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Biju Parekkadan, Ph.D.

Biju Parekkadan, Ph.D., is on the scientific staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. He is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Parekkadan is the PI of the stem cell and genetic engineering lab at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. With the support of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, Dr. Parekkadan is the inventor of a cell therapy bioreactor and founded Sentien Biotechnologies, a clinical stage company that is now conducting a Phase I human trial of a cell therapy in critical care patients. He is on the core faculty of the Genomics Core Facility.

Dr. Parekkadan’s area of interest is in stem cell engineering. He collaborates with Daniel Irimia, M.D., Ph.D., Curtus Cetrulo, M.D., H. Shaw Warren, M.D., Laurence Rahme, Ph.D., and Korkut Uygun, Ph.D., regularly on translating cell and genetic therapies through pre-clinical studies in the areas of regenerative medicine and immunotherapy. 

Dr. Parekkadan has over 30 research articles published including papers in PNAS, Nature Communications, Science Translational Medicine and Nature Biomedical Engineering. His work has been cited more than 2,500 times in the last 10 years. Dr. Parekkadan has given over 100 invited seminars, is a member of several journal and grant review committees, and plays an important role in the mentorship of young investigators.

Dr. Parekkadan has received numerous awards including:

  • Young Mentor of the Year (2012)
  • Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2011)
  • Finalist, MIT’s Tech Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 (2016)

Current positions:

  • Staff Scientist, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston
  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

Education/training:

  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.
  • Ph.D., Chemical and Medical Engineering, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

Scholarly activities