Anna Breiner
Anna Breiner

I received my undergraduate degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) in 2011. I am currently co-advised by Dr. Ray Vanderby and Dr. William Murphy and am working on a project that seeks to modulate the immune response to promote more regenerative healing in ligaments. Besides studying and research, I also spend my time enjoying the outdoors (hiking, fishing, rock climbing, etc.), painting, and enjoying all that Madison has to offer.

Ngoc Nhi Le
Ngoc Nhi Le

I received my Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering and in Materials Science & Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. I am currently advised by Dr. William Muprhy. My research focuses on controlled hydrogel-based growth factor delivery systems.

Nayomi Plaza
Nayomi Plaza

In 2011, I received my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Nowadays, advised by Prof. Donald Stone and Dr. Jakes I study a moisture-activated shape memory effect in wood. Being the first study of a novel biological phenomena, our findings might inspire new biomimetic devices and materials. Furthermore, we will gain new insight on wood-water interactions that could lead to developing treatments that enhance wood durability.

Jacob Podkaminer
Jacob Podkaminer

I am a second-year graduate student working with Professor Chang-Beom Eom. I received my Bachelor's degree at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, which is a small liberal arts school in upstate NY. My current projects involve growth of oxide thin films using both PLD and sputtering in a hybrid system. Outside of research I like to play many sports and try to stay active outside.