synthesis and application of novel polymeric biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2013.
The primary focus of my research is exploring the complex interplay between material composition, structural hierarchy, and biological response. The main goal of these efforts is to establish reliable techniques for both active and passive control of cell behavior by controlling matrix and scaffold composition and morphology in order to develop novel therapies for tissue regeneration and the treatment of disease.
Current efforts include the generation of 3D-printed scaffolds to direct tissue organization and repair in a spatiotemporal manner, the production of novel biopolymers for use as injectable, in situ forming tissue engineering scaffolds, and the pursuit of novel treatments for diseases of the bowel based on regenerative medicine.
- B.S. (Chemical Engineering) University of Arkansas, 2005
- Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) University of Texas at Austin, 2010
- Postdoctoral Research Associate (Bioengineering) Rice University, 2010-2013
- S. Emam, A. Adedoyin, X. Geng, M. Zaeimbashi, J. Adams, A.K. Ekenseair, E. Podlaha-Murphy, N.X. Sun, A Molecularly- Imprinted Electrochemical Gas Sensor to Sense Butylated Hydroxytoluene in Air, Journal of Sensors, 2018, 2018, 9 pages
- O.M. Pehlivaner Kara, A.K. Ekenseair, Free Epoxide Content Mediates Encapsulated Cell Viability and Activity through Protein Interactions in a Thermoresponsive, In Situ Forming Hydrogel, Biomacromolecules, 18(5), 2017, 1473-1481
- D.M. Schwartz, M.O. Pehlivaner Kara, A.M. Goldstein, H.C. Ott, A.K. Ekenseair, Spray Delivery of Intestinal Organoids to Reconstitute Epithelium on Decellularized Native Extracellular Matrix, Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods, 23, 2017, 565-573
- O.M. Pehlivaner Kara, A.K. Ekenseair, In Situ Spray Deposition of Cell-Loaded, Thermally and Chemically Gelling Hydrogel Coatings for Tissue Regeneration, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A, 2016
- T.N. Vo, A.K. Ekenseair, P.P. Spicer, B.M. Watson, S.N. Tzouanas, T.T. Roh, A.G. Mikos, In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of Self-Mineralization and Biocompatibility of Injectable, Dual-Gelling Hydrogels for Bone Tissue Engineering, Journal of Controlled Release, 205, 2015, 25-35
Jul 03, 2019
Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Adam Ekenseair and PhD Student Ninad Kanetkar contributed a book chapter in the newly published book Handbook of Tissue Engineering Scaffolds: Volume Two 1st edition.
Aug 06, 2018
ChE Assistant Professor Adam Ekenseair received the 2018 Nano Research Young Innovator Award (NR45) in nanobiotech.
Mar 23, 2018
ChE Assistant Professor Adam Ekenseair was one of 21 winners of the American Chemistry Society's Polymer Science and Engineering Young Investigator Award. According to the society, the recipients are "young scientists from academia, industry, and national laboratories who have made significant contributions to their fields within Polymer Science and Engineering. These scientists and engineers are […]
Aug 06, 2017
ChE's Adam Ekenseair, Lucas Landherr, and Courtney Pfluger all were honored for their poster sessions during the American Society of Engineering Education Chemical Engineering Division Summer School.
Jul 17, 2017
ChE PhD student Meryem Pehlivaner, '18, was featured in R&D's article "Bacteria-Coated Nanofiber Electrodes Digest Pollutants" about the research she is doing in Assistant Professor Adam Ekensair's lab.
Jul 11, 2017
The University of Arkansas College of Engineering presented ChE Assistant Professor Adam Ekenseair with an Early Career Alumni Award.
Aug 05, 2016
Over one hundred students, researchers, professors and industry professionals came together on June 30th for Boston Biomaterials Day at Northeastern University, funded by the Society For Biomaterials Biomaterials Days Grant. Led by Bioengineering PhD student Michelle Stolzoff, the conference featured top-tiered research in biomaterials from the Greater Boston Area and beyond. Dena Shahriari, a PhD […]
Jun 06, 2016
Northeastern had the highest number of presentations by faculty and students ever at the World Biomaterials Congress held in Montreal from May 17-22, 2016.
Mar 22, 2016
23 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY17 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing over $600K dollars of investment in research.
Mar 19, 2015
18 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY16 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects representing over $400K dollars of investment in research.