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Principal Investigator

Danielle BenoitDanielle Benoit, Ph.D.
Goergen Hall 308
Phone: (585) 273-2698

Therapeutic biomaterials development for tissue engineering and drug delivery with applications ranging from bone regeneration to antioral biofilm treatments

Postdoctoral Scholars

Yiming LiYiming Li, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Engineered Periosteum and Targeted Drug Delivery

Andrew ShubinAndrew Shubin, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Salivary gland regeneration

Joe VellaJoe Vella, MD, MSE, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Tissue engineered approaches to head and neck and craniofacial reconstruction

Weitao WangWeitao Wang, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Tissue engineering approaches for allograft revitalization

Technicians and Staff

Heather MillsHeather Mills
Laboratory Technician IV

Azmeer SharipolAzmeer Sharipol
Laboratory Technician III

Salivary gland regeneration via hydrogel based encapsulation and ‘microbubble’ technology.

Graduate Students

Marian Ackun-FarmmerMarian Ackun-Farmmer, M.S.
Graduate Student

Bone targeted micelle drug delivery

Maureen NewmanMaureen Newman, M.S.
Graduate Student

Targeted bone-anabolic therapeutics to enhance osteoporosis treatment (supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a University of Rochester Sproull Fellowship)

Clyde OverbyClyde Overby
Graduate Student

Kenneth SimsKenneth Sims, M.S.
Graduate Student

Use of pH-sensitive nanoparticle carriers in controlled release of anti-biofilm agents.

Jomy VargheseJomy Varghese, M.Sc.
Graduate Student

Controlled drug release via nanoparticle carriers (supported by an NIH F30 Research Fellowship)

Yuchen WangYuchen Wang, M.S.
Graduate Student

Promoting MSC-mediated musculoskeletal tissue regeneration using sustained, localized siRNA delivery

Undergraduate Research Students

Kharimat Lora AlatiseKharimat Lora Alatise
2017 Summer McNair Student / Undergraduate Student

Analyzing the stability and efficacy of parthenolide-loaded micelle nanoparticles via lyoprotection.

William DeMariaWilliam DeMaria
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Eva HansenEva Hansen
Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student

Salivary gland radiation protection

Brian HeBrian He
Undergraduate Student, Chemical Engineering

Characterizing Interaction between Nanoparticle and Drug through Spectroscopic Methods.

Corrine KennedyCorrine Kennedy
Human Health NSF REU research fellows, 2017

Growing RPE cells on modified PEG hydrogels.

Collin LarkinCollin Larkin
Chemical Engineering Undergraduate

Examining small molecule effect on bone formation.

Akshay SharathchandraAkshay Sharathchandra
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Janet SorrellsJanet Sorrells
Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student

siRNA nanoparticles as drug delivery system for mesenchymal stem cells

Alexander StrandAlexander Strand
Undergraduate Student

Characterization of pH-sensitive nanoparticle carrier stability

Yifei (Susie)  YanYifei (Susie) Yan
2017 Xerox Research Fellow

Effect of peptide ligand density of micelles for c-type lectin-like molecule-1 (CLL1) targeted delivery of parthenolide to leukemia stem cells

Sue ZhangSue Zhang
Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student

Hydrogel based drug delivery to bone