Health Research Institute

Biochemistry, Biomaterials, and Pharmaceutical Design



Feng Zhao

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering 
M&M 402

Feng Zhao Lab

Zhao's lab seeks to address the challenges associated with engineering completely biological tissues for regenerative medicine applications.

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Bruce Lee

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
M&M 401

Bruce Lee Lab

The Lee group research is focused on applying biologically-inspired molecular designs with chemistry, polymer engineering and materials science principles in developing advanced and functional materials for various biomedical applications.

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Smitha Rao

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
M&M 410A

Smitha Rao Research

Smitha Rao's Research with the Biomedical µDevices lab focuses on investigating these microscopic structures that affect physiology and cell biology.

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Jeremy Goldman

Professor, Biomedical Engineering
M&M 302

Research Interests

The biology and physiology of the lymphatic and blood vascular systems including vascular regeneration, remodeling and pathology.

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Caryn Heldt

Director, Health Research Institute
Chem Sci 305B

Heldt Bioseparations Lab

The Heldt Bioseparations Lab at Michigan Tech is interested in exploiting surface chemistry to remove and/or purify pathogens and toxins from water and food, and more.

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Rupak Rajachar

Principal Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering
M&M 306

Research Interests

Physical and chemical mechanisms guiding biomineralization in vascular and bone-related cell types and tissues, biomimetic materials, cell and tissue mechanics.

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Rebecca Ong

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Chem Sci 202I

Biofuels Laboratory

The Biofuels and Bio-Based Products Laboratory at Michigan Tech is focused on the economic and sustainable development of industries based on lignocellulosic biomass, or materials derived from plant cell walls.

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Christo Christov

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Chem Sci 712

Research Interests

  • Enzyme Reaction Mechanisms and Dynamics
  • Non-Heme Iron Histone Demethylases
  • Multiscale Modeling of Epigenetic Mechanisms

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Jarek Drelich

Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
M & M Building 506

Surface Innovations

The Surface Innovations Research Group focuses on functional materials/surfaces, bioabsorbable materials, and natural minerals, and formulation, separation, processing, characterization, and application.

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Tarun K. Dam

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Chem Sci 510C

Laboratory of Mechanistic Glycobiology

The Laboratory of Mechanistic Glycobiology focuses on the mechanistic basis of endogenous lectin-mediated immune functions, the structure-activity relationship of glycoconjugates, new lectins and hemolysins from plants, and glycan-mediated detection and separation techniques.

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Megan Frost

Chair, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
231 SDC

Research Interests

Nitric oxide (NO) is a free radical gas that has been shown to have a wide variety of biological functions, including as a potent inhibitor of platelet adhesion and aggregation (the first steps needed for thrombus formation), as a mediator of the inflammatory response, as an inhibitor of smooth muscle cell proliferation, as a neurotransmitter, as a signaling molecule in wound healing and in the migration and proliferation of cells, to name a few.

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Adrienne Minerick

Dean, College of Computing 
Rekhi Hall 221

Medical micro-Device Engineering Research Lab

The Medical micro-Device Engineering Research Lab group is interested in the development of medical diagnostic microdevices with a primary focus on human blood electrokinetics. Their goals are to develop portable, point of care tools that can provide rapid, quantitative results for disease diagnosis and monitoring.

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Tatyana Karabencheva-Christova

Associate Professor, Chemistry 
Chem Sci 712

Research Interests

  • Reaction Mechanisms of Enzymes
  • Enzyme Dynamics and Inhibition
  • Non-heme Iron DNA-modifying enzymes
  • Collagenolysis and Matrix Metalloproteinases
  • Enzymatic Halogenation

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Ashutosh Tiwari

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Chem Sci 402B

Tiwari Research Group

The long-term research goal of The Tiwari Research Group is to understand consequences of protein misfolding and aggregation in vitro and how it relates to misfolding and aggregation in vivo, and its implication for neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease).

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