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Mehdi Nikkhah

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709
Biography

Mehdi Nikkhah is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. His laboratory is currently focused on the integration of innovative biomaterial and microscale technologies to create biomimetic model tissue constructs for regenerative medicine  and disease modeling applications. He has published more than 60 journal articles, seven book chapters and 75 peer-reviewed conference papers (~5000 citations, H-index of 35, Dec 2019), and holds numerous invention disclosures and three issued U.S. patent. He has also presented several invited talks in national and international conferences and received numerous prestigious awards and recognitions during his career including most recently a Young Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2017. 

Education
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University
  • M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran Polytechnic, Iran
  • B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Amikabir University of Technology, Tehran Polytechnic, Iran
Research Interests

·     Micro- and Nanoscale Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Engineering (BioMEMS/BioNEMS)

·     Disease Modeling On-a-Chip

·     Tumor Microenvironment Models, Cancer Metastasis 

·     Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering 

·     Biomaterials

Publications

·     Journal Publications (Published, In Press, or Accepted): 58

·     Journal Manuscripts in Preparation/Revision: 3

·     Book Chapters Published: 7

·     Abstracts Published in Conference Proceedings: 75

Publication Metrics

Total Number of Citations = +5000 (Google Scholar as of Dec 2019)

H-index = 35; i10-Index = 45

Research Activity
  • Nikkhah,Mehdi*, Jin Park. Investigating the Biophysical and Biochemical Influences of Stromal Cells on Anti-Cancer Drug Resistance within Bioengineered Tumor Microenvironment Models. National Science Foundation (NSF)-ENG-CBET (2019-2022).
  • Junseok Chae*, Nikkhah,Mehdi*. A Wireless Fully-Passive Miniaturized Patient-Tailored Pacemaker. National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIBIB Trailblazer R21, (2019-2022).
  • Nikkhah,Mehdi*. Flinn Foundation Award, “Bridge-Funding Initiative: NIH Priority Research Areas”, (2019-2020).
  • Nikkhah,Mehdi*. NSF CAREER: Cardiac Ischemia on-a-Chip: Probing Mechanisms Underlying Molecular, Cellular and Tissue-Level Adaptive Responses After Injury. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, (2017-2022).
  • Nikkhah,Mehdi*. Next Generation of Scaffold-Free, Electrically Conductive, Vasculogenic Micro-Tissues for Myocardial Replacement Therapy (MRT). Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC) (2018-2021).
  • Nikkhah,Mehdi*Ros,Robert. Three Dimensional Microengineered Diseased Tissue Model to Study Invasive Phenotype of Cancer Cells. National Science Foundation (NSF)-ENG-CBET(2015-2019).
  • Nikkhah,Mehdi*, Three Dimensional Microengineered Diseased Tissue Model to Study Invasive Phenotype of Cancer Cells. Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) Leadership Circle Grant (2017-2018).
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 340Thermodynamics for BME
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 598Special Topics
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 340Thermodynamics for BME
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 598Special Topics
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BME 592Research
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 340Thermodynamics for BME
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 598Special Topics
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 340Thermodynamics for BME
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
BME 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 593Applied Project
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CHE 342Intro Applied Chem Thermodyn
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
BME 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
Honors / Awards
  • Young Investigator Award, American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering, 2017.
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2017. 
  • Fellow Award, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Division, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2014.
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32 Fellowship), 2013.
  • Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in Engineering, Science and Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2011.
  • “Outstanding Doctoral Student in the College of Engineering”, Virginia Tech, 2009.
  • “Outstanding Graduate Student Leader”, Virginia Tech, 2008.
  • Best Presentation Award, American Control Conference (ACC), 2006.