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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Nita Sahai

Nita Sahai

Expert on biomolecule and cell interactions at mineral surfaces; relevant to origin of life, environmental geochemistry, biomineralization, stem cells, biomaterials

Professor, geoscience Work: 608-262-4972 Home page


  • Biogeochemistry
  • surface chemistry
  • biomineralization of bone, teeth, kidney stones in humans; biomineralization by algae in freshwater and oceanwater
  • orthopedic and dental bioceramics; stem cell differentiation into osteoblasts; tissue engineering
  • environmental geochemistry; adsorption of toxic metals at mineral surfaces; crystal nucleation, growth and dissolution


  • Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America, 2009
  • Romnes Faculty Fellow, University of Wisconsin, 2009
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2004-09