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

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 Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Society for Biomaterials (SFB)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
  • Scientific Research Society (Sigma Xi)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Research Overview

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

Antimicrobial Biomaterials.

Laboratory for Advanced and Multifunctional Polymeric Biomaterials

The overall focus of the research in the Bencherif LAMP Biomaterials Laboratory is the fundamental understanding and development of polymeric materials for biomedical applications with a specific emphasis on tissue engineering, drug delivery, and cancer immunotherapy.

Bencherif Laboratory

Selected Research Projects

College Research Initiatives

Selected Publications

  • T. Colombani, L.J. Eggermont, Z.J. Rogers, L. McKay, L. Avena, R. Johnson, N. Storm, A. Griffiths, S.A. Bencherif. (2021). Biomaterials and Oxygen Join Forces to Shape the Immune Response and Boost SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines. Advanced Science, 10.1002/advs.202100316
  • T. Colombani, S.M. Hatfield, M. Rezaeeyazdi, L.J. Eggermont, A. Memic, M.V. Sitkovsky, S.A. Bencherif. (2021). Oxygen-generating Cryogels Restore T Cell-Mediated Antitumor Cytotoxicity in Hypoxic Tumor. Advanced Functional Materials, 10.1002/adfm.202102234
  • 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

Undergraduate

May 18, 2022

Announcing Summer 2022 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Summer 2022 PEAK Experiences Awards.

Faculty

Feb 04, 2022

Announcing Spring 2022 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Spring 2022 PEAK Experiences Awards.

Faculty

Jan 31, 2022

Creating an Oxygen-Controlling Cell Culture (OCC) System

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $250K Partnerships for Innovation – Technology Translation (PFI-TT) grant to ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif for “Cell Culture System with Enzyme-based Control of Oxygen Concentration to Enhance Biomedical Research”. The team includes graduate student Zachary Rogers, CEO of Cryoxia Biosciences, and technology commercialization expert/consultant Dr. James […]

Faculty

Dec 23, 2021

COE Professors Selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]

Faculty

Dec 13, 2021

I&EC Research’s 2021 Class of Influential Researchers

ChE/BioE Associate Professor Eno Ebong, ChE Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif, and ChE Associate Professor Richard West were featured on the cover of I&EC Research as 3 of 36 scientists recognized as the 2021 Class of Influential Researchers.

Lauren Gerbereux

Students

Oct 08, 2021

ChE Student Selected as Future Leader in Chemical Engineering

Lauren Gerbereux, E’21, chemical engineering, was selected for the 2021 Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering Symposium organized by North Carolina State University. This highly selective research symposium recognizes the finest undergraduate researchers in chemical engineering in the United States.

Bencherif research on cover of Advanced Science.

Faculty

Sep 27, 2021

Bencherif’s Research Featured on Front Cover of Advanced Science

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s research on “Biomaterials and Oxygen Join Forces to Shape the Immune Response and Boost COVID-19 Vaccines” was featured on the front cover of Advanced Science.

Boting Li

Spotlight Story

Sep 21, 2021

Bioengineering Master’s Alumna is Lead Co-Author of Research Paper Published on Cover of Tissue Engineering Part A Journal

While conducting research, Boting Li, ME’19, bioengineering, harvested biomaterials from Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif’s lab and cell cultures from Assistant Professor Ambika Bajpayee’s lab to create a model to rebuild tissues caused by cartilage defects. While working on this project she developed a more effective protocol to harvest cells from bovine tissue. Her work to her becoming the lead co-author on a paper that was published in the June 2021 issue of Tissue Engineering Part A and featured on its cover.

Cover image of Advanced Functional Materials.

Faculty

Sep 21, 2021

Bencherif’s Research Featured on Cover of Advanced Functional Materials

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s research on “Oxygen-Generating Cryogels Restore T-Cell Mediated Cytotoxicity in Hypoxic Tumors” is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Advanced Functional Materials.

Sidi A. Bencherif

Faculty

Aug 12, 2021

Developing Biomaterial-based Vaccines for Cancer Immunotherapy

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif received a $2M R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Overcoming vaccine-associated hypoxia with advanced biomaterials to enhance cancer immunotherapy.“

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