Members

Principal Investigator

Lonnie Shea, PhD (CV)
Professor, Chemical and Biological Eng.

BS, MS: Case Western Reserve University
PhD: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Tissue and Cellular Engineering; Drug Delivery; Gene Therapy; Signal Transduction

Email: ldshea@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 764-7149
Fax: (734) 936-1905

 

 


Postdoctoral Fellows

Joseph Decker, PhD

BS: University of Wisconsin, Madison
MS/PhD: University of Florida

Research Interests: Systems Biology, Tissue Engineering, Cell-Material Interactions

Email: jtdecker@umich.edu

 

Rachel Hartfield, PhD

BS: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
PhD: Northwestern University

Research Interests: Engineered therapeutics, tumor metastasis, circulating tumor cells, pre-metastatic niche

Email: racheldu@umich.edu

 

Courtney Dumont, PhD

BS: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MS/PhD: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests: Neural stem cells, spinal cord injury, hydrogels, stem-immune cell interactions

Email: cdumont@umich.edu

 

Briana Dye, PhD

BS: Miami University
PhD: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Deriving tissues from human pluripotent stem cells, Engineered scaffolds and reporter systems to enhance tissue differentiation

Email: rockichb@umich.edu

 

Robert “Smitty” Oakes, PhD

BS/BA: Lenoir-Rhyne University
PhD: University of Utah

Research Interests: Biomaterials, Foreign body response, Inflammation, Cancer metastasis, Pre-metastatic niche, Neurodegenerative disorders

Email: oakesr@umich.edu

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Jonghyuck Park, PhD

BS/MS: Korea University, Seoul, Korea
PhD: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Research Interests: Nerve regeneration after spinal cord injury, Tissue engineering, Biomaterials

Email: jgkpark@umich.edu

 

Eiji_Saito_150Eiji Saito, PhD

BS: Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan
MS/PhD: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Interests: Tissue engineering, Biomaterials, Ovarian follicle transplantation, Biodegradable Nanoparticles for Immunomodulation

Email: esaito@umich.edu

 

Tadas Kasputis, PhD

BS: Grand Valley State University
PhD: University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Research Interests: Biomaterials, Tissue engineering, T1D, Stem cell differentiation and maturation, Cell transplantation

Email: tkasputi@umich.edu

 

Matthew Hall, PhD

BS: Cornell University
PhD: Cornell University

Research Interests: Cancer metastasis, Pre-metastatic niche, Systems biology, Tissue engineering, Mechanobiology, Cell mechanics

Email: hallms@umich.edu

 

 

Pridvi Kandagatla

B.S.: Wayne State University
MD: Wayne State University

Research Interests: Cancer metastasis, clinical applications

Email: kandagpg@umich.edu

 

 

 

Jing Wang

B.S.: Peking University
PhD: Chinese Academia of Science

Research Interests: Targeted drug delivery, Nanoparticles, Cancer therapy

Email: jgwg@umich.edu

 



Research Scientists


Ryan Pearson, PhD

BS: University of Illinois, Chicago

PhD: University of Illinois, Chicago

Research Interests: Nanoparticles for immune tolerance, protein corona, polymer chemistry, allergy

Email: rpears@umich.edu

 

 


Graduate Students

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Grace Bushnell
Fourth Year PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering

BS/MS: Northwestern University

Research Interests: Tissue engineering, Biomaterials, Cancer metastasis, Pre-metastatic niche, Circulating tumor cells

Email: ggb@umich.edu

 

Liam Casey
Fourth Year PhD Student | Chemical Engineering

BS: University of Massachusetts Amherst
MS: Northwestern University

Research Interests: Biodegradable nanoparticles for induction of immunological tolerance

Email: lmcasey@umich.edu

 

Dan Clough
Third Year PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering

BS: Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Stem cell-derived beta cell therapy for T1D, Transplantation, Biomaterials

Email: dwclough@umich.edu

 

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Robert Kuo
Fifth Year PhD Student | Chemical Engineering

BS: University of California, Berkeley
MS: Northwestern University

Research Interests: Immunomodulation, Polymer nanoparticle synthesis, Cell signaling pathways

Email: robrtkuo@umich.edu

 

Jeffrey Liu
Fifth Year PhD Student | IBiS

BA: University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Islet transplantation, Transplant immunology, Localized immunomodulation and immune tolerance

Email: jmhliu@umich.edu

 

m_skoumalMichael Skoumal
Seventh Year PhD Student | Chemical Engineering

BS: Vanderbilt University

Research Interests: Localized gene delivery, PEG hydrogels, Treatment of Type 1 diabetes, Spinal cord regeneration

Email: mskoumal@umich.edu

 

RichardRichard Youngblood
Second Year PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering

BS: Princeton University

Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, Stem cell research, Biomaterials

Email: youngblr@umich.edu

 

