Current Lab Personnel

Rachel Unruh

Graduate Student

Lab Tenure: 2011-2017

Education

 

BS Engineering (Biomedical Concentration), Baylor University, 2011

Pursuing PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Research

 

My work focuses on designing copolymer hydrogels for the purpose of long-term, minimally-invasive biosensing. These hydrogels are crosslinked polymer networks functionalized with oxidoreductase enzymes and long-lifetime, oxygen-quenched luminescent dyes. I systematically alter the copolymer compositions and quantitatively evaluate the impact of each composition on enzyme apparent activity, enzyme stability, substrate (e.g. glucose and oxygen) transport, and overall optical signal transduction. These investigations identify how various physical and chemical properties of host materials influence sensing chemistry stability, ultimately extending the operational lifetime of these devices in vivo.

 

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Aniket Biswas

Graduate Student

Lab Tenure: 2012-2017

Education

 

BS Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering, IIT-Kharagpur, 2011

MS Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering, IIT-Kharagpur, 2011

Pursuing PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Research

 

Sensor, controlled release, and smart coating applications of multilayer nanofilms. I am currently studying integrating microcapsules into hydrogels for various biomedical purposes.

Yil-Hwan You

Graduate Student

Lab Tenure: 2014-present

Education

 

BS Materials Science and Engineering, Hongik University, 2005

MS Materials Science and Engineering, Hongik University, 2007

Pursuing PhD in Materials Science and Engineering

Research

 

I am mainly interested in metal nanoparticle synthesis and its modification using various ligands.  My primary goal is developing novel SERS-based biosensors by encapsulating ligand-modified metal nanoparticles along with enzymes in implantable devices.

 

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Lindsey Bornhoeft

Graduate Student

Lab Tenure: 2014-present

Education

BS Biochemistry, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 2007Pursuing PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Research

 

My research interests are aimed at the design and fabrication of nano/microstructured sensors for non-invasive monitoring of clinically relevant biomarkers. I also enjoy playing sports, singing, and my 2 dogs.

Matt Jones

Graduate Student

Lab Tenure: 2014-present

Education

 

BS Chemical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Pursuing PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Research

 

My work involves stabilization of the enzymatic component of sensor devices. Conjugation of enzymes to a variety of organic and inorganic materials such as polymers and proteins has the opportunity to yield enhanced stability and additional functionality compared to their native form. In addition, I am currently working to model various enzymatic sensor configurations using the multiphysics modeling software, COMSOL. Modeling is an important predictive tool that can be used to guide optimal selection of parameters for sensor design.

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