People

Faculty

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

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Favorites:

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

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Isaac VonRue, Professor of Chemistry, King’s College

Research: Polymer gels; Synthesis of biodegradable monomers for implantable biomaterials – Email LinkedIn

Favorites:

  • Material: Polycaprolactone
  • Thing to do in Syracuse: Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • Book: The Name of the Wind


Graduate Students

Changling Du, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

Dissertation Research: Antimicrobial and antioxidant shape memory biomaterials – Email

Favorites:

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

Maryam Ramezani, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

Dissertation Research: Bacteria-responsive shape memory polymers – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

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

Nghia Thai, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

Dissertation Research: Polymeric biomaterials in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine – EmailLinkedInGoogle Scholar

Favorites:

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

Natalie Petryk, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering (MBM Lab B.S. Student Summer 2019-Spring 2021; M.S. Graduate Spring 2022)

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

Favorites:

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

David Fikhman, M.S. Student in Chemical Engineering (MBM Lab B.S. Student since Fall 2019)

Research Project: Controlled drug delivery from magnetically-responsive shape memory polymers – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

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

Katheryn Shi Dong, M.S. Student in Bioengineering

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

Favorites:

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

Undergraduate Students

Avery Gunderson, B.S. Student in Chemical Engineering

Research Project: Electrospun bacteria-responsive shape memory polymers – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

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

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

Research Project: Polyurethane foams with off-the-shelf foaming agents and controlled degradation – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

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

Emily Fittante, B.S. Student in Chemical Engineering

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

Favorites:

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

Emily Labour, B.S. Student in Bioengineering

Research Project: Characterization of Bacteria-Responsive Shape Memory Polymers – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

  • Food: Pasta
  • Animal: Otters
  • Book: Wuthering Heights

Megan Perlman, B.S. Student in Bioengineering

Research Project: Cytocompatible Gas-Blown Hydrogel Foams for Wound Healing – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

  • Takeout in Syracuse: Blue Monkey
  • Animals: Bears and Bats
  • Childhood Book: You are Special, Little One

Devanand Persaud, B.S. Student in Biotechnology

Research Project: Phenolic Acid-based shape memory polymers with antimicrobial properties – Email

Favorites:

  • Food: Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Animal: Cats
  • Childhood Book: Eragon

Leo Saldanha, B.S. Student in Bioengineering

Research Project: Shape memory polymers with controlled drug delivery – Email

Favorites:

  • Coming soon!

Alumni

Ph.D. Students

Henry Beaman, Ph.D. in Bioengineering, August 2022; Dissertation: Leveraging Isocyanate Chemistry for Low Cost and Highly Functional Hydrogels; LinkedIn

Anand Vakil, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, August 2022; Dissertation: Exploring the Biomedical Applications of Polyurethane-based Foams, Films, and Hydrogels; LinkedInGoogle Scholar


M.S. Students

Ellen Shepherd, M.S. in Bioengineering, May 2021; Thesis: Blood-material interactions with degradable shape memory polymer foams; LinkedIn

Nakira Christmas, M.S. in Bioengineering, May 2020; Thesis: In Vitro Characterization of Shape Memory Polymer Foam Hemostats; LinkedIn

Jingyi Liu, M.S. in Bioengineering, December 2020; Thesis: Characterization of Phenolic Acids for Incorporation Into Shape Memory Polymer Foams; LinkedIn


Undergraduate Students

Sapaydia Rosales, Biomaterials REU Program, Summer 2022; Project: Degradation of Starch-based Polyurethane Hydrogels; LinkedIn

Darnelle Stinfort, B.S. in Biotechnology, May 2022; Project: Antimicrobial Biomaterials Characterization; LinkedIn

Caitlyn Greene, B.S. in Biotechnology, May 2022; Project: Phenolic Acid-Containing PVA Hydrogels; LinkedIn

Bryanna Howes, Biomaterials REU Program, Summer 2021; Project: Biomaterial Degradation Characterization; LinkedIn

Priya Ganesh, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, May 2021; Project: Hydrogels for Crohn’s Fistulas; LinkedIn

Tyler Winegar, Biomaterials REU Program, Summer 2019; Project: Antimicrobial Shape Memory Polymer Foams