Yining Zhang
Second Year PhD Student | Chemical Engineering

BS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Tumor microenvironment, metastasis

Email: zyining@umich.edu

 

 

Dominique “Dom” Smith
Second Year PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering

BS: Northwestern University

Research Interests: Neural stem cells, spinal cord injury, hydrogels, stem-immune cell interactions

Email: domsmi@umich.edu

 

Kevin Hughes
Second Year PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering

BS: University of Minnesota Duluth

Research Interests: Biodegradable nanoparticles for immune modulation, Allotransplantation, Polymer chemistry

Email: KRHughes@umich.edu

 

Jessica Y Chen
Third Year PhD Student | Neuroscience

BS: University of Southern California

Research Interests: Stem Cell Homeostasis & Development, Tissue Engineering Therapeutics, Neurobiology of Regeneration

Email: ChenJess@umich.edu

 

 

 

 


Lab Technicians

RohitMPhotoRohit Maramraju

BS: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Interests: Cellular and Molecular Biology

Email: rmaram@umich.edu

 

 

Sandeep Kakade

BS: BMS College of Engineering; Bangalore, India
MS: Wayne State University
MS: Iowa State University

Research Interests: Nanoparticles for immune tolerance, polymer chemistry, allergy

Email: skakade@umich.edu

 

 


Shea Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Associate — Current Affiliation

Dr. Ekaterina Kniazeva
Dr. Shreyas Rao — University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Dr. Fallon Noto — Hera BioLabs
Dr. Samira Azarin — University of Minnesota
Dr. Juan Sánchez-Cortés — Choice Healthcare Solutions
Dr. R. Michael Gower — University of South Carolina
Dr. Stephanie Seidlits — University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Misael Aviles — Proctor & Gamble
Dr. Tao Tu
Dr. Seungjin Shin
Dr. Ariella Shikanov — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Maria Barbolina — University of Illinois, Chicago
Dr. Anne des Rieux — Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
Dr. Julie Wieland — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Brian Anderson — Abbott Laboratories

Graduate Student — Current Affiliation

Dr. Daniel Margul
Dr. Peter Rios
Dr. Brian Aguado — University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Jeane Chen — Genzyme Corporation
Dr. Kelan Hlavaty — Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Dr. Beatriz Penalver Bernabe — Northwestern University
Dr. Aline Thomas — Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Woon Teck Yap — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. Anaar Siletz — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. David Tagler — Veterans Health Administration
Dr. Ryan Boehler — Eli Lilly and Company
Dr. Jack Graham — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. Romie Gibly — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. Hannah Tuinstra — Eli Lilly and Company
Dr. Jackie Shepard — Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Michael Weiss — Quanticell
Dr. Abigail Bellis — Northwestern University
Dr. David Salvay — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. Laura LaPorte — DWI RWTH Aachen
Dr. Jennifer Cruz Rea — Genetech, California
Dr. Tiffany Houchin Ray — Eli Lilly and Company
Dr. Erin West — Abbott Laboratories
Dr. Angela Pannier — University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Dr. Chris Rives — Shire
Dr. Zain Bengali — NIH
Dr. Courtney Berkholtz
Dr. Yang Yang — Genzyme
Dr. Jae-Hyung Jang — Yonsei University
Dr. Pam Kreeger — University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Kevin Whittlesey — CIRM
Dr. Tatiana Segura — University of California, Los Angeles

Master Students

Paul Weingarden
Bansi Vedia
Durga Nyayadhish
Michael Verleye
Rachel Smith
Dennis Bluver
Christine Ricci
Shreya Rajan
Ani Rajan
Chia-Hsua Lin
Will Briley
Lake Kubilius
Elizabeth Parrish
Aaron Bowling
Leocadia Mosquea
Kanika Bhatia
Laura Swift
Sinead Igoe
Lisa Ludvig
Robert Yu
Moriah Nof
Joseph Scaduto
Walter Grubb
Mitchell Carlson
Zhao Xu

Undergraduate Students

Lauren Liebman
Mady North
Andrew Ao
Molly Munsell
Jeff Riskin
Madison Corradi
Nicholas Anderson
Joseph Entenman
Ting He
Eric Jiang
Adam Morabito
Matthew Pilecki
Shreya Rajan
Christine Ricci
Ho Jin Sun
Stanley Weng
Evan Rausch
Chia-Hsuan Lin
Michael Yarrington
Jason Deck
Bonnie Lai
Amy Lewis
Antonia McKinney
Matt Rafferty
Hammad Saudye
Stephen Sung
Shimon Unterman
Matt Volk
Andy Adler
Vivian Leung
Rachel Loh
Anna Yan
Jordan Caffe
Todor Kukushliev
Yinying Ren
Dominique Smith
Jenna Stoehr
Shirley Xu
Jesse Zhang


Select portraits courtesy of Michigan Engineering and Joseph Xu