Principal Investigator

Ramya Kumar Bio2

Ramya Kumar, PhD

Colorado School of Mines
Office: 337 Alderson Hall

B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering
BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, 2009

ramyakumar@mines.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Ramya Kumar was born in Madurai, India and raised in the coastal city of Chennai (Madras), where she completed her schooling.

Education and training

  • Postdoc, Dept of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2021
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2018
  • B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (Jan 2022 onwards)

Awards & Honors

Ramya was fortunate to be awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship through a university-level competition, which allowed her to chart an independent and ambitious course of research in her final year. She also received a Procter & Gamble Team Innovation Award, the Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor and several poster prizes.

  • PMSE Future Faculty Scholar, 2019 [PMSE]
  • Spring career development award, 2019 [UMN Postdoctoral Association]
  • Finalist, AIChE graduate student awards, Biomaterials, 2017 [AIChE]
  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2017-18, University of Michigan [Rackham]
  • Departmental nominee, 2018, Richard & Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD research, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Poster award, Second Place, Material Science & Engineering session, Engineering Graduate Symposium, 2016, University of Michigan [EGS UMICH]
  • Procter & Gamble Team Innovation Award, 2016, 40th Annual Macro Symposium, Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering, University of Michigan. Presented a poster that was recognized for innovative and collaborative research.
  • Richard & Eleanor Towner Prize for outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), 2016, University of Michigan. For exceptional & innovative teaching. [UMich Engineering]
  • Poster award, First Place, Material & Chemical Technology session,Engineering Graduate Symposium, 2014, University of Michigan [EGS UMICH]
  • College of Engineering fellowship for incoming students from Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, September-December 2012.
  • Monali Dey Memorial Award, BITS Pilani, December 2008, alumni memorial award for the most outstanding chemical engineering undergraduate in a graduating class

Current Lab Members

Jessica Lawson
Jessica Lawson
PhD Student

jllawson@mines.edu  

Jessica received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Materials Science and Engineering in Spring 2022. There, she performed undergraduate research in designing polymers for 3D printing using frontal polymerization (at Prof. Nancy Sottos’ lab). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Materials Science, focusing on developing self-assembled polymer systems for biomaterial applications. Her research interests are primarily in polymer synthesis and characterization. Some of her interests outside of research include cooking, baking, playing soccer and volleyball with friends.


Dina Liacopoulos
Dina Liacopoulos
PhD Student

dliacopoulos@mines.edu  

Dina Liacopoulos graduated from Virginia Polytechnical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science Engineering in the spring of 2021 with a focus on polymers. Her past research has been in diverse areas including biomechanics of skittering frogs (Dr. Jake Socha), chitosan hydrogels for burn wounds (Dr. Johan Foster), and composite lattice structures for ballistic defense (Dr. Alan Druschitz). She intends to complete a PhD in Materials Science focusing on Bayesian design of polymeric gene delivery vehicles. Her interest lies in studying the degradation of polymers to be used for biomedical, sustainability, and green engineering applications. Her long-term goal is to work for a national laboratory.


Cesar Schadeck
Cesar Schadeck
PhD Student

cesarschadeck@mines.edu  

Cesar Schadeck has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UNIOESTE- Brazil and a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Ohio University. He was part of the Brazilian program “Science without borders” at Ohio University from 2014 to 2015. During his undergrad he has published  a paper on supercapacitor ionic liquids (Adv: Dr. John Staser – Ohio University), worked on silica nanoparticles for drug delivery (Adv: Dr. Élvio Campos – Unioeste) and computational simulation of carbon nanosheets (Dr. Bryan M Wong – UC Riverside). His master’s thesis was on Anti-CD44 conjugated polystyrene beads bind to CD44 on Colon and Breast Cancer Cells on Flow Conditions under the advisement of Prof. Monica Burdick. He is interested on working with materials and cells interface, materials characterization, device diagnostics and biomolecular engineering. His favorite hobbies are skiing, playing tennis and volleyball, and traveling


Claire Nelson
Claire Nelson
Undergraduate Student

clairenelson@mines.edu  

Aryelle Wright
Aryelle Wright
Undergraduate Student

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Hello! I am a pre-med student-athlete majoring in Quantitative Bioscience Engineering. I plan to graduate with my B.S. in May 2023. I also plan to graduate with my M.S. in Quantitative Bioscience Engineering in May 2024.