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Nishtha Gaur

School of Engineering

Telephone: 083026686

Email: nishtha.gaur@mymail.unisa.edu.au


About me


I pursued my B.Tech + M.tech (Dual Degree) in Nanotechnology from Amity University, India. In 2014, I joined Prof. Rob Short group at Mawson Institute, UniSA as a Visiting International Research Student and currently enrolled as a full time PhD student in the same group under co-supervision of Dr. Endre Szili, Prof. Allison Cowin and Prof. David Graves. My work focuses on the role of plasma-induced reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) in the field of wound healing. This includes understanding the tissue-plasma interactions and delivery of RONS into the tissue models. My PhD project will provide the underpinning knowledge that is needed to realise the clinical and commercial potential of our patented plasma wound therapy technologies. The aim is to develop a highly effective, low cost and IP-protected technology / product for chronic wound treatments. The product will be simple to use in the clinic and will outperform competitive wound dressing technologies in the delivery of anti-microbial and or healing agents. In future, I aim to use the cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) in other biomedical applications besides wound healing.

The PhD has provided me opportunities to visit Meijo University and Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan; York University, University of Bath, University of Cambridge and Lancaster University in the UK. 


Research publications


Gaur, N., Szili, E.J., Oh, J.S., Hong, S.H., Michelmore, A., Graves, D.B., Hatta, A. and Short, R.D., 2015. Combined effect of protein and oxygen on reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in the plasma treatment of tissue. Applied Physics Letters107(10), p.103703.

Oh, J.S., Szili, E.J., Gaur, N., Hong, S.H., Furuta, H., Kurita, H., Mizuno, A., Hatta, A. and Short, R.D., 2016. How to assess the plasma delivery of RONS into tissue fluid and tissue. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics49(30), p.304005.

Oh, J.S., Szili, E.J., Ito, S., Hong, S.H., Gaur, N., Furuta, H., Short, R.D. and Hatta, A., 2015. Slow Molecular Transport of Plasma-Generated Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species and O 2 through Agarose as a Surrogate for Tissue. Plasma Medicine5(2-4).

Oh JS, Strudwick X, Short RD, Ogawa K, Hatta A, Furuta H, Gaur N, Hong SH, Cowin AJ, Fukuhara H, Inoue K. How plasma induced oxidation, oxygenation, and de-oxygenation influences viability of skin cells. Applied Physics Letters. 2016 Nov 14;109(20):203701.

Oh, J.S., Strudwick, X., Short, R.D., Ogawa, K., Hatta, A., Furuta, H., Gaur, N., Hong, S.H., Cowin, A.J., Fukuhara, H. and Inoue, K., 2016. How plasma induced oxidation, oxygenation, and de-oxygenation influences viability of skin cells. Applied Physics Letters109(20), p.203701.

Szili, E.J., Hong, S.H., Oh, J.S., Gaur, N. and Short, R.D., 2017. Tracking the Penetration of Plasma Reactive Species in Tissue Models. Trends in Biotechnology.

Szili, E., Gaur, N., Hong, S.H., Kurita, H., Oh, J.S., Ito, M., Mizuno, A., Hatta, A., Cowin, A., Graves, D. and Short, R., 2017. The assessment of cold atmospheric plasma treatment of DNA in synthetic models of tissue fluid, tissue and cells. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics.

Oh, J.S., Szili, E.J., Hong, S.H., Gaur, N., Ohta, T., Hiramatsu, M., Hatta, A., Short, R.D. and Ito, M., 2017. Mass Spectrometry Analysis of the Real-Time Transport of Plasma-Generated Ionic Species Through an Agarose Tissue Model Target. Journal of Photopolymer Science and Technology30(3), pp.317-323.

Szili, E.J., Hong, S.H., Oh, J.S., Gaur, N. and Short, R.D., 2017. Tracking the Penetration of Plasma Reactive Species in Tissue Models. Trends in Biotechnology.


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