PhD student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Kat is a member of the April Kloxin Lab group, where she designs materials that can change their properties in time to mimic the effects of aging or wounding in the human body. In her spare time Kat can be found dancing the night away on the UD ballroom dance team or planning one of her many adventures around the country and around the world.
Rashida is a PhD Candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She is a member of the Sullivan and Epps research groups, where she is working to develop polymeric nanoscale envelopes for packaging and delivering therapeutics to diseased cells. She hopes to improve the efficacy of therapeutics for complex genetic diseases such as cancer, by tailoring the design of these nanoscale envelopes based on patient-specific genetic biomarkers. In her spare time, Rashida enjoys running in Delaware's beautiful state parks, travelling, and experimenting in the kitchen with plant-based ingredients.
Reza Hammond is a PhD Candidate studying Bioinformatics and Systems Biology in Dr. Blake Meyers' lab at the University of Delaware. Reza's research focuses primarily on the analysis of various classes of small RNAs and their effects on gene expression in various plant genomes. Reza hopes to deploy several computational tools that he has developed to assist scientists around the world with their future analyses. Reza is also a huge fan of sports. He loves to watch NFL football (go Colts!) and NBA basketball (go Sixers...). In his free time he enjoys working out, playing basketball, watching TV and movies with his fiancé, and playing video games.
Ty Nie is a PhD Student in John Slater's lab working on the physical cues that influence adult stem cell differentiation. Additionally, Ty is working on a model that describes the stem cell differentiation process. As a self described microscopist, Ty helped put together the first annual Art in Science symposium (pictured here with some of her microscopy images) and states that she lives her life at the intersection of art and science.
Michael Gallucci is a Ph.D. student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Michael works in the Lee Lab studying ways to improve antibody-based therapeutics for a range of disease, including cancer and multiple sclerosis. Specifically, he is working on improving industry's understanding of CHO cells, the production mechanisms for these drugs, so that they can produce more reliable, safe, and efficacious therapeutics. In his spare time, he enjoys strategy games such as Go, as well as biking and martial arts.
Ryan DelPercio is a second year Plant and Soil Sciences master’s student in Dr. Janine Sherrier’s lab at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. Ryan’s research focuses on understanding the mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship between legumes and Rhizobium (nitrogen (N)-fixing soil bacteria). “We are trying to understand what happens with the host’s immune system during this beneficial infection? Specifically, I am studying if small RNAs, that suppress the plant’s immune system, are responsible for the persistent infection of legumes by Rhizobium. The economic and environmental costs associated with worldwide N-fertilizer usage are alarming and further investigation of this symbiotic relationship may be a key to decreasing our future dependence on N-fertilizers.”
Ryan spent four years in the United States Air Force and three years working as an oil refinery worker before returning to academia. He enjoys spending his time taking peaceful nature walks with his dog Ollie Majors, playing guitar and piano, cooking, laughing, having deep conversations, and listening to free podcasts (StarTalk, RadioLab, and Hardcore History).
Ph.D. student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Paige is a member of the April Kloxin Lab group, where she is working on developing degradable hydrogel microparticles for controlled therapeutic delivery. She hopes to design a system that is responsive to both internal and external cues to achieve dynamic and tunable therapeutic delivery to improve treatment efficacy. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, experimenting in the kitchen, and going on adventures with her husband.
Eden is a PhD Candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She is a member of the April Kloxin Lab group, where she is designing therapeutic materials to improve bone healing in patients with genetic disorders via the combination of biological and mechanical factors. In her spare time, Eden enjoys running, hiking, (really anything that involves spending time outside) and trying new foods.
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Hiral is a US-licensed physical therapist, currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomechanical and Movement Science in Physical Therapy Dept at UD. After obtaining a Bachelors degree from Mumbai, India, Hiral received her Masters Degree in Public Health (Bio-statistics) at University of North Texas. Her research focuses on developing an understanding of minimum physical ability needed by people with knee Osteoarthritis to engage in the meaningful physical activity. She is using large data-sets to answer research questions that fill clinical gaps. Hiral also manages and analyzes physical activity data for current clinical trials to see the effectiveness novel physical activity interventions (i.e. using FitBits). Out of the lab, Hiral serves as Secretary in Graduate Student Government (GSG), Graduate Ambassador at UD and is a member of the International Student Advisory Committee where she plans activities for graduate and international students. Hiral is also involved in various volunteering activities that promote health education. She also spends her weekends biking, exploring new places and dancing, especially Zumba and Indian classical dance.
Ph.D. student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Jordan is a member of the Dr. Chris Roberts Lab group, where he is working to develop experimental tools to quantify and predict changes in protein stability. He hopes to better characterize protein-protein interactions from low to high concentrations and at various temperatures. Jordan completed his undergraduate work at Bucknell University, where he conducted research trying to understand the health effects of e-cigarettes. In addition to research, Jordan enjoys playing the trumpet, piano, all Boston sports teams (sorry, not sorry), traveling, and crossword puzzles.
Ph.D. student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Mark is a member of the Raul Lobo Lab group, where he is working to understand chemical reactions involving methanol and a special iron catalyst. Mark came to the University of Delaware from Kansas University. He is a huge fan of all KU sports and Kansas City sports. He enjoys playing intramural sports and long walks up Academy Street.