Meet the Sharma Lab Team

Blanka Sharma, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

B.A. Sc, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1999

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic

Contact, awards, and selected publications

Postdoctoral Students

Folly Patterson, Ph.D.

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Mississippi State University

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Mississippi State University

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Mississippi State University

Graduate Students

Tolu Ajayi

Doctoral Candidate

Magnetic Nanoparticles, Osteoarthritis

Jessica Aldrich

Doctoral Candidate

Drug delivery, Nanoparticles, Osteoarthritis

Suzanne Lightsey

Doctoral Candidate

3D Tumor Models

Master's Students

Tiffany Conklin

Biomedical Engineering

Quincy Barton

Biomedical Engineering

Matthew Rexroad

Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Students

Arjun Panicker

Chemical Engineering

Pre-Med Track

Benjamin Kaufman

Biomedical Engineering

Jillian Jacek

Biomedical Engineering

Robert Ovalle Jr

Biomedical Engineering

Ethan To

Biomedical Engineering

Lab Alumni

Doctoral and Post-doctoral

Shreedevi Kumar, PhD – Scientist 1 at BeamTherapeutics

Madison Temples, PhD – Senior Scientist at AstraZeneca

Isaac Adjei, PhD – Assistant Professor at Texas A&M

Shannon Brown, PhD – VP of Research at 42Bio


Phoebe Nimocks 

Khushboo Undavia – Research Associate at Editas Medicine

Lei Wang – PhD Student in Biomedical Sciences, University of Florida

Jahnelle Jordan – Medical Communications Associate at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Vrunda Trivedi

Sabyasachu Bandyopadhyay

Heather Gruber (Diffey) – Senior Supplier Quality Engineer at Medtronic


Nahis Cruz-Delgado – Undergraduate Student at the University of Puerto Rico

Chelsea Rosen – Medical Student at the University of Florida College of Medicine

Joseph Soto 

Jade White – PhD Student at University of Oregon

Eunice Nsaam

Rafeala Vieira

Savannah Guyot – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alexandria Ozycz – Medical Device Consultant for Boston Scientific

Jessica Hornyak – Clinical Cardiac Specialist for Abbott Labs

Patrick Lehman – Santa Fe College

Olivia Liseth – 

Ryan Jungels – Quality Engineer for RTI Surgical

Jake Pistiner – Founder of Circulatech

Sophia Bou-Ghannam – PhD Student University of Utah

Arron Johnston 

Erin Euliano

Tyler Richards

Leo Rhodes

Student Science Training Program (SSTP) participants

Justin Wu

Diya Jayram

Kelly Tran

Saagar Patel

Maxwell Rosen

Noble Patidar