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Krenicki Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Department Chair

Dr. Ki Chon
Phone: (860) 486-4767
Email: kchon@engr.uconn.edu


Lisa Ephraim
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Phone: (860) 486-0163
E-mail: lisae@engr.uconn.edu

Jennifer Desrosiers
Financial Assistant II
Phone: (860) 486-0116
E-mail: jennd@engr.uconn.edu

Birgit Sawstrom
Admin Service Assistant III
Phone: (860) 486-5838
E-mail: birgit.sawstrom@uconn.edu


Main Office Address

Biomedical Engineering Department
A.B. Bronwell Building, Room 217
260 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3247
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3247
Phone: (860) 486-5838
Fax: (860) 486-2500

Nukavarapu, Syam

Syam P. Nukavarapu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Bone, Cartilage and Bone-Cartilage Interface Regeneration
260 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3247
Storrs, Connecticut 06269
Office Phone: (860) 486-6975
PhD Indian Institute of Science
Postdoc Lehigh University
Postdoc University of Virginia

Research Summary:

Research in my laboratory involves the development and evaluation of advanced biomaterials and matrix systems for bone and bone-cartilage interface (osteochondral) tissue engineering. Our group is primarily focused to develop methods for rapid stem cell isolation and matrix systems that support cell loading at the bedside to implement Completely Intra-operative Tissue Engineering Strategies (CITES) for on-site therapy/ bedside tissue engineering.

More information about the current research projects can be found at:


Honors and Awards:

  • Young Investigator Award, AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland

  • Mentorship (M-1) award, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS), University of Connecticut

  • Junior Investigator Award, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), Edison, NJ

Books Edited:

  • Nukavarapu SP, Liu H, Deng T, Oyen M, Tamerler C, Advances in Structures, Properties and Applications of Biological and Bioinspired Materials, MRS F13 Symposium Proceedings, Volume 1621, Cambridge Press.

  • Nukavarapu SP, Freeman J, Laurencin CT. Regenerative Engineering of Musculoskeletal Tissues and Interfaces, Woodhead Publishers, 2015.

PubMed Citations Link:


Google Scholar Citations Link

  1. Mikael PE, Xin X, Urso M, Jiang X, Wang L, Barnes B, Lichtler AC, Rowe DW, Nukavarapu SP. (2014) A potential translational approach for bone tissue engineering through endochondral ossification. IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 3925-8.

  2. Amini AR, Nukavarapu SP. (2014) Oxygen Tension Controlled Matrices for Enhanced Osteogenic Cell Survival and Performance. Ann Biomed Eng. 2014;42(6):1261-70.

  3. Igwe J, Mikael P, Nukavarapu SP. (2014). Design, fabrication and in vitro evaluation of a novel polymer-hydrogel hybrid scaffold for bone tissue engineering. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 8: 131–142.

  4. Nukavarapu SP, Dorcemus D. (2013) Osteochondral Tissue Engineering: Current Strategies and Challenges. Biotechnology Advances, 31, 706-721.

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