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Kishore Lab

Functional Biomaterials and Tissue Eng.


Principal Investigator

Vipuil Kishore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments 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 Kajave (Ph.D. Student - Chemical Engineering)

Nilabh graduated with his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from 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.


Trevor Schmitt (Ph.D. Student - Biomedical Engineering)

Trevor is a Florida native, born and raised in Melbourne, Florida. Both his Bachelor's degree (Fall 2017) and Master's degree (Fall 2018) in Biomedical Engineering were obtained from Florida Institute of Technology under the direction of Dr. Michael Fenn with his thesis "Analysis and Classification of 3-D Printed Collagen-Bioglass Matrices for Cellular Growth Utilizing Artificial Neural Networks". Moving under Dr. Vipuil Kishore, his doctoral research now focuses on Raman Spectroscopy, 3D Bioprinting, and Neural Network design for Biomedical Applications in Tissue Engineering.


Thais Sousa (M.S. Student - Chemical 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 the 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


Sharon Adkins (Undergraduate - Biomedical Engineering)

 Sharon is an undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Biology. She has been working as an undergraduate research assistant Summer 2019 under Dr. Vipuil Kishore, assisting Trevor Schmitt in his PhD work. She received her Associates of Arts Degree from Eastern Florida State College in Spring 2017 and plans to go to medical school in Fall 2020. 


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