For my current project I am studying electrospun natural polymer membranes for treating burn wounds. My research focus is natural polymers for regenerative medicine applications. I was previously a Research Scientist in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia where I developed natural polymer hydrogels for healing bone injury and necrosis.
I am focused on developing biopolymer-based nanocomposite materials for antimicrobial wound dressing applications. My current work involves the preparation of chitosan-based electrospun nanofibers for wound healing and tissue engineering.
PhD Graduate Assistant
My current project investigates the attachment of novel biofilm inhibitors to biopolymers, metals, and ceramics. Release and activity of biofilm-inhibitors will be evaluated against pathogenic microorganisms. Compatibility of modified surfaces with mammalian cells will also be evaluated.
PhD Graduate Assistant
My current project investigates the development of acylated nanofibrous chitosan membranes to act as pre-hospital wound dressings, prevent bacterial infections, and alleviate pain. The membranes are loaded with local anesthetic and fatty acid signaling molecules which can disperse and prevent antibiotic-resistant biofilm
PhD Graduate Assistant
My current project involves anti-biofilm therapeutics and their effects on cells, including immune cells. Mediating pathogenic infection post-injury, while minimizing pro-inflammatory immune response, supports healthy tissue repair processes for multiple applications including bone and skin wound healing. I measure the success by detecting the protein expression and cell viability before and after treatment.
MS Graduate Assistant
My current project will include surface modification of hydroxyapatite with various antimicrobial agents for potential applications such as orthopedic implants. A primary target of this research is prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal infection
MS GRADUATE ASSISTANT
Working on biomaterials to reduce the painful outcomes of burn wounds and enhance healing.
Michael Harris, PhD
Dr. Harris is a recent graduate from the PhD program. His research focused on drug delivery from inorganic biomaterials and stimuli-controlled drug release.
Leslie Pace, MS
Leslie is currently working as an Evidence Evaluation Specialist at Smith and Nephew. During her time in the lab she focused on infection prevention and treatment by specifically targeting biofilm.
Chris is currently serving in Madagascar for the Peace Corps. During his time in the lab, he worked to invoke a gel-like formation of an injectable chitosan paste used to prevent infections in traumatic musculoskeletal wounds.
Chris Alexander, MS
Zoe Harrison, PhD
Zoe is currently working for Smith and Nephew as a Biocompatibility Scientist II. Memphis,TN
Rukhsana Awais, MS
Rukhsana is currently working as a Product Development Intern at Ariste Medical. Her research focused on evaluation of novel biofim inhibitors and their release from biopolymer materials.
Logan is currently working at Smith & Nephew as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist. During his time in the lab, he worked to chemically modifying chitosan in order to increase both the degradation and elution properties of an injectable paste
Logan Boles, MS
Carlos M. Wells, PhD
Carlos is now a Postdoctoral Associate at Division of Biochemical Toxicology National Center for Toxicological Research Food and Drug Administration
Landon Choi, MS
Landon is currently working for St. Jude as a Senior Researcher in Pharmacogenomics. Memphis, TN
Zachary Pasternak, PhD
Zachary is currently pursuing his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Florida.
Currently playing professional soccer
Currently working as a Quality Engineer at Smith and Nephew
Working as a Post-Market Surveillance Intern at MicroPort Orthopedics (Arlington, TN).
Recently employed as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Medtronic (Memphis, TN).
Recently employed as a Sustaining Quality Engineer I at Smith & Nephew Orthopedics (Memphis, TN).
Currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA)
Currently a Ph.D. student at Rochester University.
Currently an MD candidate at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)
Working as a Design Quality Engineer at Medtronic (Memphis, TN)
Working as a Product Development Engineer at Smith & Nephew (Memphis, TN)
Currently pursuing her MD at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)
MONICA RAWSON, DVM
Currently working on her PhD at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).
Currently employed at Stryker.
Currently working as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist at MicroPort Orthopedics (Arlington, TN).
Currently serving as a Project Manager at BH&M Consultants (Millington, TN).
Currently an intern in Regulatory Affairs at Medtronic (Memphis, TN).
Currently working towards his DDS at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)
Currently earning her Masters under Dr. Williams at UofM.
Currently working at MicroPort Orthopedics as a Post Market Surveillance Engineer. (Arlington, TN)
Currently employed at ITW medical as an application engineer. (Hebron, Illinois)
Currently a medical scribe at the Baptist Memorial Hospital
Currently earning her MS degree at University of Memphis.
Currently employed by Medtronic as a Manufacturing Engineer. (Plymouth, Minnesota)
Currently employed by Stryker in Regulatory Affairs. (Memphis, TN)
Currently a clinical research coordinator at Ascension (Kingsland, GA)
Attending graduate school at Illinois Institute of Technology in the Medical Devices and Biomaterials program.
Currently an Intern at Charles River Laboratories in Memphis, TN
Currently employed at Charles River Labortories as a Validation Engineer. (Memphis,TN)
Currently a process engineer at Charles River Laboratories in Memphis, TN