Principal Investigator

Dr. Amir Sheikhi

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Courtesy)
The Pennsylvania State University

Before joining Penn State Chemical Engineering in August 2019, Amir was a post-doctoral fellow in Bioengineering, training in the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the supervision of Professor Ali Khademhosseini. Prior to moving to UCLA, Amir worked with Professor Khademhosseini at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Division of Engineering in Medicine, and Harvard Medical School. Amir earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering at McGill University and continued to complete two years of post-doctoral research on colloids (with Professor Theo van de Ven) and macromolecules (with Professor Ashok Kakkar) in the Department of Chemistry, McGill University. There, he invented the first threshold scale inhibitor based on “hairy” nanocelluloses. In the Khademhosseini Laboratory, Amir focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of next-generation precision biomaterials for minimally invasive therapeutics. Amir’s interests revolve around the development of affordable technologies based on naturally abundant materials with bench-to-bedside potential. In his free time, Amir enjoys reading about the history of science, swimming laps, and holding popcorn-movie nights!

Amir’s research has been featured in more than 50 publications, 25 seminars, and 8 reports of invention/patent applications with recognition by over 20 news media outlets, including ScienceDaily, EurekAlert! (American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS), Phys.org, and eScience News.

Public Outreach: Enabling Precision Medicine via 3D Bioprinting

"Dressed in a costume, Dr. Amir Sheikhi is explaining some of his research in non-invasive medical procedures and synthetically replicating organs through biological engineering. He is therefore of course accompanied by two multidisciplinary artists specializing, in particular, in the disciplines of people plumbing, tube-wrangling, tissue squeezing, spit-wadding, and camera cramming. Ladies and gentlemen, here are Tucker Marder and Jonathan Moore, and the world’s first analog visual tele-biological tubular tissue synthesizer!!"

Presented in: “Encountering the Unseen: Artist-actualized lectures on topics in science, technology, and engineering”. Invited by Prof. Isla Hansen (currently at Carnegie Melon University), UCLA Design Media Arts, Los Angeles, California, May 19, 2019.

Professional Preparation

The Pennsylvania State University, Chemical Engineering, Assistant Professor, August 2019--
The Pennsylvania State University, Biomedical Engineering, Assistant Professor (Courtesy), March 2020--
University of California, Los Angeles, Bioengineering, PDF 2019
Harvard University and MIT, Engineering in Medicine, PDF 2017
McGill University, Chemistry, PDF 2016
McGill University, Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. 2015
University of Tehran, Chemical Engineering, M.S. 2010
University of Tehran, Chemical Engineering, B.S. 2008

Honors and Awards

2020: Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) Seed Grant.
2019: UNIFOR Global Research Fellow, Awarded by the Institute of International Education, Inc. (IIE).
2018: Highlighted by Materials Today and Materials Science News-Elsevier: Beaded GelMA hydrogel outperforms bulk material.
2018: Featured on Phys.org, ScienceDaily, EurekAlert! (American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS), eScience News, NANO Magazine, Technology Breaking News, myScience.org, Nanowerk, Technology-Nano, Technology.org, TMR Blog, McGill Newsroom, Genesis Nanotech, Science and Technology Research News, Techno‐Science.net, Industrial WaterWorld, Vaaju, Water Technology magazine, and R&D magazine: Hairy nanotechnology provides green anti-scaling solution.
2017: Iranian American Medical Association (IAMA) of Massachusetts Young Investigator Award.
2016: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship.
2016: Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Nature et Technologies (FRQNT) Postdoctoral Fellowship.
2016: The Marcus Wallenberg Delegate Award. Selected as one of the three Canadian delegates to attend the prestigious Marcus Wallenberg Prize Ceremony, Young Researchers Symposium, and the Gala with the King and Queen of Sweden, including a travel award.
2012-2017: Conference Presentation Awards (four awards for best presentations).
2013: Best Doctorate Graduate Seminar Prize.
2012: McGill Graduate Excellence Award.
2010: McGill Engineering Doctoral Award (MEDA).
2010: McGill International Doctoral Awards (MIDAs).
2010: The Lorne Trottier Engineering Graduate Fellow.
2010: Graduate Excellence Fellowship.
2010: 1st rank graduate (top GPA) among all (about 100) MSc students.
2010: IAChE (Iranian Association of Chemical Engineering) National Honor.
2009: 2nd rank graduate (top GPA) among all (about 100) BSc students.
2008: F.O.E. (Faculty of Engineering) Top Student Award.

Professional Activities

Guest Speaker in 10+ seminars, conferences, and universities.
Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Emerging Trends in Nanocelluloses, Molecules. 2019.
Presenter in 35+ conferences, including AIChE, ACS, MRS, and APS.
Reviewer for 30+ peer-reviewed journals, including ACS Nano, Nanoscale, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Acta Biomaterialia, and Carbohydrate Polymers.
Member of 10+ professional societies, including AIChE, ACS, and MRS.
Session Chair for "Biomaterials" and "Forest and Plant Bioproducts" Divisions and liaison for "Materials Engineering & Sciences Division" (Polymers) at AIChE.
Program/Meeting Organizer for 7+ conferences/events.