Arghya Paul


Contact Information

Title: Associate Professor
Office: TEB 353
Lab: TEB 424 (The Fordham Center for Miobmedical Engineering)
Office Phone TEB: 82249
Phone (Lab): 519-661-2111 ext. 82249

Organic Teaching Division

Chemical Biology and Biomaterials

Bioactive materials, Hydrogels, Gene/Drug Delivery, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Nanomedicine, Stem Cell Therapy

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B.Tech., WBUT, India; M.Sc., McGill University, Canada; Ph.D., McGill University, Canada; NSERC and FRSQ Post-Doctoral Fellow Harvard Medical School, Boston


  • Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, Government of Canada (2019-2024)
  • Young Innovator Award in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) (2018)
  • NIH/NIGMS NISBRE Young Investigator Travel Award (2018)
  • Raymond Oenbring Award for Excellence in Teaching Chemical Engineering (2018)
  • Fred Kurata Memorial Professorship at University of Kansas (2017-2020)
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined to join faculty position) (2014-2016)
  • Leslie A. Geddes Award for Best PhD Thesis from McGill University (2013)
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canada (declined) (2012-2014)
  • FRSQ Postdoctoral Award (international), Quebec, Canada (2012-2014)
  • MedStar Awards for best papers and research contributions (2012-2014)
  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Award at Harvard Medical School, Boston (2011-2012)
  • NSERC-CGSD Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (2010-2012)
  • FRSQ Doctoral Award, Quebec, Canada (2009-2012)
  • James O. Maria Meadows Faculty of Medicine Studentship (declined) (2009-2011)


Our research focuses on developing new class of bioctive materials, nano drug delivery vehicles and hybrid tissue regeneration matrices primarily for orthoregeneration and cardiovascular research. Specifically, my work aims to (1) innovate at the biomolecular and cellular level to develop new biomedical technologies for angiogenesis, immune-modulation and regeneration therapy (2) exploit the stem cell-material interactions and mechanistic pathways, and (3) discover therapeutic strategies which can be translated to point-of-care patient applications.


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  • Basu S, Pacelli S, Wang J, Paul A* (2018). Harnessing the Non-Covalent Interactions of DNA Backbone with 2D Silicate Nanodisks to Fabricate Injectable Therapeutic Hydrogels. ACS Nano.12(10):9866-9880
  • Pacelli S, Basu S, Berkland C, Wang J, PAUL A* (2018) Design of a Cytocompatible Hydrogel Coating to Modulate Properties of Ceramic-Based Scaffolds for Bone Repair. Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering 11(3), 211-217
  • Pacelli S, Basu S, Whitlow J, Chakravarti A, Acosta F, Modaresi S, Berkland C, PAUL A* (2017). Strategies for stem cell recruitment for bone tissue regeneration. Advanced Drug Delivery Rev. pii: S0169‐409X(17)30118‐7
  • Pacelli S, Rampetsreiter K, Modaresi S, Subham S, Chakravarti A, Lohfeld S, Detamore M, PAUL A*(2018). Fabrication of a Double-Cross-Linked Interpenetrating Polymeric Network (IPN) Hydrogel Surface Modified with Polydopamine to Modulate the Osteogenic Differentiation of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10 (30), pp 24955–24962.
  • Pacelli S, Maloney R, Whitlow J, Basu S, Modaresi S, Gehrke S, PAUL A* (2017). Controlling Adult Stem Cell Behavior Using Nanoparticle-Reinforced hydrogel: Implication in Bone Regeneration Therapy. Nature - Scientific Reports 7(1):6577