Joe Shawky, PhD, MEng

Joseph Shawky

AIMBE FDA Scholar

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering with placement at FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health
As a 2017 AIMBE FDA Scholar, Joseph Shawky, PhD, MEng works with policy makers at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and other stakeholders to streamline medical device regulation.


Junior Commercial Translation Associate

While working on the sciVelo team, Joseph developed and managed commercialization pathways for University investigators.

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Education & Experience


Joseph Shawky, PhD, MEng received his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Bioengineering. His doctoral research intersected cell biology and biomechanics with a focus on understanding mechanical regulation in embryo development. During his graduate study, Joseph was very active outside the lab. He worked as a project manager with Fourth River Solutions for almost two years and had gained experience leading research teams on strategy development, market assessment, and competitive analysis for non-university clients. Additionally, he was heavily involved in the creation and execution of programs to mentor bioengineering graduate students through his work co-founding the Peer Networking and Professional Development Program, as well as serving as the Research and Education Chair of Pitt’s Biomedical Engineering Society. Joseph co-chaired Bioengineering Day, an event designed to showcase research done in Pittsburgh and foster relationships between students, faculty, and local biotech industry. In the Fall of 2017, he was selected as an AIMBE FDA Scholar, where he currently works alongside policy makers at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and other stakeholders to streamline medical device regulation.

Education

PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
MEng, Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, 2011
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2010

Research Experience

Graduate Research, Mechanics of Morphogenesis Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Lance Davidson, PhD

  • Holt, B.D.†, Shawky, J.H.†, Dahl, K.N., Davidson, L.A. and Islam, M.F. (2015) Distribution of single wall carbon nanotubes in the Xenopus laevis embryo after microinjection Journal of Applied Toxicology. DOI: 10.1002/jat.3255
  • Holt, B.D.†, Shawky, J.H.†, Dahl, K.N., Davidson, L.A. and Islam, M.F. (2015) Developing Xenopus Embryos Recover by Compacting and Expelling Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes. Journal of Applied Toxicology. DOI: 10.1002/jat.3203.
  • Song, J., Shawky, J.H., Kim, Y.T., Hazar, M., LeDuc, P.R., Sitti, M., and Davidson, L.A. (2015) Controlled Surface Topography regulates Collective 3D Migration by Epithelial-Mesenchymal Composite Embryonic Tissues. Biomaterials: 108, 455a.
  • Feroze, R.†, Shawky, J.H.†, von Dassow, M., and Davidson, L.A. (2015) Mechanics of Blastopore Closure during Amphibian Gastrulation. Developmental Biology: 398, 57-67.
  • Shawky, J.H. and Davidson, L.A. (2014) Tissue Mechanics and Adhesion during Embryo Development. Developmental Biology: 401, 152-164.

Undergraduate Research, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Advisor: Jonathan Dordick, PhD

  • Kwon, S. J., Kim, M. I., Ku, B., Coulombel, L., Kim, J.-H., Shawky, J. H., Linhardt, R. J. and Dordick, J. S. (2010), Unnatural Polyketide Analogues Selectively Target the HER Signaling Pathway in Human Breast Cancer Cells. ChemBioChem: 11, 573–580. (Inside cover)

Commercial Translation Experience

  • Managing Science in the Biotech Industry Certificate – Keck Graduate Institute, 2016