Dr. Sandeep Kathju serves as Chief Medical Officer at Novaflux, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Princeton, NJ that is dedicated to developing novel biomaterials that have applications across a broad array of medical disciplines. He also serves as a Principal Consultant for Lumix Biomedical and Surgical Consulting, advising corporate and other clients on a variety of medical, surgical and biological questions.
Prior to that, Dr. Kathju was an Associate Professor with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in its Department of Plastic Surgery. He also served as the Chief of Plastic Surgery and the Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center, both appointments at UPMC Passavant Hospital. In addition, he was the Co-Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at UPMC McKeesport Hospital, and the Chief of Plastic Surgery there as well. Prior to working at Pitt and UPMC, Dr. Kathju was an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Drexel University as well as an Attending Surgeon at Allegheny General Hospital, where he served as Teaching Attending for numerous surgical residents, medical students, and undergraduates.
Dr. Kathju earned his BA in Biology from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He then went to the University of Michigan, where he achieved first his MD and then his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Post-graduation, Dr. Kathju completed an Internship in General Surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA; a Residency in Otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA; a Residency in Plastic Surgery at UPMC; a Visiting Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery at Tata Memorial Cancer Centre, Bombay, India; and a Visiting Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at Sion Hospital and Wadia Children’s Hospital, Bombay, India. In 2013 he completed the Marshall W. Webster Physician Leadership and Development Program. He is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Kathju's research interests include:
bacterial biofilms in medical device-related infections
probiotic therapy in wound management
molecular mechanisms governing craniosynostosis
novel approaches to hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction
Dr. Kathju is the recipient of many awards, most recently the Hardesty Award from the Plastic Surgery Research Council (2006) and the Triological Society Career Development Award (2004). He is on the Editorial Board for Wound Repair and Regeneration, and has served as ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals including Science Translational Medicine, Acta Biomaterialia, PLoS One, Biochica Biophysica Acta, among others. He has also served as a grant reviewer for many organizations, including the Unites States Department of Defense and the Medical Research Council in the United Kingdom.