Research Area: Molecular & Cellular Engineering

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

Ivana Parker, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Ivana Parker, Ph.D., is a Fulbright Scholar who recently completed a year-long study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her project assesses the risk of a commonly used TB vaccine, BCG, on HIV susceptibility in infants… 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

Gregory Hudalla, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Dr. Hudalla’s research creates functional biomaterials for therapeutic or diagnostic applications via molecular self-assembly. The Hudalla laboratory develops synthetic peptides that can assemble into a desired nano-scale architecture, and then uses these peptides as “tags” to organize biologically… Read More

Peter McFetridge, Ph.D.

Peter McFetridge

Research Summary: Dr. McFetridge’s primary research objective is to engineer viable ‘living’ tissue and organs for the repair and regeneration of diseased tissues. His groups research encompasses angiogenesis and arterial regeneration, articular cartilage development as well as effects on primary and… Read More

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

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

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