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Messersmith Research Group


Phillip B. Messersmith, Ph.D.

Degrees:
BS, Life Sciences, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1985
MS, Bioengineering, Clemson University, 1987
PhD, Materials Science, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1992

Email: philm (at) northwestern (dot) edu

Link to CV
Mussels in Brussels! Ummm...



K. H. Aaron Lau, Ph.D.

Degrees:
Sc.M. and Sc.B., Materials Science, Brown University, Providence, 2002
PhD, Materials Science, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany

Email: aaronlau (at) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • Peptidomimetic polymers for anti-fouling applications
  • Nanostructured functional surfaces


  • Devin G. Barrett, Ph.D.

    Degrees:
    BS, Chemistry, Emory University, 2005
    PhD, Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010

    Email: d-barrett (at) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
  • Novel catechol-containing adhesives and hydrogels


  • Suresh Manohar, Ph.D.

    Degrees:
    B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
    PhD, Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University

    Email: s-manohar (at) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
  • Direct Measurement of Interaction of DOPA and imidazole groups with Metal Surfaces


  • Dong-Keun Lee, Ph.D.

    Degrees:
    PhD, Chemistry, Michigan State University, 2008

    Email: nanobiomed (at) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
  • Surface Initiated Polymerization on metal oxides


  • Iossif Strehin, Ph.D.

    Degrees:
    BS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2005
    PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2010

    Email: i-strehin (at) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
  • Biomaterial Design for the Regeneration of Wounded Tissue



  • Graduate Students:
     
    John Jinghao Kuang

    Degrees:
    BSE, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2006

    Email: j-kuang (at) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
  • peptidomimetic polymers for anti-fouling applications
  •    
    Daria Zelasko

    Degrees:
    BS, Bioengineering, Chemistry (minor), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

    Email: dariazelasko (at) u (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
    Inspired by mussel-mimetic adhesive strategies and catechol chemistries, we are utilizing polydopamine to functionalize the surfaces of gold nanorods for theragnostics. These applications include cancer targeting, diagnostics, and photothermal therapy. Additionally, this work has nucleated the study of novel albumin nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery and catechol-mediated metal nanoparticle formation for various applications.
     
    Tadas Sileika

    Degrees:
    BS, Biomedical Engineering and Economics, Northwestern University, 2009
    MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2012

    Achievements:
    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellow
    Ryan Fellowship fellow
    Biotechnology Training Program Cluster trainee

    Email: t-sileika (at) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
    I have been working on developing novel antibacterial strategies since joining the Messersmith group in February of 2010. Hospital-acquired and device-based infections are a major cause of mortality in the U.S. and other parts of the world, and my research has been geared at prevention and treatment of such diseases. Part of my effort has been focused on designing surface modification techniques to incorporate antimicrobial and antifouling compounds onto a variety of clinically-relevant materials. Additionally, I have been investigating targeted antibacterial therapeutics based on gold nanorods. More recent endeavors include engineering of antibacterial medical sealants and potential routes for treatment of chronic wounds.
     
    Devang Amin

    Degrees:
    BSE, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering (certificate), Materials Science and Engineering (certificate), Princeton University, 2008

    Achievements:
    • Medical Scientist Training Program student
    • Biotechnology Training Program trainee

    Email: devang-amin (at) fsm (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
    • Melanin-mimetic polydopamine nanoparticles for cancer drug delivery
     
     
    Undergraduate Students:
     
    Christina Fuentes

    Department:
    Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2014

    Email: christinafuentes2014 (at) u (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
  • Mussel-inspired Au nanomaterial surface modifications for various biomedical applications


  • Yu Fei Tian

    Department:
    Biology, Northwestern University, 2014

    Email: ytian2 (at) u (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
  • Peptidomimetic polymers for antifouling applications


  • Grace Bushnell

    Department:
    Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2013

    Email: GraceBushnell2013 (at) u (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

    Research Projects:
  • Catechol-containing hydrogels
  • Novel physical gels Peptidomimetic polymers for antifouling applications


  • Alumni:
    Lihong He, PhD
    Last Known Location: Delaware

    Jason Guo
    Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

    Dominic Fullenkamp, PhD
    Last Known Location: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

    Hyun Ok Ham, PhD
    Last Known Location: Post-doc in the Chaikof Group at Harvard Medical School

    Anika Williams
    Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

    Kvar Black, PhD
    Last Known Location: Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, St. Louis

    Jose G. Rivera, PhD
    Last Known Location: Hospira, Lake Forest, IL

    Michael Kharouta, MS
    Last Known Location: Research Engineer, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    Carrie Brubaker, PhD
    Last Known Location: Postdoc at Hubbell Group, Ecole Polytechnique F\E9d\E9rale de Lausanne, Switzerland

