Hitesh Handa, Ph.D.
Distinguished Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor
Senior Member | National Academy of Sciences
School of Chemical, Materials & Biomedical Engineering
Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Wayne State University
B.S. Polymer Science and Chemical Technology,
Delhi College of Engineering
Innovative Biomaterials. Real World Solutions.
Dr. Hitesh Handa is an Associate Professor of Engineering with the University of Georgia. He received his B.S. in Polymer Science and Chemical Technology from Delhi College of Engineering, India and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Wayne State University. As a research assistant at WSU, he developed biomimetic surfaces for biosensor application for the US Department of Defense. In 2007, he was awarded the Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship for excellence in research. After receiving his Ph.D., Hitesh worked as a Development Engineer at Accord Biomaterials (MI, USA) where he developed nitric oxide (NO) generating polymer coatings and designed animal models and clinical studies. As a PI at Accord, he received three NIH-SBIR grants. In 2010, Hitesh joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan as a Research Investigator where he published over 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and acted as a PI and Co-PI on multiple grants. In 2012, Hitesh received a K25 (Career Development Award) from the NIH (NHLBI).
Currently, Hitesh’s area of focus is in translational research for the development of medical device coatings. He is developing novel materials that can prevent thrombosis and infection for potential medical device applications. This work in designing innovative NO release formulations and testing them in animal models has resulted in 60+ publications and several patent applications. With his experience in biomolecular interactions, materials/surface science, polymeric coatings, blood-surface interactions and animal models, his goal is to bridge the gap between engineers and clinical researchers in the field of biocompatible materials.