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Rohan Shirwaiker

Professor Rohan Shirwaiker

Assistant Professor

Office phone: (919) 515-6416
Office fax: (919) 515-5281
Office location: 408 Daniels Hall

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2011
M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 2007
B.S., University of Mumbai, 2005

Rohan Shirwaiker joined ISE in August 2011 as a part of the Advanced Manufacturing and Biomedical Manufacturing faculty groups. Dr. Shirwaiker is also an associate faculty of the UNC-NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), the Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute (IMSEI), the Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics (CAMAL), and the Center for Comparative Medicine & Translational Research (CCMTR).

Dr. Shirwaiker’s research endeavors are focused on implantable medical device and tissue-engineered technologies. His work primarily addresses interdisciplinary design and manufacturing engineering challenges that arise during their product development and scale-up. His research group collaborates with clinicians, biologists and other engineers to develop or advance new implantable product solutions to address musculoskeletal clinical needs that currently lack appropriate alternatives. His current work includes the design and analysis of electrically activated antimicrobial silver coatings for orthopaedic implants, and the development and characterization of 3D-printing processes for knee joint tissues and the trachea. In 2014, Dr. Shirwaiker was awarded the Best Young Investigator Research Poster Award at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) – Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Conference on musculoskeletal infections. Till date, he has served as a PI/Co-PI on 8 funded research grants, and has 14 journal publications, over 45 conference abstracts, posters and presentations, and 1 published U.S. patent in the field. He has/continues to supervise the research of 2 Ph.D. students, 5 Masters students and 2 undergraduates.

Dr. Shirwaiker teaches undergraduate and graduate ISE courses related to design and manufacturing, including ISE 316 (Manufacturing Engineering I: Processes), ISE 589 (Intro to Biomedical Design and Manufacturing), and ISE 714 (Product Manufacturing for Medical Device Industry). He is the faculty advisor to the NC State student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and is a 2014 recipient of the SME Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award.

Areas of Interest

Antimicrobial orthopaedic implant design, Tissue Scaffolds and 3D-Bioprinting, Regenerative medicine manufacturing systems

Selected Articles

  • Shirwaiker, R. A., Springer, B. D., Spangehl, M. J., Garrigues, G. E., Lowenberg, D. W., Garras, D. N., Yoo, J. U., & Pottinger, P. S. (2015). A clinical perspective on musculoskeletal infection treatment strategies and challenges. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Musculoskeletal Infections Supplement). (in press).
  • Sheshadri, P., & Shirwaiker, R. A. (2015). Characterization of material-process-structure interactions in the 3D-bioplotting of polycaprolactone. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, 2(1). 20-31. online version.
  • Tan, Z., Ganapathy A., Orndorff, P., & Shirwaiker, R. A. (2015). Effects of cathode design parameters on in vitro antimicrobial efficacy of electrically-activated silver-based iontophoretic system. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 26(1):5382. 1-10. online version.
  • Hunsberger, J., Harrysson, O., Shirwaiker, R. A., Starly, B., Wysk, R., Cohen, P., Allickson, J., Yoo, J., & Atala, A. (2015). Manufacturing roadmap for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies. Stem Cells Translational Medicine, 4:1-6. DOI: 10.5966/sctm.2014-0254. online version.
  • Shirwaiker, R. A., Wysk, R. A., Kariyawasam, S., Voigt, R. C., Carrion, H., & Nembhard, H. (2014). Interdigitated silver-polymer-based antibacterial surface system activated by oligodynamic iontophoresis – An empirical characterization study. Biomedical Microdevices, 16(1): 1-10. online version.
  • Shirwaiker, R. A., Samberg, M. E., Cohen, P. H., & Monteiro-Riviere, N. A. (2013). Nanomaterials and synergistic low-intensity direct current (LIDC) stimulation technology for orthopedic implantable medical devices. WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, 5(3). 191-204. Online version.