Prof. Amol Janorkar

Jackson Mississippi

Qualification - Ph.D.


About -

Amol V. Janorkar received his B.S. in chemical engineering from University of Mumbai Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT) in 2000 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Clemson University in 2005. Subsequently, he did a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship with a joint appointment at the Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Shriners Hospital for Children.

He joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Materials Science, School of Dentistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in August 2007 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Janorkar was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor (with tenure) in July 2013 and then to the rank of Professor in July 2017.

Dr. Janorkar currently serves as the Chairperson for the Department of Biomedical Materials Science.

With his training and experience in the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering over the past 19 years, Dr. Amol Janorkar leads a research group that focuses on cell-biomaterial interactions to direct cell morphology and ultimate cell function. The Janorkar Lab uses chemical and physical modification of biopolymer substrates to create three-dimensional in vitro tissue models that achieve enhanced survival and biological function versus conventional cultures for liver, adipose, and bone tissue engineering. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIDCR and NIBIB), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Dr. Janorkar has published 55 journal articles and 54 conference proceedings. Dr. Janorkar and his students have made over 100 conference presentations. Recognizing these research accomplishments, the University of Mississippi Medical Center has awarded Dr. Janorkar the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medallions for Research Excellence.

Dr. Janorkar serves as the Director of the summer research program that has trained 170+ dental and undergraduate students over past 13 years. Recognizing his contributions to dental research, he has been inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, which rarely inducts non-dentist faculty members. Dr. Janorkar also served as the Director of the Ph.D. graduate program with focus on Biomedical Materials Science from 2016-2020. He continues to serve as the director and course faculty for several dental and graduate courses.

Dr. Janorkar has mentored graduate (6), undergraduate (36), dental and medical (10) students, and post-docs (2). His students have won 36 awards for outstanding research at local and national levels. Recognizing his teaching and mentoring, Dr. Janorkar was awarded the TEACH (Toward Educational Advancement in Care and Health) Prize, the highest award given to an educator by the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has also been inducted into the Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Janorkar is a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and a member of the Society for Biomaterials (SFB) and the American Associate for Dental Research (AADR).