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Dmitry S. Koktysh

Research Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Lab Supervisor, VINSE Analytical Laboratory


Dr. Koktysh’s research is focused on fabrication of advanced nanomaterials. He is working on development of diverse synthetic and derivatization strategies which provide the ability to simultaneously control the chemical composition, structure, and properties of the hybrid nanoparticles.  His effort is also devoted to the characterization of nanosized particles with an emphasis on synergetic properties in hybrid systems with well-controlled structure. Different nanomaterials including semiconductor, magnetic particles are studied with reference to many potential applications in material science and medicine.

Dmitry manages and trains students in the VINSE Analytical User Facility at Vanderbilt.


• Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, 2002
• NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999

Selected Publications:

Improved proliferation of antigen-specific cytolytic T lymphocytes using a multimodal nanovaccine. Li, B; Siuta, M; Bright, V; Koktysh, D; Matlock, BK; Dumas, ME; Zhu, MY; Holt, A; Stec, D; Deng, SL; Savage, PB; Joyce, S; Pham, W, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NANOMEDICINE, 11, 6103-6121 , (2016) View Abstract

A Stem Cell-Derived Platform for Studying Single Synaptic Vesicles in Dopaminergic Synapses. Gu, HG; Lazarenko, RM; Koktysh, D; Iacovitti, L; Zhang, Q, STEM CELLS TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE, 4, 887-893 , (2015) View Abstract

Influence of interfacial oxide on the optical properties of single layer CdTe/CdS quantum dots in porous silicon scaffolds. Gaur, G; Koktysh, DS; Fleetwood, DM; Weller, RA; Reed, RA; Weiss, SM, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 107, 063106 , (2015) View Abstract

Inhalable Curcumin: Offering the Potential for Translation to Imaging and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. McClure, R; Yanagisawa, D; Stec, D; Abdollahian, D; Koktysh, D; Xhillari, D; Jaeger, R; Stanwood, G; Chekmenev, E; Tooyama, I; Gore, JC; Pham, W, JOURNAL OF ALZHEIMERS DISEASE, 44, 283-295 , (2015) View Abstract

Immobilization of Quantum Dots in Nanostructured Porous Silicon Films: Characterizations and Signal Amplification for Dual-Mode Optical Biosensing. Gaur, G; Koktysh, DS; Weiss, SM, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 23, 3604-3614 , (2013) View Abstract