Hadi T. Nia, PhD Hear my name
Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Sharif University of Technology
BS, Sharif University of Technology

Pronouns: he/him/his

Dr. Hadi T. Nia (BME, MSE) received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 under the supervision of Drs Alan Grodzinsky and Christine Ortiz. He completed his Postdoctoral training as a NIH NCI Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow and at the Department of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Rakesh Jain. Currently, the overall research goal in Nia Laboratory is to combine the principles of engineering and physical sciences with molecular biology and oncology to answer key questions in cancer research, discover new vulnerabilities of cancer cells, and propose novel treatment strategies in the fight against cancer. The overall question of our interest is how the abnormal physical microenvironment of tumors affects development, progression and treatment in cancer.

CAREER: LungEx for Probing Multiscale Mechanobiology of Pulmonary Respiration-Circulation Coupling in Real-Time
08/15/2023 - 07/31/2028 (PI)
National Science Foundation

Probing immunovascular mechanobiology in pneumonia-associated acute lung injury at the single capillary level
05/01/2023 - 04/30/2028 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Development of Crystal Ribcage for Imaging of Functioning Lung at High Spatiotemporal Resolution
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2026 (PI)
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Probing functioning lung at the cellular resolution in health and disease
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Classifying malignant pulmonary nodules using biophysics-enhanced artificial intelligence
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering

Probing the physical and immune microenvironment in lung tumors at high spatiotemporal resolution
01/01/2023 - 12/31/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Hadi T. Nia, PhD
Johnson & Johnson Enterprise Innovation, Inc.

Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship for Gabrielle Grifno
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

Cellular resolution imaging of drug delivery into tumors in functioning ex vivo lung
01/01/2022 - 12/31/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Hadi T. Nia, PhD
Johnson & Johnson Enterprise Innovation, Inc.

Biomechanics-enhanced artificial intelligence in lung cancer detection
06/01/2020 - 12/31/2021 (Multi-PI)
PI: Hadi T. Nia, PhD
Johnson & Johnson Enterprise Innovation, Inc.


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  1. Regan K, LeBourdais R, Banerji R, Zhang S, Muhvich J, Zheng S, Nia HT. Multiscale elasticity mapping of biological samples in 3D at optical resolution. Acta Biomater. 2024 Mar 01; 176:250-266. PMID: 38160857
  2. Hadzipasic M, Zhang S, Huang Z, Passaro R, Sten MS, Shankar GM, Nia HT. Emergence of nanoscale viscoelasticity from single cancer cells to established tumors. Biomaterials. 2024 Mar; 305:122431. PMID: 38169188; PMCID: PMC10837793; DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2023.122431;
  3. Banerji R, Grifno GN, Shi L, Smolen D, LeBourdais R, Muhvich J, Eberman C, Hiller BE, Lee J, Regan K, Zheng S, Zhang S, Jiang J, Raslan AA, Breda JC, Pihl R, Traber K, Mazzilli S, Ligresti G, Mizgerd JP, Suki B, Nia HT. Crystal ribcage: a platform for probing real-time lung function at cellular resolution. Nat Methods. 2023 Nov; 20(11):1790-1801.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37710017; PMCID: PMC10860663; DOI: 10.1038/s41592-023-02004-9;
  4. Zhang S, Grifno G, Passaro R, Regan K, Zheng S, Hadzipasic M, Banerji R, O'Connor L, Chu V, Kim SY, Yang J, Shi L, Karrobi K, Roblyer D, Grinstaff MW, Nia HT. Intravital measurements of solid stresses in tumours reveal length-scale and microenvironmentally dependent force transmission. Nat Biomed Eng. 2023 Nov; 7(11):1473-1492.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37640900; PMCID: PMC10836235; DOI: 10.1038/s41551-023-01080-8;
  5. Doherty EL, Aw WY, Warren EC, Hockenberry M, Whitworth CP, Krohn G, Howell S, Diekman BO, Legant WR, Nia HT, Hickey AJ, Polacheck WJ. Patient-derived extracellular matrix demonstrates role of COL3A1 in blood vessel mechanics. Acta Biomater. 2023 Aug; 166:346-359. PMID: 37187299; PMCID: PMC10330735; DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2023.05.015;
  6. Zhang S, Regan K, Najera J, Grinstaff MW, Datta M, Nia HT. The peritumor microenvironment: physics and immunity. Trends Cancer. 2023 Aug; 9(8):609-623.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37156677; PMCID: PMC10523902; DOI: 10.1016/j.trecan.2023.04.004;
  7. Shi L, Herrmann J, Bou Jawde S, Bates JHT, Nia HT, Suki B. Modeling the influence of gravity and the mechanical properties of elastin and collagen fibers on alveolar and lung pressure-volume curves. Sci Rep. 2022 Jul 19; 12(1):12280. PMID: 35853981; PMCID: PMC9294799; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-16650-0;
  8. Yuan Z, Herrmann J, Murthy S, Peters K, Gerard SE, Nia HT, Lutchen KR, Suki B. A Personalized Spring Network Representation of Emphysematous Lungs From CT Images. Front Netw Physiol. 2022; 2:828157.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36926064; PMCID: PMC10013051; DOI: 10.3389/fnetp.2022.828157;
  9. S. Aoki, K. Inoue, S. Klein, S. Halvorsen, J. Chen, A. Matsui, M. Nikmaneshi, S. Kitahara, T. Hato, X. Chen, K. Kawakubo, H. T. Nia, I. Chen, D. H Schanne, E. Mamessier, K. Shigeta, H. Kikuchi, R. Ramjiawan, T. CE Schmidt, M. Iwasaki, T. Yau, T. Hong, A. Quaas, P. S Plum, S. Dima, I. Popescu, N. Bardeesy, L. L Munn, M. J Borad, S. Sassi, R. K Jain, A. X Zhu, D. G Duda. Placental growth factor promotes tumour desmoplasia and treatment resistance in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Gut. 2022; 71(1):185-193.
  10. Nia HT, Ortiz C, Grodzinsky A. Aggrecan: Approaches to Study Biophysical and Biomechanical Properties. Methods Mol Biol. 2022; 2303:209-226. PMID: 34626381
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2022-2026 Beckman Foundation: Beckman Young Investigator
2022-2027 NIH/NHLBI: NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)
2021-2024 NIBIB Trailblazer Award
2020-2021 ACS-BU pilot Award
2020-2022 Dean’s Catalyst Award
2020-2021 Center for Translational Multiscale Biomechanics Award
2017 Gordon Research Conference on Physical Sciences of Cancer: Best poster award (3rd place)
2017-2019 NIH/National Cancer Institute: Ruth L. Kirschstein (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship
2016 MGPA Travel Award
2016-2017 Tosteson Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
2012 De Florez Travel Award
2011 Finalist in YC FUNG Student Paper Competition in Bio-mechanics and Bio-physics
2011-2013 Whitaker Health Sciences Fellowship Award
2008-2011 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Research Fellowship Awards
2004-2005 Japan Student Service Organization Fellowship Award
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