Karan Vishwanath


B.A.Sc in Materials Engineering

University of Toronto, 2019


M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering

Cornell University, 2022

kv267@cornell.edu | Twitter: @KVish1995




Karan is a 5th year PhD candidate characterizing synthetic and bioengineered materials for cartilage lubrication. He also studies changes associated with lubrication after injury or disease.



Vishwanath, K., McClure, S.R., Bonassar, L.J. (2022). Polyacrylamide hydrogel lubricates cartilage after biochemical degradation and mechanical injury, Journal of Orthopaedic Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.25340

Vishwanath, K., Bonassar, L.J. (2022). Intra-articular Hyaluronic Acid Injections. In: Filardo, G., Mandelbaum, B.R., Muschler, G.F., Rodeo, S.A., Nakamura, N. (eds) Orthobiologics. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84744-9_8

Verma, M., Vishwanath, K. et al. (2019), Development of a gastric resident device for prolonged gram-level dosing: Towards improving adherence to tuberculosis treatment, Science Translational Medicine. 10.1126/scitranslmed.aau6267

Singh, S., Vishwanath, K., Madras, G. (2016), Role of Hydrogen and Oxygen Activation over Pt and Pd-Doped Composites for Catalytic Hydrogen Combustion, ACS: Applied Materials & Interfaces. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.6b08019


Posters and Presentations

  • Vishwanath, K, Watkins, A, Reesink, H.L, Bonassar, L.J. IL-1 Induced Synovitis Transiently Impairs Synovial Fluid Lubrication in an Equine Model. Poster presented at: Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting; Feb 4-8, 2022; Tampa, Florida.
  • Vishwanath, K, Stabler, J, Ziegler, C, Bonassar, L.J. Polyacrylamide Hydrogel Viscosupplements Lubricate Cartilage After Mechanical Injury and Biochemical Degradation. Poster presented at: Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting; Feb 12-16, 2021; Virtual Conference.


Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Excellence Fellowship, Cornell University (2019)
  • Hemmeter Entrepreneurship Award (2021)
  • Cornell eLab Entrepreneurship Award (2022)
  • Marla and Barry Beck Entrepreneurship Fellow (2022)



Karan is from Bangalore, India and obtained his BASc in Materials Engineering from the University of Toronto. After his junior year, he spent a year as a research assistant at MIT where he helped develop sustained release drug formulations aimed at improving tuberculosis treatment adherence. He enjoys traveling, playing basketball, cooking and playing music in his free time.