Deepak Vashishth

Deepak Vashishth
Name: Deepak Vashishth
Title:Director, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Department Biomedical Engineering
School Engineering
Center Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Center for Modeling, Simulation and Imaging in Medicine (CEMSIM) Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA)
Bio Deepak Vashishth earned his B. Eng with honors from Malaviya National Institute of Technology (India), MS from West Virginia University (USA) and PhD from the University of London (UK). He then conducted post-doctoral research at the Bone and Joint Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital before joining Rensselaer as an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering in 1999. He is currently the Director Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor and Department Head of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests are in the area of biomolecular science and engineering of extracellular matrix with particular emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and bone tissue engineering. Professor Vashishth and his research group have published over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings in top journals including PNAS, Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, Plos One and others. His work presented in the form of over 100 invited and contributed lectures has been cited as a “New Hope for Osteoporosis Patients” and “Secret Formula for Bone Strength” in mainstream media. Working in collaboration with others his research group has identified new structural roles for bone proteins and developed new methods biomimickry-based strategies for tissue engineering scaffolds. Dr. Vashishth is a dedicated educator and has won Rensselaer awards for outstanding and innovative classroom teaching including the Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching award. Dr. Vashishth is fellow of the AIMBE and serves as a member of the National Institutes of Heath study section on Skeletal Biology and Skeletal Regeneration. He is a board member of the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials and a regular reviewer for other federal and international funding agencies, private foundations and university grants, and journals. He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research and the Orthopaedic Research Society.
Education Ph.D., University of London Biomedical Materials M.S., West Virginia University Mechanical Engineering B.S., Malviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) Mechanical Engineering
Scholarly Works:
  • Karim L, Tang SY, Sroga GE, Vashishth D. Differences in non-enzymatic glycation and collagen cross-links between human cortical and cancellous bone. Osteoporos Int. 2013 Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Poundarik A, Diab T, Ural A. Boskey A, Gundberg C and Vashishth D. Formation of Dilatational Bands in Bone. Proc Natl Acad Sci (PNAS) U S A. 2012 Nov 20;109(47):19178-83.
  • Nikel O, Laurencin D, Besdo S, Bonhomme C, Sroga GE, Lorenz A and Vashishth D. Solid State NMR Investigations of Intact Human Bone Quality: Balancing Issues and Insight into the Structure at the Organic-Mineral Interface. J. Phys. Chem. C 2012 116 (10): 6320-6331.
  • Sroga G, Karim L, Colon F and Vashishth D. Biochemical characterization of major bone-matrix proteins using nanoscale-size bone samples and proteomics methodology. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. 2011 Sep. 10 (9): M110.006718.
  • Fellow AIMBE