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Jonathan Page


Jonathan is from Mount Juliet, Tennessee, and he graduated with a bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2008. He then became a member of Dr. Wei He's lab at the University of Tennessee and received his M.S. in Polymer Engineering in 2010.  He joined the Guelcher group in 2010 and is currently researching polyurethane copolymers. His projects involve analyzing the effects of ether/ester copolymers, representing a range of mechanical properties, on inflammatory cells.  Jon enjoys playing golf, watching football, and spending time with friends and family.

E. Margarita Prieto


Margarita joined the Guelcher lab during the fall of 2008. She received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Her research focuses on developing injectable filler/polyurethane composites that are mechanically equivalent to bone and support the coupled processes of osteoclastic resorption and osteoblastic mineralization. Apart from bone regeneration Margarita is interested in photography and enjoys dancing, sharing her Colombian culture, and having vivid conversations with people around her.

Ruijing Guo


Ruijing attended Zhejiang University in China and recieved the B.S. in Biological Engineering in 2010. She started graduate school in Vanderbilt and joined Dr. Guelcher's group in 2010. She is now working on cell delivery with pre-cured/injectable PUR scaffolds.

Andrew Harmata


Drew joined the Guelcher lab in the spring of 2011. Originally from Newtown, CT, he received his B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2010. His research interests focus on the interactions between the human body and bioactive biomaterials during bone regeneration. In his spare time, Drew enjoys watching/participating in a variety of sports including golf and lacrosse, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Elizabeth Adolph


Elizabeth is from Houston, Texas, and she graduated from the University of Texas in 2009.  She joined the Guelcher group in 2009 and is currently researching the use of polyurethane scaffolds in skin regeneration.  She is working on projects to investigate the effects of scaffold mechanical properties on wound healing and to deliver regenerative proteins and plasmids from the scaffolds.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching football and playing the flute.

Graduate Students

Dr. Baek-Hee Lee


Dr. Baek-Hee received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Hanyang University, Korea in 2005. He worked for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in JAPAN as a JSPS fellow (2005-2007). Then, he joined in Dr. Ducheyne’s group at the University of Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral researcher (2008~2009). In March 2010, He joined in Dr. Guelcher’s group at the Department of Chemical Engineering as a research associate. His research interests lie in two distinct but overlapping areas: nanomaterials and biomaterials. His interest further lies on developing biomaterials that are related with biomimetic materials, drug, biomolecules and cell deliveries, and control of the (stem) cell fate for tissue reconstruction.

Post Doc's

Katarzyna Zienkiewicz


Katarzyna recieved her Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Wroclaw in Poland in 1995. She worked at the Rokita Chemical Plant in Brzeg Dolny, Poland as a chemist from 1995-2001. Katarzyna then joined the Chemistry Department at Vanderbilt University (working on a Dupont project) as a chemistry researcher. Her work focused on synthesis and characterization of novel polyols. In 2006 she joined Dr. Scott Guelcher as a research assistant. Her current focus has been on synthesis and characterization of novel polyurethanes for tissue engineering. In her spare time Katarzyna enjoys bowling (with bumpers).

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