Ali Khademhosseini


Ali Khademhosseini is the Director of Biomaterials Innovation Research Center, a Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a faculty member at the Harvard-MIT’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and as well as an Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. In addition, he is an eminent scholar at Konkuk University in Korea, as well as a Hi-Ci Professor at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia.

His research is based on developing micro- and nanoscale biomaterials to control cellular behavior with particular emphasis in developing engineered materials and systems for tissue engineering.  He is also developing ‘organ-on-a-chip’ systems that aim to mimic human response to various chemicals in vitro. In addition, his laboratory is developing technologies to control the formation of vascularized tissues with appropriate microarchitectures as well as regulating stem cell differentiation within microengineered systems. He has also pioneered various high performance biomaterials for medical applications that are currently being pursued for clinical translation.  He has edited multiple books / journal special issues and is an author on >450 peer-reviewed journal articles, editorials and review papers, >60 book chapters/edited books and >20 patent/disclosure applications.  His work has been published in leading journals and routinely highlighted in international media.  He has been cited ~30,000 times and has an H-index of 91.  Also, he has given over >250 invited seminars and keynote lectures. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 he was also selected by Thomson Reuters as one of the World’s Most Influential Minds.

Dr. Khademhosseini’s interdisciplinary research has been recognized by over 40 major national and international awards. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the US government for early career investigators. He has also received the Victor K. Lamer Award, the Unilever Award, and the BIOT Young Investigator Award of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Polymer Award and has been recognized by major governmental awards including the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.  In 2007, he was named a TR35 recipient by the Technology Review Magazine as one of the world’s top young innovators. In 2011, he received the Pioneers of Miniaturization Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for his contribution to microscale tissue engineering and microfluidics. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE), NANOSMAT Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Khademhosseini is highly interested in training students and postdoctoral fellows for which he received the MIT’s Outstanding Undergraduate mentor.  Over 40 of his previous trainees have gone to academia as faculty at institutions including Harvard University-Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, University of California-Riverside, Arizona State University, Texas A&M University, University of Pittsburgh, INSERM, Northeastern University, Hanyang University, Singapore National University and Tsinghua University.

Dr. Khademhosseini is an Associate Editor for ACS Nano.  Previously, he served as the Research Highlights editor for Lab on a Chip.  He is on the editorial boards of numerous journals including Small, RSC Advances, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Biomaterials Science, Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Biomacromolecules, Reviews on Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Materials, Journal of Biomaterials Science-Polymer Edition and Biofabrication. He is the chair of the Bionanotechnology Technical Activities Committee for the IEEE-EMBS.   He is a standing member of the NIH BTSS (Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences) study section.  He received his Ph.D. in bioengineering from MIT (2005), and MASc (2001) and BASc (1999) degrees from University of Toronto both in chemical engineering.

Awards and Honors

2018                Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal

2017                Society for Biomaterials Clemson Award

2016                Nano-Micro Letters Researcher Award

2016                Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas (TERMIS-AM) Senior Scientist Award

2016                Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Fellow

2016                Thompson Reuters - Highly Cited Researcher

2016                Most Cited Researchers List in Chemical Engineering as well as Materials Science and Engineering by Elsevier Scopus Data

2016                University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction    

2016                American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Division 15b Award

2016                Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Senior Faculty Mentor Award

2016                Fellow in Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE)

2016                Khwarizmi Prize

2016                Journal for Laboratory Automation Ten Award (JALA Ten)

2015                NANOSMAT Fellow

2015                Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Fellow

2015                Thompson Reuters - Highly Cited Researcher

2015                Materials Research Society (MRS) Kavli Early Career Award in Nanoscience

2015                Blavatnik Foundation National Award for Young Scientists Finalist

2014                AIChE Nano Young Investigator Award

2014                International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) Singapore Young Researcher Award

2014                Thompson Reuters - Highly Cited Researcher

2014                Blavatnik Foundation National Award for Young Scientists Finalist

2014                ACS Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry

2014–2015      IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Distinguished Lecturer

2014                American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow

2014                US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Brazilian Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science and Engineering—participant

2013                AIChE Materials Engineering and Sciences Division Owens Corning Early Career Award

2013                IEEE-EMBS Technical Achievement Award

2013                Controlled Release Society (CRS) Young Investigator Award

2013                Tae Gwan Park Award for Emerging Biomaterials

2013                Journal for Laboratory Automation Ten Award (JALA TEN)

2012                Small Young Innovator Award, Small Journal

2012                NAS-Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium—Participant

2012                Kavli Fellow

2012                Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award

2012                National Academy of Engineering/Grainger Foundation-Frontiers of Engineering Collaborative   Research Grant

2012                American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Curtis W. McGraw Research Award

2012                ACS Division of Biochemical Technology Young Investigator Award

2012                Polymer Int’l/Int’l Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Polymer Award

2012                American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow

2012                Biotechnology and Bioengineering Daniel I.C. Wang Award

2012                National Academy of Engineering—United States Frontiers of Engineering—Organizer

2011                Pioneers of Miniaturization Prize—Royal Society of Chemistry’s Lab on a Chip/Corning Inc.

2011                Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

2011                National Academy of Engineering—United States Frontiers of Engineering—Participant

2011                IEEE- Early Career Award in Nanotechnology

2011                Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship, University of Texas-Austin

2011                Think Big Delphi Fellowship

2011                Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship

2011                American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award

2011                Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award

2010                TERMIS-AM Young Investigator Award

2010                NSF Alan T. Waterman Award, Honorable Mention

2010                Allan P. Colburn Award, American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

2010                Unilever Award, Surface and Colloid Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society

2010                Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award

2010                Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Innovation Award

2010                JALA TEN

2010                Harvard Club of Australia (HCA) Foundation Australia-Harvard Fellowship

2009                Int’l Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering Young Faculty Member Award

2009                National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award

2009                University of Toronto 7T6 Alumni Early Career Award

2008                IEEE-EMBS Early Career Achievement Award

2008                Outstanding abstract at the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference

2008–10          Visiting Research Professor, University of Sydney, Australia

2008                ACS Surface and Colloid Chemistry Division Victor K. LaMer Award

2007                BMW Group Scientific Award “Passion for Innovation”

2007                “World’s Top 35 Innovators Under 35—TR35”, MIT Technology Review Magazine

2007                Ignited Minds Undergraduate Mentoring Award

Ali Khademhosseini, Ph.D.
Full Professor,Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
PRB, Rm 252
65 Landsdowne Street
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Tel: 617-388-9271

WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research
Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan




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