Dr. Banerjee received the National Science Foundation EAGER grant (2015-2017) titled "Biomanufacturing: Engineered hydrogel capsules for controlled scalable cultures of pluripotent stem cells". 
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March 2016

New publication from Joe Candiello in Journal of Materials Chemistry B titled "Alginate encapsulation of chitosan nanoparticles: A viable alternative to soluble chemical signaling in definitive endoderm induction of human embryonic stem cells." Congratulations Joe!

February 2016

Thomas Richardson received scholarship to attend the "Advanced Course in Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing," March 12-16, 2016 in Hilton Head, SC.

New publication from Thomas Richardson in Acta Biomaterialia titled "Capsule stiffness regulates the efficiency of pancreatic differentiation of human embryonic stem cells." Congratulations Thomas!

October 2015

Lab undergrads, Sarah Casne and Julie Hartz win the best poster award given by the Pitt Innovation Institute at Science 2015 conference. The poster was titled: "The Ugly Side of Nano: Toward Understanding Nanoparticle Toxicity". They were mentored by grad students, Thomas Richardson and Sharlee Mahoney. Congratulations to the team!

May 2015

Saik-Kia Goh has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 NIH Director's Early Independence Award (EIA/DP5). He will attend an in-person interview by the EIA/DP5 Editorial Review Board – a panel of distinguished scientific leaders charged with identifying and evaluating the next generation of highly promising and successful biomedical and bio-behavioral scientists. Congratulations Kia and all the best! More details of the DP5 award can be found here.

Dr. Joe Candiello received NSF travel award to present his work at Regenerative Medicine Workshop at Hilton Head, May 13-16, 2015. He will be presenting a poster (in combination with a poster spotlight) on his work titled "Substrate mediated controlled generation of multicellular islet organoids from hPSC derived pancreatic progenitor cells". Congratulations Joe!!

New Publication from Shibin Mathew in MDPI Processes titled "Network Analysis Identifies Crosstalk Interactions Governing TGF-β Signaling Dynamics during Endoderm Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells". Congratulations Shibin!

March 2015

OXE ChemE Department Research Day: Thomas Richardson won the best oral presentation award for his talk entitled "The effect of alginate capsule composition on pancreatic differentiation of human embryonic stem cells". Congratulations Tommy!

McGowan Institute Annual Retreat: Shibin Mathew secured first place in the poster competition at MIRM in the category of "Computation and Modeling" for his "TGF-beta signaling during endoderm differentiation" work. Congratulations Shibin!

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Apply for Graduate student or Post-doctoral Research Position !

We have opening for multiple PhD and Post-doctoral positions. Background in Chemical Engineering or Bioengineering will be preferred. Research topics include (but not limited to):

  • High throughput analysis of differentiating stem cells
  • Quantitative analysis of stochastic differentiation process
  • Systems theory of signaling pathways
  • Optimization based algorithm development for network analysis

Please contact Dr. Banerjee at

Ipsita Banerjee
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
930 Benedum Hall