Alikhan Fidai (He/Him)


M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

B.S. in Bioengineering, The University of Texas at Dallas | Twitter: @Khancepts_





Alikhan is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate working to uncover the mechanisms mesenchymal stem cells employ to rescue degenerative disc tissue. He recently validated a round of tissue engineered IVD constructs in a clinically relevant large animal model for total disc replacement.


  • A. Siddiqui, A. B. Fidai, S. G. Natarajan, and D. C. Rodrigues, “Succession of oral bacterial colonizers on dental implant materials: An in vitro biofilm model,” Dent. Mater., vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 384–396, 2022.
  • A. Siddiqui, J. J. Jacob, A. B. Fidai, and D. C. Rodrigues, “Biological characterization of surface-treated dental implant materials in contact with mammalian host and bacterial cells: titanium versus zirconia,” RSC Adv., vol. 9, no. 55, pp. 32097–32109, 2019.

Posters and Presentations

  • Alikhan Fidai, Roger Härtl, Lawrence Bonassar. Tissue Engineered Intervertebral Discs Cultured in Flexible Support Materials for Total Disc Replacement: 6-week Results from In Vivo Porcine Model. Weill Cornell Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Center Research in Progress Seminar, New York, NY, May 19 2023
  • Alikhan Fidai, Byumsu Kim, Lawrence Bonassar. Structural Characterization of Tissue Engineered Intervertebral Discs and Mechanical Characterization of Flexible Support Materials. ORS PSRS 2022 Conference, Skytop, PA, November 8 2022
  • Alikhan Fidai, Danyal Siddiqui, Danieli C. Rodrigues. A Failure Mechanism Analysis of Zirconia Dental Implant Systems. Undergraduate BMEN Poster Competition, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, November 8 2019
  • Alikhan Fidai, Estelle Cuttaz, Christopher Chapman, Rylie A. Green. Fully Polymeric Nerve Cuff Arrays. Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Academy Conference, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, August 1-4 2019

Honors and Awards

  • Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center TL1 Fellow
  • Graduate Resident Fellow at Alice Cook House
  • Cornell University Dean’s Excellence Fellowship


Alikhan grew up in Palatine, Illinois before moving to Dallas for his undergraduate studies. At UT Dallas, Alikhan participated in the NSF LSAMP Summer Research Academy where he assessed the biocompatibility of dental biomaterials via bacterial adhesion and cell culture studies. Alikhan continued his research as a member of the Biomaterials for Osseointegration and Novel Engineering (BONE) lab. At Cornell, Alikhan is a Graduate Resident Fellow for Alice Cook House where he supports the social, intellectual, and emotional well-being of undergraduate residents. Alikhan enjoys hiking, music festivals, playing video games, and floating out on Cayuga Lake.