Shilpa Sant, PhD is an Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh in the Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Bioengineering. Before joining Pitt, she was a Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Interdisciplinary training fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, and the Center for Bioengineering at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.
Dr. Sant received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology from University of Montreal, Canada, a Masters degree in Pharmacology and a Bachelors degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mumbai. She has extensive research experience in diverse fields including materials science, polymer chemistry, drug delivery, tissue engineering, natural and synthetic biomaterials and microfabrication. Her postdoctoral research involved fabrication of functionalized bioinspired materials and scaffolds applicable for the heart valve and tooth germ tissue engineering. She has contributed over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 2 book chapters and currently editing a book entitled "Biomedical Nanomaterials: Novel Approaches in Tissue Engineering".
Dr. Sant's research goals are to develop an independent and multidisciplinary research program at the interface of biomaterials, controlled drug delivery, and tissue engineering in the tumor and cardiovascular area. Specifically, she aims to develop tissue-engineered tumor models that recreate the three-dimensional structure, cell-cell/cell-ECM interaction, stromal environments, and signalling cues present in vivo. Dr. Sant is a member of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and Sigma Xi. She is the 2010 recipient of the Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award from the Society for Biomaterials. The STAR Award recognizes research excellence and develops future leaders within the society.