Prof. Bencherif Named Influential Researcher by American Chemical Society

Congrats to Prof. Bencherif for being named an influential researcher by the largest and most-cited general chemical engineering research journal in the world. The journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (I&EC), which is published by the American Chemical Society for Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, named its incoming 2021 class in the Dec. 8 edition. Prof. Bencherif was among 36 researchers selected from institutions around the world.

The global team of editors and editorial advisory board members identified this class of influential, early career researchers based on the quality and impact of their research. ACS I&EC is the largest, oldest, most cited, and highly selective general interest chemical engineering journal with global visibility across all facets of the chemistry profession.

For more information on the 2021 Class of Influential Researchers, you can visit the ACS I&EC website here.

For more information about this story, you can visit the COE website here.

Bencherif Lab publishes “Avian Egg: A Multifaceted Biomaterial for Tissue Engineering” in ACS I&EC

In collaboration with researchers from Shiraz University in Iran, the Bencherif Lab recently published a review article titled “Avian Egg: A Multifaceted Biomaterial for Tissue Engineering” in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research by the American Chemical Society. This review summarizes the advantages and status of egg components in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as well as their current limitations and future perspectives.

Check out the article here.

Bencherif Lab in collaboration with Carl G. Figdor & Martijn Verdoes Labs publish “Robust Antigen-Specific T Cell Activation Within Injectable 3D Synthetic Nanovaccine Depots” in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering

Congratulations to Jorieke Weiden and team (Marjolein Schluck, Melina Ioannidis, Eric A. W. van Dinther, Mahboobeh Rezaeeyazdi, Fawad Omar, Juulke Steuten, Dion Voerman, Jurjen Tel, Mustafa Diken, Prof. Sidi A. Bencherif, Prof. Carl G. Figdor, and Prof. Martijn Verdoes) on their recent publication. They report an approach to introduce nanoparticles (NPs) into the walls of macroporous alginate cryogels and create a fully synthetic immunostimulatory niche that stimulates dendritic cells (DCs) and evokes strong antigen-specific T cell responses.

Check out the article here.

Prof. Bencherif Named Among World’s Top 2% Scientists according to Stanford University–Elsevier Report

Congratulations to Prof. Bencherif who was recently named among the top 2% scientists in the world according to Stanford–Elsevier BV report published in October 2021 [1]. Using Scopus publication impact scores, experts from Stanford University have released a complete list of the top world’s most influential scientists. This recognition places our work in the global map of excellence in research and brings great pride to the lab. 

Photo of Prof. Sidi A. Bencherif | Credit: Adam Glanzman
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The database was created to provide updated analyses and a publicly available database of top scientists. Updated databases and code are freely available in Mendeley.


  1. Baas, Jeroen; Boyack, Kevin; Ioannidis, John P.A. (2021), “August 2021 data-update for “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators””, Mendeley Data, V3, doi: 10.17632/btchxktzyw.3

Bencherif and Bajpayee Lab publish on Cryogel Scaffolds for Focal Cartilage Defect Repair

Congratulations to Boting Li, alumna of Bencherif Lab, for publishing, “Hyaluronic Acid-Based Shape-Memory Cryogel Scaffolds for Focal Cartilage Defect Repair” in Tissue Engineering Part A as co-first author.

Article can be found here and more information can be found here.

Our Research is Featured on Front Cover of Advanced Science

Our recent publication “Biomaterials and Oxygen Join Forces to Shape the Immune Response and Boost COVID-19 Vaccines” is featured as the Front Cover in the latest issue of Advanced Science.

In this work, in collaboration with the Griffiths lab at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), we demonstrate that advanced biomaterials and oxygen can be leveraged to boost the effectiveness of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

More information can be found here. The Front Cover can be found here.

Bencherif Lab publishes a new book chapter on “Polymeric scaffolds for antitumor immune cell priming”

Congratulations to Khushbu Bhatt and team (Loek Eggermont and Prof. Sidi A. Bencherif) on their recent publication in Engineering Technologies and Clinical Translation. This book chapter describes how polymeric scaffolds have been harnessed for immune cell priming and how they can be leveraged to prime immune cells and activate downstream antitumor responses. Finally, the challenges and future perspectives of immunomodulatory polymeric scaffolds are discussed for the successful clinical translation of current and emerging cancer immunotherapies. 

Check it out here.

Bencherif Lab in collaboration with Memic Lab publish “Injectable Lignin-co-Gelatin Cryogels with Antioxidant and Antibacterial Properties for Biomedical Applications” in Biomacromolecules

Congratulations to Tuerdimaimaiti Abudula, Thibault Colombani and team (Taofeek Alade, Prof. Sidi A Bencherif, and Prof. Adnan Memic) on their recent publication. They report an approach to engineer antibacterial, antioxidant, and injectable biomimetic cryogels by combining lignin with gelatin.

Check it out here.

Our Research is Featured as Cover in Advanced Functional Materials

One of our recent publications “Oxygen-Generating Cryogels Restore T-Cell Mediated Cytotoxicity in Hypoxic Tumors“ was featured as a Frontispiece in the latest issue of Advanced Functional Materials. Advanced Functional Materials reports breakthrough research in all aspects of materials science.

In this work, we report the design of injectable oxygen-generating cryogels as a new and minimally invasive strategy to boost antitumor immune responses.

More information can be found here. The Frontispiece can be found here.

Prof. Bencherif Featured on Biomaterials Science Blog

Prof. Bencherif, 2021 Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator, was recently interviewed by Laura Ghandhi, Development Editor at Royal Society of Chemistry, and is now featured on Biomaterials Science Blog.  Check it out to learn more about our research and Prof. Bencherif’s perspective on Biomaterials Science and career-related advice. 

Prof. Bencherif and team have recently published a research article in Biomaterials Science for their work on “Engineering a macroporous fibrin-based sequential interpenetrating polymer network for dermal tissue engineering”. This article reports on the synthesis and characterization of a new type of naturally derived and macroporous interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) for skin repair.