Personnel

Principal Investigator

Stabler Headshot FINALCherie Stabler, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Florida State University

Email: cstabler@bme.ufl.edu

 

 

 

Research Assistant Scientist

Kerim Gattás Asfura, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Miami

M.S., Dairy & Poultry Sciences, University of Florida

B.S., Animal Sciences, University of Florida

Email: Kerim.GattasAsfura@bme.ufl.edu

 

 

Laboratory Manager

Irayme Labrada

Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certified

by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences (AALAS)

 

 

 

 

Graduate Students

Nicholas Abuid

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida

B.S., Texas A&M University

Email. njabuid93@ufl.edu

Research Interests
Engineering ultra-thin, functionalized coatings for islet encapsulation

 

 

Jiapu Liang, M.S

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida / B.S., Florida Institute of Technology, B.E, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Email. jliang2014@ufl.edu

Research Interests
Oxygen generating biomaterials for optimizing macroencapsulation devices

 

Ying Li, M.E.

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida

M.Eng., Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University / B.S., Bioengineering, Central South University

Email. yl2373@ufl.edu

Research Interests
Immunological host responses to biomaterials and design of immunomodulatory biomaterials

 

Sydney Wiggins

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Arkansas

Email. sydwiggins@ufl.edu

Research Interests
Engineering immunomodulatory biomaterials for islet transplantation

 

 

Smit Patel

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut

Email. smit31@ufl.edu

Research Interests
Engineering biomimetic pancreatic islet microsystems for multiparametric monitoring

 

Robert Accolla

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Inst And State Univ

Email. raccolla@ufl.edu 

Research Interests
Biomaterial drug delivery systems, 3-D printing scaffolds for islet transplantation

 

Magdalena Samojlik, M.S.

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida

M.S, Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida / B.S.,Biomedical Sciences, University of South Florida

Email: samojlik@ufl.edu 

Research Interests
Immunomodulatory biomaterials, in vitro platforms of islet-immune interactions

 

Masters, Undergraduate, and High School Students

Master Students

Yanan Rong (rogyy@ufl.edu) Masters Nonthesis, Mentor: Li; Project: Characterizing immune responses to encapsulated cells

Saumadritaa Kar (skar@ufl.edu) Masters Nonthesis, Mentor: Abuid; Project: Improving long term beta cell survival in microencapsulation platform

Ashwin Velraj (ashwinvelraj@ufl.edu) Masters Nonthesis, Mentor: Patel; Project: Developing supportive microenvironments for long-term culture of beta cells

Daniel LaShoto (djlash5950@ufl.edu) Masters Nonthesis, Mentor: Chaimov; Project: Examining impact of in vitro perfusion on beta cell health within biomaterials

Madhuvanthi Soundira Rajan (msoundirarajan@ufl.edu) Masters Nonthesis, Mentor: Liang; Project: Evaluating oxygen generating biomaterials platforms for islet transplantation

Undergraduate Students:

Minh C Dang, Undergraduate Researcher, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida

Danielle Miller (daniellenmiller@ufl.edu), Undergraduate Scholars Program, BME, Mentor: Wiggins; Research Keywords: macrophages, biomaterial interactions

Deepti Singam (dsigam@ufl.edu), Summer Volunteer BME; Mentor: Li; Research Keywords: immune response to biomaterials

Amy Emerson (aeemerson@ufl.edu), Summer Volunteer BME; Mentor: Liang; Research Keywords: oxygen generating biomaterials, organ-on-a-chip

Danielle Quevedo (daniellemquevbedo@ufl.edu), Summer Volunteer BME, Mentor: Liang; Research Keywords: oxygen generating biomaterials, wound healing

Alexia Poulos (ampoulos16@ufl.edu); Summer Volunteer BME, Mentor: Abuid; Research Keywords: beta-cell clusters, cerium oxide nanoparticles, layer by layer, extracellular antioxidant protection

Michael Youssef (m.youssef@ufl.edu) Summer Volunteer BME; Mentor: Abuid; Research Keywords: PAMAM, layer by layer, drug delivery, intracellular antioxidant protection

Eri Vishka (evishka@ufl.edu); Summer Volunteer BME, Mentor: Patel; Research Keywords: Microfluidics, Biomatrix/decellularized ECM

 

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