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Recent Lab News

December 2010 Dr. Nagrath's article in the journal "Tissue Engineering Part A" entitled "Three dimensional primary hepatocyte culture in synthetic self-assembling peptide hydrogel" is among the list of 20 of the most cited articles from 2008-2009.

December 2010 Dr. Nagrath has joined to the editorial board of journal "Journal of Biosensor and Bioelectronics".

November 2010 Congratulations to our newest lab members: Aaron Damm, Lifeng Yang, Bahar Salimian, first year chemical engineering graduate students!

November 2010 Congratulations to Christine Caneba for receiving 2010 Edgar O'Rear Travel Grant.

July 2010 Congratulations to Professor Nagrath's lab and Professor Grande-Allen's lab (BIOE, RICE) for receiving the Hamill Innovations Award

July 2010 Dr. Nagrath and Dr. Wong (BME, CUNY) publish book chapter entitled Liver Tissue Engineering in Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering Applications: A Review of the Past and Future Trends

May 2010 Congratulations to new group member Christine Caneba (Bioengineering, II year) on joining the group.

May 2010 Professor Deepak Nagrath's paper Soft Constraints-Based Multiobjective Framework for Flux Balance Analysis. is accepted for publication in THE Metabolic Engineering JOURNAL.

March 2010 Professor Deepak Nagrath's research in adipocytes and discovery of natural extracellular matrix has been featured in several science-related websites.

February 2010 Professor Deepak Nagrath's paper Adipocyte Derived Basement Membrane Extract With Biological Activity: Applications in Hepatocyte Functional Augmentation In vitro. is accepted for publication in THE FASEB JOURNAL.

Met eng.jpg September 2009 Professor Deepak Nagrath's research in tissue engineering and metabolic engineering is highlighted as cover article. An article entitled "Metabolic Preconditioning of Donor Organs: Defatting Fatty Livers by Normothermic Perfusion Ex Vivo" appears on the cover of the August/September 2009 issue of Metabolic Engineering.

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Principal Investigator

Deepak Nagrath

Deepak Nagrath, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Joint appointment in Bioengineering

Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering

Deepak Nagrath is an Assistant Professor in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He also holds a joint appointment in Bioengineering. He received his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of technology, Roorkee, India in 1992, M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York in 2000, and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York in 2003. He then conducted postdoctoral studies from 2003-2006 and was a research associate from 2007-2009 at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Shriners Burns Hospital.

Email: Deepak.Nagrath<at>

Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Nadege Bellance

PhD, Inserm, France

Email: nvb1<at>

Thasni Karedath

PhD, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, India

Email: tk9<at>

Graduate Students

Christine Caneba

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University (2008)

Ph.D. Bioengineering (expected 2013)

Email: cac7<at>

Aaron Damm

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Houston(2009)

Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (expected 2015)

Email: abdamm1187<at>

Lifeng Yang

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China (2010)

Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering(expected 2015)

Email: ly10<at>

Bahar Salimian

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Amirkabir Technology of Tehran, Iran (2010)

Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (expected 2015)

Email: bahar.salimian<at>

Undergraduate Students

Alona Bozhchenko

Chemical Engineering'13

Email: Alona.I.Bozhchenko<at>

Shidong Chen


Email: Shidong.Chen<at>

Syed Asad Hussein


Email: sah3<at>

Lisa Pabst


Email: Lisa.M.Pabst<at>

Jingting Lu (Nicole)

Chemical Engineering'13

Email: jingtinglu<at>

Lab Alumni

Lisa Jiang


Email: Lisa.Jiang<at>

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