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photo Kambez Benam, DPhil

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Visiting Associate Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-383-4766

Office: 3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-383-4766
Fax: 412-624-1670
Administrative Assistant:
Stacie Truszkowski
Phone: 412-624-7225
Fax: 412-624-1670
Education and Training
B.Sc., Newcastle University, United Kingdom, 2007
D.Phil., University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 2012
Postdoctoral Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, 2013
Senior Research Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, 2015
Technology Development Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, 2017
Research Interest
Dr. Benam is the founder of Translational and Multidisciplinary Lung Microengineering Lab, which brings together researchers from the engineering, biology, bio-pharmaceutical industry, clinical and business communities with the aim of developing new technologies that recreate complex human organ pathophysiology in vitro, and applying them to discover novel therapeutics and personalized biomarkers. His research focuses on applying disruptive technologies that enable him and his team to elucidate cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern tissue pathology or offer protection during lung injury and host-environment interaction.
Educational Interest
Dr. Benam has a longstanding interest and experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate students in Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, (Inhalation) Toxicology, and Cell and Molecular Biology.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Jimenez-Valdes RJ, Can UI, Neimeyer BF, Benam KH. Where We Stand: Lung Organotypic Living Systems That Emulate Human-Relevant Host-Environment/Pathogen Interactions. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2020; Aug 13;8: 989.
Benam KH, Novak R, Ferrante TC, Choe Y, Ingber DE. A Microfluidically Compatible Modular Smoking Robot for Inhalation Exposure of In Vitro Cultures. Nature Protocols. 2020; 15(2): 183-206.
Benam KH, Königshoff M, Eickelberg O. Breaking the In Vitro Barrier in Respiratory Medicine. Engineered Microphysiological Systems for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and beyond. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018; Apr 1;197(7): 869-875.
Cole SL, Dunning J, Kok WL, Benam KH, Benlahrech A, Repapi E, Martinez FO, Drumright L, Powell TJ, Bennett M, Elderfield R, Thomas C, MOSAIC Investigators, Dong T, McCauley J, Liew FY, Taylor S, Sambon M, McMichael AJ, Ho LP. M1-like Monocytes Are a Major Immunological Determinant of Severity in Previously Healthy Adults with Life-Threatening Influenza. JCI Insight. 2017; Apr 6;2(7): e91868.
Benam KH, Novak R, Nawroth J, Hiraon-Kobayashi M, Ferrante TC, Choe Y, Prantil-Baun R, Weaver JC, Bahinski A, Parker KK, Ingber DE. Matched-Comparative Modeling of Normal and Diseased Human Airway Responses Using a Microengineered Breathing Lung Chip. Cell Syst. 2016; Nov 23;3(5): 456-466.e4.
Benam KH, Ingber DE. Commendation for Exposing Key Advantage of Organ Chip Approach. Cell Syst. 2016; Nov 23;3(5): 411.
Benam KH, Villenave R, Lucchesi C, Varone A, Hubeau C, Lee HH, Alves SE, Salmon M, Ferrante TC, Weaver JC, Bahinski A, Hamilton GA, Ingber DE. Small Airway-on-a-Chip Enables Analysis of Human Lung Inflammation and Drug Responses In Vitro. Nature Methods. 2015; Feb;13(2): 151-7.
Notable Achievements
American Thoracic Society Respiratory Structure & Function Assembly Science and Innovation Center Rising Star Award, 2019
American Thoracic Society Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology Assembly Recognition of Early Academic Achievement (REAAch) Award, 2019
Science-to-Startup Symposium Competition Finalist, 2019
Society of Toxicology Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section Young Investigator Award, 2018
Lush Young Researcher Award, 2016
Baxter Young Investigator Award, 2016