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Devika Basnagge Chithrani

Associate professor, Physics and Astronomy/Medical physics, University of Victoria

Dr. Devika Chithrani is the director of nanoscince and technology development laboratory at the department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, Canada. She was awarded the faculty gold medal and the gold medal for physics when she received her bachelor’s degree (first class honors). To continue her graduate studies, she was awarded a prestigious NSERC Graduate scholarship in Materials science and engineering at University of Toronto, Canada. Following a scuccesful completion of her doctoral work, she was awarded one of the most prestigious awards in Canada, the NSERC PDF, to continue her post-graduate research in the department of Biomedical engineering at university of Toronto. Now, she is an associate professor at the university of Victoria, Canada. She is also part of the medical physics faculty at the British Columbia Cancer agency. Dr. Chithrani leverages nanotechnology to create innovations that advance the care of cancer patients. She is using gold nanoparticles as a radiation dose enhancer in cancer therapy. This work is featured on the cover of radiation research journal. She has developed three dimensional tumor models to optimize bio-nano interface in cancer therapy. This work is featured on the cover of Nano-Micro Letters journal. Dr. Chithrani is considered as one of the leaders in the field of nanotechnology and her publications have received over 9500 citations in few years. Dr. Chithrani has earned a strong international reputation for her innovative research through her many review articles, book chapters, and invited presentations. She is an associate editor of many nanotechnology based journals. Her passion is to develop smart nanomaterials to improve exiting cancer therapeutics. She believes that many side effects due to chemotherapy can be reduced by controlled delivery of anticancer drugs using smart nanomaterials.


  • –present
    Associate professor, University of Victoria


  • 2005 
    University of Toronto, Materials science and engineering


Joseph Nalliah Arumugam Memorial Award (Gold medal); Mailvaganam Memorial Award for Physics (Gold medal); Dr. C. A. Hewavitharana Memorial Prize;