Graduate Students

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Juan Anaya

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Phone 505-272-4932
Degrees B.S., Biology, New Mexico Institute of Technology
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Advisor Chi
Juan Anaya

Eric Benner

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Phone 505-277-4531
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Advisor Petsev
Eric Benner

Brittany Branch

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Advisor Petsev
Brittany Branch

Carl Brown

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Phone 505-272-1887
Degrees B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester, 2008
Research interests Flavivirus and protease assays
Publications R. Sumagin, C. W. Brown III, I. H. Sarelius, M. R. King, "Microvascular Endothelial Cells Exhibit Optimal Aspect Ratio for Minimizing Flow Resistance", Annals of Biomedical Engineering 36:580-585 (2008).
Advisor Graves
Carl Brown

Kirsten Cicotte

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B.S., Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University, 2005
B.S., Chemistry, Clarkson University, 2005

Research interests Use of biodegradable polymers for bone tissue applications.
Publications Cicotte, Kirsten N.; Hedberg-Dirk, Elizabeth L.; Dirk, Shawn M. Synthesis and electrospun fiber mats of low Tg poly(propylene fumerate-co-propylene maleate). Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2010), 117(4), 1984-1991

Hedberg-Dirk, Elizabeth L.; Cicotte, Kirsten N.; Dirk, Shawn M. Esters of maleic anhydride as both a new and old material for tissue engineering. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings (2009), 1235(Engineering Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine), No pp. given, Paper #: 1235-RR06-08

Cicotte, Kirsten N.; Dirk, Shawn M.; Hedberg-Dirk, Elizabeth L. Poly(1,3-Butylene Fumerate) and Poly(1,3-Butylene Fumerate)-co-(1,3-Butylene Maleate) as Electrospun Scaffold Materials. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings (2009), 1239(Engineering Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine), No pp. given, Paper #: 1239-VV05-02
Advisor Dirk
Kirsten Cicotte

Kent Coombs

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Phone 505-660-2237
Degrees B.A., Biology, 2010
Research interests The effects of synthetic scaffolds on vascular interstitial cell gene expression.
Advisor Dirk
Kent Coombs

Marta Cooperstein

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Phone 505-264-6942
Degrees B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of New Mexico
Research interests Tissue engineering and thermoresponsive materials
Publications Cooperstein, M.; Canavan, H.E.; “Applications and Uses of Biological Cell Detachment from pNIPAM”, Langmuir, 26 (11), (2010).
Reed, J.A., Lucero, A.E., Cooperstein, M.A., and Canavan, H.E., "The effects of cell culture parameters on cell release kinetics from thermoresponsive surfaces," Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Biomechanics, 6(2), 81-88, (2008).
Advisor Canavan
Marta Cooperstein

Jose Cornejo

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Phone +1-505-277-2299
Degrees B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2009
Research interests Molecular self-assembly, biosensors, and protease assays
Advisors Graves and Lopez
Jose Cornejo

Kevin Cushing

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Phone 505-277-6209
Degrees M.S., 2004, Chemistry, Northern Arizona University

B.S.,Biology, University of Arizona, 2001
Research interests Elastomeric microparticles as bioassay platforms
Publications Vail TL, Cushing KW, Ingram JC, St Omer I. Micropatterned avidin arrays on silicon substrates via photolithography, self-assembly and bioconjugation. Biotechnol Appl Biochem. 2006 Feb;43(Pt 2):85-91.
Advisor Lopez
Kevin Cushing

Mark Fleharty

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Phone +1-505-277-6655
Degrees M.S., Computer Science, University of New Mexico, 2010
B.S., Computer Science, University of New Mexico, 2000
Research interests Semiconductor-electrolyte interfaces
Advisor Petsev
Mark Fleharty

Eric Hill

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Phone 505-277-0436
Degrees B.S., Chemistry, ACS Accredited Biochemistry, Southern Oregon University, 2009.
Research interests Photochemistry, molecular modeling, self-assembly, peptide and protein engineering, nano-structured and biomimetic materials, proteomics, and various computational approaches to solving chemical and physical problems.
Advisor Whitten
Eric Hill

Emmalee Jones

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Phone 505-277-2299
Degrees B.S., Applied Physics, Brigham Young University, 2009
Research interests Lipid membrane mediated tau protein misfolding and aggregation
Advisor Chi
Emmalee Jones

Daniel Kalb

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Advisor Graves
Daniel Kalb

Danielle Lussier

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Danielle Lussier

Harry Pappas

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Phone 505-277-4531
Degrees B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010
M.S., Nanoscience & Microsystems Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2012
Research interests The role of oxygen in the viability of bacteria.
Advisor Whitten
Harry Pappas

Matthew Rush

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Phone 505-720-8166
Degrees B.S., Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Tech, 2009
Research interests The effects of mechanical stimuli on Mesenchymal Stem Cell differentiation and bone growth
Advisors: Dirk and Brinker
Matthew Rush

Pearlson Prashanth Austin Suthanthiraraj

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Phone 505-977-7798
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B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India, 2009.

Research interests Separation and sorting of biological particles
Advisor Graves
Pearlson Prashanth Austin Suthanthiraraj

Ying Wang

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Phone 505-730-2178
Degrees B.S., Chemical Engineering and Technology, Jilin University, China. 2005
M.S., Physical Chemistry, Jilin University, China 2008
Research interests Conjugated polymers and oligomers and antimicrobials.
Advisor Whitten
Ying Wang

Jingshu Zhu

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Phone 505-620-6649
Degrees B.E., Jimei University, China, 2006
M.S., Chemistry, Nanjing University, China, 2009
Research interests Flow cytometry and high-thoughput screening (HTS)
Publications Xiaoli Song, Zhirong Geng, Jingshu Zhu, Chengying Li, Xin Hu, Ningsheng Bian, Xinrong Zhang and Zhilin Wang, "Structure-function roles of four cysteine residues in the human arsenic (+3 oxidation state) methyltransferase (hAS3MT) by site-directed mutagenesis", Chemico-Biological Intera 179 (2-3), 2009, 321-328.
Advisors: Bruce Edwards and Steven Graves
Jingshu Zhu

Michael Zubelewicz

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Phone 505-277-4531
Degrees M.S., Nanoscience and Microsystems, University of New Mexico, 2012
B.S., Biology, University of New Mexico, 2009
B.A., Chemistry, University of New Mexico, 2009
Research interests Biomimetic membranes
Advisor Graves and Shreve
Michael Zubelewicz