Dr. Shirwaiker’s research endeavors are focused on implantable medical device and tissue-engineered technologies. His work primarily addresses interdisciplinary design and manufacturing engineering challenges that arise during their product development and scale-up. His research group collaborates with clinicians, biologists and other engineers to develop or advance new implantable product solutions to address musculoskeletal clinical needs that currently lack appropriate alternatives. His current work includes the design and analysis of electrically activated antimicrobial silver coatings for orthopaedic implants, and the development and characterization of 3D-printing processes for knee joint tissues and the trachea. In 2014, Dr. Shirwaiker was awarded the Best Young Investigator Research Poster Award at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) – Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Conference on musculoskeletal infections.