People

The Stem Cell Biomanufacturing IGERT is comprised of trainees and faculty from the College of Engineering, College of Sciences, College of Computing and Ivan Allan College of Liberal Arts.

Participants in the program share the common goal of moving stem cells into viable commercial applications.

Over the course of the 5 year National Science Foundation IGERT grant, over 30 graduate students will receive support.
 

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Directors

Todd C. McDevitt, PhD

  • Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Stem Cell Engineering Center
  • Petit Faculty Fellow, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences

Robert M. Nerem, PhD

  • George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Parker H. Petit Distinguished Chair in Engineering in Medicine, Professor Emeritus, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Trainees

IGERT Trainees apply or are nominated and funded by the $3 million National Science Foundation Intergrated Graduate Education Research Training (IGERT) grant.  This program will train over 30 graduate students over its 5 year funding period.

Graduate students from bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biology, chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, computing, material science and engineering, mechanical engineering and physics are eligible.

Trainees are funded for the first two years of graduate school, participate in the core curriculum, outreach events, special seminars and workshops. Learn more about how you can become a trainee in this unique program.

2013
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Todd McDevitt, PhD
Thesis Title: In vitro Model of the Developing Neural Tube from Embryonic Stem Cells
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Graduate Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor: Michelle Dawson, PhD
Thesis Title: Probing Single Cell Response to Microenvironment Cues with High Content Quantitative Analysis
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Krishnendu Roy, PhD
Thesis Title: Engineering Microenvironments for the in vitro Differentiation of Stem Cells into Cells of the Immune System.
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Thomas Barker, PhD
Thesis Title: Force-dependent Post-translational Modifications to Fibronectin as a Means of ECM Mechanical "Memory"
School of Material Science Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Krishnendu Roy, PhD
Thesis Title: Multilayered hydrogels for spatially-controlled differentiation of human stem cells to complex tissue.
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Johnna Temenoff, PhD & Todd McDevitt, PhD
2012
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Todd McDevitt, PhD
Thesis Title: Development of Naturally-Derived Microcarriers for the Expansion of Cartilage Cells and Directed Differentiation of Stem Cells
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Andrés García, PhD
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Robert Guldberg, PhD
Thesis Title: Modulating the Immune Response to Enhance Bone Repair
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Andrés García, PhD
Thesis Title: PEG Hydrogels Exhibiting a Collagen-mimetic Peptide Binding Site Engrafted Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) for Enhanced Healing of Critically-sized Bone Defects
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Graduate Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor: Hang Lu, PhD and Todd McDevitt, PhD
Thesis Title: Microfluidic-based Technologies for Directing Differentiation of Stem Cell Aggregates
2011
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Todd Sulchek, PhD
Thesis Title: Cell Stiffness as an Indicator of Stem Cell State and its Applications to High-Throughput Purification
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Graduate Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor: Mark Styczynski, PhD
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Andrés García, PhD
Thesis Title: Synthetic Hydrogel Microencapsulation of Pancreatic Islets for Improved Engraftment and Immunomodulation
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Craig Forest, PhD
Thesis Title: Automation Tools for In-Vivo Patch Clamping
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Johnna Temenoff, PhD
Thesis Title: Biomaterial-Based Approaches for Temporal Modulation of Developmental Processes
School of Material Science Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Andrew Lyon, PhD
Thesis Title: Synthesis of Microgel Heteroaggregates for Use in Controlled Encapsulation and Delivery of Macromolecules
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Todd McDevitt, PhD
Thesis Title: Engineering Mesenchymal Stem Cell Constructs to Enhance Immunomodulation
2010
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Andrés García, PhD
Thesis Title: Integrin-Specific Hydrogels for the Delivery of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Bone Repair
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Thomas Barker, PhD
Thesis Title: Investigation of fibrin-microgel matrices for wound healing
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Johnna Temenoff, PhD
Thesis Title: Engineering Glycosaminoglycan Coatings for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Based Cartilage Tissue Repair and Regeneration
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Melissa Kemp, PhD & Todd McDevitt, PhD
Thesis Title: Computational Approaches for Examining the Effects of the Microenvironment of Stem Cell Differentiation
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Todd McDevitt, PhD
Thesis Title: Engineering trophic delivery via encapsulated pluripotent stem cells
Associates

The IGERT program also offers the opportunity for trainees who are not funded by the program to engage in the IGERT community. IGERT Associates, participate through the core classes, outreach activities and other IGERT related events. If you are interested in becoming an IGERT Associate, contact us.

Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Thomas Barker
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Johnna Temenoff, PhD & Todd McDevitt, PhD
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Robert Guldberg, PhD & Todd McDevitt, PhD
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Todd McDevitt, PhD
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Program: BioEngineering
Advisor: Todd McDevitt, PhD
Faculty

The participating faculty includes a breadth of expertise from the Colleges of Engineering, Sciences, Computing and Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. The faculty listed on this page, participate in some way in this program whether they have a trainee, teach a class or participate in other ways. If you are a faculty member that would like to become engaged in this program, or learn how to nominate students, contact us.

Faculty Participants

Thomas Barker

  • Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Associate Professor

    Julie Champion

    • School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Assistant Professor

    Michelle Dawson

    • School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Assistant Professor

      Craig Forest

      • George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
      • Assistant Professor

        Andrés García

        • George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
        • Woodruff Faculty Fellow, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
        • Professor

          Ari Glezer

          • George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
          • Chair in Thermal Systems, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
          • Professor

            Robert Guldberg

            • Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences
            • Director, Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences
            • Professor

            Melissa Kemp

            • Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
            • Associate Professor

            Michelle LaPlaca

            • Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
            • Associate Professor

            Hang Lu

            • Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
            • Professor

              Andrew Lyon

              • Chemistry and Biochemistry
              • Professor

                Manu Platt

                • Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
                • Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar
                • Assistant Professor

                Krishnendu Roy

                • Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
                • Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Fellow

                Athanassios Sambanis

                • School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
                • Professor

                Phil Santangelo

                • Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
                • Associate Professor

                  Mark Styczynski

                  • School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
                  • Assistant Professor

                    Todd Sulchek

                    • George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
                    • Assistant Professor

                      Johnna Temenoff

                      • Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
                      • Associate Professor