Education and training
- Postdoc, Dept of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2021
- PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2018
- B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering, 2009
- 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
Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in spring 2022 with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. While there he was involved in two research projects. The first involved the fabrication of printed radio frequency identification antennas using self-aligned capillarity-assisted lithography for electronics (Prof. Lorraine Francis and Prof. Daniel Frisbie). His second undergraduate research experience focused on the identification of Frank-Kasper phases in tetrablock copolymers (Prof. Frank Bates). Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science with research interests in developing versatile polymeric drug delivery platforms. His hobbies are cross-country skiing, rock climbing, camping, and hiking.
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.
Caleb is a pre-medical student who plans on graduating with a bachelors in Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering (QBE) in December 2023, before pursuing his Masters in QBE and eventually medical school. Outside of the lab Caleb is involved in many on campus student organizations. Caleb’s hobbies include spending time outside skiing, hiking, back packing and rafting.
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 is an undergraduate student in majoring in chemistry. Her current research interests are investigating the physical properties of substrate-grafted brush polymers. When not in the lab, you can find her playing and listening to classical music, baking desserts, or learning how to ski.
Aryelle will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Bioscience Engineering in the spring of 2023. She is also pursuing a thesis-based Master of Science in Quantitative Bioscience Engineering and will graduate in the spring of 2024. Her previous research focused on large biomolecule delivery technology (Dr. Brian Trewyn) with mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Aryelle’s current research is thermal stabilization and intercellular delivery of ribonucleoproteins using polymeric carriers. Outside of the lab, Aryelle is captain of the Colorado School of Mine’s Track and Field team, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) chair for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a Freshman Transition Instructor and peer mentor for incoming freshman at Mines, and a medical volunteer at Lutheran Medical Center. Besides school, research, and track, Aryelle loves to travel, spend time with her family, and visit new restaurants.