Mrunalini Pattarkine, PhD, Professor in Biotechnology heads the BTEC program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg PA. Prof Pattarkine has a PhD in Biochemistry from IIT Powai, and has over 25 years of research experience. In addition to being the program director, she is also the lead faculty for Nanobiotechnology initiative within the Biotechnology program at the university and is currently directing sponsored research for private industries. In addition to teaching Biotechnology/Nanobiotechnology courses, Prof Pattarkine also serves as a Director of Capital Area Biotechnology Partnership (CABP), a Workforce Leadership Grant in Biotechnology though funding from PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED, a $700,000/- grant). Prof Pattarkine has active research projects in areas such as biosensor development, paper-based analytical devices, antimicrobial properties of plant biomaterials, and hydrogels for regenerative medicine.
Prof Pattarkine has several publications and two book chapters to her credit. Under her instruction, the university offers several summer courses for high-school students. Prof Pattarkine has conducted numerous workshops at national and international events, for educators and administrators and is considered an expert in the field by state administrators.
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