I am currently using laser and ultrasound systems to develop new imaging and therapeutic treatments. One technique may prove useful in the treatment of internal scar tissues after surgery or injury. Another technique may lead to new methods of removing skin discolorations and/or tattoos. Finally I am working on a cancer detection imaging system.
I started my career in research as an engineer at CareFusion in El Paso, TX, a topical antiseptics company, developing new infection prevention products after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a biomedical engineering degree. I was co-inventor of four patent applications resulting in two granted patents. After studying bioinformatics at UTEP to gain a better understanding of protein structure and computer algorithms, I am pursuing a Bioengineering PhD at the University of Kansas. Solid-binding peptide tags are a biomimetic approach to solving interfacial challenges between materials and biotechnology. I design solid-binding peptides and the linking sequences between solid-binding peptides and their target proteins to enable engineered peptides and proteins to function in antibacterial activity, mineral formation and protein-immobilization functions.
Ms. Cole graduated from KU with her B.S. in Chemical Engineering Spring 2015. Now she is working towards her M.A./Ph.D. in Bioengineering, focusing on product development. During her undergraduate career, Ms. Cole worked in Dr. Dhar's research lab.
Mr. Craig received his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas, where he is currently wrapping up his doctorate, also in Mechanical Engineering. He has served as both a graduate research and teaching assistant for Dr. Wilson.
While Ms. Ghazvini is working towards her doctorate in biomolecular engineering, she serves as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Dhar and Dr. Gehrke's lab. Previously, she was a part of Dr. Spencer's research team. Ms. Ghazvini has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology.
Mr. Gupta is a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Gehrke's lab. Previously, he was a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Detamore's lab. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Biophysics from Panjab University in Chandigarh.
Joe Scalet is a Kansas native who after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 2012. Following completion of his undergraduate studies Joe went to work in the pharmaceutical industry for several years before deciding to return to Kansas for his graduate studies in 2015, where he is currently pursuing his Ph. D. Here he works under the guidance of Dr. Pranjaparamita Dhar and Dr. Stevin Gehrke in Chemical Engineering on the development and characterization of biologically derived polymer materials. In addition to his research Joe has been a Teaching Assistant (TA) for Several C&PE courses, including, introduction to Thermodynamics, Engineering Economics, and Introduction to Computers in Engineering. Outside of the lab, Joe’s interests include traveling, cooking, and camping.
While working towards her doctorate, Ms. Krishnan serves as both a Graduate Research and a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Her M.S. is in Bioengineering from the University of Kansas and she has her B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University.
Received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas in May 2016. Is currently working with Tamerler Lab to develop novel applications for solid surfaces functionalized with biomolecules including improved enzyme stability and antimicrobial activity.
Ms. McNiff is working towards her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She is working with Dr. Jennifer Laurence as a Graduate Research Assistant on a NIH grant. She holds a B.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.
While Mr. Nejadsadeghi is working towards his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, he serves as a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Misra’s lab. His research involves non-classical micromorphic continuum mechanics to model granular materials. Mr. Nejadsadeghi obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology and Sharif University of Technology, respectively.
While working towards his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Sarikaya serves as a Graduate Research Assistant on a NIH grant at the IBER. His research interests include dental restorative materials, mechanics of interfaces, granular micromechanics, multiscale modeling and experimental characterization of material properties. He earned his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas with honors and he holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.
Ms. Sis recently obtained her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas. Now she is pursuing her graduate degree in Bioengineering while working in Dr. Friis' Spine Biomechanics Laboratory. Previously, Ms. Sis worked with Dr. Kieweg in her lab.
Mr. Van Kampen is a graduate research assistant in Dr. Gehrke's lab. His research interests include: drug delivery, antibodies, protein purification, hydrogels, and polymers. He was awarded a Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship in 2010. Mr. Van Kampen earned his bachelor degree from Calvin College in Engineering with a Chemical Concentration.
Ms. Wisdom was awarded a Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship for 2012-2016. She is a Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Tamerler's Lab. Ms. Wisdom's research interests include rotator cuff tissue engineering and biomimetic biomaterials. She is the co-founder of Collab, a online platform to connect student innovators on campus and in the community.
Mr. Wong received his Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Kansas in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on Biomechanics. While he is working towards his Master's degree in Biomedical Product Design & Development, Mr. Wong assists Dr. Friis in the KU Spine Biomechanics Lab.