Ashu Agarwal is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Director of the Dr. John T Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami. His undergraduate degree from Indian Institute of Technology, and his PhD from University of Florida are both in Materials Science and Engineering. He then gathered postdoctoral research experience in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, and at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. The mission of his Physiomimetic Microsystems Laboratory at the University of Miami is to develop human relevant organ mimic platforms for discovery of therapies and drugs, for modeling of disease states, for conducting mechanistic studies, and for differentiation, maturation and evaluation of stem cells. The lab is supported by multiple NIH consortium grants, Early stage commercialization grants from Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, and a Sponsored research project from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.