Fatima Syed-Picard

Fatima Syed-Picard


413 Salk Pavilion
Administrative Assistant
Michele Leahy


Assistant Professor

Pittsburgh, PA 15261


Dr. Fatima N. Syed-Picard is an Assistant Professor in the Deparments of Oral Biology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine. She is also a faculty member in the Center for Craniofacial Regeneration.

Dr. Syed-Picard recieved her B.S.E and M.S.E in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. After completing her Master's degree, Dr. Syed-Picard recieved additional training as an Intramural Research Training fellow at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Following this, Dr. Syed-Picard earned her Ph.D in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh as an NIH predoctoral fellow with a Ruth Kirschstein Individual National Research Service Award (NIH F31). Dr. Syed-Picard received postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Ophthalmology with fellowship through the Ocular Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Ophthalmology program. Dr. Syed-Picard joined the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bioengineering as a Research Assistant Professor in 2015 for the K phase of her NIH Pathway to Independence Award (NIH K99/R00), and Dr. Syed-Picard joined the Pitt School of Dental Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 2016.

Dr. Syed-Picard's research focuses on stem cells and tissue engineering for the follow applications 1) implantable devices for craniofacial therapy, 2) models of craniofacial tissue development and regeneration, and 3) models of craniofacial disease. She is working to regenerate tissue including bone, dentin-pulp complex, and nerve for therapeutic use. Furthermore, Dr. Syed-Picard uses engineered tissues as a model to study basic developmental processes including tissue patterning. Her research utilizes predominantly cell-based, scaffold-free tissue engineering where cells are able to generate and organize their own 3D structure and hve the capacity to self-assemble into spacially organized multi-tissue structures. Dr. Syed-Picard uses a number of engineering tools to study these constructs including advanced microscopy and microfluidic devices.

Dr. Syed-Picard has authored several peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters. She is a member of the International Association of Dental Research, the American Association of Dental Research, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. She is a reviewer for multiple journals including Tissue Engineering, Journal of Dental Research, Acta Biomaterialia, and Matrix Biology.



University of Michigan, BSE, 2004
University of Michigan, MSE, 2006
University of Pittsburgh, PhD, 2013


  • NIH F31- Individual
  • Pre-doctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • NIH K99/R00- Pathway to Independence Award



Oral Biology
Center for Craniofacial Regeneration (CCR)