Prabaha Sikder, PhD
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Mechanical Engineering
 Office: FH 226
 Phone: 216-687-4687
 Email: p.sikder@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. FH 226, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Orthopedics, Musculoskeletal, Biomaterials, Composites, 3-D Printing, Bioprinting
 
Education:
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Toledo, 2019
M.S., Production Engineering, West Bengal University of Technology, 2015
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, SRM University, 2013
 
Brief Bio:
Prabaha Sikder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a faculty at the Center for Human-Machine Systems. His research focusses on the development of state-of-the-art technologies, especially biomaterials for tissue regeneration. He develops medical implants and scaffolds which aims to treat orthopedic and musculoskeletal defects. Some of the solutions developed by him include antibacterial coatings, biodegradable bone-grafting materials, and 3-D printed bioactive polymer-ceramic scaffolds.

Prior to joining CSU, Prabaha was working in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. He was working in a NIH funded project which aimed to develop 3-d printed electroactive materials for efficient tissue regeneration in volumetric muscle loss defect. As a grad student, he was the very first cohort at the University of Toledo (UT) to win `Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) research grant from the National Science Foundation. In 2018 he was also the first one from the college of engineering to receive the highest ranked recognition in UT- `Outstanding Scholarly Achievements for outstanding contributions in the college┬┐s academic legacy, inventions, and publications and the `Translational Research Award for remarkable contribution in the field of research for improving the human condition locally and globally through translational & applied research.
 
Honors and Awards:
1. Graduate Student Association (GSA) Research Award for conducting PhD Dissertation work during the Academic Year 2018-2019 at U of Toledo
2. 'Outstanding Scholarly Achievements' for outstanding contributions in the colleges academic legacy, inventions, and publications, (2018)
3. 'Translational Research Award' for remarkable contribution in the field of research for improving the human condition locally and globally through translational and applied research, (2018)  
4. Poster Presentation Award for Outstanding Research in SFB Biomaterials Day at U of Pittsburgh (Nov 2018)
5. Oral Presentation Award for Outstanding Research in Mid-West Graduate Research Symposium (MGRS) at U of Toledo (April 2018)
6. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2015-2016) at U of Toledo    
7.`Gold Medal for attaining 1st rank in M.Tech class statewide (2013-2015)
 
Research Interests:
Regenerative Medicine, Scaffolds/Constructs for Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal defects, Multi-functional Biomaterials, Additive Manufacturing of Medical Devices
 
Teaching Areas:
Material Science and Engineering
Advanced Manufacturing Processes
Production Planning and Control
 
Professional Affiliations:
Society of Biomaterials
 
Research Grants:
1. Funding Organization: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Project Title & Role: `Next Generation Spinal Interbody Cages, Principal Investigator (PI)
Program: I-Corps
Amount: $50,000 over 1 year

2. Funding Organization: University of Akron / NSF
Project Title & Role: `Next Generation Spinal Interbody Cages, Principal Investigator (PI)
Program:  Regional I-Corps
Amount: $2,500 over 6 months.

3. Funding Organization: National Institute of Health (NIH)
Project Title & Role: To develop and validate a 3-D piezoelectric scaffold used in combination with exercise to promote functional tissue regeneration, Co-Investigator (Co-I)
Program: Technology Development Project funding from `Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training (AR3T)
Amount: $100,000 over 1 year.

4. Funding Organization: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Project Title & Role: `Next Generation Ca-P Cements for Treating Vertebral Body Fractures, Graduate Student
Program: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN)
Amount: $25,000 over 6 months.

5. Funding Organization: Center of Human-Machine Systems Institute at Cleveland State University
Project Title & Role: Defect-specific, electroactive, and `live construct for expedited tissue regeneration, Principal Investigator (PI)
Program: Pilot Grant
Amount: $50,000 over 1 year.

6. Funding Organization: Graduate Student Association at University of Toledo
Project Title & Role: Multi-functional Implant Coatings, Principal Investigator (PI)
Program: Graduate Research Award
Amount: $2,500 over 1 semester.