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Overview

Because of the interdisciplinary elements of our work, our graduates develop exceptional communication skills that allow them to successfully work with colleagues in medical schools and the life-sciences, while remaining grounded in a mathematical foundation, to collectively develop novel approaches to bioscience problems. The successful B2Ker can confidently navigate at the forefront between life-sciences and engineering, generating fundamentally sound solutions to some of the most difficult biomedical engineering problems.

B2K alumni have graduated to become leaders in all aspects of biomedical engineering.

We are proud of the B2K Alumni!

Alumni

PhD Graduates

Year

Thesis Title, Positions

Christopher Hale
2018

Thesis:Application of Direct Osmotherapy for Spinal Cord Injury and Other Aspects of Crowded Protein Osmotic Pressure

Dieanira Erudaitius
2017

Thesis: Interpreting Intracellular Hydrogen Peroxide in Cancer Cells to Understand Cancer Susceptibility to Pharmacological Ascorbate Therapy. Collaboration with Dr. Garry R. Buettner, School of Medicine, University of Iowa.

Devin McBride
2013

Thesis: Further Development of the Free Solvent Osmotic Pressure Model and Applications to Cerebral Edema and Therapies. NSF IGERT Fellow. Past Position: Postdoctoral Associate: John Zhang Neuroscience Research Laboratories, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine. Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX.

Prashanthi Vandrangi
2012

Thesis: Vascular Biotransport Considerations in Signaling Cascades. Past  Position: Senior Researcher, UCR, Professor Masa Rao, Biomedical Microdevice Laboratory. Past Position: Senior Biomedical Engineer, Sonendo, Inc. Laguna Hills, CA. Current Position: Manager, Scientific Communications, Transcatheter Mitral and Tricuspid Technologies, Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA.

Treniece Terry
2008

Thesis: Synthesis of Biodegradable porous PLA-PEG Microparticles for Pulmonary Drug Delivery (with Professor Ali Salem), Ph.D., 2008. Following Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, U Mass. Amherst, Professor H. Bermudez. Current Position: NRC (National Research Council) Postdoctoral Fellow at AFRRI (Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute), Bethesda, MD.

Yiheng Wang
2008
Thesis: Electrostatic Contributions in Binary Protein Ultrafiltration. Current Position: Professor, Lone Star College, Cypress, TX.
Taiying Zhang
2007
Thesis: Glucose Production from Cellulose in Subcritical and Supercritical Water (with Dr. G. Aurand). Following Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, CE-CERT, University of California, Riverside. Current Position: Staff, California Energy Commission.
Nicole Biglione
2007
Thesis: Analysis of Atrazine-Degrading Suspended Cells and Biofilm, (with Prof. T. L. Peeples). Current Position: Product Development Scientist, Abbott Nutrition, Cleveland, OH
Aiying Zhao
2005
Thesis: Characterization and Modeling for Transient Protein Distribution in PLGA Microparticles as Potential Vaccine Delivery Vehicles. Past Position: Synergistic Advanced Technologies LLC, Tucson, AZ; Current Position: Patent Analyst, Global Patent Solutions LLC, Scottsdale, Arizona
Chin Feng Ng
2005
Thesis: Prelude to Modeling Multiscale Three-Dimensional Cell Metabolic Process in Bioreactors. (with Prof. D. W. Murhammer). Past Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of California, Riverside. Current Position: Department of Bioengineering, University of Louisville, Kentucky
Kushanie Tilakaratne
2004
Thesis: Oxygen and Mass Transport Considerations in the Development of a Modified Bioartificial Pancreas. Past Position: Consultant Engineering, EML Consultants, 68 Davidson Road Colombo, 4 Sri Lanka. Current Position: WriteAway eTutor, British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Mohammed Yousef
2000
Thesis: The Effect of Molecular Interactions on the Osmotic Pressure and Diffusion Coefficients of Protein Solutions (with Professor R. Datta). Past Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA and Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL; Director of BSD Biophysics Core Facility at the University of Chicago, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences Division, University of Chicago, Chicago. IL. Current Position: Senior Field Application Scientist, Bio-Rad, Chicago IL.
Sheldon Oppenheim
1996
Thesis: Analysis of Transient Membrane Fouling in Protein Ultrafiltration Using ESR Spectroscopy. NIH Fellow.
Past Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA, RPI, Troy, NY and MIT, Cambridge, MA
Past Position: Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc., Cambridge, MA. Current Position: Associate Engineering Fellow, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co., Cambridge, MA, USA

MS Graduates

Year

 Thesis Title, Positions

Raymond Yeung
2017

Effect of Electrostatic Interactions on Performance of Electrically Conductive
Ultrafiltration Membranes for Protein Fractionation (with David Jassby)

Ryan Kozoka
2014
Thesis: An Evaluation of Protein-Ligand Interactions through Diffusion Coefficients Determined via Taylor Dispersion Analysis, M.S.. Current Position: QA Investigator, Gilead Sciences
Jana Baccula
2010
Thesis: A Free-Solvent Model for Predicting Viscosity in Concentrated Particle Solutions, M.S. Current Position, R & D Manager, Abbott Vascular
Michelle Sukup Jackson
2007
Thesis: Developing a Sustainable Biotransplantable Devices Using CD34+ Cells to Vascularize a Bioartificial Pancreas (with Gina Schatteman), M.S. (Received NSF GRF at MIT in 2007). Past, PhD, Biological Engineering, MIT. Current Position: Simon-Kucher & Partners, Consultant.
Wei Li
2003
Thesis: CpG Release from PLGA Microspheres: In-vivo and In-vitro Studies, M.S., 2003
Wayne Jones
1998
Thesis: Fouling Reduction in Ultrafiltration And Microfiltration Membranes Via Transmembrane Pressure Pulsing: Water Treatment Applications, M.S. (with Professor Rich Valentine). Current Position: BioProcess Development Senior Scientist, Total New Energies USA, Inc.
Jay Kao
1997
Thesis: Development of Biocompatible Surfaces for Membrane-Based Artificial Pancreas, M.S., Past Position: Abbott Laboratories, Chicago, IL; Current Position: Director Commercial Development, Pfizer, Lake Forest, IL.
Sylvana Derjani Bayeh
1995 
Thesis: Significance of Probability Distribution Function on Sieving and Apparent Pore Radius in Ultrafiltration, M.S. Current Position: Assistant Professor, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Departamento de Termodinámica
Russell Nel
1993
Thesis: Analysis of Transport Resistance in Binary Macromolecular Membrane Separations, M.S. Past: PhD Finance EDHEC Business School. Current Position: Longevity Risk Solutions Expert and Researcher, Zamar Foundation, Cape Town Area, South Africa

Previous B2K Undergraduate and Secondary Student Researchers (P=Published)

Chen, Madeleine

Computational Modeling of Particle-Particle Interaction in Spiral Flow Channels, 2019-2020

Chu, Daniel

Computational Modeling of Particle-Particle Interaction in Spiral Flow Channels, 2019-2020

Ravoora, Mahima

Permeability of the Gut, 2020

Hawatmeh, Jesse-Issa

Analysis of Protein-Protein Interactions in Crowded Environments, 2019

Mendoza, Adrian

Transport and Drug Delivery Devices for TBI Decompressive Craniectomy, 2019

Nguyen, Mikayla

Effects of Free Fatty Acids on Gastric Mucosal Barrier Permeability, (with Declan McCole, Geert Schmid-Schonbein), 2017-2018

Farhat, Karma

Controlled Release of Neuregulin-1 for Neuroprotection (with B. Ford) 2017

Soliman, Jesse (P)

Cellular Properties Relating to Susceptibility of Ascorbate Therapy, 2017-2018

Batarseh, Ramsey (P)

Concentrating Protein Osmometer, 2017-2018

Chaar, Roman (P)

Device Development for Edema Reduction in Spinal Cord Injury, 2017-2018

Antoine, Montrell

Cellular Properties Relating to Susceptibility of Ascorbate Therapy, California Baptist, University, Summer 2017

Labra, Kimberly

Effect of Free Fatty Acids on Gastric Mucosal Barrier Permeability (with Declan McCole, Geert Schmid-Schonbein), 2016-2017

Mantooth, Jacqueline (P)   

Potential Contribution of AQP-3 Expression in Brain Cancer Cell Susceptibility to Therapeutic Hydrogen Peroxide Produced During Ascorbate Therapy, Chancellor’s Research Fellow, 2016-17

Tan, Aaron               

Effect of Free Fatty Acids on Gastric Mucosal Barrier Permeability (with Declan McCole, Geert Schmid-Schonbein), 2016

Kazmi, Sarah (P)

Significance of AQP3 Expression on Hydrogen Peroxide Transport through Peroxisomal Membranes of Pancreatic Cancer Cells, 2016
Yang, Jennifer (P)

