Faculty

The Syracuse Biomaterials Institute consists of 32 faculty members spanning 8 departments. The multi-disciplinary backgrounds of our faculty members provide a unique opportunity for extensive collaboration and support.

Dacheng Ren
Interim Director, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
Professor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering Graduate Program Director

Research:
Microbe-surface interactions, cell-cell signaling, device-associated infections, sensors for pathogen detection, novel biofilm inhibitors, and surface modification for biofilm control.

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-8760

Address: 357 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-4409
E-mail: dren@syr.edu
Website: http://renlab.syr.edu/

M. Cristina Marchetti
Associate Director, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics Department of Physics

Research:
Structure and rheology of active suspensions and gels, cell cytoskeleton, cell motility, dynamics of bacteria swarms, nonequilibrium phase transitions, driven vortices in superconductors.

Address: 207 Physics Building
Phone: 315-443-2581
E-mail: mcm@physics.syr.edu
Website: https://mcmarche.expressions.syr.edu/

Jeremy Gilbert
Founder, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials
Professor of Biomaterials,
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Research:
Bone cements, electrochemical phenomenon associated with metallic implant materials, micromechanics of surfaces and viable biological tissues, self-reinforced composites, orthopedic implant design and degradation mechanisms, medical device retrieval and failure analysis, performance testing of medical devices, instrumentation development for biomaterials characterization, in-situ AFM, nanoindentation of polymeric biomaterials.

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-2105
E-mail: gilbert@syr.edu
Website: http://www.lcs.syr.edu/faculty/gilbert/

The remainder of the faculty are listed below in alphabetical order.

Michelle Blum
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research:
Tribology & Lubrication, Multi-Scale Mechanical Characterization, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Orthopedic Biomaterials Design, Finite Element Analysis

 

Address: 239 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-2840
E-mail: mmblum@syr.edu
Website: http://eng-cs.syr.edu/about-the-college/faculty-and-staff/blum

Mark Bowick
Professor,
Department of Physics

Research:
Interplay of order and geometry in flexible soft matter interfaces and fluctuating membranes of all kinds.
Appearance of defects for either energetic or topological reasons and their use to produce functionalizable nano or meso scale building blocks for supramolecular self-assembly.

Address: 317 Physics Building
Phone: 443-5979
E-mail: bowick@physics.syr.edu
Website: http://www.phy.syr.edu/~bowick/

Heather D. Coleman
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

Research:
The formation of the plant cell wall and how various external and internal factors influence cell wall chemistry. The plant cell wall is important from a number of perspectives for human use including food and fiber, but my research focuses on improving its usefulness as a source for biofuels and other bioproducts.

Address: 460 LSC
Phone: 315-443-0453
E-mail: hcoleman@syr.edu
Website: http://biology.syr.edu/faculty/coleman/coleman.htm

Robert Cooney
Professor and Chair,
Department of Surgery, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Research: Bariatric Surgery
General and Trauma Surgery

Address: 750 E. Adams St. Suite 8141 Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-464-5549
E-mail: cooneyr@upstate.edu
Website: http://www.upstate.edu/surgery/faculty.php?EmpID=RyIUGlRyIU

James Dabrowiak
Emeritus, Chemistry
Department of Chemistry

Research:
Mechanism of anticancer drug action, anticancer drug delivery, drug nucleic acid interactions, pathogen detection using sensors, metals in medicine.

 

Address: 2-016D Center Science & Technology
Phone: 315-443-4601
E-mail: jcdabrow@syr.edu
Website: http://asfaculty.syr.edu/pages/chem/Dabrowiak-James.html

Scott Erdman
Associate Professor,
Department of Biology

Research:
Analyses of a novel paxillin homolog and Rho GTPase signaling modulator, Pxl1p; studies of the functions, traffic, and inhibition of fungal adhesins; functional genomics of fungal control of lipid and membrane homeostasis.

Address: 609 Biological Research Labs
Phone: 315-443-3748
E-mail: seerdman@syr.edu
Website: http://asfaculty.syr.edu/pages/chem/Dabrowiak-James.html

Martin B. Forstner
Assistant Professor,
Department of Physics

Research:
Interplay between dynamic organization of biomembranes and control of cellular biochemical processes, non-equilibrium behavior of biomimetic membranes, optical single molecule techniques.

