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Researchers

Elayaraja Kolanthai

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Education: Ph.D. in Biomaterial Science, Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Chennai, India
Research interest: Development of nanoparticles, layer-by-layer antimicrobial/antiviral nanoparticle coating, polymer composites for tissue engineering, and gene/drug delivery application.   

Craig Neal
Research Associate

Education: PhD. University of Central Florida
M.S., University of Central Florida
Research: Wet chemical synthesis and surface engineering of nanocrystalline materials for biomedical and electrochemical devices, nanomaterials for analytical chemistry and measurement science

Tamil Selvan Sakthivel

Research Associate

Education: Ph.D., Anna University, India
Research: Nanomaterials for environmental, energy and biological applications, nanoporous materials, nano-characterization, sustainable concrete and cementitious materials

Graduate Students

Yifei Fu

Doctoral Student

Education:
B.E, South China Agriculture University, China
M.S, University of Florida

Research: Nanomaterials

Udit Kumar

Doctoral Student

Education:
M.Tech., IIT Bombay, India
B.Tech., IIT Roorkee, India
Research: Plasmonic hetero-nano catalysis, Up-conversion nanomaterials, Silk electrospinning and anti-microbial materials

Chaimae El Ghzaoui

Master’s student

Education: MS/BS Ibn Zohr University, Morocco
Research: Nanomaterials

Recent Alumni

David Gittess

Education:
B.A., Tufts University
M.D., University of Central Florida
Research: Therapeutic and biological applications of nanoparticles. Other experience includes translational research and access to care intervention analysis.

Michael Hnatiuk

Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida
Research: Lab automation, nano-fabrication, and biological detection materials.

    Aadithya Jeyaranjan

    Education:
    Ph.D., University of Central Florida
    Research: Nanotechnology for supercapacitors and other electrochemical energy storage, corrosion coatings, nanoenergetics, thin-film adhesion, conductive polymers, and thermal spray coatings

    Jason Kieffer

    Education:
    B.A. Business Administration, University of Florida
    M.M.S. Physician Assistant Studies, Nova Southeastern University
    M.D., University of Central Florida
    Research: Nanoparticles for biomedical therapeutic applications

    Robert Matthews

    Education: B.S, Florida Polytechnic University
    Research: Nanomaterials

    Sushant Singh

    Education: Ph.D., IIT Guwahati, India
    Research: Nanomaterials development for biomedical applications, antioxidative therapeutics using protein biochemistry and nanotechnology based approaches

    Baltej Singh Dhillon

    Education:
    B.S., Biomedical Engineering, VCU
    M.S., Physiology & Biophysics, Georgetown University
    M.D., University of Central Florida
    Research: Reversal of antimalarial induced toxicity in retinal epithelial cells with ceria nanoparticles

    UCF Medical FIRE Students

    Linda Ren

    Education:
    B.S., Linda Ren, Duke University
    M.D., University of Central Florida College of Medicine, in progress
    Research: Efficacy of ceria nanoparticles in treating an in-vitro model of diabetic retinopathy

    Undergraduate Students

    Balaashwin Babu

    Education: BSBS, University of Central Florida
    Research: Hollow Ceria, nanomaterial conjugation, cell culture, nanomaterial synthesis, enzyme-mimetic activity testing.

    Chaimae El Ghzaoui

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    Aadith Menon

    Education: B.S. Health Sciences, University of Central Florida

    Research Interest: Biomedical applications of Nanoparticles, Nanomaterial conjugation, Cell Regeneration, Drug/Gene Therapy, Biological Detection materials.

    Erik Marcelo

    Intended Major: BS Materials science and engineering
    Research: Biomaterials

    Justin Morency

    Education: BS, University of Central Florida
    Research: Nanotechnology, Biology

    Giulliana Rasua

    Education: BS, University of Central Florida
    Research Interests: Aerogels

    Andrew Sanford

    Education: B.S. Biomedical Sciences, B.S. Biotechnology; University of Central Florida
    Research Interests: Biomaterials and nanoparticles for medical applications and wound healing

    Samantha Stoltz

    Education:
    BS Biology; University of Central Florida
    Research Interests: Biomaterials, drug delivery, biomedical applications of nanoparticles, nanomaterial conjugation and synthesis, enzyme mimetic activity, oxidative stress and free radical diseases, autoimmunity.

    Cora Tse

    Intended Major: BS Environmental engineering
    Research Interests: Biomaterials

    Architha Venkatesan

    Education: BS, University of Central Florida
    Research Interests: Cell regeneration, construction of artificial scaffolds using organic/inorganic materials for wound healing, and discovering therapeutic strategies for delivery systems for RNA interference molecules.