Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Dr. Akhilesh K. Gaharwar is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and completed his postdoctoral training from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. The goal of his lab is to understand the cell-nanomaterials interactions and to develop nanoengineered strategies for modulating stem cell behavior for repair and regeneration of damaged tissue. In particular, his lab is leveraging principles from materials science, stem cell biology, additive biomanufacturing and high throughput genomics to design nanoengineered biomaterials, with wide- ranging applications in the field of regenerative medicine and drug delivery. He co-authored more than 75 journal articles in high impact journals including PNAS, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, and Biomaterials, with total citation of 3200+ and H-index of 32. He also edited two books on nanomaterials and microscale technologies, and co-authored 5 book chapters and 100+ conference presentations. He serves on the editorial board of leading biomaterial and regenerative medicine journals. He has received several distinctions, including the NIH New Innovator Award (DP2), Dean of Engineering Excellence Award, CMBE-BMES Rising Star Award, CMBE Young Innovator Award, Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, and Dimitris Chorafas Foundation Award.