Ambika Goel Bajpayee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Affiliate Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

Post-doctoral Fellowship, MIT, 2017 (Advisor: Prof. Robert Langer)

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2015 (Advisor: Prof. Alan Grodzinsky)

BS, University of Delhi, 2006

Ambika Bajpayee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Northeastern University and heads the Molecular Bioelectrostatics and Drug Delivery Laboratory. Her interests include targeted drug delivery and tissue engineering, bio-electrostatics, cell derived exosomes, peptide and protein-based nanocarriers, and modeling of bio-transport and biomechanics. Her lab has a special focus on developing targeted and sustained release therapies for repairing musculoskeletal joint tissues. She received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Prof. Alan Grodzinsky and also completed her post-doctoral work focused on developing devices for oral drug delivery to gastrointestinal tract with Prof. Robert Langer. Previously, she worked in startup industry on development and FDA approval of orthopedic and dental implants. Ambika is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, US Department of Defense Discovery Award, National Institute of Health Trailblazer Award, 2021 Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator Award, MIT Women of Excellence and MIT Meredith Kamm Award in Mechanical Engineering. Her laboratory is funded by several translational awards from the NIH and the pharmaceutical industry and works towards bridging the gap between basic science and clinical technologies. Outside of the lab, Ambika loves to spend time with her family, oil paint, play chess, cook and travel to faraway lands!

Honors and Awards

  • 2023 College of Engineering Faculty Fellow
  • 2022 Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award
  • 2021 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2021 Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator
  • 2019 NIH Trailblazer Award
  • 2017 US Department of Defense Discovery Award
  • 2014 Deshpande Center Innovation Award
  • 2013 Meredith Kamm Memorial Award in Mechanical Engineering
  • 2013 MIT Graduate Women of Excellence Award
  • 2011 Legatum Foundation Fellow
  • 2011 World Bank Margaret McNamara Memorial Fellowship for service in women and children’s health
  • 2000 National Talent Search Examination Scholarship, Govt. of India
  • 2000 All India Chess Federation Open FIDE Delhi, Semifinalist -Youth