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Sapna Deo, Ph.D.

General Information

Sapna  Deo, Ph.D.


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  • English


  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Director of Graduate Studies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Director of Molecular Medicine Pathway of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Research Interests

 Bionanotechnology, Biosensing and Molecular Diagnostics


Cancer Researcher of the Year (shared with collaborators S. Daunert and E. Kobetz), Women’s Cancer Association, University of Miami
University of Miami Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award
National Science Foundation-CAREER Award
IUPUI School of Science Faculty Research Award



Dr. Deo is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director (GPD) in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr Deo’s research interest is in the development technologies for the detection of pathogens for resource poor settings. Her work also involves design of novel nanobioanalytical techniques based on luminescence and quantum dots for detection of microRNAs and RNA molecules for application in biomedicine, diagnosis, and pathogen detection. Other areas of research include development of molecular probes for biosensing and bioimaging applications. She is a author and co-author of over 70 scientific publications and several patents and a recipient of the NSF-CAREER Award. Dr. Deo serves on editorial boards of journals, study section panels, and scientific advisory board of biotech industries. Dr. Deo initiated a Molecular Medicine Pathway Program for medical students and serves as its Director. This program aims to involve medical students in scholarly activities. She is the Education Resource Director of the Dr. John T. McDonald Foundation Bionanotechnology Institute of University of Miami (BioNIUM). Dr. Deo initiated and established an Industrial/Executive PhD program for full time professionals serving as its inaugural director. Dr. Deo's administrative experience also includes serving as co-leader of the Training Core of the University of Kentucky’s National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Program. For her innovation in creation of new graduate programs, dedication to graduate students and programs, and accomplishments as BMB’s GPD, she received the inaugural Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award from the University of Miami in 2014. She was also instrumental in initiating a BS-PhD program in BMB and helps coordinate admission into the program in collaboration with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Deo also helped in organizing a student-led NanoFlorida conference that brings together scientists and students involved in bionanotechnology work in the State of Florida.