Shyni Varghese

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Orthopaedics

Shyni Varghese has a triple appointment in the Duke departments of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Orthopaedic Surgery. She is the first MEDx Investigator.

A leader in the field of biomaterials and stem cells, Varghese will develop her research at Duke in three major areas:

  • Musculoskeletal tissue repair
  • Disease biophysics, and
  • Organ-on-a-chip technology

A new initiative of the Pratt School of Engineering and Duke School of Medicine, Duke MEDx seeks to enhance and form new collaborations between doctors and engineers.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Laszlo Ormandy Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center

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  • Ph.D. National Chemical Laboratory (India), 2002

Research Interests

Musculoskeletal tissue repair, disease biophysics and organ-on-a-chip technology

Courses Taught

  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 792: Continuation of Graduate Independent Study
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • NEUROSCI 494: Research Independent Study 2

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Shih, Yu-Ru V., David Kingsley, Hunter Newman, Jiaul Hoque, Ankita Gupta, B Duncan X. Lascelles, and Shyni Varghese. “Multi-Functional Small Molecule Alleviates Fracture Pain and Promotes Bone Healing.” Adv Sci (Weinh) 10, no. 36 (December 2023): e2303567.
  • Guo, Wendi, Jiaul Hoque, Carolina J. Garcia Garcia, Kassandra V. Spiller, Abigail P. Leinroth, Vijitha Puviindran, Cahil K. Potnis, et al. “Radiation-induced bone loss in mice is ameliorated by inhibition of HIF-2α in skeletal progenitor cells.” Sci Transl Med 15, no. 724 (November 29, 2023): eabo5217.
  • Cigliola, Valentina, Adam Shoffner, Nutishia Lee, Jianhong Ou, Trevor J. Gonzalez, Jiaul Hoque, Clayton J. Becker, et al. “Spinal cord repair is modulated by the neurogenic factor Hb-egf under direction of a regeneration-associated enhancer.” Nat Commun 14, no. 1 (August 11, 2023): 4857.
  • Gonzales, G., S. Zauscher, and S. Varghese. “Progress in the design and synthesis of viscosupplements for articular joint lubrication.” Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science 66 (August 1, 2023).
  • Aung, Aereas, Shruti K. Davey, Jomkuan Theprungsirikul, Vardhman Kumar, and Shyni Varghese. “Deciphering the Mechanics of Cancer Spheroid Growth in 3D Environments through Microfluidics Driven Mechanical Actuation.” Adv Healthc Mater 12, no. 14 (June 2023): e2201842.