Assistant Professor, Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics
Assistant Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
Mehdi Nikkhah is currently an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University. The research in his laboratory is focused on the integration of micro and nanoscale technologies, innovative biomaterials and biology to better understand the mechanisms of disease progression in humans, specifically cancer and tissue fibrosis, and to develop regenerative medicine strategies to treat organ/tissue failure. His lab is currently one of the pioneers in engineering of on-chip personalized tumor microenvironment models. Nikkhah completed his postdoctoral fellowship training, under NIH NRSA Fellowship, at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital where he was also affiliated with Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering and his M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Tehran Polytechnic University. He received his second M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
Nikkhah has published 60 journal articles, seven book chapters and 75 peer-reviewed conference papers (~5000 citations, H-index of 35) and holds numerous invention disclosures and three issued U.S. patents. He has also presented several invited talks in national and international conferences. He has received numerous prestigious awards and recognitions during his career including: ASU Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Assistant Professor Award (2019), Arizona New Investigator Award (2019), NSF CAREER Award (2017), Young Innovator Award from Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Division of Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) (2018), Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Engineering, Science and Mathematics at Virginia Tech and so forth. He is a member of Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and Society for Biomaterials (SFB).