Featured Scientist Hemalatha Raju, PhD

Hemalatha Raju with Sebastian the Ibis

Featured Scientist Hemalatha Raju, PhD

Hemalatha Raju is a PhD student in Human Genetics and Genomics at the University of Miami. She received her BS in Physics and a master in Biophysics from the University of Chennai, India.

Her research interests include analyzing next-generation sequencing data using different NGS tools (Bowtie, BWA (Burrows-Wheeler Aligner), TopHat, and Cufflinks), designing pipeline to identify and analyze non-coding RNA in the transcriptome, classify the functional non-coding RNAs. Prior to joining the graduate program, she worked in molecular projects involving the study of magnetic nanoparticles in the eye for drug delivery and cell therapy.



  1. Raju H.B., Zoe Englander, Enrico Capobianco, Nick Tsinoremas, Jessica K Lerch. Identification of therapeutic targets in a model of neuropathic pain. Frontiers in Genetics, 23 May 2014 | doc: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00131
  2. Raju H.B., Hu. Y., Padgett K.R., Rodriguez J.E., Goldberg J.L. (2012). “Investigation of nanoparticles using magnetic resonance imaging after intravitreal injection.” Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 40(1): 100-107.
  3. Steketee MB, Moysidis SN, Jin XL, Weinstein JE, Pita-Thomas W, Raju HB, Iqbal S, Goldberg JL.(2011) Nanoparticle-mediated signaling endosome localization regulates growth cone motility and neurite growth. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Nov 22; 108(47):19042-7.
  4. Raju H.B., Ying Hu, Anil Vedula, Sander R. Dubovy, Jeffrey L. Goldberg (2011). “Evaluation of magnetic micro- and nanoparticle toxicity to ocular tissues.” PLoS One 6(5): e17452.
  5. Raju H.B., Goldberg JL. Nanotechnology for ocular therapeutics and tissue repair. Expert Review of Ophthalmology 2008; 3:431-436