Effects of Anions on Concentrated Protein Osmotic Pressure, 2014

Huang, Andrew (P) Modeling of Ascorbate as a Pancreatic Cancer Therapy Adjuvant, 2014-2017
Ortiz, Charlie Osmotic Pressure of Proteins in Salt Solutions, 2014
Gheen, Benjamin (P) Enhanced Ultrafiltration with Variably Charged Membranes, (with Professor David Jassby), 2014 - 2015
Hughley, Jordan (P)     Development of a Concentrating Osmometer, (MSRIP) 2013
Chang, Larry (P)         Osmotic Pressure of Proteins in Monovalent Salt Solutions, 2013 – 2014
Vang, Kevin (P) Osmotic Pressure of Proteins in Monovalent Salt Solutions, 2013 – 2014
Ng, Yeena                     

Zeta Potential Measurements of Mucosal Cells, (with David D. Lo), 2013-2015

Torres, Leopoldo    Zeta Potential Measurements of Mucosal Cells (with David D. Lo), 2013-2014 (Received NSF GRF at U Maryland in 2015)
Ornelas, Danielle (P) Osmotic Pressure of Proteins in Divalent Salt Solutions, 2012
Cervantes, Cristina  Detection of Modified Proteins Using Osmotic Pressure, CAMP, 2012
Carvajal, Nicole (P)       Transient Measurements of Zeta Potential Across Cells, MY-BEST, UCR Researcher, 2012
Gonzalez, Jonathan  Osmotic Pressure of Cell Membranes, CAMP and UCR Researcher, 2012
Singh Sagoo, Harpal Jr    Characterizing Binary Protein Osmotic Pressure, UCR Researcher, 2011
Kozaka, Ryan (P) Designing Mass-Transfer Flow Devices for Endothelial Signaling, UCR Researcher, 2011
Bhakta, Heran          Designing Mass-Transfer Flow Devices for Endothelial Signaling, UCR Researcher, 2011
Bansal, Nidhanjali (P) Measurement of Zeta Potential Across Cells, NSF MY-BEST Scholarship Recipient, 2011
Jann, Victoria             Osmotic Pressure Devices, UCR Researcher, 2010
Mack, Palin        Modeling Mass Transfer Characteristics under Varying Flow Parameters, UCR Researcher, 2010
Hernandez, Emilio GUVs to Carry Out Osmotic Studies in Crowded Protein Environment, UCR Researcher, 2009
Sosa, Martha (P) Mass Transfer Characteristics under Varying Flow Parameters, UCR Researcher, 2009
Hale, Chris (P)           pH Dependency of Osmotic Pressure in Crowded Protein Solutions, UCR Researcher, 2009
Auston, Miesha        Mass Transfer Characteristics under Varying Flow Parameters, UCR Researcher, 2009 
Ha, Theodore Ion Binding using the Distribution Method, UCR Researcher, 2009
Jadeja, Karishma     Mass Transfer Characteristics under Varying Flow Parameters, UCR Researcher, 2009
Johnson, Jesse Ion Binding using the EMF Method, UCR Researcher, 2008
Bennett, Kaila (P) Measurement of Zeta Potential of Microparticles for Mucosal Vaccines, 2009, NSF MY-BEST, 2009-2010 (with Professor David Lo). (Received NSF GRF at UCR in 2011)
Jreij, Pamela (P) Measurement of Zeta Potential Across Cells, 2009 (with Professor David Lo). (Received NSF GRF at UC Berkeley in 2010)
Jennings, Olga PLGA Microparticles for Mucosal Vaccines, NSF REU BRITE@UCR, 2008 (with Professor David Lo)
Aguirre, Adriana P.  Measuring Protein Ion Binding, NSF REU BRITE@UCR, 2008
Sausman, Noriko (P) Alginate Encapsulation and use of Bioreactors for Follicle Culture, NSF MRU MY-BEST, 2008-2009 (with Professor Prue Talbot) (Received NSF GRF in 2010 at UCR)
Dodson, Jared Taylor Dispersion to Determine Protein Diffusivities, UCR Undergraduate Research, 2008
Johnson, Jesse   Development of Drug Delivery PLGA Particles, UCR Researcher, 2008
Bickford, Shelby Measuring Protein Ion Binding, NSF REU BRITE@UCR, 2007
Suhalim, Jeffrey Quantitative Control of Interferon Signaling Process, NSF REU BRITE@UCR and MSRIP, 2007
Balasubramanian, Shruthi (P) Measuring Protein Ion Binding, University of California, Riverside, 2007
McBride, Devin (P) Quantifying Osmotic Pressure in Observed Biological Behavior, University of California, Riverside, 2007
Tan, Yuh Jiun Determining Multicomponent Protein Diffusivities via Taylor Dispersion, University of California, Riverside, 2006
Moore, J. D. Mathematical Modeling of a Multi-Polymer Drug Delivery Vehicle, CAMP, 2006-2007
Bentley, Jason Osmotic Pressure of Concentrated Binary Protein Solutions, University of California, Riverside, UC LEADS, 2006-2007
Bray, Crystal  Biofilm Analysis, University of California, Riverside, MSRIP, 2006
Gupta, Manaswi   Modeling Oxygen Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Production in a Harv Bioreactor, SSTP Summer Research, 2005
DuBose, Candise Analyzing Rate Constant Sensitivity in a Transient, Spatially Dependent Mathematical Model of Cellular Redox Behavior, AGEP Summer Research, 2005
Bell, Jo'Ella Determining Protein-Protein Interaction from Osmotic Pressure- Using Experimental Data, AGEP Summer Research, 2005
Medastin, Marie    Histology of Vascularization to Artificial Hollow Fiber Membranes by Use of CD34 Stem Cells, (with Professor Gina Shatteman), AGEP Summer Program, 2005
Sommerfeld, Stacy Mathematical Modeling of  2-D and 3-D Oxygen Diffusional Transport Models for Cells, The University of Iowa, Independent Study, 2004-2005
Shaikh, Mohammed Experimental Evaluation of Particle Trajectories in the HARV, The University of Iowa, 2003-2004
LaNasa, Stephanie  Oxygen Measurements for Analyzing Myoglobin-Expressing Cells in Low pO2 Environments, The University of Iowa, Honors Research, 2004
Perrin, Valerie    Insulin Measurements for Analyzing Myoglobin-Expressing Cells in Low pO2 Environments, The University of Iowa, Honors Research, 2004
Daringer, Nichole Experimental Analysis of Pulsed Steepwater Separations, The University of Iowa, Independent Study, 2004
Baird, Aviva  Mathematical Modeling of  2-D and 3-D Oxygen Diffusional Transport Models for Cells, AGEP Summer Program, Xavier University, 2004.
LaNasa, Stephanie Spray Drying Techniques for Microbead Delivery Vehicles, The University of Iowa , Independent Research, 2003
Perrin, Valerie  Enhanced Steepwater Separation via TPP, The University of Iowa, Independent Research, 2003
Lane, Samantha     Analysis of Protein Diffusion from Microbeads in an Artificial Pancreas, The University of Iowa, Independent Research, 2003
Ravikumar, Rathi   Analysis of Protein Diffusion from Microbeads in an Artificial Pancreas, The University of Iowa, Independent Research, 2002
Wild, Bridget Analysis of Protein Diffusion from Microbeads in an Artificial Pancreas, The University of Iowa, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 2002
McConnell, Michelle  Pulse Membrane Separation with Modular System, The University of Iowa, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 2002
Woller, Jennifer  Atrazine Degradation by Pseudomonas sp. ADP, The University of Iowa, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 2002
Foster, Crystal Osmotic Pressure of Crowded Binary Protein Solutions, The University of Iowa, Independent Research, 2002-2003
Golveo, Kristine Taylor Dispersion to Determine Protein Diffusivities, The University of Iowa, Independent Research, 2001-2004
Snyder, David Pulsing Effects on Biofilms, The University of Iowa Independent Research, 2002
Nguyen, Katherine Regression of Osmotic Pressure Data for Binary Protein Mixtures, The University of Iowa, Independent Research, 2000
Spading, Wendy Measurement of Heat of Dilution, The University of Iowa, NASA Fellowship, 1999
Rose, Rebecca (P) Binding Affinity of Albumin to Cibacron Blue-Agarose, The University of Iowa Independent Research, 1999
Spading, Wendy Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of the NASA Rotating Wall Vessel, The University of Iowa, Independent Research, 1997
Petersen, Beth Finite Difference Modeling of Concentration Polarization Development for Crossflow Ultrafiltration, The University of Iowa, Independent Study, 1997
Burrell, Rhonda  Oxygen Transport through Alginate Microcapsules, The University of Iowa, Independent Study, 1997
Kadakia, Kinjal Mass Transport Resistance of Oxygen for Encapsulated Islets, The University of Iowa, Independent Study, 1997
Renaud, Paul Protein Diffusivity from Taylor Dispersion, The University of Iowa, Independent Study, 1997
Suyatna, Natasa Albumin Adsorption through Alginate Microbeads, Undergraduate Honors Project, The University of Iowa, 1996-1997
Rio Salas, Lynnette Biocompatible Materials for an Artificial Pancreas, University of Puerto Rico, NSF REU, 1997
Idewu, Olanrewaju Pulsed Bioreactor for Methanol Removal, The University of Iowa, NSF REU, and NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium, 1997
Caudle, Henry   Osmotic Pressure of Protein in Saline Solutions, North High School, SSTP, 1997
Bourque, Jennifer Bioartificial Pancreas Research, University of Massachusetts, NSF REU, 1997
Dennison, Casey  Biofilms from PVA, The University of Iowa, 1996-1997, Independent Study
