My research program focuses on the development of novel nanostructured materials with highly controlled architectures and chemistries for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. The materials developed through this research will address some of the key challenges of regenerative medicine and drug delivery. We plan to exploit classical engineering principles to increase understanding of the ways that cells receive information from materials, and what happens to cell function over time when assembled within 3D microenvironments. The goal of our research program is to design novel surfaces for understanding the underlying biology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and engineer novel therapeutic approaches. Specific areas of research include:

  1. BulletTissue Engineering-Liver, Brain and Cancer: To develop tissue engineering models of liver, brain, and cancer using a combination of physical, chemical and biological cues at the cellular level.

  2. BulletNano-scale Drug Delivery System for Gene Therapy: To design novel drug and vaccine delivery systems, which provide spatial and temporal regulation of drug signaling or stem cell growth and differentiation from the targets identified above.

  3. BulletNovel Thin Films for Sensor Applications: To engineer microarrays of biomaterials for high throughput screening as biosensors.


  1. BulletAssociate Professor (w tenure) of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, 04/2016 - Present.

  2. BulletAssistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, 08/2010 - 04/2016.

  3. BulletFaculty Associate, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 10/2010 - Present.

  4. BulletAssistant Professor (Courtesy Appointment), Regenerative Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, 08/2013 - Present.

  5. BulletResearch Engineer, Hitachi Chemical Research Center Inc, Irvine, CA, 04/2009-07/2010.

  6. BulletPostdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Engineering in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Shriners Hospital for Children, 03/2007 - 03/2009.

  7. BulletFaculty Researcher, Department of Anesthesiology, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, 03/2007 - 03/2009.

  8. BulletGraduate Research Assistant, Michigan State University, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, East Lansing, MI, 01/2003 - 02/2007.

  9. BulletGraduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Michigan State University, Department of Chemistry, East Lansing, MI, 08/1999 - 12/2002.


   2010        Layman’s Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

   2010        Research Development Fellow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

   2009        DoD Prostate Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship

   2009        Elected to Sigma Xi, Full Member, Harvard Chapter

   2007        American Chemical Society (ACS) ICI Student Award Finalist in Applied Polymer Science, 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA

   2006        Food, Nutrition and Chronic Disease Fellowship, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

   2006        Dissertation Fellowship, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

   2006        ACS Excellence Award in Polymer Science, 231th ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA

   2005        Best Presentation Award in ACS Symposium “Polymers for Bioactive Surfaces”, 231th ACS National Meeting, Washington D.C.

   2004        First Prize in CFMR Annual Symposium poster competition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

   2000        Walter and Margaret Yates Memorial Scholarship, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


  1. BulletFull member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

  2. BulletAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

  3. BulletAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)

  4. BulletBiomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

  5. BulletMaterials Research Society (MRS)

  6. BulletThe Society for Biomaterials

Srivatsan Kidambi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
207F Donald F Othmer Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588

Phone: (402) 472-4443
Fax: (402) 472-6989


  1. Bullet2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

  2. Bullet2007 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University

  3. Bullet2002 M.S., Chemistry, Michigan State University

  4. Bullet1999 B.S., Chemistry, University of Madras, India