Position title: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Website: Dr. Nisha Iyer's Laboratory Website
Tufts University, Medford Campus
Dr. Nisha Iyer received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2011 and completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. Her graduate research focused on generating pure populations of spinal interneurons from mouse embryonic stem cells for drug screening and transplantation after spinal cord injury. As a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Ashton Lab, Dr. Iyer focused on regional patterning of human pluripotent stem cells to generate and characterize a spectrum of central nervous system tissues.
Dr. Iyer’s research at Tufts University will focus on how regional specificity impacts development, degeneration, and regeneration in the central nervous system and beyond, developing biomanufacturing strategies and organoid technologies to direct cell therapy research. She is also a passionate educator who seeks to lower barriers to higher education in STEM and to engage the broader community in conversations about science and society.
At UW-Madison, Dr. Iyer was involved in campus leadership and advocacy work, as well as various science mentorship and outreach initiatives in the community. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler and photographer.