Sant Lab

Developing Biomimetic Microenvironments for Regenerative Therapies

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, PA





We are Hiring!

Are you highly motivated, creative and independent? Are you a good learner? Do you want to explore new research ideas? Then, this is the right place for you! We are always looking highly motivated and creative students to work in our lab. Please email directly to Dr. Shilpa Sant for suitable openings. 




Postdoctoral Fellows:The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is among the very few universities that have six schools of the health sciences that are located on the same campus as the School of Engineering and UPMC-Hillman Cancer Center. The environment is incredibly rich in opportunities for learning as well as for translational and clinical research collaborations. Pitt ranks fifth among U.S. universities in terms of National Institutes of Health funding. The team of Dr. Shilpa Sant in the School of Pharmacy, is seeking a PhD or MD/ PhD scientists for NIH-funded Post-doctoral position. The team is centrally located in the PTC building near the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Our research focus is to develop physiologically relevant three-dimensional microenvironments with the goal to elucidate how microenvironmental factors drive cellular behaviors in disease progression as well as in repair/regeneration. (See additional information here: Our research interests are driven by our desire to develop effective therapies to halt disease progression or harness normal repair/regeneration by instructing the patient’s own cells. We utilize interdisciplinary biomaterial-, molecular/cell biology- and micro/nanotechnology-based approaches to achieve our research goals. Our work is currently supported by NIH R01 award along with internal grants at Pitt.
We are seeking a highly motivated, goal-oriented and hard-working post-doctoral candidate. Candidate should have MD/PhD or PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology, Materials Science or a related subject. The successful applicant should have a strong background in molecular biology and working experience with flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry and confocal imaging. The applicant must be able to develop innovative projects, design a hypothesis-driven experiment, develop new methods, interpret results independently, and maintain excellent documentation of the experiments performed and obtained results. The successful candidate will be expected to provide scientific expertise in various research projects involving tissue and cell culture, small animal models and human research while significantly contributing to the dissemination of research. The applicant should have strong publication record and grant writing skills. S/he should have good interpersonal skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment. S/he will be expected to work closely with the scientists having different experience levels (undergraduate, MS/PhD students, technicians).
In addition to the competitive remuneration, the applicant will receive supportive and stimulating environment for developing new research directions, and participation in career development activities conducted by the Office of Academic Career Development, University of Pittsburgh.

Applicants must submit curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their career and research goals, and a list of three professional references with contact information via email to Dr. Shilpa Sant at shs149 (at) pitt (dot) edu and with the subject line as “POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: CANCER”.

Graduate students: We are currently looking for one or two highly motivated and hard-working candidates interested in pursuing PhD/ thesis MS degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. For PhD position, the candidate should have a strong prior research experience and at least one peer-reviewed publication. The graduate student applying for graduate studies at the School of Pharmacy should apply  at

The candidates interested in pursuing MS/ PhD in Bioengineering are also highly encouraged to apply. Dr. Sant has secondary appointment in the Department of Bioengineering and  offers Research MS and PhD positions (Tracks: Molecular, Cellular and Systems Engineering; and Tissue engineering and Regenerative Medicine). More information about the BioE graduate program, program tracks, eligibility and admission process can be found here:
Highly motivated and eligible candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Sant directly as early as possible.

Undergraduates: We always welcome undergraduate students. Students who are interested in undergraduate research opportunities and learn different skills should contact Dr. Sant directly.