Tejal Desai, PhD

What I do

I am a bioengineer focusing on micro and nanofabrication techniques to create new devices for drug and cell delivery as well as biomaterials for cell and tissue regeneration. I also chair the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.

My research expertise

Biomedical micro and nanotechnology, Cell-material interactions, Tissue repair and regeneration, Biomimetic architectures, Drug delivery, Oral drug delivery, Ocular drug delivery, Biomaterials, Nanostructured materials

Degrees

PhD, Bioengineering, University of California, San Francisco, 1998
BSc, Biomedical Engineering, Brown University, 1994

Biography

Dr. Desai’s research brings together advanced micro and nanotechnologies, fundamental insight into cellular behavior in engineered environments, and novel pharmacologic delivery approaches to address disease treatment and clinical translation. Currently, her laboratory focuses on four highly interdisciplinary directions: 1. Hierarchical devices for enhanced cellular adhesion and paracellular drug transport; 2. Injectable and flexible nanoporous devices for rate-controlled long term release of therapeutics; 3. Nanostructured coatings and scaffolds for pro-healing implants and in vivo modulation of fibrosis, and 4. Cell-based delivery platforms for autoimmune disease applications. She envisions a future of precision medicine, enabled by advances in nanotechnology, engineering, and cell biology directed to clinical challenges in disease treatment. By taking advantage of our understanding of how cells respond to engineered materials and our ability to fabricate precise structural domains, her lab seeks to design new platforms to overcome existing challenges in therapeutic delivery.