Laboratory for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Padma Rajagopalan
Associate Professor
Robert H. Hord Jr. Fellow
Director, ICTAS Center for Systems Biology of Engineered Tissues
Program Director, Computational Tissue Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program
Department of Chemical Engineering , Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering Sciences
333 ICTAS 1, Stanger St., Blacksburg VA 24061
EMAIL: padmar AT vt DOT edu
Telephone: 540-231-4851
FAX: 540-231-5022

Macromolecular Interfaces with Life Sciences (MILES), NSF IGERT program, Virginia Tech
Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, Virginia Tech
Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center


Ph.D, Brown University
M.S., Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
B.S., Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur


Dean's Award for Research Excellence, 2014
Standing Member, Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section, NIH, 2013-2017
Robert H. Hord Jr. Faculty Fellowship, 2012
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER), 2010
Outstanding Assistant Professor Award, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2010
PC Rossin Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2005-2006


Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2011-present.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2007-2011.
PC Rossin Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2005-2006.
Research Associate, Center for Engineering in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Shriners Burns Hospital, 2002-2004.
Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, 2001-2002.
Polymer Scientist, General Electric Co. 1998-2000.
Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, U. Massachusetts, Amherst, 1996-1998.


Hepatic tissue engineering, Self assembly of polyelectrolytes, Cell-matrix interactions, Chemotaxis and mechanotaxis, Corneal tissue engineering, Nanostructured materials


Polymeric Biomaterials (CHE 5214/BMES 5434, Virginia Tech, Spring 2007-2014)
Process Materials (CHE 4104, Virginia Tech, Fall 2010)
Introduction to Polymeric Materials (CHE 4214, Virginia Tech, Fall 2008, Spring 2010)
Introduction to Polymers for Biomedical Applications (CHE 4984, Virginia Tech, Fall 2007)
Integrated Biostructural Mechanics Laboratory (Lehigh University, Fall 2006)
Advanced Topics in Biomaterials (BioE 395, Lehigh University, Spring 2006)
Elements of Bioengineering (BioE 110, Lehigh University, Spring 2005, Fall 2005 and Fall 2006)