Syam Nukavarapu

nukavarapu_syam_profileSyam Nukavarapu
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science (2003), India

Institute for Regenerative Engineering
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT
Office: ARB – E7018
Phone: (860) 679-4183
Email:  Web:


Research Interests

  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Advanced Composites and Structures
  • Rapid Stem Cell Concentration
  • Engineering Musculoskeletal Tissues and Interfaces
  • Clinically Relevant Tissue Engineering Methods

Awards & Honors

2015 Junior Investigator Award, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation
2014 Mentorship Award, CICATS
2013 Young Researcher Award, AO Foundation
2009 Inter-campus Incentive Grant award, UConn

Recent Publications

Design, fabrication and in vitro evaluation of a novel polymer-hydrogel hybrid scaffold for bone tissue engineering. Igwe JC, Mikael PE, Nukavarapu SP. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2014;8(2):131-42.

Functionalized carbon nanotube reinforced scaffolds for bone regenerative engineering: fabrication, in vitro and in vivo evaluation. Mikael PE, Amini AR, Basu J, Josefina Arellano-Jimenez M, Laurencin CT, Sanders MM, Barry Carter C, Nukavarapu SP.  Biomed Mater. 2014 Mar 31;9(3):035001. [Epub ahead of print]

Oxygen-Tension Controlled Matrices for Enhanced Osteogenic Cell Survival and Performance. Amini AR, Nukavarapu SP. Ann Biomed Eng. 2014 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print]

Osteochondral tissue engineering: current strategies and challenges. Nukavarapu SP, Dorcemus DL. Biotechnol Adv. 2013;31(5):706-21.

Carbon nanotube composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. CT Laurencin, SP Nukavarapu, SG Kumbar. US Patent 8,614,189, 2013.

Optimally porous and biomechanically compatible scaffolds for large-area bone regeneration. Amini AR, Adams DJ, Laurencin CT, Nukavarapu SP. Tissue Eng Part A. 2012;18(13-14):1376-88.

Bone tissue engineering: recent advances and challenges. Amini AR, Laurencin CT, Nukavarapu SP. Crit Rev Biomed Eng. 2012;40(5):363-408.

Differential analysis of peripheral blood- and bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells for enhanced vascularization in bone tissue engineering. Amini AR, Laurencin CT, Nukavarapu SP. J Orthop Res. 2012;30(9):1507-15.