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Kokkoli Research GroupDepartment of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS)

Efie Kokkoli

Rank
Principal Investigator
Current Occupation
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Graduate Faculty of Biomedical Engineering

Email
kokkoli@umn.edu
Office
306 Amundson Hall
Office Phone
612-626-1185

Current Group Members

Mike A. Harris

Rank
Graduate Student
Email
mike.a.harris.13@gmail.com
Office
218 Amundson Hall
Office Phone
612-625-8573

Research Description

Aptamer-amphiphile self assembled nanotubes and their use in targeted delivery of therapeutics

Rachel M. Levine

Rank
Graduate Student
Email
levin359@umn.edu
Office
218 Amundson Hall
Office Phone
612-625-8573

Research Description

Dual-targeted delivery of plasmid DNA encapsulated liposomes for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer

Tim R. Pearce

Rank
Graduate Student
Email
tim.r.pearce@gmail.com
Office
218 Amundson Hall
Office Phone
612-625-8573

Research Description

Design and characterization of aptamer-amphiphiles for selective binding

Frankie Pelaez

Rank
Graduate Student
Email
pelae009@umn.edu
Office
218 Amundson Hall
Office Phone
612-625-8573

Research Description

Multifunctional hydrogels for stem cell proliferation and differentiation

Carolyn Scott

Rank
Graduate Student
Email
scott899@umn.edu
Office
218 Amundson Hall
Office Phone
612-625-8573

Research Description

Peptide-amphiphile hydrogels for tissue engineering

Kamlesh Shroff

Rank
Post Doctoral Researcher
Email
shrof011@umn.edu
Office
336 Amundson Hall
Office Phone
612-625-0584

Research Description

Targeting cells to adhesion promoting RGD peptides presented on biomimetic interfaces or 3D matrices is becoming increasingly popular for seeking variety of applications in cell-arrays, drug delivery, biocompatible coatings, etc. Success of most of these not only depends on adhesion of cells, but also on how well do the cells proliferate and grow in such surroundings. My research focuses on designing biomimetic surfaces and investigating the fate of cells after adhesion to biomimetic peptides by studying the signaling pathways that lead cells to either successfully adhere and thereby proliferate or induce apoptosis on artificial surfaces.

Garrett Swindlehurst

Rank
Graduate Student
Email
swind011@umn.edu
Office
440 Amundson Hall
Office Phone
612-626-8656

Research Description

Characterization of cytoprotection and immunoprotection strategies for porcine islets of Langerhans using a microfluidic containment and perfusion device (co-advised with Prof. Michael Tsapatsis)

Ajay Vidyasagar

Rank
Post Doctoral Researcher
Email
avidyasa@umn.edu
Office
336 Amundson Hall
Office Phone
612-625-0584

Research Description

Peptide functionalized block copolymers (co-advised with Prof. Frank Bates)

Undergraduate Researchers

Christina Dinh (Undergraduate Researcher) ChEn UMN
Wenjie Fei (Undergraduate Researcher) ChEn UMN
Wenshi Zhang (Undergraduate Researcher) ChEn UMN

Past Group Members

Maroof M. Adil (Graduate Student 2013) Ph.D. ChEn 2013; Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Nicole Atchison (Graduate Student 2012) Ph.D. BME 2013; R&D Engineer, Covidien, USA
Anastasia Mardilovich. Behr (Graduate Student 2006) Ph.D. ChEn 2006; Associate Engineer, Dow Chemical, USA
Jennifer A. Craig (Graduate Student 2007) M.S. BME 2007; Accenture, USA
Döne Demirgöz (Post Doctoral Researcher 2008); Bristol-Myers Squibb, USA
Ashish Garg (Graduate Student 2009) Ph.D. MatSci 2009; Senior Scientist II, Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc., USA
Chuan He (Graduate Student 2006) M.S. MatSci 2006; PRC
Todd O. Pangburn (Graduate Student 2012) Ph.D. ChEn 2012; Senior Engineer, Dow Chemical, USA
Matthew A. Petersen (Graduate Student 2013) Ph.D. MatSci 2013
Emilie L. Rexeisen (Graduate Student 2010) Ph.D. ChEn 2010; 3M, USA
Alison W. Tisdale (Graduate Student 2009) M.S. ChEn 2009; Eleven Biotherapeutics, USA
Brett Waybrant (Graduate Student 2013) Ph.D. ChEn 2013; Research Chemical Engineer, Bend Research, USA

Past Undergraduate Researchers

Colin Anderson (Undergraduate Researcher 2007) Carleton College, visiting undergraduate
Michael Baranello (Undergraduate Researcher 2009) ChEn UMN
Kelly Carnahan (Undergraduate Researcher 2009) ChBE Tufts University, visiting undergraduate
Katelyn Dahlke (Undergraduate Researcher 2012) ChBE Iowa State University, REU participant
Jennifer Eler (Undergraduate Researcher 2010) Macalester College, visiting undergraduate
Zach Erdman (Undergraduate Researcher 2013) ChEn UMN
James Fulton (Undergraduate Researcher 2009) ChEn UMN
Erika Gemzer (Undergraduate Researcher 2006) ChBE Georgia Institute of Technology, REU participant
Katerina Georgiou (Undergraduate Researcher 2011) ChEn UMN
Eman Haidari (Undergraduate Researcher 2006) Chem. & Gen. Cell Biol. Develop. UMN
Kyle Huston (Undergraduate Researcher 2010) ChEn UMN
Andrew Klein (Undergraduate Researcher 2011) BME UMN
Kangbao Kong (Undergraduate Researcher 2013) Chem Saint Paul College
James Lloyd (Undergraduate Researcher 2008) ChEn UMN
Jeremy Lois (Undergraduate Researcher 2007) Macalester College, REU participant
Alex Madsen (Undergraduate Researcher 2009) Chem UMN, REU participant
Matt McCammon (Undergraduate Researcher 2006) ChEn UMN
Mohamed A. Mohamed (Undergraduate Researcher 2012) Gen. Cell Biol. Develop. UMN
Brianna Nagel (Undergraduate Researcher 2012) ChBEE Oregon State University, visiting undergraduate
Mark Olstad (Undergraduate Researcher 2006) ChEn UMN
Nwamaka Onyeozili (Undergraduate Researcher 2010) Chem Florida A & M, REU participant
Bradford Paik (Undergraduate Researcher 2010) MatSci UMN
Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos (Undergraduate Researcher 2013) ChBE University of Pennsylvania, visiting undergraduate
Alex Pepin (Undergraduate Researcher 2008) ChEn UMN
Lucero Ramirez (Undergraduate Researcher 2013) Biol University of Texas-Pan American, REU participant
Lía Randall (Undergraduate Researcher 2005) Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Pranay Rao (Undergraduate Researcher 2012) BME Johns Hopkins University, visiting undergraduate
Yumi Rho (Undergraduate Researcher 2011) Chem Macalester College, visiting undergraduate
Shalene Sankhagowit (Undergraduate Researcher 2008) ChEn UMN, REU participant
Jamie Thompson (Undergraduate Researcher 2011) ChBE Tufts University, visiting undergraduate
Irene Torija (Undergraduate Researcher 2010) ChEn Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, visiting undergraduate