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Dr Shamit Shrivastava


Shamit graduated with BTech in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from the Indian Institute of Technology, India. For his undergraduate project he spent the summer and the winter of 2007 at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, USA. There working with Prof. Ali Khademhosseini he performed experimental and computational studies optimising the mechanical microenvironment of cells cultured in microfluidic devices for applications in Tissue Engineering.  

Shamit started his doctoral studies in 2008 at the department of biomedical engineering in Boston University. He joined the biological physics group of Prof. Matthias Schneider in Oct 2009 where he provided the first evidence of two dimensional shock waves propagating along lipid interfaces. As part of his thesis he also established the biological relevance of this new phenomenon by demonstrating its coupling to local physicochemistry and enzymatic activity. Having obtained his doctorate in Jan 2014 Shamit continued to work in the Biological Physics group at Boston University before joining the Oxford Centre for Drug Delivery Devices (OxCD3) as a Post-Doctoral researcher in June 2015. At OXCD3 Shamit will be investigating the bio-effects of Shockwaves for applications in drug delivery. 


Full Articles

Shamit Shrivastava and Robin O. Cleveland “Thermodynamic state of the interface during acoustic cavitation in lipid suspensions” Phys. Rev. Materials 3, 055602, 9 May 2019 Preprint at

Jing Zhang, Shamit Shrivastava, Robin O. Cleveland, and Terrence Rabbits, "Lipid-mRNA Nanoparticle Designed To Enhance Intracellular Delivery Mediated By Shock Waves" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019

Joshua Owen, Sukanta Kamila, Shamit Shrivastava, Dario Carugo, Jorge Bernardino de la Serna, Christophoros Mannaris, Valerio Pereno, Richard Browning, Estelle Beguin, Anthony Patrick McHale, John F. Callan, and Eleanor Stride "The role of PEG-40-stearate in the production, morphology and stability of microbubbles" 2018 Langmuir DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02516.

Shamit Shrivastava, Robin O Cleveland, Matthias F Schneider “On measuring acoustic state changes in lipid membranes using fluorescent probes” 2018 Soft Matter DOI 10.1039/C8SM01635F

Joseph Blackmore; Shamit Shrivastava; Jerome Sallet; Christopher R Butler; Robin Cleveland “Ultrasound neuromodulation; a review of results, mechanisms and safety” 2018 Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Accepted 

Shamit Shrivastava, “Detonation of Shock Waves and Action Potentials in Lipid Interfaces” POMA July 2018

Shamit Shrivastava, Kevin Kang, Matthias F. Schneider “Collision and Annihilation of Nonlinear Waves and Action Potentials in Interfaces” J. R. Soc. Interface 20 June 2018.DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0803

Julian Kappler, Shamit Shrivastava, Matthias Schneider, Roland Netz, “Nonlinear fractional waves at elastic interfaces” Physical Review Fluids 2017

Bernhard Fichtl, Shamit Shrivastava, Matthias F Schneider “Protons at the speed of sound: Specific biological signaling from physics” Scientific Reports 2016 6, Article number: 22874

Shamit Shrivastava, Kevin Kang, Matthias F. Schneider “Solitary shock waves and adiabatic phase transition in lipid interfaces and nerves” Physical Review E Jan 2015 91 - 012715.

Shamit Shrivastava and Matthias F. Schneider 2013 “Evidence for 2D Solitary Sound Waves in Lipid Controlled Interfaces and its Implications for Biological Signaling.” J. R. Soc. Interface 6 August 2014 vol. 11 no. 97 20140098

Shamit Shrivastava and Matthias F. Schneider 2013. “Opto-mechanical Coupling in Interfaces under Static and Propagative conditions and its Biological Implications.” PLoS ONE 8(7): e67524. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067524

H. C. Moeller, M. K. Mian, Shamit Shrivastava, B. G. Chung, Ali Khademhosseini; “A Microwell Array System for Stem Cell Culture: Effects of Material Properties and Cell Seeding Density”, Pubmed ID: 18001830, Biomaterials 29 (2008) 752–763 DOI:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2007.10.030

A.Manbachi*, Shamit Shrivastava*, M. Cioffi, B. G. Chung, M. Moretti, M. Yliperttula, U. Demirci, Ali Khademhosseini; “Microcirculation within Grooved Substrates regulates Cell Positioning and Cell Docking inside Microfluidic Channels”, Lab on a Chip, February, 2008, 8, 747 - 754, DOI: 10.1039/b718212k.

Invited Talks

Solitary Shock waves in lipid interfaces and a new physical basis for biological signaling. Workshop on Physics of Excitatory Membranes (POEM) The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 2016

Relaxation and Propagation of Pulses at Soft Interfaces. KTH Applied Physics Seminars, Stockholm 2016


Student Member Acoustical Society of America   2014-15

Cross-disciplinary Training in Nanotechnology for Cancer (XTNC) Fellowship, Boston University, Boston, USA  2010

Dean’s Fellowship, College of Engineering, Boston University, Boston, USA     2008

Screening Committee Member, MIT SLOAN Global Indus Technovators Awards, MIT, Cambridge, USA     2007


Graduate Teaching Faculty, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, USA

Solid Biomechanics (BE 426)     2009

Engineering Mechanics (EK 301)     2013

Google Scholar link: GSL