CURRENT STUDENTS

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Research interests are drug delivery with spatiotemporal control through incorporation of biocompatible materials for multiple clinical applications. Some of the targeting applications include infection and biofilm prevention, and cancer treatments. Primary approach is through adjuvant nanoparticle-based treatments with or without surface modifications that respond to either internal or external stimuli.

CARLOS M. WELLS

PhD Graduate Assistant

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My research work is on antibiotic loaded nanoparticles for the treatment of intracellular infection.  These particles are built around a superparamagnetic iron oxide core, enabling magnetic targeting and control over the rate of drug release.

My current project concerns biofilm-inhibiting chemicals developed as part of an interdisciplinary study with the UM Chemistry department. In this study, I perform microbiological testing to determine the efficacy of these new chemicals, and have also begun investigating potential biomaterial delivery applications.

ZOE HARRISON

PhD Graduate Assistant

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My current project investigates electrospun chitosan nanofibrous membranes to release biofilm-inhibiting chemicals and local anesthetics.  Release of fatty acids and local anesthetics in the context of burn wound healing could lead to improved healing outcomes and reduced incidence of infection.

LANDON CHOI 

MS Graduate Assistant

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RABETA YEASMIN

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.

ZACHARY PASTERNAK

 

PhD Graduate Assistant

I am currently working on a collaborative project with Karen Hasty, PhD, and Hongsik Cho, PhD, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  My current project evaluates the effect of polymer microspheres on inflammation in osteoarthritic joints.  We are evaluating polymer materials as potential therapeutics to relieve inflammation and reverse damage to cartilage.

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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EMILY COLEMAN

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LYDIA ROSS

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ALEXIS JOHNSON

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JOHN-DAVID ROSS

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OMAR MOHAMED

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BRITTANY SPENCER

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MADISON BROWN

ALUMNI

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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STASIANNE MALLIN

Currently playing professional soccer

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BRANDICO BARR

Currently working as a Quality Engineer at Smith and Nephew

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HAMZA AHMED

Working as a Post-Market Surveillance Intern at MicroPort Orthopedics (Arlington, TN).

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PARWINDER SINGH

Recently employed as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Medtronic (Memphis, TN).

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CHAVEZ NELSON

Recently employed as a Sustaining Quality Engineer I at Smith & Nephew Orthopedics (Memphis, TN).

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ROBERT MIHALKO

Currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA)

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ELYSIA MASTERS

Currently a Ph.D. student at Rochester University.

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DAVID LEVINE

Currently an MD candidate at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)

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MAGGIE BLACK

Working as a Design Quality Engineer at Medtronic (Memphis, TN)

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MAMADOU DIALLO

Working as a Product Development Engineer at Smith & Nephew (Memphis, TN)

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ELIZABETH DUNCAN

Currently pursuing her MD at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)

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MONICA RAWSON, DVM

Currently working on her PhD at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).

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MOHAMED HASSAN

Currently employed at Stryker.

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ALLEN MAMARIL

Currently working as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist at MicroPort Orthopedics (Arlington, TN).

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JONATHAN TAPP

Currently serving as a Project Manager at BH&M Consultants (Millington, TN).

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SAMER ABDULAHI

Currently an intern in Regulatory Affairs at Medtronic (Memphis, TN).

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RAVI PATEL

Currently working towards his DDS at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)