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Staff Scientist, Discovery Technologies
Sanhita Dixit, Ph.D.’s research interests include the study of soft matter and biophysical systems, with a special emphasis on using optical techniques to probe their structure and function. Her current research interests are in the area of droplet emulsions and developing novel ways to manipulate water droplets in oil.
Before joining SRI, Dixit trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied single molecule protein-DNA interactions using total internal reflection microscopy in the laboratory of Dr. Giovanni Zocchi. She continued her postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis, where she investigated lipid bilayer mechanics using glass beads as probes to sense membrane bending on patterned surfaces. This work was performed in the laboratory of Dr. Atul Parikh. Her last postdoctoral position was at SRI, where she worked with Dr. Gregory Faris in the area of tissue optics. She participated in the development of a new near-infrared imaging modality to detect breast cancer.
Dixit holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Edinburgh, UK. During her Ph.D. studies, she performed experiments to determine the structural disruption of the hydrogen-bonded network of water induced by co-solvents such as alcohols. Her work resulted in a powerful alternate view to understand the thermodynamics of aqueous solutions based on hydrogen bond formation and demonstrated that at the molecular level, water and methanol do not mix.