Sidi A. Bencherif

Assistant Professor,  Chemical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering



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Research Focus

polymer chemistry and engineering; biomaterials; biomedical engineering; drug delivery; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; immunotherapy; immunoengineering; vaccines


Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2016.


  • 2009 PhD in Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2009 MS in Polymer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 1999 B.S. in Physics and Chemistry from University of Montpellier II, France

Honors & Awards

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • Thomas Jefferson Award
  • Burroughs- Wellcome Fund Travel Award
  • DFCI/Northeastern University Joint Program Award
  • GapFund360 Award
  • MTTC Acorn Award
  • Acta Biomaterialia Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Award
  • Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Scientific Research Society (Sigma Xi)
  • Society for Biomaterials (SFB)

Research Overview

polymer chemistry and engineering; biomaterials; biomedical engineering; drug delivery; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; immunotherapy; immunoengineering; vaccines

Selected Research Projects

  • Biomaterials for Wound Healing and Diabetic Ulcer Treatment
    • – Co-Investigator, King Abdulaziz University
  • Hypoxia-Inducing Cryogels: A Hassle-Free and Low-Cost Hypoxic Cell Culture Solution
    • – Principal Investigator, Center for Research Innovation, Northeastern University
  • Hypoxia-Inducing Cryogels As a Fast and Inexpensive Technology for Hypoxic Cell Culture Conditions
    • – Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC)
  • Modulating Local Tumor Hypoxia using Cryogel Scaffolds to Regulate Dendritic Cell Function and Activity
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

College Research Initiatives

Selected Publications

  • L.J. Eggermont, T. Colombani, Z.J. Rogers, A. Memic, S.A. Bencherif, Injectable Cryogels for Biomedical Applications, Trends in Biotechnology, 38, 2020, 418–431
  • P. Villard, M. Rezaeeyazdi, T. Colombani, K. Joshi Navare, D. Rana, A. Memic, S.A. Bencherif, Autoclavable and Injectable Cryogels for Biomedical Applications, Advanced Healthcare Materials, 8, 2019, 1900679
  • A. Memic, T. Colombani, M. Rezaeeyazdi, L. Eggermont, J. Steingold, Z. Rogers, K.J. Navare, H.S. Mohammed, M. Sitkovsky, S.A. Bencherif, Latest Advances in Cryogel Technology for Biomedical Applications, Advanced Therapeutics, 2019, 1800114
  • S.A. Bencherif, R.W. Sands, O. Ali, S.A. Lewin, A. Li, T. Braschler, T. Shih, D. Bhatta, G. Dranoff, D.J. Mooney Injectable Scaffold-Based Whole Tumor Cell Vaccines, Nature Communications, 6, 2015, 7556

In the Media

Apr 20, 2021

Can biomaterials offer novel therapeutic strategies against COVID-19?

Thibault Colombani (ChE Postdoc), Zachary Rogers (ChE PhD’23), Loek Eggermont (ChE Postdoc), and ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s paper on “Harnessing biomaterials for therapeutic strategies against COVID-19” in Emergent Materials was featured in the News Medical article “Can biomaterials offer novel therapeutic strategies against COVID-19?”


Feb 08, 2021

Spring 2021 PEAK Experience Recipients

Congratulations to the COE student recipients of the Spring 2021 PEAK Experiences Awards. The PEAK Experiences Awards are a progressively structured sequence of opportunities designed to support learners as they continue climbing to new heights of achievement in undergraduate research and creative endeavor throughout their Northeastern journeys. PEAK Experience Ascent Awardees Ryan Brady, COE’22, Chemical […]


Jan 11, 2021

Student Zach Rogers wins Second Alpha Fund Prototype Grant

Zach Rogers, a Chemical Engineering PhD student in the Bencherif Lab, was recently awarded the Alpha Fund Prototype Grant for his proposal, “Hypoxia-inducing cryogels for two-dimensional cell culture”.


Jan 07, 2021

Bencherif Named 2021 BMES CMBE Rising Star

Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif has been named one of the 2021 Rising Stars by the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).


Oct 30, 2020

James Sinoimeri Selected as Future Leader in Chemical Engineering

Fifth-year Chemical Engineering student James Sinoimeri (E’21) was selected for the Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering Symposium organized by North Carolina State University.


Oct 30, 2020

Bencherif Nominated as Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator 2021

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif and his team published their work on “Engineering a macroporous fibrin-based sequential interpenetrating polymer network for dermal tissue engineering” in Biomaterials Science as part of their Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigators 2021.


Sep 16, 2020

Koppes and Bencherif Published in Bioelectricity

ChE Assistant Professors Ryan Koppes and Sidi A. Bencherif were published in Bioelectricity for their research on “Electroconductive Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering: Current Status and Future Perspectives.”

Sidi A. Bencherif, Zach Rogers, James Sherley


Sep 14, 2020

Bencherif Lab Receives NSF I-Corps Teams Award

The Bencherif lab received a $50K NSF award for “Oxygen-controlling Cryogels for Cell Culture Applications” to participate in the national NSF Innovation Corps Teams program.


May 18, 2020

Bencherif’s Research Published and Featured on the Cover of Macromolecular Materials and Engineering

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s research on “Effect of Polymer Concentration on Autoclaved Cryogel Properties” was featured on the back cover page of the May issue of Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.


Mar 30, 2020

Bencherif’s Research Featured on the Front Cover of Trends in Biotechnology

ChE Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s research on “Injectable Cryogels for Biomedical Applications” featured on the front cover page of the April issue of Trends in Biotechnology.

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