Dr. Shilpa Sant is an Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh in the Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and of Bioengineering. Before joining Pitt, she was a Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Interdisciplinary training fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, and the Center for Bioengineering at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Sant received a PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Montreal, Canada, a MS in Pharmacology and a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India. She has extensive research experience in diverse fields including materials science, polymer chemistry, drug delivery, tissue engineering, natural and synthetic biomaterials, and microfabrication. Her postdoctoral research involved fabrication of functionalized bioinspired materials and scaffolds applicable for the heart valve and tooth germ tissue engineering. She has contributed over 24 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, 4 published abstracts, and 1 edited book entitled "Nanomaterials in Tissue Engineering: Fabrication and Applications."
Dr. Sant's research goals are to develop an independent and multidisciplinary research program at the interface of biomaterials, controlled drug delivery, and tissue engineering in the tumor and cardiovascular area. Specifically, she aims to develop tissue-engineered tumor models that recreate the three-dimensional structure, cell-cell/cell-ECM interaction, stromal environments, and signaling cues present in vivo. Visit her laboratory here.
Dr. Sant is a member of the Controlled Release Society, the Indian Pharmaceutical Association, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Association of Cancer Research, and Sigma Xi. She is the 2010 recipient of the Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award from the Society for Biomaterials. The STAR Award recognizes research excellence and develops future leaders within the society. In 2013 she received the Rising Star/Fellow Award, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, from the Biomedical Engineering Society.
View a list of Dr. Sant’s publications here.