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Sidi A. Bencherif

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
336 Mugar
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2016.


  • 2009 PhD in Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2009 MS in Polymer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 1999 B.S. in Physics and Chemistry from University of Montpellier II, France

Research & Scholarship Interests

Polymer chemistry and characterization, new approaches to biomaterials design, injectable 3D polymer scaffolds, tissue engineering (e.g. liver, skin), controlled delivery of drugs/cells, biomaterial-based cancer immunotherapies.
Affiliated With

Department Research Areas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Scientific Research Society (Sigma Xi)
  • Society for Biomaterials (SFB)

Selected Publications

  • O. Gsib, C. Egles, S.A. Bencherif, Fibrin: An Underrated Biopolymer for Skin Tissue Engineering, Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 2(1), 2017
  • O. Chaudhuri, L. Gu, D. Klumpers, M. Darnell, S.A. Bencherif, J.C. Weaver, N. Huebsch, H. Lee, E. Lippens, G.N. Duda, D.J Mooney, Hydrogels with Tunable Stress Relaxation Regulate Stem Cell Fate and Activity, Nature Materials, 15, 2016, 326-334
  • S.A. Bencherif, R.W. Sands, O. Ali, S.A. Lewin, A. Li, T. Braschler, T. Shih, D. Bhatta, G. Dranoff, D.J. Mooney, Injectable Scaffold-Based Whole Tumor Cell Vaccines, Nature Communications, 6, 2015, 7556 *Selected as research highlight by Harvard University, Biomedical Picture of the Day, and several online news articles
  • O. Chaudhuri, L. Gu, D. Klumpers, M. Darnell, S.A. Bencherif, J.C. Weaver, N. Huebsch, D.J Mooney, Substrate Stress Relaxation Regulates Cell Spreading, Nature Communications, 6, 2015, 6365
  • S.A. Bencherif, W.R. Sands, D. Bhatta, P. Arany, C. Verbeke,   D.A. Edwards, D.J. Mooney, Injectable Preformed Scaffolds with Shape-Memory Properties, PNAS, 109(48), 2012, 19590-19595 **Selected as research highlight by Nature, Imperial College of London, Harvard University, Materials360, Biomedical Picture of the Day, Sciences & Avenir magazine, Cell Therapy News, and several online news articles
  • N. Korin, M. Kanapathipillai, B.D. Matthews, M. Crescente, T. Mammoto, K. Ghosh, S. Jurek, S.A. Bencherif, D. Bhatta, A.U. Coskun, C.L. Feldman, D.D. Wagner, D.E. Ingber, Shear-activated Platelet Mimetics for Drug Targeting to Obstructed Blood Vessels, Science, 337, 2012, 738-742

Related News

January 8, 2019

Second-year Biochemistry student Anya Flood Taylor has recently won an Early Research/Creative Endeavor Award for her project titled "Fine Tuning Cryogel Scaffolds for Cancer Immunotherapy".

January 7, 2019

ChE student Elizabeth Fink was recently awarded the Undergraduate Advanced Research/Creative Endeavor Award for her research project entitled, "Designing an Advanced and Functional HA Cryogel for Investigating the role of CD44-HA Interactions in Breast Cancer Metastasis".

September 6, 2018

The Department of Chemical Engineering is proud to announce that eight of their students have received the Northeastern University Research and Creative Endeavor Awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.