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Washington State University W. M. Keck Biomedical Materials Research Lab

Susmita Bose

School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Washington State University (WSU)
Pullman, WA 99164-2920

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Ph.D. in Physical-Organic Chemistry, Rutgers University (May, 1998)
M.S. in Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India (May 1992)
B.S. in Chemistry (Honors), University of Kalyani-West Bengal, India (Feb. 1990)


DatesTitle and Employer
2001, 2006, 2010 August-presentAssistant, Associate, Full Professor, MME, WSU, Pullman, WA
Fall 2014- Fall 2019Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair Professorship, MME, WSU
Affiliate faculty, Dept. of Chemistry, WSU, Pullma
Affiliate faculty, WSU Floyd College of Medicine

Dr. Bose has served as the of Director of Biomedical Materials Research Lab / Bioengineering research center, a visiting Professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) MRSEC Harvard University, Cambridge, MA in 2008 and 2014, Visiting Scientist & CSIR Fellow, CGCRI, Kolkata, India.

Professional Experiences

YearHonor / Award
2019Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
2019WSU Sahlin Faculty excellence award for research scholarship and arts
2018Distinguished Faculty Address Award, Washington State University (DFA)
2018Fellow, American Society for Materials (ASM International)
2017Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
2017Elected member, WA State Academy of Sciences (WSAS)
2016Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2016International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (ISCM) research excellence award
2015WSU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) advisor excellence award
2015 Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW), Women to Watch in Life Science Honoree, by Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA)
2014Richard M. Fulrath Award, American Ceramic Society
2013Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
2013Fellow, American Ceramic society (ACerS)
2012Outstanding researcher award, School of Mechanical and Materials Eng., WSU
2009Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award (PACE), American Ceramic Society
2006-2008“Kavli Fellow” - Invited by the US National Academy of Sciences to participate, serve in the organizing committee for the US-Chinese “Kavli Frontiers in Science” symposium.
2005NSF Materials Chemistry Workshop, NSF invited 30 attendees nationwide
2002/2004NSF CAREER / The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
1995Reiman Award for excellence in teaching, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey

Research, Funding and students

Prof. Bose’s interdisciplinary research interest lies at the interface of chemistry, materials science and engineering, bioengineering and biology, focusing on 3D printed bone tissue engineering scaffolds, surface modified implant materials and drug delivery vehicles. Her group has contributed towards synthesis and processing of calcium phosphate based bioceramics with controlled chemistry and degradation kinetics based on clinical needs, their mechanical and biological property evaluation.

Prof. Bose’s work has been funded by state and federal agencies for over $15 million, e.g. NSF – PI and Co-PI, the NSF PECASE grant (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, PECASE grant is given in Washington DC at the White House by the US President) and NSF-NER, NIH R01 grants from NIDCR, NIBIB and NIAMS – as PI, and also as co-investigator, ONR – co-PI; Washington Technology Center (WTC – as PI and Co-PI); foundations, e.g., the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust (PI), the W. M. Keck Foundation (co-PI) and from several companies.  In 2011 – 2012, and in 2018, Dr. Bose’s group research on 3D printed ceramic bone scaffolds with controlled chemistry for hard tissue engineering and natural medicinal compounds was featured by the AP, BBC, NPR, CBS News, MSNBC, ABC News, and many other TV, radio stations, magazines and news sites all over the world, including R&D magazine, Science Daily News etc. She is an advocate for promoting interdisciplinary education in today’s research, scientific and technical world.

Prof. Bose has supervised / supervising over 45 graduate students for their MS and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering. She has mentored over 40 undergraduate students from materials science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, biology and bioengineering as their undergraduate research supervisor. Her students have received awards inside WSU as well as in competitions at annual conferences of different societies, e.g. ACerS, TMS, MS&T, and Society for Biomaterials (SFB).

Publications and Presentations

Dr. Bose has published over 280 technical articles including ~240 journal articles, 23 book chapters, 9 edited books, 12 issued patents. Her papers have been cited over 20,500 times (‘h” index 75).  Dr. Bose has given over 300 presentations in national labs, industries, universities, several invited talks at the ACerS, TMS SFB, MRS, ACS and MS&T meetings.  In the last few years, she has been invited to give several keynote and plenary talks, e.g. Keynote speeches at the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin in India (Kolkata), International Drug Discovery Science and Technology Congress (Boston), opening plenary talk at the Bioceramics International meeting (Toulouse, France), keynote speech at the FRIMACHAT meeting (Limerick, Ireland), invited talks at the AAAS (Austin, 2018), MS&T and MRS meetings.

Teaching Activities

Dr. Bose has taught classes in different disciplines, e.g., graduate level Biomaterials, Materials Science, Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, junior level Organic Chemistry, Senior level Ceramics, Polymeric materials classes, and Advanced Ceramics Processing graduate class. Dr. Bose gives guest lectures / performance in World Music class on Indian Hindustani classical music at WSU School of music.

Reviewing Activities

Dr. Bose serves as an Associate Editor (AE) for the Journal of Materials Research (Biomaterials), Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and an editorial board member for several international journals including Acta Biomaterialia, International Journal of Nanomedicine.  She has served as a standing member of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering (MTE) study section and ad hoc member of several NIH study sections, other funding agencies, e.g. NSF, AAAS, US-CRDF and as reviewer for over 40 journals. Since 2018, Dr. Bose has also served on the National Academy of Inventors’ (NAI) Fellows Advisory committee.


Born in Kolkata, India.  US Citizen, Husband: Professor Amit Bandyopadhyay, MME, WSU Children (two sons): Shohom and Aditya; Hobby: Singing / playing Indian Harmonium – Indian Classical music / Noble Laureate Tagore songs (performed at different places within and outside the USA).  I believe in celebrating life as I pass on my knowledge to our boys and the next generation students!