Manish Shankla

Graduate Student



I'm a graduate student with a passion to develop point-of-care healthcare technologies. I use supercomputers to investigate a method which uses nanometer sized pores, 'nanopores', in solid-state membranes to sequence proteins or DNA. I also have an interest in healthcare policy from a macroeconomic persepctive.


Aksimentiev Group

09/2014 - 01/2018

Graduate Student

  • Solid-state nanopore, DNA transport, Ionic liquid nanotechnology



Volunteer on behalf of the NSF funded Center for the Physics of Living Systems (CPLC) teaching physics and biology related lessons in a bilingual spanish-english classroom. Types of lessons taught:

  • EM/Light waves
  • Karyotyping
  • Animal/Plant Cell
  • Light microscopy


University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign

09/2014 - 09/2018

PhD Biophysics and Quantitative Biology

  • Emphasis in statistics

University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign

09/2007 - 05/2012

Bachelor Physics with a CS minor

  • Emphasis in computational physics


J. Phys. Chem. B

A prototype nanodevice which controls magnitude, direction and species of ions flow. This device may be integrated into larger scale nanofludic electronics.

Advanced Functional Materials

An experimental/theoretical study of a hetrogeneous graphene dielectric membrane to slow the transport of DNA through a nanopore for DNA sequencing.

Nature Communications

A controllable method of slowing the transport of DNA though a free-standing graphene nanopore.