Syam Nukavarapu

nukavarapu_syam_profileSyam Nukavarapu
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science (2003), India

University of Connecticut
A.B. Bronwell Building
260 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3247
Storrs, Connecticut 06269
Phone: 860.486.6975
Phone: (860) 679-4183


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.