Ankur Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Dr. Singh has strong expertise in the engineering of biomaterials-based platforms for cell and immune modulation, cell-biomaterial interactions, cell adhesion, stem cell engineering, and vaccines. He received his postdoctoral training at Georgia Tech where he employed engineering and molecular cell biology principles to understand human stem cell reprogramming and differentiation, stem and mature cell adhesion, force response and mechanotransduction. Dr. Singh received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His research has established multi-modal, biomaterials-based functionalized hydrogel and microparticle to enhance the potency of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Hepatitis vaccines.
Dr. Singh's "Immunotherapy and Cell Engineering Lab (ICEL)" focuses on engineering immune and therapeutic cells by integrating innovative materials and core concepts of cell immunology, biomechanics, and force transmission. The overall goal of ICEL is to understand the fundamentals of cell-material interactions, underlying cell mechanics, signaling, and to establish novel micro-nano-bioengineering strategies to generate therapeutic cells and engineered tissues. We will achieve this by working at the interface of biomaterials, microfluidics and microfabrication, immune cells, stem cells, and mechanotransduction, Specific research focus includes:
1. Immune-engineering: Materials and Molecular Engineering for Modulating Immunity
2. Engineering Human Stem Cells
3. Micro-Nano-Bioengineering for Cell-Matrix Interactions and understanding cell adhesion
Biofluid Mechanics -MAE 6690
- 2015. "Integrin-specific hydrogels as adaptable tumor organoids for malignant B and T cells.." Biomaterials 73: 110-119. .
- 2015. "Ex vivo engineered immune organoids for controlled germinal center reactions." Biomaterials 63: 24-34. .
- 2015. "Adhesion strength-based, label-free isolation of human pluripotent stem cells." Nature Methods 10 (5): 438-444. .
- 2015. "Light-triggered in vivo activation of adhesive peptides regulates cell adhesion, inflammation and vascularization of biomaterials." Nature Materials 14 (3): 352-360. .
- 2015. "Integrin alphavbeta3 acting as membrane receptor for thyroid hormones mediates angiogenesis in malignant T cells." Blood 125 (5): 841-851. .
Selected Awards and Honors
- National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2016
- Highlighted in Discover Magazine - 100 Top Stories of 2015 2015
- 2014 Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering 2014
- 2014 Rising Star Award - Biomedical Engineering Society CMBE 2014
- Travel Grant Award - 17th Annual Hilton Head Workshop, Hilton Head, SC 2013
- M.Tech (Biomedical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, 2006
- Ph D (Biomedical Engineering), The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
- Post Doc (Mechanical Engineering (Cell Mechanics)), Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013