Graduate Students

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Omar BandaPublicity Photos of Omar Banda

Matriculated: Fall 2014

Program: PhD
Research Area: Biofunctional materials and cellular engineering
Research Advisor: John Slater
Previous Degrees: BS Cell Biology and Biochemistry from Rice University
Honors & Awards: 2015 IGERT Fellow
Email: obanda@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


LaMont Cannon

Matriculated: Fall 2013
Program: PhD
Research Area: HIV modeling
Research Advisor: Ryan Zurakowski
Previous Degrees:BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Delaware
Honors & Awards: University Graduate Scholars Fellowship
Email: lcannon@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: 332 DuPont
Phone Number: (302) 831-1257


Charlotte Chaze

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area: Brain tissue mechanics, functional neuroimaging, MRI, MR elastography
Research Advisor: Curtis Johnson
Previous Degrees: BS Chemistry
Honors & Awards: 2016 Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship; 2014 Max Planck Society Fellowship; 2013 Floyd A. Blankenship Memorial Award
Email: cchaze@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: STAR Campus – 540 S. College Ave, Suite 201, Row 4A


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John DeLucca

Matriculated: Fall 2012
Program: PhD
Research Area: Spine Biomechanics
Research Advisor: Dawn Elliott
Previous Degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Delaware with minors in Biomedical Engineering and Math
Honors & Awards:
Email: deluccaj@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: 160 (offc)/148 (lab) DuPont
Phone Number: (302) 831-7135


Rachel EdelsteinRachel Edelstein, Biomedical Engineering - Graduate Student.

Matriculated: Fall 2013
Program: PhD
Research Area: Nanomedicine for cancer management
Research Advisor: Emily Day
Previous Degrees: BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Rowan University
Honors & Awards: Honorable Mention in 2015 NSF GRFP competition
Email: edelstr@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200, Room 133
Phone Number: (302) 831-6697


Margot Farnham

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area: Articular Cartilage Biomechanics
Research Advisor: Christopher Price
Previous Degrees: BS in Biomedical Engineering, minor in Mathematics from Bucknell University, PA
Honors & Awards: 2016 Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship
Email: mfarnham@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Andria Farrens

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area: Motor learning, functional MRI, MR compatible robotics
Research Advisor: Fabrizio Sergi
Previous Degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Minor Biomedical Engineering
Honors & Awards: 2016 Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship; 2013 Harold Robert Grant Memorial Prize; 2013 Robert A and Denzil M Kepner Scholarship
Email: afarrens@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave., Suite 124


Danielle Ferguson

Matriculated: Fall 2013
Program: PhD
Research Area: Protein engineering/electrospinning
Research Advisor: Kristi Kiick
Previous Degrees: BS in Engineering Physics from Delaware State University
Honors & Awards:
Email: dsferg@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: 249 (Office)/227 (Lab) Dupont
Phone Number: (302) 831-6697


Rachel GilbertRachel Gilbert, Biomedical Engineering.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Regenerative Medicine/Mechanics of Development
Research Advisor:  Jason Gleghorn
Previous Degrees:
B.S. Cornell University – Major: Biological Engineering Minor: Biomedical Engineering  M. Eng. Cornell University – Biomedical Engineering
Honors & Awards:
2015 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
2015 Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship
2015 Gore Fellow
2016 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
Email:  rgilbert@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Keely Heintz

Matriculated: Spring 2014
Program: PhD
Research Area: Microfluidics and biomaterials
Research Advisor: John Slater
Previous Degrees: BS in Bioengineering and MS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University
Honors & Awards: 2015 Laird Fellowship
Email: kheintz@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200
Phone Number:


Justin Hollenbeck

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area: Intervertebral Disc Mechanics
Research Advisor: Dawn Elliott
Previous Degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Minors in Medical Physics and Mathematics from the University of Denver; MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver
Honors & Awards:
Email: hollejus@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: 160 (office)/148 (lab) DuPont Hall
Phone Number:


