Dr. Shahriari will be starting her research laboratory at the University of British Columbia/ICORD as an Assistant Professor in January 2021. For the latest updates, please refer to the BioAugmentative Interfaces webpage.


Thank you for visiting my page where I discuss my passion, background and vision on biomaterials science and neuroelectronic interfaces.

Transcending disability…Toward a cure for spinal cord injury”. TEDx Beacon St. Nov 23, 2019. Photo by Dave Rezendes.

Education and Trainings

  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Polina Anikeeva Bioelectronics group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BS in Bioengineering. University of California, Berkeley in Bioengineering

Major fundings

  • Craig H. Neilsen Spinal Cord Injury Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship

My research aspirations

I am a biomaterials scientist and a neural engineer. I am passionate about research particularly in biomaterials science and nerve repair. I enjoy mentoring curious minds and sparkling excitement for gaining knowledge and conducting research.

My research bridges the gap between tissue engineering and optoelectronic devices. As a biomaterials scientist, I have extensive experience in developing nerve guidance scaffolds with special focus on biocompatibility, mechanical properties, reproducibility and scalability, and designing structures mimicking the complex shape of nerves. As a neural engineer, I work on developing neuroelectronic interfaces and devices to synergize smart biomaterials, implantable sensors and optoelectronic devices for autonomous actuation for nerve repair and organ augmentation.

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“Structures with complex geometries and controlled porosity in micrometer to meter dimensions produced at large scale”. P. Anikeeva, D. Shahriari, Y. Fink, G. Loke, I. Tafel.  US Patent. 62/772968. (2019).

"High microchannel volume scaffolds for nerve repair". J. Sakamoto, D. Shahriari, M. Tuszynski, W. Campana, J. Koffler.  Licensed US Patent. 15/765,981. (2019).

Recent major talks

“Transcending disability…Toward a cure for spinal cord injury”. TEDx Beacon St. Video here. Boston, MA. 2019

“Multichannel nerve guidance scaffolds with targeted structures produced at high-throughput to bridge nerve gaps”. Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Boston, MA. 2019.

“Thermally drawn porous scaffolds and optoelectronic fiber-based probes for intervention in the nerve tissue”. ASM International – Boston Chapter. Cambridge, MA. 2018.