• Associate Professor
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Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.Tech, Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay
  • B.E., Metallurgical Engineering, National Institute of Technology–Nagpur

Research Interests

  • Dr. Akhilesh K. Gaharwar is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University and completed his postdoctoral training from MIT and Harvard University. The goal of his lab is to design responsive biomaterials with wide-ranging applications in the field of regenerative medicine, by combining principles from materials science, stem cell biology, additive biomanufacturing and high throughput genomics. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals. Gaharwar’s interdisciplinary research has also been recognized with over 20 major international awards including the prestigious NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2).

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 Young Investigators Forum in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • 2019 ChemComm Emerging Investigators, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2019 Research Impact Award, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • 2019 TEES Young Faculty Award, Texas A&M University
  • 2013 Merit Award, Orthopedic SIG, Society For Biomaterials
  • Editorial Board Member, “Scientific Reports – Nature” (Jan 2013)
  • 2013 CMBE - BMES Rising Star/Fellows
  • 2012 ACTA Student Award
  • 2011 Materials Research Society Graduate Research Silver Award
  • 2011 Biomedical Engineering Society Graduate Research Award
  • 2010 Dimitris Chorafas Foundation Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation
  • 2010 Society For Biomaterials STAR (Student Travel Achievement Recognition)
  • 2005/06 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), Fellowship (Germany)
  • 2004 Ministry of Human Resource Development Scholarship” (India)