Sankha Bhowmick

Sankha Bhowmick, PhD


Mechanical Engineering




Science and Engineering 116 C


2000 University of Minnesota Ph. D in Mechanical Engineering
1996 Villanova University M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
1992 Jadavpur University, India B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

  • Bioengineering
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • MEMS
  • Thermal Sciences

Select publications

Bhowmick S., Khamis C. A., Bischof, J. C. (1998).
"Response of a liver tissue slab to a hyperosmotic sucrose boundary condition: microscale cellular and vascular level effects"
Ann. NY Acad.Sci., 858, 147-62.

Bhowmick, S., Swanlund, D. J., and Bischof, J. C. (2000).
"Supraphysiological thermal injury in Dunning AT-1 prostate tumor cells"
ASME J. Biomech., Engg, 122, 51-59.

Bhowmick, S., Lulloff, L., Swanlund D. J., Coad, J. E., Hoey, M. F., and Bischof, J. C. (2001).
"Evaluation of thermal therapy in an animal model of prostate cancer using a wet electrode RF probe"
Journal of Endourology, 15-16, 629-640.

Dr. Bhowmick obtained his undergraduate from Jadavpur University, Calcutta in 1992. He worked for Philips, India as a mechanization and maintenance engineer in the color television and audio equipment factory for two and a half years before coming to the US for his masters and Ph. D. His concentration in graduate studies was heat transfer and thermodynamics with a keen interest in their application in biomedical science. His Ph.D. dissertation was optimization of thermal therapy for treatment of prostate cancer. As a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, he has been trying to preserve mammalian cells, so that they can be kept in suspended animation for extensive time periods (months-years) and then revived for use when necessary.

The overarching theme of Prof. Bhowmick's work is studying heat, mass and chemical stresses in mammalian cells under altered environmental conditions. Currently, he is actively involved in developing nanofibrous scaffolds for various tissue engineering applications. One such application is the bioactive bandage for wound healing.

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