Aditya JagarapuAditya Jagarapu, BME graduate student.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  HIV Modeling
Research Advisor:  Ryan Zurakowski
Previous Degrees: Bachelor of Technology, Chemical Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India
Masters of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Honors & Awards:
Email:  srihari@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Patricia Johnson

Matriculated:Fall 2013
Program: PhD
Research Area: N/A
Research Advisor: N/A
Previous Degrees: B.S. in Biochemistry from Michigan Technological University, M.S. in Business Administration from Texas A&M University, Emphasis: Systems Engineering
Honors & Awards: N/A
Email: pjohns@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: N/A
Phone Number: N/A


Reza KhoeilarPublicity Photos of Reza Khoeilar

Matriculated: Fall 2014
Program: PhD
Research Area: Muscle coordination of healthy and pathological movement; neuromusculoskeletal modeling
Research Advisor: Samuel Lee and Jill Higginson
Previous Degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran, MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Delaware
Honors & Awards:
Email: radis@udel.edu
Location: 115 STAR Health Sciences Complex
Phone Number: (302) 831-4646


Andrea Lee

Matriculated: Fall 2014
Program: PhD
Research Area: Mechanics of fiber-reinforced tissues
Research Advisor: Dawn Elliott
Previous Degrees: BS in Biomedical Engineering from University of Rochester
Honors & Awards: 2014 Gore Fellow, 2015 IGERT Fellow
Email: andylee@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: 160 (office)/148 (lab) DuPont
Phone Number: (302) 831-7135


Ryan Locke

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Tendon-to-bone interface
Research Advisor:  Megan Killian
Previous Degrees:  B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
Honors & Awards:
Email:  rlocke@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way


Ryan McDonoughRyan McDonough, Biomedical Engineering.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Cartilage Mechanotransduction Engineering
Research Advisor:  Christopher Price
Previous Degrees:  Honors B.S. in Computer Engineering with minor in Biomedical Engineering – University of Delware
Honors & Awards:
Email:  ryanmcd@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Robert McGrath

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Wearable robotics
Research Advisor:  Fabrizio Sergi
Previous Degrees:  Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
Honors & Awards:
Email:  rmcgrath@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave, Suite 124


Jilian MelamedJillian Melamed, Biomedical Engineering - Graduate Student.

Matriculated: Fall 2013
Program: PhD
Research Area: Developing multifunctional nanomedicine for cancer therapy
Research Advisor: Emily Day
Previous Degrees:BS in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University
Honors & Awards: 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, 2014 BME Grad TA Award
Email: jrmelamed@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200, Room 133
Phone Number: (302) 831-6697


Catherine Millar-Haskell

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area: Tissue Engineering
Research Advisor: Jason Gleghorn
Previous Degrees: Biomedical Engineering, M.S., B.S.
Honors & Awards:
Email: cmillarh@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way


Saurabh ModiSaurabh Modi, BME graduate student.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  HIV Modeling
Research Advisor:  Abhi Singh
Previous Degrees:  BS & MS in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute Tech-Bombay
Honors & Awards:
Email:  saurmodi@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Evans Hall


Axel Moore

Matriculated: Fall 2012
Program: PhD
Research Area: Articular cartilage and the biomechanical contributors to osteoarthritis
Research Advisor: David Burris
Previous Degrees: BS in Marine Engineering Technology from California Maritime Academy, CA
Honors & Awards: 2013 Force and Motion Scholarship, 2013 Laird Fellow
Email: axel@udel.edu
Location: 333 Spencer Lab
Phone Number: (302) 831-8452 (Office); (302) 831-4239 (Lab)


Hetty Nie

Matriculated: Fall 2013
Program: PhD
Research Area: Single cell manipulation using engineered environments
Research Advisor: John Slater
Previous Degrees: BS in Bioengineering from Penn State University
Honors & Awards: 2013 Gore Fellow, 2013 IGERT Fellow
Email: htnie@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200
Phone Number: (302) 831-6697


Ashutosh Parajuli

Matriculated: Fall 2012
Program: PhD
Research Area: Mechanotransduction in bone
Research Advisor: Liyun Wang
Previous Degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University, UT.
Honors & Awards: 1st place prize for podium presentation at 2015 CBER Biomechanics Research Symposium, 2012 Gore Fellowship
Email: parajuli@udel.edu
Location: 206 Spencer Lab
Phone Number: (302) 831-6704
Advisor: Liyun Wang


