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Dr. Keerthana RAJES

Leopoldina Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: +81-


Address: 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan.

About Me

Keerthana Rajes was born in Berlin, Germany in 1995. She completed the B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry while focussing on organic chemistry and environmentally apporaches in synthesis. Afterwards, she joined as a doctoral candidate in the working group of Prof. Rainer Haag at the Free University Berlin (Germany). During her doctoral training, her research interests were on nanomolecular drug delivery for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. After a post-doctoral stay in Germany, she joined the Emergent Soft Matter Function research group at Riken (Japan) under the supervision of Prof. Takuzo Aida in 2022 as a Leopoldina postdoctoral fellow. She is working on Guanidinium-based molecules focussing on their adhesive nature.


Nov 2022 – Present

Jan. 2022 – Oct. 2022

Nov. 2018 – Dec. 2021

Leopoldina Research Fellow, Emergent Soft Matter Function research group, Riken with Prof. Takuzo Aida.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Free University Berlin with Prof. Rainer Haag.

Doctoral researcher, Free University Berlin with Prof. Rainer Haag.


  • Awarded the Leopoldina postdoctoral fellowship from the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2022.

  • Magna Cum Laude award from Free University Berlin, Germany, 2021.

  • Kekulé Scholarship, German Chemical Association (VCI) in 2019.

Selected Publications

  • K. Rajes, P. Nölte, C. V. Yapto, K. Danker, H. Dommisch, R. Haag, Pharmaceutics, 2022, 14, 940.

  • F. Rancan, X. Guo, K. Rajes, P. Sidiropoulou, F. Zabihi, L. Hoffmann, S. Hadam, U. Blume-Peytavi, E. Rühl, R. Haag*, A. Vogt, Int. J. Nanomedicine, 2021, 16, 7137-7151.

  • K. Rajes, K. A. Walker, S. Hadam, F. Zabihi, J. Ibrahim-Bacha, G. Germer, P. Patoka, B. Wassermann, F. Rancan, E. Ruehl, A. Vogt, R. Haag*, ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2021, 7(6), 2485–2495.

  • K. Rajes, K. A. Walker*, S. Hadam, F. Zabihi, F. Rancan, A. Vogt, R. Haag*, Pharmaceutics 202113(1), 37.

  • A. Mavroskoufis, K. Rajes, P. Golz, A. Agrawal, V. Ruß, J. P. Götze, M. N. Hopkinson*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, 59, 3190-3194.

  • A. Mavroskoufis, K. Rajes, P. Golz, A. Agrawal, V. Ruß, J. P. Götze, M. N. Hopkinson*, Angew. Chem., 2020, 132, 3216-3220.

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