Nicholas Sears

Nicholas Sears, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Academic Institute
Assistant Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist



Dr. Sears is a biomedical engineer and educator with expertise 3D printing, device design, bioreactors, and robotics. He has led research projects with a focus on tissue engineering, biomanufacturing, microfluidics, biodegradable polymers.

He is working with Houston Methodist and Texas A&M's new EnMed program to incorporate the engineering and entrepreneurial skills to create a new generation of "physicianeers" who have the skills to innovate and invent new devices to solve problems in medicine.


Rethinking Teaching Team-Based Learning: The Challenges and Strategies for Medical Education in a Pandemic
Li, Y, Sears, NA, Murray, IVJ & Yadav, KK 2021, , AERA Open, vol. 7.

Conditioning of 3D Printed Nanoengineered Ionic–Covalent Entanglement Scaffolds with iP-hMSCs Derived Matrix
Sears, C, Mondragon, E, Richards, ZI, Sears, N, Chimene, D, McNeill, EP, Gregory, CA, Gaharwar, AK & Kaunas, R 2020, , Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 9, no. 15, 1901580, pp. e1901580.

Porous PolyHIPE microspheres for protein delivery from an injectable bone graft
Whitely, M, Rodriguez-Rivera, G, Waldron, C, Mohiuddin, S, Cereceres, S, Sears, N, Ray, N & Cosgriff-Hernandez, E 2019, , Acta Biomaterialia, vol. 93, pp. 169-179.

Hydrocolloid Inks for 3D Printing of Porous Hydrogels
Sears, NA, Wilems, TS, Gold, KA, Lan, Z, Cereceres, SN, Dhavalikar, PS, Foudazi, R & Cosgriff-Hernandez, EM 2019, , Advanced Materials Technologies, vol. 4, no. 2, 1800343.

Winner of the society for biomaterials student award in the Ph.D. category for the annual meeting of the society for biomaterials, april 11–14, 2018, Atlanta, GA: Development of a bimodal, in situ crosslinking method to achieve multifactor release from electrospun gelatin
Kishan, A, Walker, T, Sears, N, Wilems, T & Cosgriff-Hernandez, E 2018, , Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, vol. 106, no. 5, pp. 1155-1164.

Tendon and Ligament Engineering
Sears, N, Touchet, T, Benhardt, H & Cosgriff-Hernández, E 2018, . in Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering. CRC Press, pp. 67-1-67-20.

Fabrication of biomimetic bone grafts with multi-material 3D printing
Sears, N, Dhavalikar, P, Whitely, M & Cosgriff-Hernandez, E 2017, , Biofabrication, vol. 9, no. 2, 025020.

A Review of Three-Dimensional Printing in Tissue Engineering
Sears, NA, Seshadri, DR, Dhavalikar, PS & Cosgriff-Hernandez, E 2016, , Tissue Engineering - Part B: Reviews, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 298-310.

Emulsion Inks for 3D Printing of High Porosity Materials
Sears, NA, Dhavalikar, PS & Cosgriff-Hernandez, EM 2016, , Macromolecular rapid communications, vol. 37, no. 16, pp. 1369-1374.

Comparison of clinical explants and accelerated hydrolytic aging to improve biostability assessment of silicone-based polyurethanes
Cosgriff-Hernandez, E, Tkatchouk, E, Touchet, T, Sears, N, Kishan, A, Jenney, C, Padsalgikar, AD & Chen, E 2016, , Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, vol. 104, no. 7, pp. 1805-1816.

Osteoinductive PolyHIPE Foams as Injectable Bone Grafts
Robinson, JL, McEnery, MAP, Pearce, H, Whitely, ME, Munoz-Pinto, DJ, Hahn, MS, Li, H, Sears, NA & Cosgriff-Hernandez, E 2016, , Tissue Engineering - Part A, vol. 22, no. 5-6, pp. 403-414.

Hybrid polyurea elastomers with enzymatic degradation and tunable mechanical properties
Sears, NA, Pena-Galea, G, Cereceres, SN & Cosgriff-Hernandez, E 2016, , Journal of Tissue Engineering, vol. 7.

Bioactive nanoengineered hydrogels for bone tissue engineering: A growth-factor-free approach
Xavier, JR, Thakur, T, Desai, P, Jaiswal, MK, Sears, N, Cosgriff-Hernandez, E, Kaunas, R & Gaharwar, AK 2015, , ACS Nano, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 3109-3118.

Tendon and ligament engineering
Sears, N, Touchet, T, Benhardt, H & Cosgriff-Hernández, E 2012, . in Tissue Engineering: Principles and Practices. CRC Press, pp. 29-1-29-20.

Injectable polyHIPEs as high-porosity bone grafts
Moglia, RS, Holm, JL, Sears, NA, Wilson, CJ, Harrison, DM & Cosgriff-Hernandez, E 2011, , Biomacromolecules, vol. 12, no. 10, pp. 3621-3628.

Synthesis of Collagenase-Sensitive Polyureas for Ligament Tissue Engineering
Benhardt, H, Sears, N, Touchet, T & Cosgriff-Hernandez, E 2011, , Macromolecular Bioscience, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 1020-1030.