Graduate Students

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Matriculated: Fall 2014
Program: PhD
Research Area: Biofunctional materials and cellular engineering
Research Adviser: 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


Jamie Benson

Matriculated: Fall 2017
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Cartilage biomechanics and tribology
Research Adviser:  David Burris and Christopher Price
Previous Degrees: BE in Biomedical Engineering, CUNY City College of New York
Honors & Awards: 2017 Chair’s Fellowship
Email:  jmbenson@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: 333 Spencer Laboratory


Ellen Bloom

Matriculated:  Fall 2017
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Mechanics of fiber-reinforced tissues and tendinopathy
Research Adviser:  Dawn Elliott
Previous Degrees:  BBmE in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota
Honors & Awards: 2017 Robert W. Gore Fellowship, 2017 Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship
Email:   etbloom@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: 160 (office)/148 (lab) DuPont


Ali Bozorgnezhad

Matriculated:  Fall 2016
Program: PhD (Mechanical Engineering)
Research Area:  Multiphase Flow, Microfluidics, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
Research Adviser:  Dr. Jason Gleghorn, Dr. David Burris (ME)
Previous Degrees:  M.S. Mechanical Engineering, K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Email: abn@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Tech Park, 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Andrew Brown

Matriculated: Fall 2018
Program: PhD
Research Area: Applying droplet microfluidics to biological systems
Research Adviser: Jason Gleghorn
Previous Degrees: BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Lebanon Valley College
Email: brownaj@udel.edu
Location: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Zheng Cao

Matriculated: Spring 2019
Program: PhD
Research Area: Engineering Biomaterials and 3D Tissue model to Study Cardiomyopathy
Research Adviser: Elise Corbin
Previous Degrees: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology; M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston
Email: caozheng@udel.edu
Location: Delaware Technology Park, 9 Innovation Way


MegMegan Dang, Biomedical Engineeringan Dang

Matriculated: Fall 2017
Research Area: Targeted nanomedicine for cancer therapy
Research Adviser: Emily Day
Previous Degrees: BS Bioengineering, University of Maryland
Honors and Awards: Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship 2017
Email: mndang@udel.edu
Location: Delaware Tech Park, 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Petyon Delgorio, Biomedical EngineeringPeyton Delgorio

Matriculated: Fall 2017
Program: PhD
Research Area: MR Elastography for Brain and Muscle Biomechanics
Adviser: Curtis Johnson
Previous Degrees: BS in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Email: delgorio@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave, Room 125


Michael Donzanti

Matriculated: Fall 2018
Program: PhD: Biomedical Engineering
Research Area: Microfluidics, Organ-on-a-Chip Devices
Research Adviser: Jason Gleghorn
Previous Degrees: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Honors & Awards: 2018 Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship, 2018 Gore Biomedical Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Email: mdonz@udel.edu
Location: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Cindy Farino

Matriculated: Fall 2017
Program: PhD
Research Area: Microfluidics and biomaterials
Research Adviser: John Slater
Previous Degrees: BS in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University
Email: cjfarino@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park -5 Innovation Way


Margot Farnham

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area: Articular Cartilage Biomechanics
Research Adviser: 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 Adviser: 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


Elahe Ganji

Matriculated:  Fall 2016
Program: PhD (Mechanical Engineering)
Research Area:  Overuse Biomechanics, Musculoskeletal Tissue Mechanics
Research Adviser:  Dr. Megan Killian
Previous Degrees:  B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran
Email: elaganji@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


 Rachel GilbertRachel Gilbert, Biomedical Engineering.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Regenerative Medicine/Mechanics of Development
Research Adviser:  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


Jeongmin Hwang

Matriculated: Fall 2017
Program: PhD
Research Area: Biomaterials, Gene/drug delivery, Regenerative medicine
Research Adviser: Kristi Kiick and Millicent Sullivan
Previous Degrees: BS in Chemistry, University of Utah; MS in Bioengineering , University of Utah
Honors & Awards: 212 Mack Thomas Rozelle Scholarship, 2017 Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship
Email: jmhwang@udel.edu
Location Office: 253 Colburn Lab (Office)
Location Office/Lab: 243, 256, 260 Colburn Lab and 227 Dupont Hall (Lab)


N’Dea Irvin-Choy

Matriculated: Fall 2018
Program: PhD
Research Area: Drug Delivery
Research Adviser: Emily Day
Previous Degrees: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rowan University
Honors & Awards: Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship 2018, UD; University of Delaware Graduate Scholar, 2019, UD
Email: irvinchn@udel.edu
Location: Delaware Technology Park, 5 Innovation Way


Aditya JagarapuAditya Jagarapu, BME graduate student.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  HIV Modeling
Research Adviser:  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
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 Adviser: 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
Email: pjohns@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: N/A


Keely Keller

Matriculated: Spring 2014
Program: PhD
Research Area: Microfluidics and biomaterials
Research Adviser: 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


Meghan Kupratis

Matriculated: Fall 2018
Program: PhD
Research Area: Articular cartilage biomechanics and biotransport
Research Adviser: Christopher Price
Previous Degrees: B.S. Biomedical Engineering from Boston University
Email: kupratis@udel.edu 
Location: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Connor Leek

