Dr. T.S. Sampath Kumar is a Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and head of Medical Materials Laboratory at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He received his PhD in materials engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1986.  His current research areas are nanostructured biomaterials, antimicrobial ceramics and delivery systems, injectable bone cements and value added biomaterials from natural wastes.

Prof. Sampath Kumar is Fellow, Biomaterials and Artificial Organs (FBAO) and Fellow of the International Medical Sciences Academy (FIMSA). He is presently, President of the Society for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (India) for 2011-1014 and Vice-President of the Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs India (SBAOI) from 2008 onwards. He received the 1994 University Grants Commission Career Award and his research guidance is marked by frequent advisee awards: Sudarsan Bhatt Memorial Awards (2007 & 2009) for best PhD thesis of IIT Madras, best paper awards (Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, March 2012; Student paper contest TMS 2011, USA & BIO 2011; International Research Scholars Symposium 2008), best presentation awards (Asian BioCeramics Symposium  2008 India & 2010 Indonesia; ICCS 2010, ISRS 2006, ASTRA 2003 held 1st time in India) and student travel awards (BIO 2011, TMS 2011 USA, Biomaterials-Elsevier 2008 Nepal); Innovation Potential of Students Projects Award 2000 by Indian National Academy of Engineering and Vishwakarma Prize 2012-13 by IIT Madras for undergraduate projects.

Prof. Sampath Kumar co-authored a book Biomaterials: A Nano Approach” published by CRC Press and has recently written a chapter on “Physical and Chemical Characterization of Biomaterials’’ in ‘Characterization of Biomaterials’ published by Elsevier Science & Technology Books. He has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals with many papers having well over 100 citations and edited 3 conference proceedings in journals.   He has presented about 150 inaugural address, plenary & keynote talks and invited lectures. He has 3 Indian patents to his credit.

Prof. Sampath Kumar has organized 4 National conferences on biomaterials and bioceramics, an Indo-US Workshop on Ceramics for Medical Materials in Nov., 2007, an Indo-UK Seminar on Innovative Medicines, Nov., 2011 as well as the 8th Asian BioCeramics Symposium (ABC 2008) for the first time in India during Nov. 4-6, 2008. He is the Regional Editor (Asia-India) of Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and Editorial Board Member of “The Indonesian Journal of Dental Research”, “Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine”, “Trends in Biomaterials & Artificial Organs” (1996 onwards, Associate Editor  2001-2005).