We Stand in Solidarity Against Racism
The Department of Bioengineering stands in solidarity with our students, staff and faculty against social injustice and acts of racism. We are shocked and saddened by the recent, brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Rayshard Brooks and others. Like many members of our community, we are frustrated that these deaths are only the most recent manifestations of long-standing racial inequality in this country.
The Department supports the call to action made by the Bourns College of Engineering.
• We acknowledge that systemic racism permeates and poisons all levels of academia.
• We affirm that the Department has zero tolerance for racism, institutional bias or acts of violence against Black members of our community.
• We are committed to supporting Black students and combating the bias and inequity they face.
• We are committed to critically examining our recruitment and retention efforts to better support Black students, faculty and staff.
We would also like to take this moment to recognize the essential contributions made every day by Black students, faculty and staff. They are part of the Bioengineering family, and the department would not be as strong today without their efforts.
Dr. Noshadi’s research entails the development of biomaterials for biomedical device fabrication. His doctoral thesis focused on developing poly ionic liquid (PIL) porous materials for the catalytic transformation of biomass to biochemical molecules. During his postdoctoral research, he accumulated in-depth knowledge and experience in tissue engineering and biomaterials to develop vascularized tissue substitutes. He designed hydrogels with biomedical requisites for tissue regeneration that led to patented technologies. The BioGels platforms he built balance opposing properties, such as cellular adhesion, antifouling, and antimicrobial properties, transparency, and flexible mechanical properties.
Before starting at UCR, he was an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. During his position at Rowan, he worked on developing bioelectronics for regenerative medicine applications. He also developed multiple animal models to study the in vivo function of engineered biomaterials. Over the past three years, he established a research and educational trajectory, as evidenced by multiple internal and external funding, including grants from NSF (three), the New Jersey Health Foundation, and the Camden Health Initiative. Dr. Noshadi has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students at Rowan University.
Iman Noshadi, an assistant professor of bioengineering, received his bachelor of science from Shiraz University in Shiraz, Iran; his master’s from University Technology, Malaysia; and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests are physical Sciences; life sciences; Tissue Engineering and Bioelectronics.