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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

Graduate Students

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

Thalma Orado, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

Research Project: Bacteria-responsive shape memory polymers – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

  • Takeout in Syracuse: Clay Oven Indian Cuisine
  • Vacation Spot: Tsavo-Amboseli-Kilimanjaro (Kenya, Tanzania)
  • Thing to do in Syracuse: Hiking nature trails

Ernest Obeng, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering

Research Project: Shape memory polymer foams for hemorrhage control in traumatic wounds – Email

Favorites:

  • Coming soon!

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

Avery Gunderson, M.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

Undergraduate + Non-thesis M.S. Students

Chelsey Antwi, B.S. Student in Public Health

Research Project: In Vitro Models of Uncontrolled Hemorrhage – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

  • Takeout in Syracuse: Dinosaur BBQ
  • Material: Shape Memory Polymers
  • Animal: Peacock

Paris Smith, B.S. Student in Biotechnology & Neuroscience

Research Project: Antimicrobial Foams for Hemorrhage Control – Email

Favorites:

  • Thing to do in Syracuse: Snowball fights
  • Vacation Spot: Miami
  • Childhood Book: Frog & Toad series

Leo Saldanha, B.S. Student in Bioengineering

Research Project: Biodegradable shape memory polymer foams – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

  • Food: Sushi
  • TV Show: The Office
  • Beverage: Peace Tea

Shawn Sutherland, B.S. Student in Bioengineering

Research Project: Biodegradable shape memory polymer foams – Email

Favorites:

  • Game: Spider Man 2
  • TV Show: Naruto
  • Beverage: Fruit Punch

Owen Salius, B.S. Student in Bioengineering

Research Project: Hydrogels for Crohn’s Fistulas – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

  • Thing to do in Syracuse: Bouldering
  • Food: Tacos
  • Animal: Crocodiles

Samara Tomlinson, B.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering

Research Project: Characterization of Hydrogels for Crohn’s Fistula Healing – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

  • Thing to do in Syracuse: Snow, snow, and more snow
  • Animal: Tree kangaroo
  • Beverage: Capri Sun Pacific Cooler

Sam Zysk, 4+1 M.S. Student in Bioengineering

Research Project: Bacteria-responsive SMP bandages – EmailLinkedIn

Favorites:

  • Material: Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon!)
  • Animal: Elephant
  • Childhood Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Alumni

Ph.D. Students

Changling Du, Ph.D. in Bioengineering, August 2023; Dissertation: Multi-Functional Phenolic Acid-Based Shape Memory Polymer Foams as Hemostatic Agents

Maryam Ramezani, Ph.D. in Bioengineering, June 2023; Dissertation: Design of Shape Memory Polymers for Infection Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment; LinkedInGoogle Scholar

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

David Fikhman, M.S. in Chemical Engineering, May 2023; Thesis: Shape Memory Polymers as Controlled Drug Delivery Vehicles; LinkedIn

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

Emily Fittante, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Spring 2022- Fall 2023; Project: Degradable Hydrogels for Crohn’s Fistula Filling

Anushka Joardar, Fayetteville-Manlius High School Student, Summer 2023; Project: Degradable Shape Memory Polymer Foams

Jessica Peterson, Biomaterials REU Program, Summer 2023; Project: Bacteria-Responsive Shape Memory Polymer Specificity

Megan Perlman, B.S. in Bioengineering, Spring 2022- Summer 2023; Project: Characterization of Hydrogels for Wound Healing; LinkedIn

Grace Haas, B.S. in Bioengineering, Spring 2021- Spring 2023; Project: Shape Memory Polymer Foams Synthesized with Off-the-Shelf Foaming Components; LinkedIn

Devanand Persaud, B.S. in Biotechnology, Fall 2022- Spring 2023; Project: Characterization of Antimicrobial Shape Memory Polymer Foams

Emily Labour, B.S. in Bioengineering, Fall 2022-Fall 2023; Project: Surface Characterization of Bacteria-Responsive Shape Memory Polymers; LinkedIn

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