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Kishore LabFunctional Biomaterials and Tissue Eng.

Principal Investigator

Vipuil Kishore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences (BCES)

Dr. Kishore is the principal investigator of the Functional Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory at Florida Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Madras University, Chennai, India in 2000, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State Univerisity in Detroit, MI in 2008. After completing his doctoral degree, Dr. Kishore acquired his postdoctoral training at Purdue University and Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and Society for Biomaterials (SFB). His current research interests are in the fields of biomaterial development, cell-material interactions, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

Graduate Students

Nilabh - Graduate Student
Nilabh Kajave
Ph.D. Student - Chemical Engineering

Nilabh graduated with his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. Currently, he is in the second year of Master’s in Chemical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. His research focuses on investigating the bioactivity of collagen-based bioinks for 3D printing applications.

Nashaita Patrawalla
M.S. Student - Biomedical Engineering

Nashaita Patrawalla acquired her Bachelor's degree in Astrobiology in May 2019 from Florida Tech and went on to pursue her Master's in Biomedical Engineering pursuing her thesis research under Dr. Kishore. Her current research includes comparing different ceramic materials in collagen based constructs with a focus on bone regeneration applications. She hopes to continue her higher education by pursuing a Ph.D. with a focus on Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials for Space Based Applications. Nashaita is highly involved on campus, being a Resident Director for Roberts Hall, Treasurer for It's on US and a varsity athlete for the Women's Rowing team. In her "free time", Nashaita enjoys being outdoors, playing music, and enjoying time with friends. Her favorite quote and something she lives by is "It's not about what you get to achieve; It is about who you get to be!"

Thais - Graduate Student
Thais Sousa
M.S. Student - Biomedical Engineering

Thais Sousa was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and gained her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology in May of 2019. She is now working towards her master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in the area of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. She is part of Dr. Kishore’s Tissue Engineering laboratory currently working on her thesis related to the incorporation of Bioglass in grafts used for bone tissue regeneration.

Undergraduate Students

Sarah - Biomed Undergrad
Sarah Ali
Undergraduate - Biomedical Engineering

Sarah is currently a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Nanotechnology. She is from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She aspires to enter the field of cancer research. She aims to aid in the improvement of either tumor imaging and detection or in drug delivery. She has a student memberships in the National Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), currently act as the PRO for the Florida Tech BMES Chapter, and is a member of the Phi eta Sigma honor society.

Marcello - Undergraduate Biomed
Marcello Mattei
Undergraduate - Biomedical Engineering

Marcello was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and currently majors in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Nanotechnology. He has performed undergraduate research in the area of metal-organic frameworks under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Schoedel (Ph.D.) at the Florida Institute of Technology. Marcello currently helps with collagen characterization in Dr. Kishore’s lab.


1. Gengbo Liu, MS in Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2015). Thesis Title: Saos-2 Cell Mediated Mineralization on Collagen Gels: Effect of Densification and Bioglass Incorporation. Current Position: Associate Scientist, Genentech, San Francisco, CA

2. Ranjani Iyer, MS in Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2015). Thesis Title: Electrochemically Compacted Collagen Matrices for Corneal Repair. Current Position: Senior Systems Engineer, BD Biosciences, San Jose, CA

3. Meet Pastakia, BS in Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2016). Project Title: Assessment of Mechanical Properties of Bioglass Incorporated Electrochemically Aligned Collagen Fibers. Current Position: Project Engineer, BD Biosciences, San Jose, CA

4. Sheetal Tiwari, MS in Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2016). Project Title: Elecrochemically Aligned Collagen Fibers Crosslinked with Chemical and Natural Agents. Current Position: Product Development Engineer II, Siemens, New York

5. Amina Iqbal, BS in Chemical Engineering (Spring 2017). Project Title: MSC Morphology and Proliferation on Bioglass Incorporated Electrochemically Aligned Collagen Fibers. Current Position: Graduate Student, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

6. Christopher Bridgeman, MS in Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2017). Thesis Title: Effect of Tannic Acid on Mechanical Properties of Collagen Scaffolds and Melanoma Cell Proliferation. Current Position: Scientific Associate II, Novartis, Boston, MS

7. Madhura P. Nijsure, MS in Chemical Engineering (Fall 2017). Thesis Title: Effect of Bioglass Incorporation into Electrochemically Aligned Collagen Threads on Mechanical Properties and Cell-Mediated Mineralization. Current Position: Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

8. Kori Watkins, MS in Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2018).  Thesis Title: Photochemical Crosslinking of Methacrylated Collagen Hydrogels: Effect of I2959 vs. VA086 on Mechanics and Cellular Response. Current Position: Optometry Student, Nova Southeastern University

9. Thuy-Uyen Nguyen, PhD in Chemical Engineering (Summer 2019). Dissertation Title: Electrochemical Fabrication of Elastin Containing Bi-layered Scaffold for Vascular Tissue Engineering Applications. Current Position: Postdoc, Texas A&M University