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Andy Exton

Andy Exton joined the Guelcher lab in 2009.  He was born and raised in Toledo, OH and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo in 2008.  While there, he spent three semesters as a co-op for Sun Oil.  Any received a Masters Degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2011. Andy’s research involved biomechanics of polyurethane bone scaffolds. 

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Andrea Hafeman

Dr. Hafeman earned her Ph. D. in 2010 with Professor Guelcher in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  Her research focused on the development of injectable, biodegradable polyurethane scaffolds with delivery of antibiotics, proteins, and other bioactive molecules for bone and soft tissue healing.  Dr. Hafeman earned her BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2005.  She now holds the position of Medical Affairs Manager at Merz Aesthetics, Inc.

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Bing Li

Dr. Li obtained his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Hunan University (China) in 2001, master's degree in Biochemistry from Tsinghua University (China) in 2004, and then worked in the biomedical industry for 2 years. He joined Vanderbilt in 2006, worked on dual delivery of growth factor and antibiotic from biodegradable polyurethane scaffold for the application of infection control and tissue regeneration in contaminated bone wounds. Dr. Li obtained his doctorate degree in 2010 from Vanderbilt. He then joined the General Electric Global Research Center in July of 2010, focusing on modification/functionalization of membranes for diverse applications including healthcare, life science, water, and energy.

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Jerald Dumas

Dr. Dumas graduated from Auburn "The 2010 National Champions!" University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.  He worked on allograft mineralized bone particle/polyurethane system for bone tissue engineering. He received his Ph. D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010 with Dr. Guelcher.

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Nazanin Ruppender

Dr. Ruppender joined the Guelcher lab in 2006. She recieved her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include biophysics, cell material interactions, cancer metastases (especially skeletal metastases). She received her Ph. D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2011 with Dr. Guelcher.

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