Biography

Ankur Singh
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Education and Training:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Mechanical Engineering (Stem Cell Mechanobiology and Cell-Matrix Interactions) , Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-13
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006-10
  • M.Tech. Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, 2004-06
  • B.E. B. T. Kumaon Institute of Technology., India -2000-2004

Prof. Singh is an Associate Professor with joint appointments in the Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He is a standing member of the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine at Cornell Medicine (NYC) and has affiliations with Cornell’s Immunology and Infectious Disease Program. He joined Cornell University in 2013, after his postdoctoral training in cell mechanobiology, cell-matrix interactions, and stem cell engineering at Georgia Tech with Prof. Andres Garcia. Prior to that, he received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin with Prof. Krishnendu Roy (now at Georgia Tech).

His “Immunotherapy and Cell Engineering” laboratory at Cornell is developing strategies to engineer adaptable, designer immune organoids and enabling technologies for the mechanistic understanding of healthy and diseased immune cells. He has received funding from the National Institute of Health (NIAID, NCI), National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, among others. He has published over 41 peer-reviewed journal articles, including those in Nature Methods, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Cell Reports, PNAS, Blood, Nature Protocols, Biomaterials, and J Controlled Release. He is a recipient of the several scientific awards (including the NSF CAREER, 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and the DoD Career award) and Cornell Engineering ‘sTeaching Excellence Award. His immune organoids research has been identified among Top 100 Discoveries of 2015 by the Discover Magazine. Prof. Singh is the Founder and twice elected Chair of the Immune Engineering Special Interest Group (SIG) at the Society for Biomaterials. He currently serves on the editorial board of Science Translational Medicine, Nature’s Scientific Reports, J of Immunology and Regenerative Medicine:

  • 2019 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
  • 2018 Cornell Research Excellence Award
  • 2018 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
  • 2018 Associate Scientific Advisor for Science Translational Medicine
  • 2017 John Swanson ’61 ME in honor of his mother, Dorothy G. Swanson Teaching Excellence Award – The highest award for teaching at Cornell Engineering
  • 2017 Young Investigator Award – Society for Biomaterials
  • 2017 Department of Defense CDMRP Career Development Award
  • 2017 Invited to the 2017 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (EU-US FOE)
  • 2017 Award for Outstanding Contribution as Symposium Faculty by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai (Prostate Cancer and World Congress)
  • 2016 National Science Foundation CAREER Award  (DMR: BMAT)
  • 2016 2015 Biomaterials Outstanding Paper Award by Elsevier
  • 2016 Keynote Speaker, McMaster University’s 3rd Annual Perey Symposium
  • 2016 Highlighted in Discover Magazine – 100 Top Stories of 2015
  • 2014 Young Innovator Award – Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
  • 2014 Rising Star Award, Biomedical Engineering Society Cellular & Molecular Engineering (CMBE)
  • 2010 General Dynamics Faculty Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2009 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Outstanding Graduate Research Award, BMES Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2009 Professional Development Award by Office of The Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2008 STAR Award, Society for Biomaterials, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2008 Professional Development Award by Office of The Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2004 MHRD-GATE Scholarship for outstanding achievements in academics by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India
  • 2004 All India rank 13 in Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) with a score of 99.73 percentile, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi