Assistant Professor Ankur Singh has been selected
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s Assistant Professor Ankur Singh has been selected to receive the prestigious 2017 Young Investigator Award from the Society For Biomaterials. This award is specifically given “to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of biomaterials research within ten years following his/her terminal degree or formal training.” The official 2017 Young Investigator award presentation will be made during the Opening Ceremony of the Society For Biomaterials Annual Meeting, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, followed by a plenary talk on Friday, April 7, 2017.
Prof. Singh, who is a recent recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award from the Division of Material Research (BMAT), is an immune engineer who directs the Immunotherapy and Cell Engineering laboratory at Cornell. His research effort centers on creating functional "living" tissues to communicate dynamically with the human cell to study and manipulate the cell’s behavior. His laboratory engineers biomaterials and applies fundamental principles of tissue and material mechanics, fluid mechanics, cell engineering, and integrates with fundamental concepts of immunology and pathology. His laboratory has developed modular, biomaterials-based organoid technologies that represent 3D immune tissues (e.g. lymph nodes) to study development of immune cells and their malignancies (lymphomas) in their biophysical, biochemical, and mechanical microenvironment. These living tissues enable discovery of new biology and predictive power of emerging therapeutics. In addition, he is interested in the engineering of micro-nano-scale technologies for safer cancer immunotherapy with low toxicity side effects. Prof Singh is a graduate field faculty in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Material Science and Engineering at Cornell University. Prof. Singh currently serves as the Chair of The Immune Engineering Special Interest Group at the Society for Biomaterials.