Faculty

The Syracuse Biomaterials Institute consists of 37 faculty members spanning 8 departments. The multi-disciplinary backgrounds of our faculty members provide a unique opportunity for extensive collaboration and support.

Dacheng Ren
Director, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
Stevenson Endowed 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/


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


New Faculty Member
Audrey Bernstein
Associate Professor,
Ophthalmology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology

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

Address: 4602 Institute for Human Performance
Phone: 315-464-7739
E-mail: bernstea@upstate.edu
Website: Upstate Faculty Page


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: MAE


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


Robert Doyle
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor – Director of Graduate Studies Associate Chair – Department of Chemistry Syracuse University; Associate Professor of Medicine – SUNY, Upstate Medical University

Research:
A focus on three main areas that join Inorganic chemistry and biology:
1. Utilizing vitamin B12 to deliver proteins orally or to target metallo-probes/chemotherapeutics to tumor cells
2. Investigating energy independent metal-citrate transport in Gram positive bacteria
3. The coordination chemistry of metal-pyrophosphate complexes and the concomitant biological, magnetic and catalytic properties of such complexes.

Address: 2-016B Center for Science and Technology
Phone: 315-443-3584
E-mail: rpdoyle@syr.edu
Website: Doyle Group


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://thecollege.syr.edu/people/faculty/pages/bio/Erdman-Scott.html


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


Anthony Garza
Professor,
Department of Biology

Research:
Biofilm formation, stress resistance in bacteria, bacterial natural products
Address: 244 Life Sciences Complex
Phone: 315-443-4746
E-mail: agarza@syr.edu
Website: Garza Lab


Jeremy Gilbert
Research Professor
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/


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
Senior Associate Dean,
College of Engineering & Computer Science 
Professor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

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/223 Link 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: Henderson Group


New Faculty Member
Jason Horton
Associate Professor,
Orthopedic Surgery & Cell & Developmental Biology

Research:
Biomedical Sciences Program
Orthopedic Surgery

Address: 3119 Institute For Human Performance
Phone: 315-464-5540
E-mail: hortonj@upstate.edu
Website: Upstate Faculty Page


New Faculty Member
James Hougland
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Research:
Bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry, enzymology, post-translational modification, molecular biology

Address: 454 Life Sciences Complex
Phone: 315-443-1134
E-mail: hougland@syr.edu
Website: Hougland Research


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: Luk Lab


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:  zma112@syr.edu
Website: My Heart


Jessica MacDonald
Assistant Professor,
Department of Biology

Research Interests:
Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms regulating neuronal development and function, with a particular interest in disruptions in these mechanisms that cause neurodevelopmental and cognitive disorders.

Address: 360 Life Sciences
E-mail: jemacdon@syr.edu
Website: The MacDonald Lab


Olga Makhlynets
Assistant Professor
Chemistry Department

Research Interests:
NMR guided approach to evolution of Myoglobin protein, Enzyme mechanisms, Design of antimicrobial materials, Design of mononuclear non-heme enzyme for oxygen activation.

Address: 2-016A Center for Science and Technology
Phone: 315.443.1979
E-mail: ovmakhly@syr.edu
Website: Makhlynets Lab


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: Manning Group


Patrick T. Mather
Research 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/


New Faculty Member

Mary Beth Monroe
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Research:
Synthesis and characterization of shape memory polymers for use in hemorrhage control and wound healing.

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-3323
E-mail: mbmonroe@syr.edu
Website: Coming Soon! – Monroe Biomaterials


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


New Faculty Member

Davoud Mozhdehi
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

Research:  Bioinspired materials, macromolecular chemistry, protein-based materials, and post-translational modifications.

 

Address: 4-010 Center for Science and Technology
Phone: 315-443-3151
E-mail: dmozhdeh@syr.edu
Website: Mozhdehi Research


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Shikha Nangia
Assistant Professor,
Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Research:
Blood-brain barrier, Tight junctions, Bacterial membranes,  cancer drug delivery, force field development, multiscale computational modeling

Address: 343 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-0571
E-mail: snangia@syr.edu
Website: http://www.shikha.org


Christopher T. Nomura
Vice President for Research
Professor of Biochemistry
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/


Joseph Paulsen
Assistant Professor,
Department of Physics

Research:
Thin Sheets at Interfaces, Memories in Sheared Suspensions, Coalescence of Liquid Drops

Address: 223 Physics Building
Phone: 315-443-3752
E-mail: jdpaulse@syr.edu
Website: Paulsen Group


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: Ruhlandt Group


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: Schwarz Theory Group


Pranav Soman

Pranav Soman
Assistant Professor,
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: Soman Lab


New Faculty Member
Rachel C. Steinhardt
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Research:
Organic Synthesis, Soft Materials, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology

Address: 3-008 Center for Science and Technology
Phone: 315-443-2127
E-mail: rcsteinh@syr.edu
Website: Steinhardt Research


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


Teng Zhang
Assistant Professor,
Mech and Aerospace Engineering

Research:  Zhang group’s current research goal is to explore the fundamental mechanism of the extraordinary mechanical performances (i.e., high toughness, great fatigue resistance, and strong adhesion) of biomaterials, such as cartilage, heart valves, bones, and mussel plague and to propose the novel design principle of the bio-inspired smart materials. To achieve this goal, we employ multiscale and multiphysics modeling and simulations to understand the mechanics of the key components of biomaterials: hard materials for stiffness, soft materials for stretchability and tough interface for robustness

Address: 214 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-2969
E-mail: tzhang48@syr.edu
Website:  ECS_Zhang

 

 

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