New BME Faculty - Anita Shukla

May 1, 2013

A native Rhode Islander, Anita Shukla is currently an NIH Ruth Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University.  Dr. Shukla’s postdoctoral research focuses on developing biologically inspired micropatterned surfaces to direct stem cell differentiation.  She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.  In her doctoral work, Dr. Shukla developed controlled release films to treat infection, inflammation, and bleeding using polymer multilayer self-assembly.  Dr. Shukla also received a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT.  At MIT, she was selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute sponsored Graduate Education in Medical Sciences program through Harvard Medical School and MIT.  Prior to this, Dr. Shukla received her Bachelor’s of Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with majors in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering.  At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Shukla received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and the Judith A. Resnik Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering.  At Brown, Dr. Shukla’s research group will design innovative biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine.