Nishu Kanwa

Nishu Kanwa


After studying chemistry for her Bachelor’s and master’s degree at Miranda House College (New Delhi), Nishu obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry from IIT Indore in India. During her PhD, she studied lipid membranes and their biophysical properties. In 2021, she joined the lab of Petra Schwille where her current research is driven towards membrane biophysics and cell-mimetic membrane compartments (lipid rafts) in vitro to understand their relevance in cellular functions.


Research Interests

Membrane biophysics, lipid rafts, membrane-protein interactions, DNA origami



Kanwa, N., Gavrilovic, S., Brüggenthies, G.A., Qutbuddin, Y., Schwille, P.
Inducing Lipid Domains in Membranes by Self-Assembly of DNA Origami
Advanced Materials Interfaces (2023),

Babl L., Merino-Salomón A., Kanwa N., Schwille P.
Membrane mediated phase separation of the bacterial nucleoid occlusion protein Noc.
Scientific Reports (2022),

Subramanyan J., Dave A. K., Ali A. A., Kanwa N., Yadav S., Sameera, Meena S.
Urease Activity in Pigeon Pea Seeds.
IJARESM (2022)

Kanwa N., M. K., Chakraborty A.
Discriminatory interaction behaviour of lipid vesicles towards diversely emissive carbon dots synthesized from ortho, meta and para isomeric carbon precursors.
Langmuir (2020),     

Kanwa N., De S. K., Maity A., Chakraborty A.
Interaction of aliphatic amino acids with zwitterionic and charged lipid membranes: hydration and dehydration phenomena.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2020),

De S. K., Kanwa N., Chakraborty A.
Influence of Trivalent Metal Ions on Lipid Vesicles: Gelation and Fusion Phenomena.
Langmuir (2019),

Kanwa N., Patnaik A., De S. K., Ahamed M., Chakraborty A.
Effect of surface ligand and temperature on lipid vesicle-gold nanoparticle interaction: a spectroscopic investigation.
Langmuir (2019),    

Kanti De S., Kanwa N., Ahamed M., Chakraborty A.
Spectroscopic evidence for hydration and dehydration of lipid bilayers upon interaction with metal ions: a new physical insight.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2018),    

Kanwa N., Dey S. K., Adhikari C., Chakraborty A.
A Spectroscopic Study of the Interaction of Carboxyl-Modified Gold Nanoparticles with Liposomes of Different Chain Lengths and Controlled Drug Release by Layer-by-Layer Technology.
J. Phys. Chem. B (2017),

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