Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phillip B. Messersmith Research Group

Lab Members

Lab Members
Messersmith Research Group
Phillip Messersmith Phillip B. Messersmith, Ph.D.

Degrees:
  • BS, Life Sciences, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1985
  • MS, Bioengineering, Clemson University, 1987
  • PhD, Materials Science, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1992


Email: philm (at) northwestern (dot) edu

Link to Curriculum Vitae

Devin G. Barrett Devin G. Barrett, Ph.D.

Degrees:
  • BS, Chemistry, Emory University, 2005
  • PhD, Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010

Email: d-barrett (at) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • Novel catechol-containing adhesives and hydrogels
Suresh Manohar Suresh Manohar, Ph.D.

Degrees:
  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University

Email: s-manohar (at) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • Direct Measurement of Interaction of DOPA and imidazole groups with Metal Surfaces
Iossif Strehin Iossif Strehin, Ph.D.

Degrees:
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2005
    PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2010

Email: i-strehin (at) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • Biomaterial Design for the Regeneration of Wounded Tissue
Visiting scholars:
Pamela Walsh Pamela Judith Walsh, Ph.D.

Degrees:
  • BEng, Mechanical Engineering, Uni of Ulster, 2001
  • MSc, Manufacture System Engineering, Queen's University, Belfast, 2003
  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Queen's University, Belfast, 2007

Email: pamela.walsh (at) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
Graduate Students:
John Jinghao Kuang John Jinghao Kuang

Degrees:
  • BSE, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2006

Email: j-kuang (at) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • peptidomimetic polymers for anti-fouling applications
Daria Zelasko Daria Zelasko

Degrees:
  • BS, Bioengineering, Chemistry (minor), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Email: dariazelasko (at) u (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Inspired by mussel-mimetic adhesive strategies and catechol chemistries, we are utilizing polydopamine to functionalize the surfaces of gold nanorods for theragnostics. These applications include cancer targeting, diagnostics, and photothermal therapy. Additionally, this work has nucleated the study of novel albumin nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery and catechol-mediated metal nanoparticle formation for various applications.

Tadas Sileika Tadas Sileika

Degrees:
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering and Economics, Northwestern University, 2009
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2012

Achievements:
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellow
  • Ryan Fellowship fellow
    Biotechnology Training Program Cluster trainee

Email: t-sileika (at) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:

I have been working on developing novel antibacterial strategies since joining the Messersmith group in February of 2010. Hospital-acquired and device-based infections are a major cause of mortality in the U.S. and other parts of the world, and my research has been geared at prevention and treatment of such diseases. Part of my effort has been focused on designing surface modification techniques to incorporate antimicrobial and antifouling compounds onto a variety of clinically-relevant materials. Additionally, I have been investigating targeted antibacterial therapeutics based on gold nanorods. More recent endeavors include engineering of antibacterial medical sealants and potential routes for treatment of chronic wounds.

Devang Amin Devang Amin

Degrees:
  • BSE, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering (certificate), Materials Science and Engineering (certificate), Princeton University, 2008

Achievements:
  • Medical Scientist Training Program student
  • Biotechnology Training Program trainee

Email: devang-amin (at) fsm (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • Melanin-mimetic polydopamine nanoparticles for cancer drug delivery
Devang Amin Ellen Tworkoski

Degrees:
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
  • MPhil, Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise, University of Cambridge, 2012

Email: EllenTworkoski2012 (at) u (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • Albumin and tannin derived hydrogels and bioadhesives
Undergraduate Students:
Christina Fuentes Christina Fuentes

Department:
  • Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2014

Email: christinafuentes2014 (at) u (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • Mussel-inspired Au nanomaterial surface modifications for various biomedical applications
Yu Fei Tian Yu Fei Tian

Department:
  • Biology, Northwestern University, 2014

Email: ytian2 (at) u (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • Peptidomimetic polymers for antifouling applications
Yu Fei Tian Chelsea Fries

Department:
  • McCormick Biomedical Engineering - Expected Graduation: June 2016

