Bhushan Research Group

The foci of our lab are to

(1) Develop tissue chip models of liver, adipose, and intestine

(2) Combine the tissue-chips to models diseases
and complex biological responses.

(3) Develop biosensors and cell-based sensors for monitoring live cell function in microfluidics (i) secretory components which include proteins, hormones, and biochemical molecules such as glucose and cholesterol, and (ii) reporters for monitoring transcriptional activity.

(4) Develop mathematical models using machine learning to model patient and clinical trial data in multiple indications.

We collaborate with several labs and hospitals in Chicago, including the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois Chicago, and Rush University Medical Center.

The research is supported by NIH (NIDDK), the Nayar Foundation, and Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC) at the University of Chicago.

January 2019 - Bhushan lab paper published in journal TechnologyPress release here.


Bhushan lab participates in communicating science to the public, this time through a partnership with C2ST and Science Riot. Check out the video here.


September 2018 - Andrea Cancino receives BMES travel award to attend the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta!


September 2018 - Poster on our research presented at the Islet Cell Biology meeting in Nashville.


July 2018 - Rongfei Fu sucesfully defends his thesis. Congratulations!


July 2018 - Chengyao receives travel award to attend the Kenneth Rainin Innovation Symposium in San Francisco

and presents two posters.


June 2018 - Bhushan lab work profiled.


June 2018 - Our work profiled in Technology Networks.


May 2018 - Chengyao receives the Starr Fieldhouse Research Fellowship! Congratulations!


April 2018 - Nida's paper accepted for

publication in Biotechnology and Bioengineering!  


February 2018 - Chengyao's paper accepted for

publicationin in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering! Additional coverage by ACS.


October 2017 - Our paper published in Biomedical Microdevices!


October 2017 - Bhushan lab one of the two teams selected for the Nayar II Phase 2!


October 2017 - Abhinav Bhushan presents at the Mid-Atlantic diabetes symposium held at NIH, Bethesda.


The lab welcomes new students!


Congratulations to new graduates Stacey, Chelsea, and Agnes! 


April 2017 - Dr. Karnik and Nida present their research at Experimental Biology 2017 conference.


April 2017 - Tung Nguyen receives first prize at the Klipatric lecture symposium.


March 2017 - Undergraduate student Tung Nguyen presents poster as lead author at Pittcon 2017.


January 2017 - Stacey Cahoon selected for undergraduate research support from the Armour College of Enginering.


Briana Rhodes, Kihwan Kim join the group as Master's students. 


October 2016 - Bhushan lab receives Nayar II Phase 1 award!


September 2016 - Chengyao Wang joins the group as a Ph.D. student.


Daisy Lopez, Efrain Salazar, Laura Castaneda, and Vineet Penumarthy join the group as Master's students. Welcome!


June 2016 - Dr. Sonali Karnik joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.


June 2016 - Antonio (Jun Yeob) joins the lab as a summer intern. Welcome!


May 2016 - Damian Hernandez joins the lab as a REU student. Welcome!


May 2016 - Luisa Oliveira joins the lab through the Summer Immersion Program!


May 2016 - Adelyn Zelaya receives summer fellowship!


May 2016 - Morgan Kretlow selected for IIT summer 2016 Armour R&D Fellowship! Congratulations!


April 2016 - Several undergraduate students join the lab as researchers.


April 2016 - Rongfei Yu joins the lab as a Master's student.


March 2016 - Vijay Rajendran joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher.


February 2016 - Nida Tanataweethum joins the lab as a PhD student.


January 2016 - Bhushan lab webpage goes online!