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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 Overview

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.

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

Spotlight Story

Nov 21, 2019

Novel Cell Culture Research

A Specific Type of Cell Culture Research is Too Expensive. Zach Rogers is Developing an Affordable Solution. Cell culture research—defined as the process by which cells are grown in conditions like those in the body—is one of the most useful tools at scientists’ disposal. In several research areas, it is desirable to grow cells in […]

Students

Nov 21, 2019

ChE Students Chris Meehan and Michael Parrish win Northeastern’s PEAK Ascent Award

ChE undergraduate student Chris Meehan and BioE undergraduate student Michael Parrish were awarded Northeastern’s PEAK Ascent awards.

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif on stage giving a talk at the 2019 World Young Scientist Summit in Wenzhou, China (Oct. 26-27).

Faculty

Nov 21, 2019

Bencherif Delivered Keynote Lecture at the 2019 World Young Scientist Summit

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif was invited to give a keynote lecture at the symposium: Opportunities and Challenges in Biomaterials Research in Wenzhou, China

Students

Oct 22, 2019

ChE Student Earns 2nd Place at Falling Walls Lab Boston 2019 Competition

Undergraduate chemical engineering student James Sinoimeri, E’21, working in the laboratory of Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif, earned 2nd place at the 2019 Falling Walls Lab Boston Competition.

Students

Oct 01, 2019

Chemical Engineering Student Wins Honors Early Research Award

Third-year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student, Lauren Gerbereux,  recently received the Honors Early Research Award for her research project entitled: “Optimization of Hypoxia-Inducing Cryogels”.

Students

Sep 26, 2019

ChE PhD Student, Zach Rogers, joins Northeastern’s NSF I-Corps Program

Zach Rogers, a Chemical Engineering PhD student in Prof. Sidi Bencherif’s Lab, was selected to join Northeastern University’s NSF I-Corps Program with his proposal, “Hypoxia-inducing cryogels as a fast and inexpensive technology for hypoxic cell culture conditions”.

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.

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