Email: chelseafries2016 (at) u (dot) northwestern (dot) edu

Research Projects:
  • Varied cross-linking mechanisms in PEG-Alginate double network hydrogels
Alumni:
Aaron Lau, PhD
Last Known Location: Professor, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Grace Bushnell, BS
Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Dong-Keun Lee, PhD
Last Known Location: Chicago
Lihong He, PhD
Last Known Location: Delaware
Jason Guo
Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Dominic Fullenkamp, PhD
Last Known Location: MD/PhD Program, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Hyun Ok Ham, PhD
Last Known Location: Postdoc, Chaikof Group, Harvard Medical School
Anika Williams
Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Kvar Black, PhD
Last Known Location: Postdoc, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, St. Louis
Jose G. Rivera, PhD
Last Known Location: Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL
Michael Kharouta, MS
Last Known Location: Research Engineer, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Carrie Brubaker, PhD
Last Known Location: Postdoc at Hubbell Group, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Piotr Maniak, BS
Last Known Location: Baxter Healthcare, Round Lake, IL
Hye Sung Kim, BS
Last Known Location: Biomaterials Engineering, Kangwon National University, Korea
Jisuk Choi, BS
Last Known Location: Biomaterials Engineering, Kangwon National University, Korea
Hyuk Sang Yoo, PhD
Last Known Location: Professor of Biomaterials Engineering, Kangwon National University, Korea
Jing Su, PhD
Last Known Location: Professor, Northeastern Illinois University
Zhongqiang Liu, PhD
Last Known Location: Canada
Yuhong Ren, PhD
Last Known Location: East China University of Science and Technology
Hyung-Do Kim, PhD
Last Known Location: Associate at McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Harsha Kulkarni, PhD
Last Known Location: Associate at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
Lesley Hamming, PhD
Last Known Location: Duke University School of Law
Isao Hirata, PhD
Last Known Location: Professor in Hiroshima University, Japan
Michael Chau, MS
Last Known Location: PhD student, Karolinska University, Stockholm, Sweden
A. Basak Kayitmazer, PhD
Last Known Location: Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department of Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
Yong-Kuan Gong, PhD
Last Known Location: Northwest University, Xian China
Bi-Huang Hu, PhD
Last Known Location: Hainan University, Hainan, China
Kelly Luckasevic, MS
Last Known Location: Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Kyle Holmberg, BS
Last Known Location: University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Kanika Chawla, PhD
Last Known Location: Scientist at Cellerant Therapeutics, Inc. in San Carlos, CA
Haeshin Lee, PhD
Last Known Location: Professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Andrea Statz, PhD
Last Known Location: Product Specialist, W.L. Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, AZ
Marsha Jones, MD/PhD
Last Known Location: Resident in anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Trung Nguyen, PhD
Last Known Location: Sirigen Inc. in San Diego, CA
Barbora Malisova
Last Known Location: PhD Student at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland
Rico Gunawan, PhD
Last Known Location: Post-doc in Prof. Auguste Lab at Harvard Bioengineering
Katherine Radwanski, MS
Last Known Location: Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Hermona K. Pandya, PhD
Last Known Location: Research in Millie Firestone group at Argonne National Labratory
Yuhan Lee
Last Kown Location: Graduate student at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Simonida Grubjesic, PhD
Last Known Location: Research in Millie Firestone group at Argonne National Labratory
Nathaniel D. Catron, MS
Last Known Location: Abbott Laboratory, Pharmaceutics Dept.
Bruce Lee, PhD
Last Known Location: Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
Jeffrey L. Dalsin, PhD
Last Known Location: Research Scientist, Kensey Nash, Madison, WI
Xiaowu Fan, PhD
Last Known Location: Behr Inc., CA
Warren Sands, BS
Last Known Location: D. Mooney Lab at Harvard Medical School
Mohit Manocha, BS
Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Christopher Walsh, BS
Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Yuri Zimenkov, PhD
Last Known Location: Research Scientist
Joel Collier, PhD
Last Known Location: Associate Professor, University of Chicago
Jon Friedstat, MD
Last Known Location: Resident in Orthopedic Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Cui Han, MS
Last Known Location: Research Scientist, Ethicon Inc., Somerville, NJ
Kathy Holian, MS
Last Known Location: Principal Engineer, Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Toni Kwan
Last Known Location: Duke University
Lijun Lin, PhD
Last Known Location: Schumberger Co. Ltd., Houston, TX
Caren Nguyen
Last Known Location: Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Aaron Pederson, MS
Last Known Location: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
Tracy Sanborn, PhD
Last Known Location: Helene Curtis Industries, Inc., Chicago, IL
Steven Starke, BS
Last Known Location: Taking chewing gum to another level at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Chicago, IL
Ranee Stile, PhD
Last Known Location: Baxter Healthcare Corp., Round Lake, IL
Matthew Strege, BS
Last Known Location: Underwriters Lab LLC, Northbrook, IL
Sonke Svenson, PhD
Last Known Location: Post doctoral fellow, Princeton University
S. V. Vallabhaneni, PhD
Last Known Location: Research Scientist, Abbott Laboratories, IL
Eric Westhaus, MS
Last Known Location: Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA
Frank Znidarsich, BS
Last Known Location: Unknown