Dr. Trishool Namani

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography and Current Research:

Trishool Namani received Ph.D. for his research on fatty acid-based aggregates in dilute aqueous solutions from ETH – Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Peter Walde. After spending several years of research and teaching, he joined Prof. Nita Sahai’s group at The University of Akron in 2019. His research project is on the Origins and Life, particularly interested in the process of how life started from simpler prebiotic plausible molecular systems to the complex biopolymers, then to a self-sustainable cell-like entity. Specifically, he focuses on the various types of mineral surfaces which promote the polymerization reaction of nucleotides. Furthermore, he is also exploring the different metal sulfide peptide clusters for functional compartments or protocell models.



Ph.D. at Department of Materials, ETH-Zürich, Switzerland

Master of Science (Organic Chemistry) at Osmania University, Hyderabad

Bachelor of Science (Maths, Physics and Chemistry) at Osmania University, Hyderabad


  • Haham, I-G., Rosenblum, G, Namani, T. and Hofmanna, H. (2018) “Slow domain reconfiguration causes power law kinetics in a two-state enzyme” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115:(3)513-518.
  • Haldar, S., Raghuraman, H., Namani, T., Rajarathnam, K. and Chattopadhyay, A. (2010) “Membrane Interaction of the N-terminal Domain of Chemokine Receptor CXCR1” BBA Biomembranes 1798: 1056-1061.
  • Namani, T. and Deamer, D. W. (2008) “Stability of model membranes in extreme environments” Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 38: 329-341.
  • Namani, T., Ishikawa, T., Morigaki, K. and Walde, P. (2007) “Vesicles from docosahexaenoic acid” Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 54: 118-123.
  • Walde, P., Namani, T., Morigaki, K. and Hauser, H. (2006) “Formation and properties of fatty acid vesicles (liposomes)” Liposome Technology, 3rd edition (Gregoriadis G., ed), Vol 1. pp 1-19. Taylor & Francis CRS Press. 
  • Namani, T. and Walde, P. (2005) “From decanoate micelles to decanoic acid/dodecylbenzenesulfonate vesicles” Langmuir 21: 6210-6219