 

Address: 217 Physics Building
Phone: 315-443-3878
E-mail:
Website:
http://physics.syr.edu/~mbforstn

Vivian Gahtan, M.D.
Lloyd Rogers Professor of Surgery
Division Chief of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Research:
Smooth muscle cell migration, Thrombospondin, Extracellular matrix-smooth muscle cell interactions, Vascular surgery procedure outcomes

Phone: 315-464-1800
Website: http://www.upstate.edu/hospital/providers/doctors/?docID=gahtanv

Ivan Gitsov Ivanov
Director, of the Michael Swarcz Polymer Research Institute,

Chair and Professor, Department of Chemistry
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Research:
Synthesis and characterization of novel macromolecular architectures, drug delivery via supramolecular chemistry, biocompatible-bioerodible hydrogels and nano-grafts.

Address: 217 E.C. Jahn Laboratory, Syracuse NY, 13210
Phone: 315-470-6851
E-mail: igivanov@syr.edu
Website: http://www.esf.edu/chemistry/faculty/gitsov.htm

Julie Hasenwinkel
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs & Student Affairs
College of Engineering & Computer Science

Professor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Syracuse Biomaterials Institute

Research:
Absorbable biopolymeric gels, two-solution bone cements, degradable polymers for tissue engineering applications, nerve and soft tissue regeneration, and surface modification.

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-3064
E-mail: jmhasenw@syr.edu
Website: http://eng-cs.syr.edu/about-the-college/faculty-and-staff/hasenwinkel

Jay Henderson
Associate Professor,
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Director, Bioengineering Graduate Program

Research:
Understanding how biomechanical, biochemical, and topological signals regulate the differentiation and phenotypic expression of musculoskeletal cells with the goal of developing cell-based therapies for musculoskeletal repair and regeneration.

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-9739
E-mail: jhhender@syr.edu
Website: http://henderson.syr.edu

Alan Levy
Professor,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research:
Micromechanics, inclusion problems, mechanics of interfaces, cavity nucleation and growth in nonlinear solid media, effective properties of composite materials.

Address: 149 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-4365
E-mail: ajlevy@syr.edu
Website: http://eng-cs.syr.edu/about-the-college/faculty-and-staff/levy

Katharine Lewis
Associate Professor,
Department of Biology

Research:
Specification and patterning of spinal cord interneurons; Formation of functional neuronal circuitry; Evolution of spinal cord patterning and function; Dorsal-ventral neural tube patterning; zebrafish development.

Address: LSC 262
Phone: 315-443-5902
E-mail: kelewi02@syr.edu
Website: http://biology.syr.edu/faculty/lewis/lewis.htm

Juntao Luo
Assistant Professor,
Department of Pharmacology, SUNY Upstate Cancer Research Institute

Research:
Nanomedicine, polymer design and synthesis, nanomaterial, drug delivery, cancer imaging and cancer treatment; gene delivery and gene therapy, protein/peptide delivery. biomaterials in tissue engineering; combinatorial chemistry and drug discovery; High throughput screening.

Address: 6299 Weiskotten Hall Addition
Phone: 315 464-7965
E-mail: luoj@upstate.edu
Website: http://www.upstate.edu/faculty/luoj

Yan-Yeung Luk
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Research:
Building new bio-functional materials and novel therapeutic agents.

 

Address: 1-014 Center Science & Technology
Phone: 315-443-7440
E-mail: yluk@syr.edu
Website: http://luklab.syr.edu/

zhen_maZhen Ma
Assistant Professor,
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Research Interests:
Stem Cell Engineering; Heart Tissue Models and Organ-on-Chip Systems; Heart Disease Modeling; Cell-Cell Interactions; Mechanobiology; Tissue Engineering; Developmental Biology; Regenerative Medicine; Biomedical Devices

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
E-mail:  mazhen2046@gmail.com
Website: http://myheart.syr.edu

Ken Mann
Professor,
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Research:
Mechanical and biological factors in joint replacement and bone tumors.

 

Address: 3216 Institute For Human Performance Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-464-9950
E-mail: mannk@upstate.edu
Website: http://www.upstate.edu/research/faculty-profile.php?empID=mannk

Lisa Manning
Associate Professor,
Department of Physics
Research:
Collective motion in disordered, non-equilibrium materials, including glasses, granular materials and biological tissues.

