Dr. Chandra P. Sharma
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST),Thiruvananthapuram


Dr. Chandra P. Sharma is Head of Biosurface Technology Division, and Associate Head of Biomedical Technology Wing, SCTIMST, Trivandrum. He is basically a Physicist from IIT Delhi and received his training in Biomaterials area in the University of Utah (USA) with Prof. D.J. Lyman as a graduate student and in the University of Liverpool, England with Prof. D.F. Williams as a Post Doctoral Research Associate. Dr. Sharma has been awarded FBSE by The International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science & Engineering (IUS-BSE).

Dr. Sharma has published over 260 research papers with over 1700 citations (Scopus) and has processed 30 patents including in Japan and USA. He has edited several special issues of International Journals as a guest editor and a book with Dr. Michael Szycher on Blood Compatible Materials and Devices with Technomic Publishing Company - 1991. He has been recognized with various awards and honors such as MRSI medal - Materials Research Society of India, Distinguished Scientist award - SBAOI and shares Whitaker and National Science Foundation Award - International Society for Artificial Organs (ISAO) USA and Hall of Honors - International Biomaterials Center, USA (Founder Prof. C. William Hall). He has delivered many key note addresses, plenary lectures, invited lectures, IUS-BSE lecture and chaired sessions in National and International conferences including World Biomaterials Congresses. Dr. Sharma also chaired and organized a symposium in the 7th World Biomaterials Congress, Sydney for SBAOI. He has organized the Indo-Australian Conference as a Co-Chair with Dr Ramshaw and so more.

Dr. Sharma is a member of editorial board of several international journals and many national and international societies and reviewer of reputed journals such as Langmuir, Biomacromolecules and Biomaterials etc. He is the founder of SBAOI and STERMI. He is also the founder editor of Trends in Biomaterials and Artificial Organs- a journal published by SBAOI. He has been the member of IUSBSE since 2003 and observer member since 1996 and has represented SBAOI as Ambassador in the WBC 2004 - Sydney and WBC 2008 - Amsterdam. He has also been President SPSI, Trivandrum Chapter and Convener MRSI, Trivandrum Chapter, India.

The projects ongoing and completed by his group relate to the development of Small Diameter Vascular Graft, Hemoperfusion Column, Artificial Wound Dressing Materials - Transdermal Delivery system, Synthesis of Hydroxyapatite, development of nanoparticles and its uses towards drug (peptide) delivery systems and coatings to enhance tissue compatibility of implants, Hemodialysis membranes, improvement of Bioprosthetic Heart valve via surface modifications, and Oral Insulin Delivery Systems (under NMITLI, CSIR, New Delhi) using pH sensitive microspheres/nanoparticles loaded with liposome/cyclodextrin derivatives/lipids encapsulated insulin. Basic activities also relate understanding of blood/tissue - material interactions at the interface.