Research Area: Biomaterials & Regenerative Medicine

Edward A. Phelps, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Dr. Phelps’s research is focused on biomaterials engineering as a strategy for regenerative therapies with emphasis in the area of type 1 diabetes. Phelps specializes in bio-synthetic cellular microenvironments (e.g., bio-functionalized polyethylene-glycol hydrogel) for controlled presentation of bioactive… Read More

Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Dr. Rinaldi-Ramos’ research is focused on advancing the understanding and biomedical applications of suspensions of magnetic nanoparticles. Of particular interest are situations where the particles respond to magnetic fields by rotating, exerting forces/torques on biological structures, or dissipating… Read More

Christopher Batich, Ph.D.

Chris Batich received a Ph.D. from Rutgers in organic chemistry. He did a Post-doc at the University of Basel and then worked at the DuPont Central Research and Development Department. He joined the University of Florida in 1980. He was… Read More

Jon Dobson, Ph.D.

Jon Dobson, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Dr. Dobson’s research focuses on biomedical applications of magnetic micro- and nanoparticles. His group has developed novel technologies for 1) magnetic targeting and remote activation of cell signaling pathways for cell engineering and stem cell therapy; 2) magnetic nanoparticle-based… Read More

Chelsey S. Simmons, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Dr. Simmons is the Director of the Biomimetic Actuators and Integrated Technologies (GatorBAIT) Lab, where researchers develop microsystems to mimic bodily functions in a dish. Specifically, systems are being developed to recreate the mechanical microenvironment by applying mechanical… Read More

Xin Tang, Ph.D.

Professor Tang received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include cell and molecular mechanics in cancer development and metastasis, cardiovascular system, and neurons; unconventional mechano-electrophysiology; quantitative in vivo/vitro functional bio-imaging; nanotechnology; and development of new… Read More

Yiider Tseng, Ph.D.

Grounded in science and engineering fundamentals, research in my laboratory focuses on combining new engineering principals with advanced life science methods to develop a systematic, quantitative, and integrative way of understand fundamental biological phenomena at the molecular and cellular levels.… Read More

John J. Mecholsky, Jr., Ph.D.

Projects Biomaterials Dental Biomaterials – Develop and characterize mechanical properties of new materials as alternates to amalgams. Medical Biomaterials – Develop novel bioactive implants as bone substitutes and replacements and determine the mechanical reliability of allotropic tissue implants for spinal… Read More

Amor Menezes, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Dynamical systems theory and control, with applications to the fields of systems biology and synthetic biology. Amor Menezes joined the UF Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty in August 2017 after a year as an Associate Project Scientist with… Read More

Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D.


Research Summary: Dr. Schmidt’s research is focused on engineering novel materials and therapeutic systems to stimulate damaged peripheral and spinal neurons to regenerate. Taking a unique approach to this problem, she uses electrically conducting polymers and natural-based materials (e.g., hyaluronic… Read More