Deepa joined the Gupta group in October 2020 as a DBT-funded research associate. Prior to joining, Deepa received her PhD in Chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India in 2020 where she worked on the influence of surface micro/nanoscale roughness on the wetting properties of micron size particles and patterned surfaces for their application in water filtration and antibacterial surfaces. Currently as a post doc, she is developing micropatterned surfaces for on-demand high throughput capture of single bacterial and mammalian cells without using any external fields. She aims to customize the surface wettability of a material using 3D-printing/photolithography microfabrication technologies without coating the surface with an additional low surface energy material. The size, shape, and gap between the micropatterned features will be tailored to promote cell attachment with greater specificity and low-to-medium throughput. In this way, the developed micropatterned surfaces will enable researchers to perform several different studies including single cell gene expression, phenotypic analysis, etc. with maximum ease.