Gurshagan Kandhola, PhD

VIC Fellow

Gurshagan Kandhola, PhD, is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her research focuses on the extraction of cellulose nanomaterials from forestry and agricultural biomass and the application of nanocellulose based composites in the food, agricultural, and biomedical sectors. She is the CTO at CelluDot, a startup she co-founded with her colleague in 2020, with an aim to commercialize their patent-pending technology that reduces herbicide volatility and drift. She earned her PhD in Biological Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology Engineering at Panjab University, India. She is passionate about sustainability, science communication, technology commercialization and mentoring women in STEM.