Research in my group takes place at the interface of Organic Synthesis, Chemical Biology and Catalysis. The goal of our research group is to develop new chemical reactions including catalysts for the synthesis of proteins, peptides and bioconjugates. Most importantly, we are interested in reactions and catalysts that work well in the aqueous medium. The Raj group also seeks chemical methods for synthesis of uniquely structured peptides, mimicking secondary structures, for inhibiting protein-protein interactions implicated in disease states. The unique structure of peptide is responsible for both the stability and biological activities. All of these efforts utilize organic chemistry tools, biochemical techniques and structural characterization.
- Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
- Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University
- Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
- Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award, First Prize in Asia
- Doctoral Fellowship Awards from CSIR, India
- Travel Grant, Gordan Research Conference (GRC), RI, USA