Dr. Akhilesh K Gaharwar

Presidential Impact Fellow | Texas A&M University

Associate Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering

Faculty member | Genetics and Genomics Program

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 interdisciplinary lab is to design biomedical technologies with wide-ranging applications in the field of cancer biology and regenerative medicine, by combining principles from materials science, cell biology, additive biomanufacturing and genomics.

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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 


2021: Presidential Impact Fellow, Texas A&M University

2021: Associate Editor, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

2021: Cain Faculty Fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University

2021: Engineering Contribution Award, Texas A&M University

2020: Dean of Engineering Excellence Award, Texas A&M University 

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

  • Regenerative medicine
  • Cancer biology
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine