Research Area: Biomaterials & Regenerative Medicine

Jamal Lewis, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Dr. Lewis’ Immuno-modulatory Biomaterials Laboratory focuses on the development of biomaterial systems that can manipulate the immune system. The group plans to design the next generation of immunotherapeutics for applications in immune-related diseases. This multidisciplinary work incorporates aspects of biomaterials engineering, drug delivery and immunology. Honors and Awards: University of… Read More

Yong Zeng, Ph.D.

Precision Medicine represents a new era of medicine to revolutionize disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Central to this national mission is the development of enabling technologies and novel biomarkers that substantially improve early cancer diagnosis and personalized treatment. Our group… Read More

Ana Maria Porras, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Dr. Porras leads the Tissue-Microbe Interactions lab, specialized in engineering in vitro models of disease to study human-microbe interactions. She is particularly interested in understanding how microbes interact with human extracellular matrix to drive disease in the contexts… Read More

Brittany Taylor, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Brittany Taylor, Ph.D., is currently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the McKay Orthopaedic Surgery Research Laboratory, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focuses on the development of a drug release delivery system… Read More

Vinata Vedam-Mai, Ph.D.

Vinata Vedam-Mai, Ph.D

Vinata Vedam-Mai, M.Sc, Ph.D is a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurology. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Dr. Vedam-Mai’s research focuses on the study of the effect of electrical stimulation (such… Read More

Kyle D. Allen, Ph.D.

Kyle Allen, PhD

Research Summary: Dr. Allen’s research seeks to improve the evaluation of preclinical osteoarthritis models and improve the preclinical-to-clinical translation of emerging diagnostics and therapeutics for joint diseases.  Within this goal, Dr. Allen’s lab is currently developing new behavioral assays that… Read More

Walter Lee Murfee, Ph.D.

Walter Lee Murfee, Ph.D.

Research Summary Dr. Murfee’s research is focused on making scientific discoveries and developing new bioengineering approaches for connecting tissue level function to integrated cellular dynamics. Specifically, his laboratory applies in vivo, in vitro, and computational approaches to investigate the vascular… Read More

Benjamin G. Keselowsky, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Dr. Keselowsky’s research focuses on engineering biomaterial cell interactions, and targeted controlled release of immune modulating factors to direct immune cell function. Biomaterials undergo complex interactions with cells of the immune system upon implantation. These interactions are incompletely… Read More

Blanka Sharma, Ph.D.

Blanca Sharma

Research Summary: Dr. Sharma’s research program investigates fundamental material-cell interactions at multiple length scales to guide the development of targeted drug and cell delivery systems for applications in both regenerative medicine and cancer. At this intersection lies the dysfunctional inflammatory… Read More

Cherie Stabler, Ph.D.

Cherie Stabler

Research Summary: Dr. Stabler’s research centers on engineering translational biomaterial platforms for cell-based therapies, particularly Type 1 diabetes. Specifically, her research seeks to develop bioactive materials capable of: protecting cells from immunological attack; providing 3-D support of the transplanted cells;… Read More