Damir B. Khismatullin

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

(504) 247-1587
School of Science & Engineering
Damir Khismatullin


Uptown: 523 Lindy Boggs Center
Downtown: 409 J. Bennett Johnston Building

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Courses Taught

BMEN 6060: Biomedical Acoustics

BMEN 3650/6650: Biomechanics and Biotransport

BMEN 3651/6651: Biomechanics & Biotransport Lab

Education & Affiliations

Bashkir State University, Ufa, Russia. B.S./M.S. 1994 Physics
Bashkir State University, Ufa, Russia. Ph.D. 1998 Physics & Mathematics


My research team conducts studies in two major areas: 1) Cellular Biomechanics and Biological Transport and 2) Biomedical Acoustics. In the first area, our focus is on myeloid, endothelial, and cancer cell biology. To figure out the etiology of atherosclerosis, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases, we investigate phenotypic changes in human monocytes/macrophages, mast cells, cancer cells, and vascular endothelial cells exposed to various pathophysiological conditions. This work involves advanced microscopy techniques, flow cytometry, cytokine analysis, proteomic analysis, static and flow adhesion assays, cell migration assays, and deformability cytometry. In the second area, we investigate how living cells, tissues and biological polymers respond to mechanical stresses induced by acoustic waves. We explore the potential of focused ultrasound combined with chemical inhibitors of specific signaling pathways, the approach referred to as mechanochemical disruption, to induce cellular reprogramming. This research has several important applications such as nerve regeneration (e.g., in spinal cord injury and vision loss), cancer treatment, and tissue engineering. We also develop novel acoustics-based methods for material characterization and medical diagnostics. One of our patented technologies is acoustic tweezing rheometry in which material properties and their change during polymerization are measured using a small drop of material sample levitated in air. In this translational project, our current focus is on drop-of-blood coagulation analysis in patients with hemophilia and sickle cell disease, trauma patients, patients on anticoagulant therapy, and infectious disease patients.

Honors and Awards

NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2000-2001)

Selected Publications