Sie, Jonathan A Flow3D Simulation for a Curved Pipe System, The University of Iowa, 1996-1997, Independent Study
Fox, Mark Oil/Water Separation Using Transmembrane Pressure Pulsing, The University of Iowa, 1996-1997
Anderson, Jamilah Measurement of Diffusivity of Species in Essential Oils, The University of Iowa, 1996
Nilausen, Akim  Pulsed Electrostatic Forces Effects on the Ultrafiltration of Binary Proteins in Non-ionized Aqueous Medium, Undergraduate Scholar Assistant (USA), The University of Iowa, 1995
Burrell, Rhonda Removal of Pesticides from Wastewater, Undergraduate Scholar Assistant (USA), The University of Iowa, 1995
Boho, John Determination of Multicomponent Diffusivities Using Taylor Dispersion, The University of Iowa, 1995
Le, Thien-Nhi  Measurement of Diffusivity of Species in Essential Oils, The University of Iowa, 1995
Lake, Jahmal  Determination of Multicomponent Diffusivities Using Taylor Dispersion, Summer Research Opportunity Program, (SROP), Princeton University, 1995
Singhore, Medina Effect of Transmembrane Pressure Pulsing on Humic Fouling of Membranes, REU Program, Howard University, 1995
Abu-Absi, Nick  Bioartificial Pancreas, REU Program, University of Toledo, 1995
Shah, Monisha   Pulsed Electrostatic Forces Effects on the Ultrafiltration of BSA in Non-ionized Aqueous Medium, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 1995
Le, Thien-Nhi Experiment of Interfacial Photopolymerization of Poly(ethylene glycol)-Based Hydrogels upon Alginate-Microbeads for Enhanced Biocompatibility, Summer Research Opportunity Program, (SROP)The University of Iowa, 1995
Burrell, Rhonda Pulsed Ultrafiltration of Vegetable Processing Wastestreams, Undergraduate Scholar Assistant (USA), The University of Iowa, 1994
Grigsby, John, Jr. Microencapsulation of Islets with Alginate and Agarose, REU Program, SUNY Buffalo, 1994
Lake, Jahmal  An Analysis of Protein-Protein Interaction in Multi-Component Diffusion Through the Calculation of Diffusion Coefficients, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 1994
Le, Thien-Nhi Determination of Binary Protein Osmotic Pressure, The University of Iowa, 1993 - 1994
Peleck, Marie J. Determination of Ternary Diffusion Coefficients of Binary Protein Systems, Iowa Space Consortium and Undergraduate Scholar Assistant (USA), The University of Iowa, 1994
Tolson, Melissa F. Effects of Pulsed Electrostatic Fields on Protein Ultrafiltration Permeate Flux, Chemistry Major, The University of Iowa, 1993 - 1994
Wilharm, Caroline (P) Significance of Duration and Amplitude in Transmembrane Pressure Pulsing, The University of Iowa, 1994
Byrd, Rashida U. Analysis of Pulsed Batch Cell Binary Protein Ultrafiltration, GE Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), Purdue University, 1993
Humbles, Shamara Determination of Binary Protein Osmotic Pressure, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 1993
Jiang, Cherrie Effects of Pulsed Electrostatic Fields on Concentration Polarization, REU Program, San Jose State University, 1993
Kaafarani, Lubna  Determination of Mass Transfer Coefficients for Pulsed Ultrafiltration, The University of Iowa, 1992
Waddleton, Mark Analysis of Binary Protein Diffusion Coefficients, CIC Summer Research Opportunity Program / Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/CIC Alliance Academic Year Faculty Apprenticeship Program (AFAP), Prairie View University, 1992 - 1993
Thompson, Sean Pulsed Electrostatic Force to Reduce Fouling Using Carbon Electrodes, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 1991-1992
Lake, Jahmal  Determination of Relationship Between Mass Transfer Coefficients and Shear Rates in Ultrafiltration, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 1992
Miller Kathryn D. (P) Reduction of Membrane Fouling in the Presence of High Polarization Resistance, 1991 - 1993
Weitzel, Steve (P) Reduction of Membrane Fouling in the Presence of High Polarization Resistance, The University of Iowa, 1991
Carper, William Transmembrane Pressure Pulsing with Hollow Fiber Membranes, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 1990
Moadel, Nina Contribution of Bovine Albumin Powder Purity to Observed Flux Reduction in Batch Cell Ultrafiltration, Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), 1990 - 1991