RESEARCH STAFF

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Mark Byrne, Ph.D.

 


GRADUATE STUDENTS

Jessica M. Larsen
Ph.D. Candidate, Expected: May 2016
Dissertation: Engineering Polymersomes for Treatment of Lysosomal
Storage Disease
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Materials Science Minor,
University of Virginia, 2012


 

Stephen E. Montgomery
Ph.D. Candidate, Expected: May 2017
Dissertation: Engineering Nanocarriers for Transdermal Pharmaceutical
Delivery
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, 2013

 

 

Padma Sundaram
Ph.D. Candidate, Expected: March 2014
Dissertation: Novel, Nanoscale Carriers Engineered for High Therapeutic
Payload and Controlled Release Using Nucleic Acid Aptamers
Internship: R&D Intern, GlaxoSmithKline, New Jersey, Summer 2013
B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Osmania University, India, 2008



Charles J. White
Ph.D. Candidate, Expected: May 2014
Dissertation: Engineering High Comfort Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, 2010
B.S., Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 2008



 

Ricky J. Whitener
Ph.D. Candidate, Expected: May 2016
Dissertation: Engineering RNA Nanoparticles For Controlled Therapeutic
Release
B.S., Chemical Engineering with Biomolecular Engineering Concentration,
University of Tennessee, 2012

 

 

Liana D. Wuchte
Ph.D. Candidate, Expected: May 2017
Dissertation: Fundamental and Applied Studies of Therapeutic Contact

Lenses
B.S., Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, 2013

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Christopher J. Bartel
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Expected: May 2014
Honors B.S. Thesis Candidate
2013-2014 AU Competitive Undergraduate Research Fellow

Paulina Schippers Estrada
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Expected: May 2014

Andrew Hightaian

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Expected: May 2015
Honors B.S. Thesis Candidate

Carter Lloyd
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Expected: May 2016
Honors B.S. Thesis Candidate

Brittany Moates
B.S., Biomedical Sciences, Auburn University, Expected: May 2014

Elizabeth Morris
B.S., Biomedical Sciences, Auburn University, Expected: May 2015
Honors B.S. Thesis Candidate

Elizabeth Pearce
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Expected: May 2015
Honors B.S. Thesis Candidate

Desmond R. Pressey
B.S., Applied Physics & Biomedical Engineering, Morehouse College, GA, Expected: May 2015
2013 NSF REU Fellow in Micro-Nano Structured Materials, Therapeutics, and Devices

Eric A. Thim
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Expected: May 2015
B.S. Thesis Candidate

 


ALUMNI - GRADUATE STUDENTS

Arianna Tieppo
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, December 2013
Dissertation: Novel Imprinted Contact Lenses for Controlled and Extended Release of Ocular Therapeutics
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico, 2004
Current Position & Affiliation: Santiago Consulting, TN

Vishal Salian
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, May 2012
Dissertation: Understanding the Impact of Reaction Parameters On Macromolecular Structure, Binding, and Transport of Imprinted Crosslinked Polymers
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Mumbai University, India, 2006
Current Position & Affiliation: Senior Engineer, Gharda Chemicals

Matthew W. Eggert
M.S., Chemical Engineering, May 2012
Thesis: Multi-Enzyme System For the Rapid Metabolism of Ethanol: Kinetics and Conjugation Within a pH-Sensitive Hydrogel
B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, Tulane University, 2006
Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Pharmacal Sciences, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University

David M. Webster
M.Ch.E., Chemical Engineering, August 2011
Project: Application of Engineering Principles to Nanomedicine Delivery
B.S., Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2009
Current Position & Affiliation: Process/Production Engineer, Haverhill Chemicals

Charles J. White
M.S., Chemical Engineering, December 2010
Thesis: Extended Release of Macromolecular Comfort Agents From Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses
B.S., Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 2008
Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering, Auburn University (Advisor: Dr. M. Byrne)

K. RyAnne Noss
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, May 2009
Dissertation: The Rational Design of Recognitive Polymer Networks For Sensing Applications
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, 2003
Current Position & Affiliation: Consultant

Siddarth Venkatesh
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, August 2008
Dissertation: Biohybrid and Biomimetic Platforms for Programmable Therapeutic Delivery
B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, University of Madras, India, 2003
Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Cell Biology, The Rockefeller University (with Dr. Paul Bieniasz, Laboratory of Retrovirology, HMMI, Aaron Diamonds Aids Research Center, and Dr. Günter Blobel - Nobel Prize Recipient in Physiology or Medicine 1999)

Asa D. Vaughan
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, August 2008
Dissertation: Reaction Analysis of Templated Polymer Systems
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, 2003
Current Position & Affiliation: AFIRM Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers & Cleveland Clinic Consortium, US Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, TX. Previously, NIH T32 Post-doctoral Fellow, NIH Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials Science Training Program, New New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Rutgers University (with Dr. Joachim Kohn)

Maryam Ali
M.S., Chemical Engineering, May 2007
Thesis: Therapeutic Contact Lenses for Comfort Molecules
B.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2005
Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin


ALUMNI - UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES - BS THESIS

James C. Kaczmarek
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2013
Honors B.S. Thesis: Engineering a Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens for the Controlled Multi-Day Release of An Ocular Anti-Inflammatory
2012-2013 AU Competitive Undergraduate Research Fellow
2011 NSF REU Fellow in Micro-Nano Structured Materials, Therapeutics, and Devices

Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering, MIT (Advisor: Dr. Daniel Anderson)

Aarika C. Boggs
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2013
Honors B.S. Thesis: Effects of Sink Conditions on Release Kinetics of Ocular Therapeutics from Molecularly Imprinted Contact Lenses
Current Position & Affiliation: D.M.D. Candidate, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry

Helena I. Kurniawan
B.S., Biochemistry, Auburn University, May 2013
Honors B.S. Thesis: Nucleic Acid Aptamer Affinity Controlled Therapeutic Release From Nanoparticles
Current Position & Affiliation: D.O. Candidate, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Matthew K. McBride
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2012
Honors B.S. Thesis: Engineering Comfort Enhanced Contact Lenses
2011-2012 AU Competitive Undergraduate Research Fellow
2013-2017 NSF Graduate Fellowship

Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder (Advisor: Dr. Christopher Bowman)

David M. Harris
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2011
Honors B.S. Thesis: Design of Poly(ethylene glycol) Based Hydrogels to Control the Release Rate of Sirolimus From Drug Eluting Stents
2010-2011 AU Competitive Undergraduate Research Fellow
2011-2013 Gates-Cambridge Scholar
M.Phil., Chemical Engineering, May 2013, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Current Position & Affiliation:
M.D. Candidate, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine

Jeney B. Zhang
B.S., Chemical Engineering & Biomedical Sciences, Auburn University, December 2008
B.S. Thesis: Bandage Contact Lenses For Anti-bacterial and Anti-inflammatory Therapeutics
Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering, Tufts University (Advisor: David Kaplan)

Efe Sahinoglu
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2008
Honors B.S. Thesis: Controlling Release of Comfort and Anti-inflammatory Therapeutics From Contact Lenses
Current Position & Affiliation: M.D. Candidate, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Steven Parker Sizemore
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2006
B.S. Thesis: Extending Relief for Allergic Conjunctivitis via Antihistamine Therapeutic Contact Lenses Based on Configurational Biomimetic Imprinting
Current Position & Affiliation: Engineer, Cargill


ALUMNI - UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
RESEARCH ASSOCIATES


Calvin R. Thomas
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2013
Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina (Advisor: Michael Amiridis)

Payam Pourjavad
B.S., Physics, May 2013
Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR
2012 NSF REU Fellow in Micro-Nano Structured Materials, Therapeutics, and Devices
Current Position & Affiliation: Reliability Engineer, Raytheon, Space and Airborne Systems
M.S. Candidate, Southern Methodist University

Jishnu Saha
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, August 2012
Current Position & Affiliation: Stem Cell Technologies, Biotechnology, & Electron Microscopy Program Cluster, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI

Amanda C. Paine
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2012
Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (Advisor: Benny D. Freeman)

Daniel R. Pulliam
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2012
2009 NSF REU Fellow in Micro-Nano Structured Materials, Therapeutics, and Devices
2010-2012 AASD-STEM Scholar
Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University

Kayla M. Pate

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2011
Current Position & Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina (Advisor: Dr. Melissa Moss)

Anne S. Thurber
B.S. Chemistry, Mount Holyoke College, May 2011
2008 NSF REU Fellow in Interdisciplinary Studies for Biosensor Development
Current Position & Affiliation: Clinical Engineer, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

J. Ian Bodford

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2010
Current Position & Affiliation: M.D. Candidate, University of Memphis, TN

Shondra Pass
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, May 2010
2006 NSF REU Fellow in Micro-Nano Structured Materials, Therapeutics, and Devices
Current Position & Affiliation: Process/Project Engineer, International Paper, Georgetown, SC

Anna Goblirsch
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Mississippi State University, May 2009
2008 NSF REU Fellow in Micro-Nano Structured Materials, Therapeutics, and Devices
Ph.D. 2013, Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Current Position & Affiliation: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Imaging Science, Vanderbilt University,
Nashville, TN

Zachary W. Greene
B.S., Chemical Engineering, The University of Mississippi, May 2009
2007 NSF REU Fellow in Micro-Nano Structured Materials, Therapeutics, and Devices
M.D. 2013, University of Florida
Current Position & Affiliation: Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Allison L. Collins
B.S., Chemical Engineering, May 2007
2006-2007 AU Competitive Undergraduate Research Fellow
J.D. 2010, University of Alabama School of Law
Current Position & Affiliation: Process Engineer & Environmental Associate, Holcim Cement, Mobile, AL

Tyler Black
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, May 2006
M.D. 2011, University of South Alabama
Current Position & Affiliation: Internal Medicine Resident, Duke Univ. Medical Center, Durham, NC

Dwayne A.L. Vickers
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tuskegee University, May 2006
Ph.D., 2012, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Advisor: Shashi Murthy)
M.S. 2008, Chemical Engineering, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (Advisor: Tamara Floyd-Smith)
Current Position & Affiliation: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Broad Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, (Advisor: Dr. Paul Blainey)

ALUMNI - UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
RESEARCH ASSISTANTS


Clayton Bartlett, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
S. Tyler Case, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
William Comfort, B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado
Kathryn Davis, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
Jaki Fleming, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
W. Collyn Loper, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
Montaski McCoy, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
Kristin McGlocklin, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
   M.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, 2006
Justin Nabors, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
Melissa Overfelt, B.S., Pharmacy, Auburn University
Ben Sherman, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
  M.D. Candidate, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine
Brian Tifft, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
Austin Westenhofer, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
Brock Wilson, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University

 

 

 

 

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