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Adam Ekenseair

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
213A Lake Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2013.

The primary focus of my research is exploring the complex interplay between material composition, structural hierarchy, and biological response. The main goal of these efforts is to establish reliable techniques for both active and passive control of cell behavior by controlling matrix and scaffold composition and morphology in order to develop novel therapies for tissue regeneration and the treatment of disease.

Current efforts include the generation of 3D-printed scaffolds to direct tissue organization and repair in a spatiotemporal manner, the production of novel biopolymers for use as injectable, in situ forming tissue engineering scaffolds, and the pursuit of novel treatments for diseases of the bowel based on regenerative medicine.


  • B.S. (Chemical Engineering) University of Arkansas, 2005
  • Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (Bioengineering) Rice University, 2010-2013

Research & Scholarship Interests

Synthesis and application of novel polymeric biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications
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Selected Publications

  • O.M. Pehlivaner Kara, A.K. Ekenseair, Free Epoxide Content Mediates Encapsulated Cell Viability and Activity through Protein Interactions in a Thermoresponsive, In Situ Forming Hydrogel, Biomacromolecules, 18(5), 2017, 1473-1481
  • O.M. Pehlivaner Kara, A.K. Ekenseair, In Situ Spray Deposition of Cell-loaded, Thermally and Chemically Gelling Hydrogel Coatings for Tissue Regeneration, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A, 2016
  • T.N. Vo, A.K. Ekenseair, P.P. Spicer, B.M. Watson, S.N. Tzouanas, T.T. Roh, A.G. Mikos, In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of Self-Mineralization and Biocompatibility of Injectable, Dual-Gelling Hydrogels for Bone Tissue Engineering, Journal of Controlled Release, 205, 2015, 25-35
  • S.N. Tzouanas, A.K. Ekenseair, F.K. Kasper, A.G. Mikos, Mesenchymal Stem Cell and Gelatin Microparticle Encapsulation in Thermally and Chemically Gelling Injectable Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A, 102(5), 2014, 1222-1230
  • A.K. Ekenseair, F.K. Kasper, A.G. Mikos, Perspectives on the Interface of Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 65, 2013, 89-92
  • A.K. Ekenseair, K.W.M. Boere, S.N. Tzouanas, T.N. Vo, F.K. Kasper, A.G. Mikos, Structure-Property Evaluation of Thermally and Chemically Gelling Injectable Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering, Biomacromolecules, 13, 2012, 2821-2830

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March 23, 2018

ChE Assistant Professor Adam Ekenseair was one of 21 winners of the American Chemistry Society's Polymer Science and Engineering Young Investigator Award . According to the society, the...

August 6, 2017

ChE's Adam Ekenseair, Lucas Landherr, and Courtney Pfluger all were honored for their poster sessions during the American Society of Engineering Education Chemical Engineering Division Summer School.

July 17, 2017

ChE PhD student Meryem Pehlivaner, '18, was featured in R&D's article "Bacteria-Coated Nanofiber Electrodes Digest Pollutants" about the research she is doing in Assistant Professor Adam Ekensair's lab.

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