Current Members

Principle Investigator

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Xinqiao Jia, Ph.D.Curriculum Vitae
Associate Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Program
Center for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR)
Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI)
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical Engineering, MIT, 2002–2005
Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2002
B.S., Applied Chemistry, Fudan University, China, 1995

Office: 206 DuPont Hall
Tel: 302–831–6553
Fax: 302–831–4545
Email: xjia@udel.edu

Research Associate

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Shuang Liu
B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2001
M.S., Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Zhejiang University, China, 2004
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010
Email: lius@UDel.Edu

Project: Construction of cell–instructive multiblock copolymers using bioorthogonal reactions

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Tugba Ozdemir
B.S., Bioengineering, Ege University, Turkey, 2005
M.S., Bioengineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2010
Ph.D., Bioengineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013
Email: ozdemir@udel.edu

Project: In vitro assembly of functional salivary gland
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Ying Hao
B.S., Applied Chemistry, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, 2008
Ph.D., Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Soochow University, 2013
Email: yhao@udel.edu

Project: Molecular design of bioactive and stimuli–responsive polymers
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Shivshankar R. Mane
B.S., Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, India, 2003
M.S., Chemistry, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, India, 2006
Ph.D., Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Kolkata, India, 2014
Email: shivmane@udel.edu

Project: Synthesis and characterization of peptide–containing multiblock polymers

Ph.D. Candidates

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Vinu Krishnan
B.Tech., Electronics & Biomedical Engineering, Cochin University of Science & Technology, India, 2004
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, The University of Akron, 2008
Email: vinu@udel.edu

Project: Application of control release technology in the treatment of childhood leukemia
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Kevin Dicker
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011
Email: kdicker@udel.edu

Project: Clickable hydrogel platforms for salivary gland tissue engineering
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Bradford Paik
B.S., Materials Science, University of Minnesota, 2011
Email: bapaik@udel.edu

Project: Synthesis and Characterization of Peptide/Polymer Hybrids
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Aidan Zerdoum
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2012
Email: azerdoum@udel.edu

Project: Tissue engineering of functional vocal fold lamina propria
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Sarah Geiger
B.S., Chemistry; B.A., Physics; Millersville University, Millersville, PA, 2013
Email: sjgeiger@udel.edu

Project: 3D Photonic Sensor–Integrated Synthetic Matrices for Tumor Engineering
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Eric Fowler
B.S., Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011
Email: fowlere@udel.edu

Project: Strategic Incorporation of Network Defects to Control Cell Assembly in 3D
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He Zhang
B.S., Chemistry, Nankai University, China, 2013
Email: hezhang@udel.edu

Project: Modular Synthesis of Hybrid Dendrimers
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Anitha Ravikrishnan
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Anna University, India, 2012
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University at Buffalo, 2014
Email: anitha@udel.edu

Project: Directing Epithelial–Mesenchymal Transition using Synthetic Extracellular Matrices

Undergraduate Student

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Dakota Kelly
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware

Project: In vitro evaluation of cellular uptake of polymeric nanoparticles
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Patrick Crane
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware

Project: Peptide–modified hyaluronic acid hydrogels
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Rachel Boedeker
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware

Project: Development of instructive matrices using multiblock hybrid copolymers

Past Members

  • Ph.D. Students
    • Xian Xu: 2008 – 2013
      • Dissertation: Engineered tumor models for the evaluation of nanoparticle–based cancer therapeutics
      • Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, MIT.
    • Longxi Xiao: 2007 – 2013
      • Dissertation: Mechano–Responsive Hydrogels Crosslinked by Reactive Block Copolymer Micelles
      • Current Position: Polymer Chemist, PPG
    • Zhixiang Tong: 2008–2013
      • Dissertation: Vocal Fold Mimetic Microenvironment for the Modulation of Stem Cell Behaviors
      • Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    • Lisa Gurski: 2007–2012
      • Dissertation: Hyaluronic acid–based hydrogel systems for mechanistic studies of prostate cancer metastasis
      • Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    • Sarah Grieshaber: 2006–2011
      • Dissertation:Tunable Elastin–Mimetic Multiblock Hybrid Copolymers for Biomedical Applications
      • Current Position: Scientist, SABIC Innovative Plastics
    • Alexandra Farran: 2005–2011
      • Dissertation: Tissue Engineering of Vocal Fold Lamina Propria
      • Current Position: Scientist, L'Oreal
    • Amit Jha: 2005–2010
      • Dissertation: Hyaluronic Acid–Based Hydrogel Particles and Doubly Crosslinked Networks for Soft Tissue Regeneration
      • Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Berkley
  • M.S. Students
    • Xinyi Wang: 2010–2012
      • Dissertation: Hyaluronic acid–based hydrogels for cartilage repair.
      • Current Position: Chemist, General Separation Technologies, Inc.
    • Xiaowei Yang: 2010–2013
      • Dissertation: Synthesis and characterization of functional polyester elastomers.
      • Current position: Researcher, Alphasense Inc.
  • Postdoctoral Researchers
    • Dr. Nurettin Sahiner: 2005–2007
      • Project: Synthesis and characterization of hyaluronic acid–based hydrogel particles.
      • Current position: Associate Professor, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
    • Dr. Fang Jia: 2007–2009
      • Project: Effects of high frequency vibratory stimulation on stem cell differentiation.
      • Current position: Scientist, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University
    • Dr. Ting Nie: 2008–2009
      • Project: Assembly properties of alanine–rich, lysine–containing peptide in the presence of polymeric surfactants.
      • Current position: Research Chemist, Evonik Stockhausen, LLC
    • Dr. Xiaoying Wang: 2008–2010
      • Project: Amphiphilic block co–polyesters bearing pendant cyclic ketal groups as nanocarriers for controlled release of cancer theapeutics.
      • Current position: Professor, Jinan University
    • Dr. Chao Liu: 2008–2010
      • Project: Amphiphilic block copolymer micelles as microscopic crosslinkers for the formation of responsive hydrogels.
    • Dr. Anna Greene: 2009–2011
      • Project: Amphiphilic mutliblock copolymers via the combination of controlled radical polymerization and step growth, click coupling reaction.
    • Dr. Chengzhong Cui: 2010–2011
      • Project: Synthesis of functional polyesters with elastomeric properties.
      • Current position: Scientist, Solvay
    • Dr. Samuel H. Lahasky: 2013–2014
      • Project: Directing nanoscale assembly of peptide–containing multiblock polymers
      • Current position: Project manager, SciGenesis
  • Undergaduate Students
    • Michael Allerton
    • Meghan Woods
    • Christie Brandt
    • Aditya Bose
    • Michael R. Ruggieri
    • Christine Lummer
    • Lamoyne M. Habimana–Griffin
    • Kathryn Barber
    • James Thomson
    • Eric Levi