Nadeen O. Chahine, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Biomechanics (in Orthopaedic Surgery)
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Dr. Chahine holds a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University. She completed her graduate studies at Columbia University, having earned a Master’ of Science (2002), Master of Philosophy (2006) and Doctor of Philosophy (2006) in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Chahine completed her post-doctoral training as an Ernest Lawrence Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Department of Energy), where she trained in micro and nanotechnology. In 2009, she started a faculty position at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York. Dr. Chahine joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2017 as an Associate Professor in Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Chahine’s research focuses on degeneration and regeneration of the intervertebral disc in the spine. She is applying tools of bioengineering, cell and tissue biomechanics, and animal physiology to study the function of the disc and disc cells, with emphasis on degradation processes and inflammation. She also collaborates with physicians in the departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, where she is leading a pioneering research program on biomarkers of intervertebral disc disorders and back pain. Dr. Chahine’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), New York State Department of Health (ECRIP program), and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).

Dr. Chahine is an active member of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) serving currently as the Education Chair for the ORS Spine Section. She is also a council member for the Cell and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Group in Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and is co-chairing the 2018 CMBE Conference. Dr. Chahine has been recognized for her outstanding research with several awards including an NSF CAREER award (2012), Rising Star Award (BMES Cell and Molecular Bioengineering, 2013), and the Refractions Scientific Achievement Award (2015).

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Biomechanics (in Orthopaedic Surgery)


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 2000 Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
  • MS, 2002 Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
  • MPhil, PhD, 2006 Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University