. Viovy, J. Weber,  Paul, L. Malaquin and S. Miserere.

Selected Publications (2012 – present)

  • A RAdialPIllarDevice (RAPID) for continuous
and high-throughput separation of multi-sized particles, N. Mehendale, O. Sharma, C. D’Costa and  Paul, Biomedical Microdevices (2017), Vol. 20, article 6, (
  • Thermal lysis and isothermal amplification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv in one tube, P. Shetty, D. Ghosh and  Paul, Journal of Microbiological Methods (2017), Vol. 143, p. 1.
  • Impedance spectroscopy based detection of cardiac biomarkers on polyaniline coated filter paper, D. Mondal, D. Paul and S. Mukherji, IEEE Sensors (2017), Vol. 17, p. 5021.
  • Rapid amplification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA on a paper substrate. P. Shetty, D. Ghosh, M. Singh, A. Tripathi and  Paul. RSC Advances (2016), Vol. 6, p. 56205.
  • Fabrication of nearly hemispherical polymer lenses using water droplets as moulds, B. Karunakaran, A. Jagirdar,  Paul and S. Mukherji, IETE Technical Review (2016) Vol. 33, No. 1, p. 54.
  • A paperfluidic device for dental applications using a novel patterning technique, A. Jagirdar, P. Shetty, S. Satti, S. Garg and  Paul, Analytical Methods, (2015), vol. 7, p. 1293
  • Phagocytosis dynamics depends on target shape,  Paul, S. Achouri, Y. Z. Yoon, J. Herre, C. E. Bryant and P. Cicuta. Biophysical Journal (2013), vol. 105, p. 1143.
  • Chemical synthesis and sensing in inexpensive thread-based microdevices, S. S.Banerjee, J. Khandare, A. Roychowdhury, N. Taneja, R. Janrao and  Paul. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical (2013), vol. 186, p. 439.
  • Transferrin-mediated rapid targeting, isolation and detection of circulating tumor cells by multifunctional magneto-dendritic nanosystem, S. S. Banerjee, A. Jalota-Badhwar, S. D. Satavalekar, S. G. Bhansali, N. D. Aher, R. Mascarenhas,  Paul, S. Sharma and J. J. Khandare, Advanced Healthcare Materials (2012), vol. 2, p. 800.(Selected as inside cover).
  • Enhancing interactions with colon cancer cells on transferrin-conjugated 3D nanostructured substrate, S. Banerjee#,  Paul#, A. Jalota-Badhwar, N. Aher, S. Bhansali and J. Khandare, Small (2012), vol. 8, p. 1657.(# equal contributions)