Saniya Ali

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  • Degree: PhD in BME, 2015
  • Advisor: Jennifer L. West
  • Research Project: Integrated Approaches to Controlling Blood Vessel Assembly and Directionality in Poly(ethylene glycole) Diacrylate Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering Applications

Research Interests


  1. Saniya Ali, Jennifer E. Saik, Dan J. Gould, Mary E. Dickinson, and Jennifer L. West. Immobilization of cell-adhesive laminin peptides in degradable PEGDA hydrogels influences endothelial cell tubulogenesis. BioResearch Open Access. 2013, 2(4).
  2. Saniya Ali, Jonathan M. Kurie, and Jennifer L. West. Cancer-associated fibroblasts influence tumor angiogenesis and progression to cancer metastasis. [In preparation]
  3. Chih-Wei Hsu, Ross A. Poche, Saniya Ali, Jennifer E. Saik, Tegy J. Vadakkan, Jennifer L. West, and Mary E. Dickinson. Macrophage Contributes to Promote Stable Microvascularization of Engineered Tissue Constructs. [Submitted]



  1. Saniya Ali, Jennifer E. Saik, and Jennifer L. West. Presentation of cell-adhesive laminin peptides in degradable PEG hydrogels influences tubulogenesis. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) Conference, Houston, TX, December 12-15, 2011.
  2. Saniya Ali, Jennifer E. Saik, and Jennifer L. West. Influence of Cell-Adhesive Laminin Peptides on Tubulogenesis In vitro. Vasculata Conference, Atlanta, GA, August 3-6, 2011.
  3. Saniya Ali and Mike McShane. Finite Element Analysis of Micro-scale Luminescent Glucose Sensors Implanted in the Skin. COMSOL Multiphysics Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, October 8-10, 2009.



  1. Saniya Ali and Jennifer L. West. 3D Photolithographic Patterning of Proteins in Hydrogels for Fabrication of Gradient Biomaterials to Direct Cell & Vessel Growth. Society of Biomaterials Conference, Denver, CO, April 16-18, 2014.
  2. Saniya Ali, Jennifer E. Saik, Joseph C. Hoffman, and Jennifer L. West. Micropatterning of Proteins in Hydrogels via Two-Photon Laser Scanning Photolithography for Guided Vessel Growth. Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 24-27, 2012.



  1. Duke Biomedical Engineering Travel Award for Society of Biomaterials Conference (2014)
  2. Research work highlighted in Dateline Rice and in Medical Design Technology News (2013)
  3. Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering NIH Fellowship, Duke University (2013)
  4. Rice Center for Engineering Leadership Fellowship, Rice University (2012)
  5. North American Vascular and Biology Organization Travel Award (2011)