Jitendra Pant

Postdoctoral Fellow
Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

jpant (at) umich (dot) edu

Hometown: Nainital, Uttaranchal, India

Education: B.Tech in Biotechnology, ICFAI University Dehradun, India; MEng in Biotechnology, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), India; PhD in Biomedical Engineering, University of Georgia, US

Research interests: After my Bachelors in Biotechnology, I joined the Bioprocess Development team at Biocon Research Ltd, India where I was fortunate to join the team that developed world’s first anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody for the treatment of Psoriasis (FDA approved) and world’s first biosimilar of Herceptin for the treatment of Breast Cancer (FDA approved).  My PhD research work was focused on engineering nitric oxide (NO) releasing platforms for biomedical device fabrication and tissue engineering applications. Post my PhD studies, I co-founded Innoveta Biomedical LLC, GA to commercialize these NO releasing platforms for developing antithrombotic and antibacterial medical devices.  A growing interest in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine drew me to the Baker Lab. My postdoc work at Baker Lab involves angiogenesis on a chip, and stem cell organoid vascularization. These studies aim to investigate the influence of host angiogenesis and vascular integration on islet implant engraftment, maturation, and function to effectively develop hPSC-derived islet replacement therapies for treating type 1 Diabetes. The fundamentals of these studies are also useful in developing therapies for wound healing and cancer.

Outside of lab interests: Outside the lab, you can usually find me singing at the top of my lungs. I enjoy reading novels, a hobby that led me to write my upcoming novel, “A fool who ate his hunger”.  I also love long road trips and trying new cuisines with friends.

Awards and honors (selected):

2020, R43/44 NIH Small Business Innovation Research Award (Role: PI)

2019, CDC Small Business Innovation Research Award (Role: Co-I)

2019, TEDxUGA Speaker

2019, Graduate School Award for Professional and Applied Sciences-UGA (Ist position)

2018, Biomedical Engineering Society, Career Development Award

2018, Brahma Verma Award for Academic and Leadership Excellence, UGA (Ist position)

2018, Award for Excellence in Engineering Research, UGA (Ist position)

2018, Award for Excellence in Mentorship in Nano-REU Program

2018, Georgia Bio-innovation Award acknowledged by CDC Director (Ist position)

2013, International Travel Award to attend ‘Winter Institute in Infection Biology’, at the University of

Wurzburg, Germany-among 3 fully funded participants selected globally

Publications (selected):

Stroganov, Vladislav*, Jitendra Pant*, Georgi Stoychev, Andreas Janke, Dieter Jehnichen, Andreas Fery, Hitesh Handa, and Leonid Ionov. "4D biofabrication: 3D cell patterning using shape‐changing films." Advanced Functional Materials 28, no. 11 (2018): 1706248. (* Shared first author)

Pant, J., Goudie, M. J., Hopkins, S. P., Brisbois, E. J., & Handa, H. (2017). Tunable nitric oxide release from S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine via catalytic copper nanoparticles for biomedical applications. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 9(18), 15254-15264.

Pant, J., Gao, J., Goudie, M. J., Hopkins, S. P., Locklin, J., & Handa, H. (2017). A multi-defense strategy: Enhancing bactericidal activity of a medical grade polymer with a nitric oxide donor and surface-immobilized quaternary ammonium compound. Acta biomaterialia, 58, 421-431.

Pant, Jitendra, Marcus J. Goudie, Sarah M. Chaji, Benjamin W. Johnson, and Hitesh Handa. "Nitric oxide releasing vascular catheters for eradicating bacterial infection." Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials 106, no. 8 (2018): 2849-2857.


Pant, J., Sundaram, J., Goudie, M. J., Nguyen, D. T., & Handa, H. (2019). Antibacterial 3D bone scaffolds for tissue engineering application. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 107(4), 1068-1078.

Pant, J., Pedaparthi S., Hopkins S.P., Goudie MJ., Douglass M., and Handa H. Antibacterial and Cellular Response Towards a Gasotransmitter Based Hybrid Wound Dressing. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 2019, 5 (8), 4002-4012

Pant, J, Mondal, A; Manuel, J; Singha, P; Mancha, J; Handa, H. H2S-Releasing Composite: A Gasotransmitter Platform for Potential Biomedical Applications. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. Just Accepted. 2020, 6, 4, 2062-2071