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New investigator: Bhavesh Kevadiya, PhD

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Bhavesh Kevadiya, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2020 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Bhavesh Kevadiya, PhD
  • Title: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: July 2020
  • Hometown: Bhavnagar, Gujrat, India

New Investigator Award

New Investigator Awards go to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past two years have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New investigators also had to demonstrate scholarly activity such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

Research focus:

  • HIV
  • Nanoparticles
  • Theranostics

The goal of my research is: Development of strategies for

  • Long-acting antiretroviral drugs tracking through molecular imaging technologies;
  • Viral delivery and molecular imaging tracking system of CRISPR technology;
  • Nano-cocrystal strategy for multi-drug antiretroviral therapy;
  • Development of virus like nanoparticles for targeting antiretroviral therapy and monitoring by nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technology; and
  • Synthesis of radiolabeled nanoparticles for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technology for diagnostics as well as a therapeutic purpose.

My research will make a difference because: The aim is to develop effective theranostic nanoparticles for the purpose of effective drug delivery, targeting, multi-modal tracking of antiretroviral agents to treat HIV-1 positive or latent individuals. All of the work is about making the drugs more effective for patients by focusing on translatable research. Of course, beyond my specific research goals, I hope to teach and empower the students in the lab, so that they can lead their own difference-making research in the future.

The best advice I've ever been given is:

The best advice I've ever been given is to try as many things as possible. I am never focused on a single project in the lab. In science, we know that things will fail, so by constantly trying things I put our lab in position to stick the landing with at least a couple of projects. As Thomas Eddison once said, "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 things that don't work." The projects that don't advance aren't failures, and the ones we keep working on aren't merely successes. Instead, each and every one is a learning experience for myself and the students.

Three things you may not know about me:

  • For each research paper our lab develops, I like to create cover art or figure out the design for that journal. I have produced various cover artworks for different papers our lab has written.
  • I like to work with a diverse group of people of multidisciplinary backgrounds. A team of scientists can really create some out-of-the-box projects and tackle challenging tasks.
  • I can easily adapt to new environments and new people.

Award ceremony Feb. 23

Matthew Rizzo, MD, Frances & Edgar Reynolds Chair and professor in the UNMC Department of Neurological Sciences, has been named the 15th UNMC Scientist Laureate. Dr. Rizzo will be honored, along with 22 other researchers recently named UNMC Distinguished Scientist, Research Leadership and New Investigator Award winners for 2020, during a virtual awards ceremony on Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Other awardees include:

Research Leadership

  • Maneesh Jain, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Ted Mikuls, MD, College of Medicine

Distinguished Scientists

  • Jesse Bell, PhD, College of Public Health
  • Vijaya Bhatt, MD, College of Medicine
  • Diana Florescu, MD, College of Medicine
  • Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, MVSC, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Sarah Holstein, MD, PhD, College of Medicine
  • R. Katherine Hyde, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Robin Lally, PhD, College of Nursing
  • Hanjun Wang, MD, College of Medicine
  • Jingwei Xie, PhD, College of Medicine

New Investigators

  • Leah Cook, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Prasanta Dash, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Samikshan Dutta, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Bryant England, MD, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Kyle Hewitt, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Regina Idoate, PhD, College of Public Health
  • Bhavesh Kevadiya, PhD, College of Medicine
  • So-Youn Kim, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Anthony Podany, PharmD, College of Pharmacy
  • Matthew Van Hook, PhD, College of Medicine
  • David Warren, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Wellsandt, DPT, PhD, College of Allied Health Professions

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