Dr. Vyavahare is a Hunter Endowed Chair and Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University—his primary research and teaching interests are in the area of heart valve biomaterials, site-specific therapies, and extracellular matrix remodeling in tissue regeneration. Dr. Vyavahare is a Director of NIH funded South Carolina Bioengineering Center of Regeneration and Formation of Tissues (SC BioCRAFT). His research is published in over 150 journal publications and conference proceedings, and six book chapters; additionally, Dr. Vyavahare holds 13 International and US Patents. Some of the patents are now licensed to companies to develop products.
He has graduated ten PhD students and 20 MS students as a major advisor, and is the recipient of many awards including; McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Excellence Award and Clemson University and Alumni award for outstanding achievement in research. He is a Fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and an active participant in several scientific societies and conference series. He chaired Cardiovascular Biomaterials special interest group in the Society for Biomaterials, and was chair of the North American Vascular Biology workshop in 2013. Prior to joining Clemson, Dr. Vyavahare served as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the University of Michigan.
His current research includes targeted treatments to restore extracellular matrix and tissue function in heart valves, aortic aneurysms, vascular calcification, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and skin disorders.