 

Address: 229G Physics Building
Phone: 315-443-3920
E-mail: mmanning@syr.edu
Website: https://mmanning.expressions.syr.edu/

Patrick T. Mather
Professor,
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Syracuse Biomaterials Institute

Research:
Biodegradable polymers, POSS Nanocomposites, Controlled drug delivery, Biomineralization, Liquid Crystalline Elastomers, Shape Memory Polymers, Electrospinning, Thermosets.

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-3500
E-mail: ptmather@syr.edu
Website: http://mather.syr.edu

Mathew M. Maye
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Research:
Developing new bio-mimetic approaches towards self-assembling nanomaterials into controlled nano-architectures.

 

Address: CST 4-014D
Phone: 315-443-2146
E-mail: mmmaye@syr.edu
Website: http://nano.syr.edu/

Liviu Movileanu
Professor,
Department of Physics

Research:
Single-molecule and Membrane Biophysics, Protein engineering, Nanomedicine.

Address: 201 Physics Building
Phone: 315-443-8078
E-mail: lmovilea@physics.syr.edu
Website: http://www.physics.syr.edu/~lmovilea/index.html

Shikha Nangia InformalsShikha Nangia
Assistant Professor
Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Research:
Nanoparticle protein corona, Intracellular Vesicular Transport, Cancer drug delivery, Virus Nanotechnology

Address: 343 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-0571
E-mail: snangia@syr.edu
Website: http://lcs3.syr.edu/faculty/nangia/index.html

Christopher Nomura
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Research:
Using molecular techniques to improve the supply of precursors for biobased products.

Address: 318 Jahn Laboratory
Phone: 315-470-6854
E-mail: ctnomura@esf.edu
Website: http://www.esf.edu/chemistry/nomura/lab/

Melissa Pepling
Professor,
Department of Biology

Research:
Mouse oocyte development, Hormone signaling, Ovary organ culture

Address: 348 Life Science Complex
Phone: 315-443-4541
E-mail: mepeplin@syr.edu
Website: http://biology.syr.edu/faculty/pepling/pepling_research1.htm

Karin Ruhlandt
Dean of College of Arts & Sciences
Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry

Research:
Preparation of novel compounds with applications in polymerization and synthetic chemistry, the development of novel source materials for MOCVD applications, and the preparation of biomimetic calcium phosphonates to be used in bone cements and as bone scaffolding material.

Lab Address: CST 3-014C
Phone: 315-443-1306
E-mail: kruhland@syr.edu
Website: http://ruhlandtgroup.syr.edu/

Jennifer Schwarz
Associate Professor,
Department of Physics

Research:
Building models of correlated percolation inspired by jamming in granular and glassy systems, looking for discontinuous, disorder-driven localization transitions in quantum systems, studying the interplay between morphology and rheology in the actin cytoskeleton, incorporating effects of microRNAs in models of gene regulation

Address: 201 Physics Building
Phone: 315-443-3887
E-mail: jschwarz@physics.syr.edu
Website: http://www.phy.syr.edu/~jschwarz/

Pranav Soman

Pranav Soman
Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Research Projects:
Cell and Tissue printing using naturally-derived biomaterials
Auxetic or Negative Poisson’s ratio Biomaterials
Nano/Micro fabrication using light

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-9322
E-mail: psoman@syr.edu
Website: http://soman.syr.edu

Radhakrishna “Suresh” Sureshkumar
Distinguished Professor, Department Chair
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Research:
Structure, Dynamics and Rheology of Complex Fluids/Soft Matter, Microfluidics, Nanostructured Materials/Interfaces, Plasmonic Nanomaterials, Bacterial Biofilms Mechanics, Renewable Energy Production (Thin Film Photovoltaics, Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuels), Environmental Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicity, Multiscale Modeling and Simulation

Address: 121 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-3194
E-mail: rsureshk@syr.edu
Website: http://eng-cs.syr.edu/about-the-college/faculty-and-staff/sureshkumar

William Winter
Emeritus, Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Research:
Structure and properties of animal, microbial, and plant polysaccharides, cellulose nanocrystals and nanocomposites.

 

Address: 215 Jahn Lab
Phone:  (315) 470-6876/470-6586
E-mail: cellulose@esf.edu
Website: http://www.esf.edu/chemistry/faculty/winter.htm

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