Prabaha Sikder, PhD
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 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:
Biomaterials, 3D Printing, Bioprinting, Orthopedics, Musculoskeletal, Polymers, Ceramics, Composites
 
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 focuses on the development of state-of-the-art technologies, especially biomaterials for tissue regeneration. He develops medical implants and scaffolds which aim 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.

His current projects at CSU deal with the additive manufacturing of Orthopedic, Spinal, and Dental implants using high-performance polymers such as PEEK and regenerative bioceramics. He also utilizes state-of-the-art bioprinting technology to develop flexible 'live' tissue constructs for treating musculoskeletal defects.

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 on an NIH-funded project which aimed to develop 3-d printed electroactive materials for efficient tissue regeneration in volumetric muscle loss defects. 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 to the college 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
Biomedical Engineering Society
 
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External Funding
Awarded

1. Funding Organization: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Project Title & Role: Human-Machine Systems for Physical Rehabilitation, Senior Personnel
Program: National Research Traineeship (NRT)
Amount: $2,000,000 over 5 years; Dates: 06/2022-05/2027

2. Funding Organization: Ohio Third Frontier
Project Title & Role: 3D Printed Multi-functional Dental Implants for treating Peri-implantitis, Principal  
Investigator (PI)
Program: TeCK Fund
Amount: $100,000 over 1 year; Dates: 01/2023 - 12/2023

3. Funding Organization: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Project Title & Role: `Next Generation¿ Spinal Interbody Cages, Principal Investigator (PI)
Program: NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
Amount: $50,000 over 1 year; Dates: 06/2021 - 05/2022

4. 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 3 months; Dates: 09/2020 - 12/2021

5. 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; Dates: 09/2019 - 08/2020

6. 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; Dates: 06/2018 - 12/2018

Internal Funding
Awarded

1. Funding Organization: Cleveland State University
Project Title & Role: `Next Generation¿ Orthopedic Materials, PI
Program: Faculty Research & Development Program (FRD)
Amount: $25,000 over 1 year;  Dates: 05/2021 - 04/2022


2. 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, PI
Program: Pilot Grant
Amount: $50,000 over 1 year;  Dates: 06/2021 - 05/2022

3. Funding Organization: Graduate Student Association at University of Toledo
Project Title & Role: Multi-functional Implant Coatings, PI
Program: Graduate Research Award
Amount: $2,500 over 1 semester;  Dates: 01/2019 - 07/2019