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Sidi A. Bencherif

Assistant Professor,  Chemical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering

Contact

Office

  • 336 Mugar
  • 617.373.7103

Lab

  • 111 Mugar

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 Research Projects

  • Biomaterials for Wound Healing and Diabetic Ulcer Treatment
    • Co-Investigator, King Abdulaziz University
  • Cryogel-Supported Liver-on-a-Chip for Ex-vivo Hepatotoxicity and Anticancer Drug Screening
    • Principal Investigator, Burroughs-Wellcome Fund
  • Modulating Local Tumor Hypoxia using Cryogel Scaffolds to Regulate Dendritic Cell Function and Activity
    • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

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
  • A. Memic, T. Abudula, H. Mohammed, K.J. Navare, T. Colombani, S.A. Bencherif, Latest Progress in Electrospun Nanofibers for Wound Healing Applications, ACS Applied Bio Materials, 2, 2019, 952-969
  • M. Rezaeeyazdi, T. Colombani, A. Memic, S.A. Bencherif, Injectable Hyaluronic Acid-Co-Gelatin Cryogels for Tissue Engineering Applications, Materials, 2018, 11, 1374
  • 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
  • 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
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Faculty

Jan 30, 2020

Eight COE Projects Selected for GapFund360

Northeastern’s GapFund360 program helps Northeastern’s researchers bridge the gap between promising lab results and demonstrating a commercially viable prototype. Awards range from $50K -$100K. Nine projects were selected from a pool of 39 applications from across the university; COE contributed 25 of the applications and seven projects were selected for funding. Congratulations to the following COE researchers whose projects were selected for Phase I or Phase II GapFund360 funding: ChE Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif, MIE Assistant Professor Safa Jamali, ECE Assistant Professor Sarah Ostadabbas, ChE/COS Associate Professor Carolyn Lee-Parsons, ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia, ECE Associate Research Scientist Salvatore D’Oro, ECE Associate Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, ECE Principal Research Scientist Yousof Naderi, ECE Postdoc Ufuk Muncuk, ECE Professor Vincent Harris, ECE Associate Research Scientist Parisa Andalib, ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi, and ECE Research Assistant Professor Zhenyun Qian.

Faculty

Dec 16, 2019

Bencherif Lab Receives ACORN Award

Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif recently received a 2020 ACORN Innovation Award from The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center for his project entitled “Hypoxia-inducing cryogels as a fast and inexpensive technology for hypoxic cell culture conditions”.

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Faculty

Dec 13, 2019

Compressible Cryogels to Target Diseased Cells

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif created a sponge-like gel that can be injected under the skin to provide medication or target certain immune cells.

Students

Dec 12, 2019

James Sinoimeri to Present at International Exchange with German Chemical Society (GDCh)

James Sinoimeri, E’21, will be presenting his work from ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s lab at a highly selective international exchange program of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society, GDCh).

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”.

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