Principle Investigator

Nathan D. Gallant
Assitant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida
Program Faculty member, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program
Interdisciplinary Faculty member, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering


Lab Members

Sarah McMaster
Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering
Project: Tumor hypoxia regulation of cell-matrix and cell-cell adhesion strength

Nicole Febles
Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering
Project: Using mechanical stimulation to regenerate the sensory hair cells lost during the hearing loss (co-adviser: Robert Frisina)

Asma Sharfeddin
Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering
Project: Matrix stiffness regulates fibronectin-mediated cell adhesion strength

Joel Cooper
Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering
Project: Biomaterial-free spatiotemporal cell organization using acoustic force (co-adviser: Rasim Guldiken)
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Mentor: Gallant)

Greeshma Mohan
Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering
Project: Combinatorial biomaterials for mechanobiology

Olukemi Akintewe
Ph.D. student, Chemical Engineering
Project: Instabilities in responsive polymer structures for tissue engineering applications (co-adviser: Ryan Toomey)
UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Fellowship (Mentor: Gallant)

Martiza Muniz-Maisonet
Ph.D. student, Chemical Engineering
Project: Fiber density topography and surface chemistry regulate cell adhesion and spreading (co-adviser: Ryan Toomey)

Michael Cross
Ph.D. student, Physics
Project: Protein interactions with stimulus-responsive materials (co-advisers: Garrett Matthews and Ryan Toomey)


Lab Alumni

Ana Rioja, M.S., Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: Cell adhesion and migration on NDGA cross-linked fibrillar collagen matrices for tendon tissue engineering
Current Affiliation: Ph.D. student, University of Michigan

Asad Ahmad, M.S., Mechanical Engineering
Thesis: Surface functionalization and analysis thereof for an ovarian cancer diagnostic biosensor (co-advisor: Rasim Guldiken)
Current Affiliation: Ph.D. student, University of North Carolina

Zhixin Wang, M.S., Mechanical Engineering
Thesis: Polydimethylsiloxane mechanical properties measured by macroscopic compression and nanoindentation techniques (co-advisor Alex Volinsky)
Current Affiliation: USF Department of Pharmacy

Karen Mann, M.S., Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: Evaluation of transfer technologies to preserve shoulder function in SCI (co-advisor: William Lee)
Current Affiliation: Tampa VA Research Center of Excellence

Kranthi Kumar Elineni, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
Thesis: Regulation of cell adhesion strength by spatial organization of focal adhesions
Current Affiliation: Process Engineer, Intel, Hillsboro, OR

Cynthia Nwachukwu, M.S., Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: Electrospinning protein nanofibers to control cell adhesion
Current Affiliation: Engineering Management, University of South Florida


Undergraduate Researchers

Laura Blanco, Mechanical Engineering

Spencer Reed, Chemical Engineering and Physics

Sarah McMaster, Mechanical Engineering

Joel Cooper, Mechanical Engineering

Anthony Novak, Mechanical Engineering

Jacob Lashley, Mechanical Engineering

Kyle Stone, Mechanical Engineering

Edward Gregg, Biology

Karen Mann, Mechanical Engineering


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