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Sidi A. Bencherif

Assistant Professor,  Chemical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering

Contact

Office

  • 336 Mugar
  • 617.373.7103

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Research Focus

Polymer chemistry and characterization, new approaches to biomaterials design, injectable 3D polymer scaffolds, tissue engineering (e.g. liver, skin), controlled delivery of drugs/cells, biomaterial-based cancer immunotherapies.

About

Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2016.

Education

  • 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

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 Focus

Polymer chemistry and characterization, new approaches to biomaterials design, injectable 3D polymer scaffolds, tissue engineering (e.g. liver, skin), controlled delivery of drugs/cells, biomaterial-based cancer immunotherapies.

Department Research Areas

Advanced Materials Research
Biological Engineering

Selected Publications

  • 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, 1800114:1–45
  • O. Chaudhuri, L. Gu, D. Klumpers, M. Darnell, S.A. Bencherif, J.C. Weaver, N. Huebsch, H. Lee, E. Lippens, G.N. Duda, D.J Mooney, Hydrogels with Tunable Stress Relaxation Regulate Stem Cell Fate and Activity, Nature Materials, 15, 2016, 326-334
  • 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 *Selected as research highlight by Harvard University, Biomedical Picture of the Day, and several online news articles
  • O. Chaudhuri, L. Gu, D. Klumpers, M. Darnell, S.A. Bencherif, J.C. Weaver, N. Huebsch, D.J Mooney, Substrate Stress Relaxation Regulates Cell Spreading, Nature Communications, 6, 2015, 6365
  • S.A. Bencherif, W.R. Sands, D. Bhatta, P. Arany, C. Verbeke,   D.A. Edwards, D.J. Mooney, Injectable Preformed Scaffolds with Shape-Memory Properties, PNAS, 109(48), 2012, 19590-19595 **Selected as research highlight by Nature, Imperial College of London, Harvard University, Materials360, Biomedical Picture of the Day, Sciences & Avenir magazine, Cell Therapy News, and several online news articles
  • N. Korin, M. Kanapathipillai, B.D. Matthews, M. Crescente, T. Mammoto, K. Ghosh, S. Jurek, S.A. Bencherif, D. Bhatta, A.U. Coskun, C.L. Feldman, D.D. Wagner, D.E. Ingber, Shear-activated Platelet Mimetics for Drug Targeting to Obstructed Blood Vessels, Science, 337, 2012, 738-742
Cover of Advanced Healthcare Materials

Faculty

Sep 11, 2019

Bencherif’s Research Featured on Cover of Advanced Healthcare Materials

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s research is featured on the front cover page of the September issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials.

Faculty

Jul 29, 2019

Bencherif’s Research Article Featured on the Advanced Healthcare Materials website

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s article, Autoclavable and Injectable Cryogels for Biomedical Applications, is now featured on the Advanced Healthcare Materials website.

Undergraduate

Apr 17, 2019

James Sinoimeri Wins Best Poster Award at ISPE New England Conference

ChE student James Sinoimeri, E’21, was awarded the Best Poster Award at the 2019 ISPE New England Chapter Spring Conference for his project “Developing Hypoxia Inducing Cryogels for Pre-Clinical Anti-Cancer Drug Screening.”

Faculty

Mar 25, 2019

Eggermont receives MSCA Seal of Excellence Award

Dr. Loek Eggermont, a postdoctoral fellow in the Bencherif lab, has received the prestigious European Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence Award for his work on cryogels to re-educate immune cells.

Faculty

Mar 19, 2019

Bencherif Receives NSF CAREER Award

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif received a $620K NSF CAREER Award for “Modulating Local Tumor Hypoxia using Cryogel Scaffolds to Regulate Dendritic Cell Function and Activity.”

Faculty

Mar 18, 2019

Bencherif Receives KAU Grant

Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif recently received the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology Award for his project entitled “Biomaterials for Wound Healing and Diabetic Ulcer Treatment”.

Undergraduate

Jan 08, 2019

Anya Flood Taylor Wins Early Research/Creative Endeavor Award

Second-year Biochemistry student Anya Flood Taylor has recently won an Early Research/Creative Endeavor Award for her project titled “Fine Tuning Cryogel Scaffolds for Cancer Immunotherapy”.

Undergraduate

Jan 07, 2019

Undergraduate Elizabeth Fink Wins Additional Research/Creative Endeavor Award

ChE student Elizabeth Fink was recently awarded the Undergraduate Advanced Research/Creative Endeavor Award for her research project entitled, “Designing an Advanced and Functional HA Cryogel for Investigating the role of CD44-HA Interactions in Breast Cancer Metastasis”.

Undergraduate

Sep 06, 2018

ChemE Research & Creative Endeavor Awardees

The Department of Chemical Engineering is proud to announce that eight of their students have received the Northeastern University Research and Creative Endeavor Awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

Faculty

Jul 25, 2018

Bencherif Receives DFCI/NU Joint Program Grant

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif received the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Northeastern University Joint Program in Cancer Drug Development grant to study Cryogel-based tumor cell vaccines for prostate cancer.

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