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Chemistry PhD Student Shreyas Shah Wins 1st Place at Bell Labs Nobel Prize Celebration

Date: April 22, 2015

Shreyas Shah wins first place Bell Labs Nobel prize celebration v1Over the last 90 years, Bell Labs (known as the ‘America’s Idea Factory’) has made ground-breaking and innovative discoveries which have resulted in eight Nobel Prizes in Physics or Chemistry. In recognition of these extraordinary contributions and their recent Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (Eric Betzig), Bell Labs held a Nobel Prize Celebration early this April at its headquarters located in Murray Hill, NJ.

As a part of this event, Bell Labs solicited abstracts to invite graduate students from distinguished universities around the United States to participate in the festivities by presenting their innovative research to the Bell Labs community.

Shreyas Shah (Rutgers Chemistry PhD student in Prof. Ki-Bum Lee’s Lab) was one of 10 students selected to participate and give an oral presentation on his research project. His work, entitled “Hybrid Nanomaterial-based Scaffolds for Advancing Neurotechnologies”, was further evaluated by the Bell Labs leadership team and selected as the 1st Place Graduate Student Presentation.

Shreyas completed his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2010) and is currently a 5th year PhD student. His work has primarily focused on the development of nanomaterial-based approaches for advancing neurotechnologies. He has designed and applied three overarching strategies for addressing pertinent challenges in neuroscience. These include:

  1. delivery of chemical factors to control neural cell fate using multifunctional nanoparticles,
  2. control of neural cell shape and behavior using surface chemistry on 2D surfaces, &
  3. modulating neural cell-substrate interactions using 3D hybrid nano-scaffolds containing nanotopographical features.

His work has been published in a number of high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, JACS, Chemical Reviews, Small, Journal of Materials Chemistry B & Scientific Reports (click here for more details).

Shreyas plans to defend his thesis this upcoming Summer, and acquire a postdoctoral position to pursue further research.

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