Hisham Sherif

Matriculated: Fall 2012
Program: PhD
Research Area: Probability-based Bioinformatics and Decision Making in Cardiovascular Disease
Research Advisor: Ottoh-Okine Nii
Previous Degrees: MBBCh, MD
Honors & Awards: Two full patents for implantable artificial ventricle and total aortic arch replacement graft; artificial ventricle project short-listed for Medical Futures Innovation Awards, UK, 2008.
Email: hisham@udel.edu
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Jasmine ShiraziJasmine Shirazi, Biomedical Engineering.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  3D Organotypic Models
Research Advisor:  Jason Gleghorn
Previous Degrees: BS in Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University
MS in Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University
Honors & Awards:  2016 IGERT Fellow
Email:  jshirazi@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Daniel Smith

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area:  MR Elastography Brain & Muscular Analysis
Research Advisor:  Curtis Johnson
Previous Degrees: Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering
Honors & Awards:
Email: drsmitty@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: STAR Campus 201 Grad Area


Michael Sonnenfelt

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Developmental biology and bone biomechanics
Research Advisor:  Megan Killian
Previous Degrees: BS in Biomedical Engineering, Saint Louis University
Honors & Awards:
Email:  msonnenf@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


John Sperduto

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Metastatic Cancer, Microfluidics, in vitro Disease Models, Organ-on-a-Chip Devices
Research Advisor:  John H. Slater
Previous Degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering, The College of New Jersey
Honors & Awards: 2017 IGERT Fellow, 2016 Gore Fellowship, 2016 Chair’s Fellowship
Email:  jsperdu@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Wade StewartWade Stewart, Biomedical Engineering.

Matriculated: Fall 2015

Program: PhD
Research Area:  Regenerative Medicine and the Mechanics of Development
Research Advisor:  Jason Gleghorn
Previous Degrees:  BSE in Biomedical Engineering and Minor in Polymer Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Honors & Awards:
Email:  wadegs@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Nicholas TrompeterNicholas Trompeter, BME graduate student.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  N/A
Research Advisor:  N/A
Previous Degrees:  Bachelor of Science, Penn State University, Biology
Honors & Awards:
Email:  ntromp@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Danielle ValcourtDanielle Valcourt, an graduate student in Biomedical Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 Laird Fellowship. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Nanomedicine for cancer therapy
Research Advisor:  Emily Day
Previous Degrees:  BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering concentration, University of Notre Dame
Honors & Awards: 2016 George W. Laird Merit Fellow, 2015 Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship
Email:  dvalcour@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Alap Verma

Matriculated: Fall 2013
Program: PhD
Research Area: Systems Biology
Research Advisor: Babatunde Ogunnaike, Rajanikanth Vadigepalli (Thomas Jefferson Univ)
Previous Degrees: Bachelor of Technology in Engineering Physics from IIT Delhi (India) and MS in Physics from University of Texas at Dallas
Honors & Awards:
Email: averma@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab:
Phone Number:


Peter Worthington

Matriculated: Fall 2012
Program: PhD
Research Area: Cell hydrogel interactions for cancer modeling
Research Advisor: Darrin Pochan, Sigrid Langhans
Previous Degrees: BS in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University
Honors & Awards: 2013 Fraunhofer-UD exchange student
Email: pworth@udel.edu
Location: Nemours Children’s hospital, Wilmington
Phone Number: (302) 651-6538


Aidan Zerdoum

Matriculated: Fall 2012
Program: PhD
Research Area: Tissue engineering of functional vocal fold lamina propria
Research Advisor: Xinqiao Jia
Previous Degrees: BE in Biomedical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology
Honors & Awards: 2012 IGERT Fellow
Email: azerdoum@udel.edu
Location: 244 DBI
Phone Number: (302) 831-3454

“You can’t build a strong team with five people who all think the same way.”

Ashutosh Khandha

PhD Graduate, University of Delaware