Shuvo Roy

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Shuvo Roy
Born November 1969
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nationality Bangladeshi / American
Alma mater Mount Union College
Case Western Reserve University
Known for Co-invention of Artificial kidney, Medical MEMS
Scientific career
Fields Bioengineering, Biomedical MEMS
Institutions University of California, San Francisco
Doctoral advisor Mehran Mehregany

Shuvo Roy is a Bangladeshi-born American scientist and engineer. He is the co-inventor of world's first implantable artificial kidney along with nephrologist William H. Fissell.[1][2] [3].


Roy completed his BS studies from University of Mount Union in 1992. He then earned his MS degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1995. He went on to earn his PhD degree from the same school in 2001.[4]

Scientific career[edit]

Dr. Shuvo Roy has developed silicon nanopore membranes (SNM) to achieve high-efficiency blood ultrafiltration while selectively retaining specific solutes for the Bioartificial Kidney project. [5] [6]

Using this technology, he is now developing an implantable bioartificial pancreas (iBAP). Previous attempts to develop a bioartificial device have been severely limited by insufficient mass transfer and a limited supply of beta cells, but Roy says that ultra-high hydraulic permeability characteristic of the SNM will enable appropriate mass transport (especially oxygen, glucose, and insulin) within to achieve optimal beta cell performance, while the ultra-selective pore characteristic of the SNM enable unprecedented immunoisolation. Also the iBAP will utilize a human embryonic stem cell derived fully functional beta cell that provides and unlimited supply of beta cells.[7]

Professional positions[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1989 William and Burdella Carl Mathematics Award, Mount Union College
  • 1992 Senior Physics Prize, Mount Union College
  • 1998 Ruth Barber Moon Graduate Student Award, Case Western Reserve University
  • 1999 Top 40 under 40, Crain's Cleveland Business
  • 2001 Clinical Translation Award, BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology World Meeting
  • 2003 MIT TR100 Award, Top 100 Young Innovators, Technology Review Magazine
  • 2004 NASA Group Achievement Award, Harsh Environment MEMS
  • 2004 Ribbon Award, Outstanding Symposium Paper, MRS Fall Meeting
  • 2005 Who's Who in Biotechnology, Crain's Cleveland Business
  • 2005 Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award
  • 2006 Mentor Recognition Award, Cleveland Clinic Science Internship Program
  • 2007 Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award
  • 2008 Thomas G. Orr Memorial Lectureship, Southwestern Surgical Congress
  • 2009 Biotech Humanitarian Award Finalist, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • 2009 2009 Images of the Year Selection, Biomaterials Journal
  • Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences II in the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy.[4]


Book chapters[edit]

  • M. Mehregany and S. Roy, "Introduction to MEMS", in Microengineering for Aerospace Systems, H. Helvajian, Ed., Aerospace Press, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1999
  • S. Roy, L.A. Ferrara, A.J. Fleischman, and E.C. Benzel, "MEMS and Neurosurgery", in Encyclopedia of BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology – Volume III: BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology, T.A. Desai, S. Bhatia, and M. Ferrari, Eds., Springer, New York, NY, USA, 2006
  • W.H. Fissell, S. Roy, A.J. Fleischman, and H.D. Humes, “Cell Therapy of Renal Failure”, in Cell Therapy, D. Garcia-Olmo, J.M. Garcia-Verdugo, J. Alemany, and J.A. Gutierrez-Fuentes, Eds., McGraw-Hill, Madrid, SPAIN, 2008
  • A.J. Fleischman, S. Srivanas, C. Chandrana, and S. Roy, “Miniature High Frequency Focused Ultrasonic Transducers for Minimally Invasive Imaging Procedures”, in Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators, F. Carpi and E. Smela, Eds., John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, West Sussex, UK, 2009[4]