Dr. Shreyas S. Rao

  • Assistant Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 3453 SEC
  • Phone: (205) 348-6564
  • Fax: (205) 348-7558


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2012
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2010
  • B.E. Chemical Engineering, R.V. College of Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, 2007


Dr. Shreyas Rao’s research interests include biomaterials, cell-material interactions, tumor microenvironment and drug resistance.

His research group is designing three-dimensional biomaterial scaffolds (e.g., hydrogel scaffolds, microporous scaffolds) as tools to mimic features of tissues that could serve as platforms for elucidating physiologically relevant cellular behaviors, drug screening and discovery, as well as mechanisms of drug resistance in the context of cancer therapeutics in vitro and in vivo.

In addition, the group is developing biomaterial tools that could be employed for sensing and modulation of drug resistance. They are also interested in applying systems biology approaches to understand the underlying mechanisms of drug resistance in physiologically relevant three dimensional microenvironments. This knowledge could be subsequently utilized to devise therapeutic strategies that can reprogram the tumor microenvironment to halt cancer progression, thereby transforming current treatment strategies.