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Steven Richard Caliari

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Office location and address
Wilsdorf 204
395 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 2007
M.S. ​Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
​​Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
Post-Doc ​Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2016
Biography

Steven joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to joining UVa he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Steven completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida and received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His lab designs, synthesizes, and characterizes new biomaterials to explore the dynamic interplay between cells and their microenvironment, applying these platforms to address fundamental human health challenges in understanding disease and engineering tissues.

Aligned and electrically conductive collagen scaffolds for guiding innervated muscle-tendon junction repair of volumetric muscle loss injuries
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal &
May 01, 2021 – March 31, 2026
CAREER: Mechanically dynamic and viscoelastic hydrogels as tools for studying fibroblast epigenetic memory
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
January 15, 2021 – December 31, 2025
Designing cell-instructive hydrogels to understand and exploit mechanobiology
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of General Medical Science
September 01, 2020 – July 31, 2025
Aligned and Conductive 3D Collagen Scaffolds for Skeletal Muscle Tissue Engineering
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal &
August 01, 2019 – July 31, 2022
Engineering injectable fibrous hydrogels for non-invasive fibrous tissue repair
Source: U.S. DOD - Army - Medical Research Acquisition Act
June 01, 2019 – November 30, 2021
CHE 3321: Transport Processes I: Momentum Transfer
Credits: 3
Fundamental principles of momentum transport will be discussed and mathematical methods will be used to describe transport in steady state and unsteady state situations. This course will emplasize the application of these principles and quantitative relations to fluid flow problems. Three lecture hours . Prerequisite: APMA 2130, CHE 2215, 2216
CHE 4417: Tissue Engineering
Credits: 3
Introduces the fundamental principles of tissue engineering. Topics: tissue organization and dynamics, cell and tissue characterization, cell-matrix interactions, transport processes in engineered tissues, biomaterials and biological interfaces, stem cells and interacting cell fate processes, and tissue engineering methods. Prerequisites: CHEM 1620, APMA 2130, and an introductory course in cell and molecular biology or instructor permission.
BIOL 4930: Distinguished Major Thesis Research
Credits: 2
This course is the final semester of Independent Research for participants of the Biology Distinguished Majors Program. During this semester, students will complete their laboratory investigations, ultimately presenting the sum of their work in a written thesis. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CHE 4995: Chemical Engineering Research
Credits: 1–3
Library and laboratory study of an engineering or manufacturing problem conducted in close consultation with a departmental faculty member, often including the design, construction, and operation of laboratory scale equipment. Requires progress reports and a comprehensive written report. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BME 4995: Biomedical Engineering Advanced Projects
Credits: 1–3
A year-long research project in biomedical engineering conducted in consultation with a department faculty advisor; usually related to ongoing faculty research. Includes the design, execution, and analysis of experimental laboratory work and computational or theoretical computer analysis of a problem. Requires a comprehensive report of the results. Prerequisite: third- or fourth-year standing, and instructor permission.
CHE 5562: Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Applies engineering science, design methods, and system analysis to developing areas and current problems in chemical engineering. Topics are announced at registration.
BME 6550: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Applies engineering science, design methods, and system analysis to developing areas and current problems in biomedical engineering. Topics vary by semester.
CHE 7796: Graduate Seminar
Credits: 1
Weekly meetings of graduate students and faculty for presentations and discussion of research in academic and industrial organizations. May be repeated.
CHE 7995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
CHE 8998: Master's Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
BME 8999: Master's Research
Credits: 1–12
Master's Research
CHE 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
BME 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.

NIH/NIDDK F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014-2016

Tissue Engineering Young Investigator Council 2014

Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship 2012-2013

AIChE Bionanotechnology Graduate Student Award Session, 1st place 2012

UIC/UIUC Outstanding Research Award in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, 1st prize 2011

NIH/NIGMS Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program 2010-2012