Elie Zakhem, MS

Elie Zakhem

Postdoctoral Fellow
Khalil Bitar Lab
Wake Forest School of Medicine

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Email address: ezakhem@wakehealth.edu

PhD, Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, August 2016
Masters degree in biomedical engineering, Wayne State University, May 2010
B.Sc in Biology, University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon, June 2007

Advisor: Khalil N. Bitar, PhD- WFIRM

Research Interests: Rregeneration of the smooth muscle of the gastrointestinal tract along with its intrinsic innervation using a combination of biomaterials and cells.


Awarded a Certificate of recognition for Scientific accomplishment as an Early stage investigator from The American Gastroenterological  Association during the Digestive Diseases Week, May 16-19, 2015, for his oral presentation. That same oral presentation was also accepted as a paper in the latest issue of  Stem Cells Translational Medicine.
Student travel award – Biomedical Engineering Society Tampa, FL 2015
Wake Forest graduate School travel award – Fall 2015
MMTS student travel award – Spring 2015
Secretary, Biomedical engineering society – August 2014 – present
Member, Biomedical engineering society – August 2012 – present 


Research Articles:

  1. Successful implantation of an engineered tubular neuromuscular tissue composed of human cells and chitosan scaffold – Surgery 2015
  2. Enteric neural differentiation in innervated, physiologically functional, smooth muscle constructs is modulated by bone morphogenic protein 2 secreted by sphincteric smooth muscle cells – Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine 2015.
  3. The appendix as a viable source of neural progenitor cells to functionally innervate bioengineered gastrointestinal smooth muscle tissues – Stem Cell Translational Medicine 2015
  4. Neo-innervation of a bioengineered intestinal smooth muscle construct around chitosan scaffold – Biomaterials 2014
  5. Chitosan-based scaffolds for the support of smooth muscle constructs in intestinal tissue engineering – Biomaterials 2012

Review articles:

  1. Design Strategies of Biodegradable Scaffolds for Tissue Regeneration – Biomedical engineering and computational biology 2014
  2. Tissue Engineering in the Gut: Developments in Neuromusculature – Gastroenterology 2014 
  3. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as applied to the gastrointestinal tract – Current opinion in biotechnology 2013.


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