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Faculty

Dr. Mary Beth Monroe, Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

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  • Material: Polyurethanes
  • Park in Syracuse: Fiddler’s Green
  • Childhood Book: The BFG

Graduate Students

Henry Beaman, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

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Dissertation Research: Polysaccharide-based polyurethane biomaterials

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  • Material: Starch
  • Takeout in Syracuse: Beer Belly
  • Beverage: Wegman’s sparkling water

Changling Du, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

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Dissertation Research: Antimicrobial and antioxidant shape memory biomaterials

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  • Food: Mushrooms
  • Book: Into the Wild
  • Vacation spot: Kenya

Maryam Ramezani, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

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Dissertation Research: Bacteria-responsive shape memory polymers

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  • Food: Ghorme sabzi
  • Vacation spot: Swiss Alps
  • Childhood book: Daddy Long Legs

Nghia Thai, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

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Dissertation Research: Polymeric biomaterials in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

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  • Material: Chitosan
  • Game: Soccer
  • Drink: Vietnamese milk coffee

Anand Vakil, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

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Dissertation Research: Polyurethane-based shape memory biomaterials

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  • Game: Tennis
  • Animal: Panda
  • Book: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Natalie Petryk, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

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Research Project: Polyurethane foams with off-the-shelf physical blowing agents

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  • Park in Syracuse: Beaver Lake Nature Center
  • Food: Tacos
  • Childhood Book: The Lorax

David Fikhman, M.S. Student in Chemical Engineering

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Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of phenolic acid-containing biomaterials

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  • Park in Syracuse: Thorndon Park
  • Takeout in Syracuse: Pastabilities
  • Beverage: Trader Joe’s Mango Peach Orange Juice

Undergraduate Students

Katheryn Shi Dong, B.S. Student in Bioengineering

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Research Projects: In vitro hemorrhage models; Blood-material interactions

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  • Takeout in Syracuse: Storming Crab
  • Game: Don’t Starve Together
  • Book: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Caitlyn Greene, B.S. Student in Biotechnology

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Research Project: Starch-based shape memory polymers for Crohn’s fistulas

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  • Travel spot: Barcelona, Spain
  • Takeout in Syracuse: Krispy Krunchy Chicken
  • Beverage: Coffee

Avery Gunderson, B.S. Student in Chemical Engineering

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Research Project: Electrospun bacteria-responsive shape memory polymers

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  • Park in Syracuse: Green Lakes
  • Food: Tacos
  • Childhood Book: The Giving Tree

Grace Haas, B.S. Student in Bioengineering and Neuroscience

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Research Project: Polyurethane foams with off-the-shelf foaming agents

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  • Animal: Cats
  • Game: Forbidden Island
  • Book: A Man Called Ove

Darnelle Stinfort, B.S. Student in Biotechnology

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Research Project: Antimicrobial Testing of Shape Memory Polymers

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  • Take out in Syracuse: Strong Hearts
  • TV show: Succession
  • Beverage: Oreo Milkshake

Emily Fittante, B.S. Student in Bioengineering

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Research Project: Degradation of Starch-Based Shape Memory Polymers for Crohn’s Fistulas

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  • Game: Volleyball
  • Animal: Dogs
  • Vacation Spot: Cancun, Mexico

Alumni

Ellen Shepherd, M.S. in Bioengineering, May 2021

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Thesis: Blood-material interactions with degradable shape memory polymer foams

Nakira Christmas, M.S. in Bioengineering, May 2020

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Thesis: In Vitro Characterization of Shape Memory Polymer Foam Hemostats

Jingyi Liu, M.S. in Bioengineering, December 2020

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Thesis: Characterization of Phenolic Acids for Incorporation Into Shape Memory Polymer Foams