Shishir Biswas

  • PhD Student
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Biology
211 Thomas Hunt Morgan
Research Interests:

Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University 2012
Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University 2014


Born: July 20, 1990

Hometown: West Lafayette, IN

Hobbies: Tennis, Basketball, Football

Favorite Sports Teams: Purdue Athletics, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts


Currently I work in Ashley Seifert's Lab here at UK studying regeneration in species of African Spiny mice (Acomys).  As an defense mechanism against predators, these mice are able to readily shed their skin and completely regenerate the epidermis and other complex tissue structures unaccompanied by scar formation, an ability previously unobserved in any other mammal.  Additionally, the classic ear-puncture model demonstrates these mice have the ability to regenerate tissue, including cartilage, glands, and hair follicles, in the ear that is absent in their lab mice counterparts.  My current and future has 2 aims: 1) to better understand the development of elastic cartilage in the ear in both lab and spiny mice and 2) to identify the cellular and molecular mechanisms that allow Acomys to regenerate elastic cartilage with appropriate tissue architecture while lab mice cannot.

Graduate Training

I completed my Master's Thesis in Eric Nauman's lab at Purdue, with my research focusing on the development of a bio-artificial liver construct. Prior projects during my undergraduate career in that lab focused on using various modeling software, such as MATLAB, to analyze and manipulate MRI images for applications in custom-made orthopedic implants.

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