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With NIH award, professor aims to ease a ‘bottleneck’ in vaccine development

North­eastern pro­fessor of chem­ical engi­neering Shashi Murthy has received a four-​​year, $1.4 mil­lion award from the National Insti­tutes of Health to develop a novel instru­ment that would auto­mate an impor­tant process used in cre­ating effec­tive vaccines.

October 15, 2013 - Shashi Murthy, pictured, associate professor of chemical engineering, and Sean Kevlahan, a former graduate student in Murthy's lab, founded Quad Technologies.  The company, which produces a compound that enables cost effective separation of stem cells from other material using a magnet, has been named one of the top 26 global finalists at the global MassChallenge incubator competition.

Take 5: Questions of the heart

From studying the physics of a heart­beat to designing new car­diac dis­ease detec­tion methods, these five researchers have the heart on the brain.


Earth-​​based startup gets a boost from space

The Center for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence in Space has selected North­eastern spinoff com­pany Quad Tech­nolo­gies as one of eight star­tups through the Mass­Chal­lenge Startup Accel­er­ator to receive funding that will leverage their research on the Inter­na­tional Space Sta­tion U.S. National Laboratory.

Quad Technologies

Northeastern startup named finalist in global competition

Quad Tech­nolo­gies, a biotech­nology com­pany founded at North­eastern, is a finalist in the 2013 Mass­Chal­lenge, an annual global startup com­pe­ti­tion with more than $1 mil­lion in accel­er­ator grant funding up for grabs.

Quad Technologies

Challenge accepted

A record number of North­eastern alumni have been selected as global final­ists in the Mass­Chal­lenge 2013 Accel­er­ator Program.

MassChallenge Workspaces

A miniature device with a big impact

PhD grad­uate Brian Plouffe drew from the respec­tive exper­tise of chem­ical engi­neering pro­fes­sors Shashi Murthy and Laura Lewis to design a minia­ture device that detects late-​​stage cancer.

Murthy, Lewis and Plouffe in the lab

Chemical engineering professor wins $1.9 million NIH award

Shashi Murthy will lead research into regenerative-​​medicine technology

New device measures heart health with drop of blood

North­eastern chem­ical engi­neering pro­fessor Shashi Murthy devel­oped a test that can assess car­dio­vas­cular health from just a drop of blood.

Selected Publications

For a complete list of faculty citations, please visit iRis, Northeastern’s digital archive.


Separation of Two Phenotypically Similar Cell Types via a Single Common Marker in Microfluidic Channels

(with D.A.L. Vickers, and E.J. Chory) Lab on a Chip 2012, 12, 3399-3407.


Lectin-Functionalized Microchannels for Characterizing Pluripotent Cells and Early Differentiation

(with D.A.L. Vickers, M. Kulik, M. Hincapie, W.S. Hancock, and S. Dalton) Biomicrofluidics 2012, 6, 024122.


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