    Piotr Maniak, BS
    Last Known Location: Unknown

    Hye Sung Kim, BS
    Last Known Location: Biomaterials Engineering, Kangwon National University, Korea

    Jisuk Choi, BS
    Last Known Location: Biomaterials Engineering, Kangwon National University, Korea

    Hyuk Sang Yoo, PhD
    Last Known Location: Professor of Biomaterials Engineering, Kangwon National University, Korea

    Jing Su, PhD
    Last Known Location: Instructor at Northeastern Illinois University

    Zhongqiang Liu, PhD
    Last Known Location: Canada

    Yuhong Ren, PhD
    Last Known Location: East China University of Science and Technology

    Hyung-Do Kim, PhD
    Last Known Location: Associate at McKinsey & Company, Inc.

    Harsha Kulkarni, PhD
    Last Known Location: Associate at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.

    Lesley Hamming, PhD
    Last Known Location: Duke University School of Law

    Isao Hirata, PhD
    Last Known Location: Professor in Hiroshima University, Japan

    Michael Chau, MS
    Last Known Location: Biomedical research at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

    A. Basak Kayitmazer, PhD
    Last Known Location: Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department of Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

    Yong-Kuan Gong, PhD
    Last Known Location: Northwest University, Xian China

    Bi-Huang Hu, PhD
    Last Known Location: Hainan University, Hainan, China

    Kelly Luckasevic, MS
    Last Known Location: Baxter Healthcare Corp.

    Kyle Holmberg, BS
    Last Known Location: University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

    Kanika Chawla, PhD
    Last Known Location: Scientist at Cellerant Therapeutics, Inc. in San Carlos, CA

    Haeshin Lee, PhD
    Last Known Location: Professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

    Andrea Statz, PhD
    Last Known Location: Product Specialist, W.L. Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, AZ

    Marsha Jones, PhD
    Last Known Location: Medical Student at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

    Trung Nguyen, PhD
    Last Known Location: Sirigen Inc. in San Diego, CA

    Barbora Malisova
    Last Known Location: PhD Student at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland

    Rico Gunawan, PhD
    Last Known Location: Post-doc in Prof. Auguste Lab at Harvard Bioengineering

    Katherine Radwanski, MS
    Last Known Location: Baxter Healthcare Corp.

    Hermona K. Pandya, PhD
    Last Known Location: Research in Millie Firestone group at Argonne National Labratory

    Yuhan Lee
    Last Kown Location: Graduate student at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

    Simonida Grubjesic, PhD
    Last Known Location: Research in Millie Firestone group at Argonne National Labratory

    Nathaniel D. Catron, MS
    Last Known Location: Abbott Laboratory, Pharmaceutics Dept.

    Bruce Lee, PhD
    Last Known Location: Research Scientist, Nerites Corporation, Madison, WI

    Jeffrey L. Dalsin, PhD
    Last Known Location: Research Scientist, Nerites Corporation, Madison, WI

    Xiaowu Fan, PhD
    Last Known Location: Behr Inc., CA

    Warren Sands, BS
    Last Known Location: Research in the D. Mooney Lab at Harvard Medical School

    Mohit Manocha, BS
    Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

    Christopher Walsh, BS
    Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

    Yuri Zimenkov, PhD
    Last Known Location: Research Scientist

    Joel Collier, PhD
    Last Known Location: Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

    Jon Friedstat, BS
    Last Known Location: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana\96Champaign

    Cui Han, MS
    Last Known Location: Research Scientist, Ethicon Inc., Somerville, NJ

    Kathy Holian, MS
    Last Known Location: Principal Engineer, Baxter Healthcare Corp.

    Toni Kwan
    Last Known Location: Duke University

    Lijun Lin, PhD
    Last Known Location: Schumberger Co. Ltd., Houston, TX

    Caren Nguyen
    Last Known Location: Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

    Aaron Pederson, MS
    Last Known Location: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

    Tracy Sanborn, PhD
    Last Known Location: Helene Curtis Industries, Inc., Chicago, IL

    Steven Starke, BS
    Last Known Location: Taking chewing gum to another level at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Chicago, IL

    Ranee Stile, PhD
    Last Known Location: Baxter Healthcare Corp., Round Lake, IL

    Matthew Strege, BS
    Last Known Location: Underwriters Lab LLC, Northbrook, IL

    Sonke Svenson, PhD
    Last Known Location: Post doctoral fellow, Princeton University

    S. V. Vallabhaneni, PhD
    Last Known Location: Research Scientist, Abbott Laboratories, IL

    Eric Westhaus, MS
    Last Known Location: Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA

    Frank Znidarsich, BS
    Last Known Location: Unknown