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Januka Budhathoki-Uprety


Januka Budhathoki-Uprety is a polymer chemist with an interest in developing novel materials for applications in cutting-edge technologies. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology, Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry, and Ph.D. in Chemistry. Her Ph.D. research under the supervision of Professor Bruce Novak at North Carolina State University was focused on the design and synthesis of helical polycarbodiimide polymers. She completed her postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, with her research focused in biomedical sciences developing bio-nanomaterials for disease diagnosis and therapy.Dr. Budhathoki-Uprety is the recipient of the MSK Society Scholar Prize (2018), Tow Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2018), ACS Graduate Student Travel Award (2011), Academic Excellence for Teaching Award, Kathmandu Model College (2003-2005).


Polymers and nanomaterials offer a wide range of capabilities in modern technologies in everyday life such as in healthcare, safety and comfort. Research in the Budhathoki-Uprety lab encompasses at the interface between chemistry, biology and material science utilizing the principles of organic and polymer synthesis, chemical biology, and nanotechnology. Her research team focuses on developing novel polymers, macromolecules, and nanomaterials, and their applications in biomedical field and environment in collaborative approach.

Specific research areas include:

  • Rational Polymer Design and Synthesis
  • Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
  • Bio-sensors Development and Applications
  • Smart Biomedical Textiles


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Electrochemical Society
  • Nepal Chemical Society
  • Materials Research Society


  • PCC 106 – Polymer Chemistry and Environmental Sustainability, Spring 2020
  • PCC 461  – Chemistry of Polymeric Materials, Fall 2020
  • TC 561 – Organic Chemistry of Polymers, Fall 2020


Postdoctoral Fellow Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Ph.D. Chemistry North Carolina State University

M.S. Chemistry Western Carolina University

M.Sc Organic Chemistry Tribhuvan University

B.Sc Chemistry and Biology Tribhuvan University

Area(s) of Expertise

Medical Textiles
Polymer Science
Polymer/Fiber/Textile Processing
Textile Chemistry


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Date: 01/01/21 - 12/31/21
Amount: $17,636.00
Funding Agencies: Cotton, Inc.

Cotton, an indispensable material in textiles industry, is prone to moisture absorption and retention. Moisture has been found root cause for wrinkles in fabrics during wet-dry process and microbial growth that causes malodor in fabrics. Besides, a hydrophobic character is increasingly required for high-performance technical textiles to attain effective liquid repellence, self-cleaning, uni-directional liquid transport, or to create barrier coatings on fiber surfaces. Therefore, one of the major challenges is to protect cotton products from water absorption and associated adverse effects. Here, we propose to develop hydrophobic finish from cottonseed oil, which could be chemically bound to cotton surface to impart water repellency on cotton fabrics.

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