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area: Biomechanics
Research Adviser: Megan Killian
Previous Degrees: BS in Biomedical Engineering
Email: connorle@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park, 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Ryan Locke

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


Benjamin Luo

Matriculated: Fall 2017
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Elucidating intracellular trafficking of nanoparticles
Research Adviser:  Emily Day
Previous Degrees:  BS, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
Email:  bluo@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way Suite 200


RyanRyan McDonough, Biomedical Engineering. McDonough

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Cartilage Mechanotransduction Engineering
Research Adviser:  Christopher Price
Previous Degrees:  Honors B.S. in Computer Engineering with minor in Biomedical Engineering – University of Delware
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 Adviser:  Fabrizio Sergi
Previous Degrees:  Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
Email:  rmcgrath@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave, Suite 124


Grace Mcilvain

Matriculated: Fall 2017
Program: PhD
Research Area: Pediatric Magnetic Resonance Elastography
Research Adviser: Curtis L Johnson
Previous Degrees: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware; Masters of Business Administration, University of Delaware; Masters of Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
Email: gmcilvai@udel.edu 
Location: STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave,Office Suite 201


 

Kyle Meadows

Matriculated: Fall 2017
Program: PhD
Research Area:  MRI and biomechanics of fibrous soft tissues
Research Adviser:  Dawn Elliott
Previous Degrees:  B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University
Honors & Awards:  2018 IBBM Fellow
Email:  meadowkd@udel.edu
Location Office: 160 DuPont Hall
Location Lab: 148 DuPont Hall


Catherine Millar-Haskell

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


Daniel Minahan

Matriculated: Fall 2017
Program: PhD
Research Area: Regenerative Medicine, Translational Medicine
Research Adviser:  Jason Gleghorn
Previous Degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University

Honors & Awards: 2017 Biomedical Engineering Chair’s Fellowship, 2017 Gore Biomedical Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Email: dminahan@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


Saurabh Modi, BME graduate student.Saurabh Modi

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


Harrah Newman

Matriculated: Summer 2018
Program: PhD: Biomedical Engineering
Research Area: Spine Biomechanics
Research Adviser: Dawn Elliott
Previous Degrees: BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Email: harrah@udel.edu
Location: Dupont 160


Ashutosh Parajuli

Matriculated: Fall 2012
Program: PhD
Research Area: Mechanotransduction in bone
Research Adviser: 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


Babak N. Safa

Matriculated: Fall 2014
Program: PhD, Mechanical Engineering
Research Area: Tissue damage mechanics and inelasticity
Research Advisers: Professors Dawn Elliott and Michael Santare (ME)
Previous Degrees: B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2014
Email: safa@udel.edu
Location: 160 Dupont Hall


Mackenzie Scully

Matriculated: Fall 2018
Program: PhD
Research Area: Biomimetic nanotechnology for cancer therapy
Research Adviser: Dr. Emily Day
Previous Degrees:B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials and Tissues Concentration, University of Miami
Honors & Awards: 2018 Gore Biomedical Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award from the Biomedical Engineering Department
Email: mkscully@udel.edu
Location: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


 Jasmine ShiraziJasmine Shirazi, Biomedical Engineering.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  3D Organotypic Models
Research Adviser:  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 of Anisotropic Tissue
Research Adviser: Curtis Johnson
Previous Degrees: BS Mechanical Engineering, Minor Biomechanical Engineering from University of Delaware
Email: drsmitty@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave, Suite 125


John Sperduto

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Metastatic Cancer, Microfluidics, in vitro Disease Models, Organ-on-a-Chip Devices
Research Adviser:  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: Biomedical Engineering
Research Area:  Mechanical regulation of induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes for in vitro disease models of cardiovascular disease and corresponding regenerative therapies.
Research Adviser:  Dr. Elise Corbin
Previous Degrees:  M.S. Biomedical Engineering University of Delaware, BSE in Biomedical Engineering and Minor in Polymer Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Honors & Awards: 2018 Best Biomedical Engineering Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email:  wadegs@udel.edu
Location Office/Lab: 9 Innovation Way Rm 276; Lab: 9 Innovation Way Rm 286


Ryan Taitano

Matriculated: Fall 2018
Program: PhD
Research Area: Biomaterials and microfluidics for vascular dementia research
Research Adviser: John Slater
Previous Degrees: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
Email: rtaitano@udel.edu
Location: Delaware Technology Park – 5 Innovation Way, Suite 200


 Nicholas TrompeterNicholas Trompeter, BME graduate student.

Matriculated: Fall 2015
Program: PhD
Research Area:  Cytomechanics and regenerative medicine
Research Adviser:  Randall Duncan
Previous Degrees:  Bachelor of Science, Penn State University, Biology
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 Adviser:  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


Andrea Zonnino

Matriculated: Fall 2016
Program: PhD: Biomedical Engineering
Research Area: MRI-compatible robotics
Research Adviser: Fabrizio Sergi
Previous Degrees: MSc Biomedical Engineering, Universita Campus Bio-Medico di Roma; BSc Industrial Engineering, Universita Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
Honors & Awards: University Dissertation Fellowship
Email: zonni@udel.edu
Location: STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave., Suite 124


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

Ashutosh Khandha

PhD Graduate, University of Delaware