Srivatsan Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambi 

Srivatsan Kidambi
Contact Information:
Lincoln: City Campus
(402) 472-2750
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Assistant Professor
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, 2009
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University, 2007
  • M.S., Chemistry, Michigan State University, 2002
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Madras, India, 1999

Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Neural and Stem Cell Tissue Engineering
  • Nano-scale Drug Delivery System for Gene Therapy
  • Novel Thin Films for Sensor Applications
  • “Cell Adhesion on Surfaces of Varying Topographies” US 20080241926
  • “Salt and pH tunable Polyelectrolyte Multilayers for uses as bioengineering scaffolds” US 20070224175
  • “Development of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Coatings for Primary Hepatocyte Cell Culture System” (MSU Invention Number 06-026).
  • “Aptamer Arrays on Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films” (MSU Invention Number 05-117F).
  • “RNA Arrays on Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films,” Invention disclosure submitted.
Courses Taught

About Srivatsan Kidambi

Dr. Kidambi’s research program focuses on the development of novel nanostructured materials with highly controlled architectures and chemistries for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. The materials developed through this research will address some of the key challenges of regenerative medicine and drug delivery. His research group has a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary collaborations with chemists, biologists, material scientists and neuroscientists.

The research projects will exploit classical engineering principles to increase understanding of the ways that cells receive information from materials, and what happens to cell function over time when assembled within three-dimensional microenvironments. The goal of his research program is to design novel surfaces for understanding the underlying biology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and engineer novel therapeutic approaches. Prior to joining UNL, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard Medical School and worked in Hitachi Chemical Research Center as a research engineer.

His Ph.D. is in Chemical Engineering and M.S. is in Chemistry from the Michigan State University, East Lansing, and his B.S is in Chemistry from the University of Madras, India.


  • Neural and Stem Cell Tissue Engineering
  • Nano-scale Drug Delivery System for Gene Therapy
  • Novel Thin Films for Sensor Applications

Honors and Awards

  • 2009 DoD Prostate Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2009 Elected to Sigma Xi, Full Member, Harvard Chapter
  • 2007 American Chemical Society ICI Student Award Finalist in Applied Polymer Science
  • 2006 ACS Excellence Award in Polymer Science
  • 2000 Walter and Margaret Yates Memorial Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • “Aptamer Incorporated Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films Targeting Influenza Virus’s Hemagglutinin Binding Region” Srivatsan Kidambi, Ilsoon Lee, Christina Chan., (in preparation)
  • “Topography Mediated Regulation of HER-2 Expression in Breast Cancer Cells” Amita Daverey, Austin Mytty, Srivatsan Kidambi *, submitted (NanoLife)
  • “Propofol induces MAPK/ERK cascade dependant expression of c-Fos and Egr-1 in rat hippocampal slices” Srivatsan Kidambi*, Joel Yarmush, Yevgeny Berdichevsky, Sangeetha Kamath, Wayne Fong, Joseph SchianodiCola, BMC Research Notes17(3), 201-206, 2010
  • “Oxygen-Mediated Enhancement of Metabolism, Functional Polarization, Gene Expression an Drug Clearance in Cocultures of Primary Hepatocytes” Srivatsan Kidambi, Eric Novik, Ruby Yarmush, Piyun Chao, Martin Yarmush, Yaakov Nahmias, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 106(37), 15714-9, 2009.
  • “Propofol induces a Dose-Dependent Alteration in the Expression of c-Fos and Egr-1 in Neuronal Cells” Srivatsan Kidambi*, Joel Yarmush, Wayne Fong, Sangeetha Kamath, Joseph SchianodiCola, Yaakov Nahmias, NeuroReport20(7), 657-662, 2009.
  • “Tunable Resistive m-dPEG Acid Patterns on Polyelectrolyte Multilayers at Physiological Conditions:  Template for Directed Deposition of Biomacromolecules” Srivatsan Kidambi, Christina Chan*, Ilsoon Lee*., Langmuir,24(1),224-30, 2008.
  • “Patterned Co-culture of Neurons and Astrocytes on Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films for Studying Astrocyte Mediated Oxidative Stress in Neurons”Srivatsan Kidambi, Ilsoon Lee, Christina Chan. Advanced Functional Materials18, 294-301, 2008.
  • “Selective Adhesion of Primary Hepatocytes on Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: Template for Patterned Cell Co-culture” Srivatsan Kidambi, Lufang Sheng, Mehmet Toner, Martin Yarmush, Ilsoon Lee, Christina Chan. Macromolecular Biosciences7(3), 344-53, 2007.
  • “Cell Adhesion on Polyelectrolyte Multilayer coated PDMS Surfaces with Varying Topographies” Srivatsan Kidambi, Natasha Udpa, Stacey Schroeder, Ilsoon Lee, Christina Chan. Tissue Engineering, 13 (8), 2105-2117, 2007.
  • “Controlling Primary Hepatocyte Adhesion and Spreading on Protein Free Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films” Srivatsan Kidambi, Ilsoon Lee, Christina Chan. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 126 (50), 16286 -16287, 2004.
  • “Selective Depositions on Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: Self-Assembled Monolayers of m-dPEG Acid as Molecular Templates” Srivatsan Kidambi,Christina Chan, Ilsoon Lee. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 126, 4697-4703, 2004.

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