Phelps joined the UF BME department in January, 2017, focusing his expertise on biomaterials, regenerative medicine and immunoengineering.
Before coming to UF BME, Phelps was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Life Sciences and the Institute of Bioengineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. His postdoctoral advisors were Dr. Jeffrey Hubbell, professor, Merck Serono Chair in Drug Delivery, Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine and Pharmacobiology; Dr. Melody Swartz, professor, Laboratory of Lymphatic and Cancer Bioengineering; and Steinunn Baekkeskov, visiting professor (UCSF), Laboratory of Immunopathology and Cell Biology of Autoantigens.
Phelps received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006 and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Andrés García, the Neely Endowed Chair and Regents’ Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Phelps also earned a graduate minor in Chemical Engineering. Phelps’s thesis work focused on engineered bioactive materials for therapeutic angiogenesis and pancreatic islet transplantation.
Phelps collaborates with the UF Diabetes Institute, an international leader in investigating the history, prediction and prevention of Type 1 diabetes. Under the direction of Dr. Mark A. Atkinson, the UF Diabetes Institute serves as the umbrella organization under which diabetes education, research and treatment are coordinated at UF and the academic Health Science Center.
Phelps’s research activities have been supported by the American Heart Association, the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Outside of the lab Phelps is passionate about the great outdoors and loves skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering. Since moving to Florida from Switzerland Phelps has renewed his interests in running, biking and scuba diving. Phelps also enjoys travel, photography, cooking and exploring the world, both near and afar, with his wife and two daughters.
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Minor in International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology (2006)
(research with Marc Levenston)
Ph.D. Bioengineering, Minor in Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2011)
(research with Andrés García)
Whitaker and JDRF Postdoctoral Fellow, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (2016)
(research with Jeff Hubbell, Melody Swartz, and Steinunn Baekkeskov)
Awards & Honors (Selected)
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016)
Controlled Release Society, Drug Delivery and Translational Research Outstanding Research Paper Award (2016)
Whitaker International Program Postdoctoral Scholarship (2012-2014)
Georgia Institute of Technology, Bioengineering Program Best Ph.D. Thesis Award (2012)
Georgia Institute of Technology, President’s Fellowship (2010-2011)
Society for Biomaterials STAR Award (2009)
Sam Nunn Security Program Fellow, GT Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (2008-2009)
American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2008-2010)
Georgia Institute of Technology President’s Undergraduate Research Award (2006)
Professional Activities (Selected)
Member, Society for Biomaterials
Member, Biomedical Engineering Society
Member, American Diabetes Association