Arghya Paul

School of Engineering - Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-6544
Learned Hall
Room 4165 C
University of Kansas
1530 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Learned Hall



Education

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine

MSc (A), Biotechnology, McGill University

B. Tech., Engineering, Biotechnology, Haldia Institute of Technology (WBUT)

Teaching

a) Classroom Teaching: I have always enjoyed teaching and with my teaching experience as Instructor in the CPE 656/756 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering course (Fall 14,15) and CPE 221 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Spring 2016) I feel confident that I will be able to fulfill the challenging requirements of a teacher. These Engineering requires a much deeper understanding of the different engineering principles across the disciplines, including mechanical, chemical, materials, biochemical and bioengineering. Currently, these topics are not addressed together as a single course. The principal goal of my teaching effort for these courses is to bridge this gap by teaching the fundamental engineering principles and its relation to real world. For example, in CPE 656 i introduce them to the highly interdisciplinary field of biomedical science, discuss real clinical and pharmaceutical case studies, arrange lab trips to learn about different instruments and techniques, and try to grow their interest in this emerging medical application-oriented field. Also, i try to provide them an integrated academic and corporate approach through the teaching, and stress on the importance of this approach for progressing multidisciplinary research, development, commercialization and clinical translation.

The positive student feedbacks and comments are further helping me to make the course more exciting. In fact, last year we had focused on developing the scientific writing skills of the students with multiple class assignments and presentations. They are also going to get the opportunity to visit multiple relevant research labs. Additionally, the new flip classes of LEEP2 have immensely helped me implement the concept of active learning within students, making it more interesting.

b) Undergraduate Student Advising: I believe teaching and research activities should be balanced, and complement each other when possible. This is why apart from guiding students in their course curriculum, I encourage them to pursue research of their choice in our faculty laboratories. This will allow them to implement the fundamentals, learnt in the classroom, to laboratory research. This combination of education and research will be very effective to enhance undergraduate learning, skills and interest in the field. In fact, from my recent experiences as Instructor for high-school students (Engineering Summer camps and Duke-TIP Program for talented high-school students), I believe this also holds true for them too.

c) Graduate Advising and Mentoring: I believe every graduate student are different, but if we give them

the space and freedom to think independently they can do great things. As an advisor my job is to make sure that they are focused and are on track to complete their degrees successfully on time. This has helped me achieve the most important thing – to make sure they enjoy their research work, work as a team and take good care of their own new lab. This has helped us collaborate and publish multiple articles in the first one year, as we are slowly developing our new laboratory research facilities in LEEP2. This has been further supplemented by my postdoctoral fellow’s efforts to work together with me on guiding graduate and undergraduate students in experimental designs, help with grant writing, performing experiments and publishing papers.

As undergraduate and graduate student advisor and mentor, I try to provide constant advice to help the students develop appropriate programs of study. In parallel with the continuous development of professional services, I anticipate taking more responsibility for departmental and institutional needs. I recognize the importance of university, professional, and community service. Along this direction, I have emphasized involvement in program committees, chairing of technical conferences (national and international), role as grant reviewer from different funding agencies, role as editor and reviewer of multiple high impact journals (as detailed in my publication list), with the expectation to develop increasing visibility and responsibility.

Teaching Interests

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Tissue engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Bioengineering, Thermodynamics

Research

Since joining KU in August 2014, it has been an inspiring period of my academic career to experience and develop an integrated program of research, teaching, and professional service. Upon joining, I have set the goals for achieving excellence in teaching, research, service and proper balance among them. Currently, I am supervising two Ph.D. students and one Masters student working is the area of Nanomaterials, Biotherapeutics and Regenerative Medicine (BioIntel Research Group, available at www.biointel-arghyapaul.ku.edu). So far, one Ph.D. student has successfully completed the Qualifying exam in a timely manner. Apart from that I am mentoring four undergraduate students in my laboratory research works. In the following sections, I will provide details of my current and future research directions, teaching philosophy, and the synergies between these efforts.

Current and Future Research: My research related activities at KU are multifold. They consist of three major components: (i) research activities in the form of individual and collaborative projects and grant solicitation; (ii) promoting a new generation of qualified chemical and bioengineers in my field of expertise by mentoring and supporting students and postdocs (iii) efforts to build a top-class Nano-Biotherapeutics and Regenerative Medicine Research Group at KU. Towards that direction, I am currently directing "Bio-Intel" Research Laboratory at KU. Here we intend to develop new class of biofunctional nanomaterials for drug and gene delivery, regenerative tissue engineering and advanced biomedical devices for translational research. Specifically, the lab aims to (i) innovate at the biomolecular and cellular level to develop biomedical technologies, (ii) exploit the stem cell-material interactions and mechanistic pathways, and (iii) discover therapeutic and diagnostic strategies which can be translated to point-of-care patient applications.To enable us work towards this goal, I have obtained 220K as single-investigator research project grant from NIH/NIGMS Institutional Development Award (IDeA), CMADP and 8K from NFGRF (KUCR). Our research at KU has resulted in total 10 accepted/submitted publications, 6 presentations including several invited seminars and talks at conferences/meetings. Most of the papers and presentations include undergraduate, graduate and collaborator co-authors (detailed in CV).

Goals for Next Five Years: To establish my research team over the next five years, I intend to develop a highly multidisciplinary research team in association with several leading and emerging researchers in the field of bioengineering and medicine. While I am already collaborating with R Ahmed (U Cincinnati), A Gaharwar (TAMU), A Singh (Cornell), D Shum-Tim (McGill), A Hasan (Univ Qatar) and B Dawn, C Quint, R Johnson (KUMC) for my current research, I expect to initiate new collaborative projects, submit multiple collaborative grants in the areas of biomaterials, cardiac tissue engineering and gene therapy with other faculty members within and outside the university.

Research Interests

  • BioTherapeutic Devices
  • Biomimetic Nanomaterials
  • Regenerative Tissue Engineering
  • Stem Cell/Material Interface
  • &ldquo
  • Tissue-on-a-Chip&rdquo
  • Microfabrication
  • Biomolecular & Genetic Engineering

Selected Presentations

Paul, A. (09/30/2014). Invited Talk, Midwest Conference on Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine, Kansas City. Midwest Conference on Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine. Kansas City

Education

  • Postdoc:   Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, WYSS Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, Boston.
  • PhD:         Biomedical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal.
  • MS:           Biotechnology, McGill University, Montreal​
  • BTech:      Biotechnology, WBUT, Kolkata.      

Research Interests

  • Biotherapeutics
  • Engineering Biomimetic Nanomaterials
  • Regenerative Micro-Tissue Engineering
  • Stem Cells & Gene Therapy
  • Bioengineered Medical Devices

 

Our BioIntel Research Group 

We develop new class of biofunctional materials, hybrid tissue regeneration matrices and biotransporters using micro and nano-scale technologies for diverse medical applications. Specifically, the lab aims to (1) innovate at the biomolecular and cellular level to develop biomedical technologies, (2) exploit the stem cell-material interactions and mechanistic pathways, and (3) discover therapeutic and diagnostic strategies which can be translated to point-of-care patient applications.

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