Nachiket D. Vaze


Title and Affiliation

Research Associate
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Environmental Health
Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology

Contact Info

Office: SPH1-G30

Short Bio

Dr. Vaze is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology. He is primarily focused on developing novel nanotechnology based antimicrobial platforms.

Currently, his research is focused on the engineered water nanostructure (EWNS) based approach to disinfection. EWNS is a novel nanotechnology based approach that incorporates the use of pure water to produce nano-sized particles loaded with reactive oxygen species.

He graduated with a PhD in biomedical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. His thesis work focused on developing non-thermal electrical plasma technology for antimicrobial applications. He is also interested in the field of clinical microbiology, working with medical professionals to create a multidisciplinary environment.

Research Interests

  • Antimicrobial Technology Development
  • Nanotechnology
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • High-Voltage Electrical Discharges

Selected Publications

  1. Huang R, Vaze N, Soorneedi A, Moore M, Xue Y, Bello D, Demokritou P. Inactivation of Hand Hygiene Related Pathogens Using Engineered Water Nanostructures. Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019 Nov 10. 7(24):19761-19769.
  2. Vaze N, Pyrgiotakis G, Mena L, Baumann R, Demokritou A, Ericsson M, Zhang Y, Bello D, Eleftheriadou M, Demokritou P. A nano-carrier platform for the targeted delivery of nature-inspired antimicrobials using Engineered Water Nanostructures for food safety applications. Food Control. 2019 Feb;96:365-374.
  3. Vaze N, Pyrgiotakis G, Mcdevitt J, Mena L, Melo A, Bedugnis A, Kobzik L, Eleftheriadou M, Demokritou P. Inactivation of common hospital acquired pathogens on surfaces and in air utilizing engineered water nanostructures (EWNS) based nano-sanitizers. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine. 2019 Feb;18:234–242.
  4. Pyrgiotakis G, Luu W, Zhang , Vaze N, DeLoid G, Rubio Lorente L, Graham WAC, Bell DC, Bousfield D, Demokritou P. Development of high-throughput, high-precision synthesis platforms and characterization methodologies for toxicological studies of nanocellulose. Cellulose. 2018;25:2303-19.
  5. Beltran-Huarac J, Zhang Z, Pyrgiotakis G, DeLoid G, Vaze N, Demokritou P. Development of reference metal and metal oxide engineered nanomaterials for nanotoxicology research using high throughput and precision flame spray synthesis approaches. NanoImpact. 2018 Apr;10:26-37.
  6. Vaze N, Jiang Y, Mena L, Zhang Y, Bello D, Leonard S, Morris A, Eleftheriadou M, Pyrgiotakis G, Demokritou P. An integrated electrolysis – electrospray – ionization antimicrobial platform using Engineered Water Nanostructures (EWNS) for food safety applications. Food Control. 2018 Mar;85:151-60.
  7. Vaze ND, Park S, Brooks AD, Fridman A, Joshi SG. Involvement of multiple stressors induced by non-thermal plasma-charged aerosols during inactivation of airborne bacteria. PLoS One. 2017 Feb;12(2):e0171434.
  8. Allen HB, Vaze ND, Choi C, Hailu T, Tulbert BH, Cusack CA, Joshi SG. The presence and impact of biofilm-producing staphylococci in atopic dermatitis. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Mar;150(3):260-5.
  9. Vaze ND, Emery CL, Hamilton RJ, Brooks AD, Joshi SG. Patient Demographics and Characteristics of Infection with Carbapenem-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in a Teaching Hospital from the United States. Adv Infect Dis. 2013;3(1);10-6.
  10. Vaze ND, Gallagher MH, Park S, Fridman G, Vasilets VN, Gutsol AF, Anandan S, Friedman G, Fridman A. Inactivation of bacteria in flight by direct exposure to nonthermal plasma. IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 2010;38:3234-40.
  11. Gallagher MJ, Vaze N, Gangoli S, Vasilets VN, Gutsol AF, Milovanova TN, Anandan S, Murasko DM, Fridman A. Rapid Inactivation of Airborne Bacteria Using Atmospheric Pressure Dielectric Barrier Grating Discharge,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 2007;35(5):1501-10.