Dr. Akhilesh K Gaharwar

Associate Professor in Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Akhilesh K. Gaharwar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A and 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. Dr. Gaharwar’s interdisciplinary research has also been recognized with over 20 major international awards including the prestigious - the NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2).

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Academic Training

2011-13 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA Postdoctoral Associate, David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research Advisor: Prof. Robert S. Langer 2011-13 Harvard University, Boston, MA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Materials Advisor: Prof. Ali Khademhosseini 2007-11 Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN Ph.D, Biomedical Engineering Advisor: Prof. Gudrun Schmidt               2004-07 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Bombay), Mumbai, India M.Tech, Materials Science (DAAD Fellowship-Germany & MHRD Scholarship-India) 2005-06 Rheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule (RWTH), Aachen, Germany Visiting Research Fellow - Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) 2004-05 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Research Intern, Mechanical Engineering 1999-2003 National Institute of Technology (NIT), Nagpur, India B.E., Metallurgical Engineering 


2020: Emerging Investigators, Journal of Materials Chemistry B 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 (TEES) 2019: TEES Young Faculty Award, Texas A&M University 2018: Engineering Genesis (EG) Award for Multidisciplinary Research, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) (Oct 2018) 2018: Dean of Excellence Award by College of Engineering, Texas A&M University 2018: Rising Star Award by Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group of Biomedical Engineering Society 2018: Langmuir Early Career Authors in Fundamental Colloid and Interface Science 2017: NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2) by National Institute of Health 2017: Most Cited Article Award by Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2015: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator Award by Biomedical Engineering Society 2015: Outstanding Young Scientists - Talent Article from Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics Talent Article 2015: Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award by Texas A&M BMES Student Organization 2013: Merit Award by Orthopedic Special Interest Group (SIG) at 2013 Society For Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Boston 2013: CMBE - BMES Rising Fellows Award by Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group of Biomedical Engineering Society 2012: ACTA Graduate Student Award based on the quality of the paper published in ACTA journal (Gaharwar et al. Acta Biomaterialia 7 (2) (2011) 568-577) and leadership potential (Oct 2012) 2011: MRS Graduate Research Silver Award by the Materials Research Society (MRS) 2011: BMES Graduate Research Award by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 2010: Dimitris Chorafas Foundation Award for outstanding Ph.D dissertation 2010: Society For Biomaterials STAR (Student Travel Achievement Recognition) Honorable Mention 2011: Best Student Poster Award at 2011 Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference (MBECC) at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL 2010: Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG) Travel Award from the Purdue University 2005: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship for research work in RWTH-Aachen, Germany 2005: Ministry of Human Resource Development Scholarship by Govt. of India 2004: All India Rank 36 (96.1 percentile), Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering

Research Interest

  • Nanoengineered Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Stem Cells and Genomics
  • Additive Biomanufacturing
  • Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering