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Krishanu Saha

Krishanu Saha

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Krishanu Saha is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical History & Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin. His interests lie in using human stem cells together with emerging engineering methods in material science and synthetic biology to make smarter therapeutics, model human disease, and advance personalized medicine. As a Society in Science-Branco Weiss Fellow, he worked with Sheila Jasanoff at Harvard University on “The Constitutional Foundations of Bioethics: A Cross-National Comparison” from September 2010 to December 2011. He is also affiliated with Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kris studied Chemical Engineering at Cornell University and University of California, Berkeley. In his dissertation he worked on experimental and computational analyses of neural stem cell development, as well as the design of new materials for adult stem cell culture.

In 2007 he moved to the laboratory of Rudolf Jaenisch at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a postdoctoral fellow. Since 2006 he has worked with human embryonic stem cells and the institutional policies surrounding them.


Saha K. and R. Jaenisch (2009) “Technical challenges in using human induced pluripotent stem cells to model disease.”Cell Stem Cell. 5, 584-595.

Hanna J.*, Saha K.*, Pando B., van Zon J., Lengner C.J., Creyghton M.P., van Oudenaarden A., and Jaenisch R. (2009) “Direct cell reprogramming is a stochastic process amenable to acceleration.” Nature. 462, 595-601. [*equal contribution]

Winickoff D.W.*, Saha K.*, and Graff G.* (2009) “Opening Life Sciences Research and Development: Integrative Management of Data, IP and Ethics in Stem Cells” Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics. 9(1), 52-127. [*equal contribution]

Saha K.*, Pollock J.F.*, Schaffer D.V., and K.E. Healy. (2007) “Designing synthetic materials to control stem cell phenotype.” Current Opinion in Chemical Biology. 11(4):381-7. [*equal contribution]

Saha K. and D.V. Schaffer (2006) “Signaling dynamics in Sonic hedgehog tissue patterning.” Development. 133:889-900.

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