My interests lie in using human stem cells together with emerging engineering methods in material science and synthetic biology to make smarter therapeutics, model human disease, and advance personalized medicine.
- Personalized and Regenerative Medicine
- Biomaterials Engineering
- Stem Cell Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Signal transduction
- Systems biology
- Synthetic biology
- Evolution & optimization of signaling proteins and networks
- Design principles of spatial and temporal control networks in cells
Honors & Awards
- 2014 – NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
- 2014 – Allen Institute for Brain Science Next Generation Leaders Council, Chair
- 2014 – Young Innovator Award, Biomedical Engineering Society, CMBE
- 2013 – Rising Star Award, Biomedical Engineering Society, Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering Group
- 2012 – Sage Bionetworks Young Investigator Award
- 2009-2014b- Society in Science: Branco Weiss Fellowship
- 2009 – Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service (F32) Award (declined)
- 2001-2005 – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (deferred for 2002-05)
- 2001-2002 – Winston Churchill Scholarship
- 2001 – J. William Fulbright Graduate Student Award for United Kingdom (declined)
- 2000 – Barry F. Goldwater Scholarship
- Cordie T., Harkness T., Jing X., Mi X.Y., Turng L.S. and Saha K. (2014) “Nanofibrous Electrospun Polymers For Reprogramming Human Cells.” Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. 7, 3, 379-393.
- Gajbhiye V., Escalante L., Chen G., Laperle A., Zheng Q., Steyer B., Gong S. and Saha K. (2014) “Drug-loaded nanoparticles induce gene expression in human pluripotent stem cell derivatives.” Nanoscale. 6, 521-531. PMC 24232694.
- Saha, K., and Hogle, L.F. (2014). “Allying with Donors to Link Health and Medical Information with Stem Cell Lines Can Advance Disease Modeling while Enhancing Data Access”. Cell Stem Cell 14, 559–560. PMC 24792113
- Laperle A., Hsiao C., Lampe M., Mortier J., Saha K*, Palecek S.P.*, Masters K.S.* (2015) “α-5 Laminin synthesized by human pluripotent stem cells promotes self-renewal,” Stem Cell Reports, in press. [*co-corresponding author]
- T. Harkness, J. D. McNulty, R. Prestil, S. K. Seymour, T. Klann, M. Murrell, R. S. Ashton, K. Saha. (2015) “High-content imaging with micropatterned multiwell plates reveals influence of cell geometry and cytoskeleton on chromatin dynamics,” Biotechnology Journal, DOI: 10.1002/biot.201400756.