Department of Chemical Engineering
Telephone: 787-832-4040 ext.5859
Research Areas: Layer-by-Layer, Biopolymers, Cell Culture, Biomaterials
Our research focuses on the tailoring and engineering of biopolymeric-based biomaterials for fundamental studies and applications in therapeutics and tissue repair. Specific topics of interest include: cell-material interactions, growth factor/peptide delivery, bone repair, cancer therapies, and extracellular matrix mimetic materials. Our laboratory has extensive experience with multiple techniques for generating polymeric biomaterials such as polyelectrolyte multilayers via layer-by-layer assembly, nanofibers via electrospinning, and nanoparticles via polyelectrolyte complexation to be used for growth factor delivery. A wide array of techniques are employed to characterize these biomaterials including: Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (Transmission, FT-SPR, PMIRRAS, ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry, scanning electron microscopy, quartz crystal microbalance, confocal microscopy, and atomic force spectroscopy. Our laboratory also has extensive expertise in cell-culture techniques using both primary cells and immortalized cell lines.
- Post-Doctoral Biomedical Engineering, Grenoble Institute of Technology, 2013
- PhD Chemical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2011
- BS Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2007