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Completed BS in Physics @ KU Currently working on PhD in Bioengineering with Imaging focus, Working with Dr. Yang
Learned Hall, Room 5102

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.

Gradaute Research Assistant, Dr. Berkland, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate

Ms. Antunez obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Kyle Boone's portrait
Graduate Research Assisstant, Dr. Tamerler, Bioinformatics Engineering Ph.D. Student

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.

Eileen Cadel
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Friis, Biomedical Product Design & Development M.S./Ph.D. Program
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Dhar
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dr. Fischer, Mechanical Engineering M.S. Student

Mr. Chappell received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas.

Research Assistant, Dr. Dhar, Bioengineering Ph.D. Student

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.

Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Student, Gradaute Research Assistant, Dr. Wilson

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.

Lance Frazer's portrait
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dr. Fischer, Bioengineering Ph.D. Student

Mr. Frazer is a joint M.S./Ph.D. student interested in join mechanics. He received his B.S. from the University of Arizona in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.

Saba Ghazvini's portrait
Graduate Research Assistant, Drs. Dhar & Gehrke, Biomolecular Engineering Ph.D. Student

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.

Vineet Gupta's portrait
Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering Ph.D. Student, Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Gehrke, Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Detamore

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.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dr. Dhar, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Student
785-864-4341
Alex Hodes' portrait
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dr. Kieweg, Biomedical Product Design & Development M.S./Ph.D. Student
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Kieweg, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Student
Learned Hall, Room 4149

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.

Bhargavi Kirshnan's portrait
Graduate Researcg Assistant, Dr. Kieweg, Biomechanics & Neural Engineering Ph.D. Student

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.

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, MS/PhD Program, Dr. Tamerler
LEEP 2, Room 1444

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.

Damon Mar's portrait
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering Ph.D. Student, Orthopedics Research Assistant, KU Medical Center, Former Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Friis

Mr. Mar earned both his bachelor and master degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas.

Michaela McNiff's portrait
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Laurence, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Ph.D. Student
785-864-5086
Multidisciplinary Reserach Building, Room 356

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.

Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Student
Learned Hall, Room 5104A

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.

Mark Pacey's portrait
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Kieweg, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Student
Payam Poorsolhjouy's portrait
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Misra, Civil Engineering Ph.D. Student
Learned Hall, Room 5114
Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Student, Dr. Misra and Dr. Spencer
Learned Hall, Room 5114

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.      

Alana Schlemmer in the lab.
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Laurence, Chemistry Ph.D. Student
785-864-1926

Ms. Schlemmer studied chemistry at Truman State University.

Hadley Sis' portrait
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Friis, Bioengineering M.S. Student

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.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dr. Gehrke & Dr. Dhar, Bioengineering M.S. Student
Erik Van Kampen's portrait
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Gehrke, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Ph.D. Student, Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellow

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.

Sarah Kay VanOosten's portrait
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Tamerler, Biomolecular Engineering M.S. Student, Vice President, Bioengineering Student Council (BioESC)
785-864-1748
Learned Hall, Room 5104
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dr. Kieweg, Biomolecular Engineering Ph.D. Student
Cate Wisdom's portrait
Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellow, Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering Ph.D. Student, Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Tamerler

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.

Benjamin Wong's portrait
Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Friis, Biomedical Product Design & Development M.S. Student

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.


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