BS, Binghamton University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Dr. Vinay Abhyankar received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After one year in technical consulting, he joined the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. Prior to joining RIT, he led the Biological Microsystems Division at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute. Dr. Abhyankar’s research laboratory works at the intersection of engineering, biomaterials science, and biology.
Current work focuses on developing accessible microfluidic systems that integrate controlled microenvironments with topographically defined matrices to engineer biomimetic tissue interfaces.These technology platforms are well-suited for both undergraduate and graduate research involvement and combine simulation-based design, hands-on prototyping, and experimental studies to better understand human disease.
RIT students are in bold
Ahmed, A., Joshi, I. M., Goulet, M. R., Vidas, J. A., Byerley, A. M., Mansouri, M., Day, S. W., & Abhyankar, V. V. (2022). Microengineering 3D Collagen Hydrogels with Long-Range Fiber Alignment. J. Vis. Exp., e64457. https://doi.org/10.3791/64457
Mansouri, M., Ahmed, A., Ahmad, S. D., McCloskey, M. C., Joshi, I. M., Gaborski, T. R., Waugh, R. E., McGrath, J. L., Day, S. W., & Abhyankar, V. V. (2022). The Modular μSiM Reconfigured: Integration of Microfluidic Capabilities to Study in vitro Barrier Tissue Models under Flow. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2200802. https://doi.org/10.1002/adhm.202200802
McCloskey, M. C., Kasap, P., Ahmad, S. D., Su, S.-H., Chen, K., Mansouri, M., Ramesh, N., Nishihara, H., Belyaev, Y., Abhyankar, V. V, Begolo, S., Singer, B. H., Webb, K. F., Kurabayashi, K., Flax, J., Waugh, R. E., Engelhardt, B., & McGrath, J. L. (2022). The Modular µSiM: A Mass Produced, Rapidly Assembled, and Reconfigurable Platform for the Study of Barrier Tissue Models In Vitro. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2200804. https://doi.org/10.1002/adhm.202200804
Hsu, M.-C., Mansouri, M., Ahamed, N. N. N., Larson, S. M., Joshi, I. M., Ahmed, A., Borkholder, D. A., & Abhyankar, V. V. (2022). A miniaturized 3D printed pressure regulator (µPR) for microfluidic cell culture applications. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 10769. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-15087-9
Ahmed, A., Mansouri, M., Joshi, I. M., Byerley, A. M., Day, S. W., Gaborski, T. R., & Abhyankar, V. V. (2022). Local extensional flows promote long-range fiber alignment in 3D collagen hydrogels. Biofabrication, 14(3), 035019. https://doi.org/10.1088/1758-5090/ac7824
Ahmed, A., Joshi, I. M., Larson, S., Mansouri, M., Gholizadeh, S., Allahyari, Z., Forouzandeh, F., Borkholder, D. A., Gaborski, T. R., & Abhyankar, V. V. (2021). Microengineered 3D Collagen Gels with Independently Tunable Fiber Anisotropy and Directionality. Advanced Materials Technologies, 6(4), 2001186. https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.202001186
Ahmed, A., Joshi, I. M., Mansouri, M., Ahamed, N. N. N., Hsu, M.-C., Gaborski, T. R., & Abhyankar, V. V. (2021). Engineering fiber anisotropy within natural collagen hydrogels. American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology, 320(6), C1112–C1124. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpcell.00036.2021
Williams, M. J., Lee, N. K., Mylott, J. A., Mazzola, N., Ahmed, A., & Abhyankar, V. V. (2019). A low- cost, Rapidly Integrated Debubbler (RID) module for microfluidic cell culture applications. Micromachines, 10(6). https://doi.org/10.3390/mi10060360
In the News
March 22, 2023
RIT honors 14 researchers added to prestigious PI Millionaires group
RIT faculty members, who led research initiatives as principal investigators, were honored at a reception on March 21 to celebrate the individuals who helped the university reach record awards surpassing $92 million and place among the top private research universities in the country.
July 25, 2022
Vinay Abhyankar receives NSF grant to assess cancer cell migration processes
Cancer spreading from the primary tumor location to another is called metastasis and is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Research efforts today focus on discovering the guidance cues, or indicators, that promote movement of cancer cells toward blood vessels during early metastasis, and some of that work is taking place at RIT and the University of Rochester.