Anand R. Asthagiri

Anand Asthagiri is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University, with secondary appointments in the Department of Biology and Department of Chemical Engineering.  

He is interested in uncovering design principles to manipulate and engineer the collective behavior of multicellular systems, with applications in cancer biology, drug discovery, tissue engineering, and more fundamentally, developmental biology. How the form and function of micro-tissues emerge from interactions between living cells and how individual cells make behavioral decisions are fascinating questions at the scientific level; gleaning quantitative, mechanistic insights and integrating these insights into strategies to manipulate complex multicellular systems is a tremendous engineering challenge with profound implications for biomedicine.

Dr. Asthagiri received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1995. Under the mentorship of Dr. Douglas A. Lauffenburger and co-advisor Dr. Alan F. Horwitz, he earned his Ph.D. from MIT in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Molecular Biology. Following post-doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Joan Brugge in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, he joined California Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in chemical engineering, and after nine years, moved to Northeastern University. He has served as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Mechanobiology Institute in the National University of Singapore and is presently an Associate Editor at PLoS Computational Biology.