Handa Biomaterials Lab – Hitesh Handa – University of Georgia

Handa Biomaterials Lab – University of Georgia


Welcome to the Handa Biomaterials Research Group at the University of Georgia. Our lab is committed to developing biocompatible coatings for medical devices through highly translational and interdisciplinary research. We perform fundamental cell/protein surface interaction studies, novel biomaterial development and optimization, and material testing in animal models.  Due to the critical nature of our research field, we have received NIH, CDC, and VA funding. Our novel materials stand to decrease the morbidity, mortality, and hospitalization costs associated with medical devices by reducing fouling, thrombosis, and infection.

Latest News

06/27: Jiten's paper "Nitric oxide-releasing antibacterial albumin plastic for biomedical applications" has been accepted in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. Congrats, Jiten!


06/04: Juhi has received the REU scholarship. Congratulations, Juhi!


05/16: Huzefa has been selected for the CURO summer fellowship. Congratulations, Huzefa!


05/06: Ben has been accepted to Vanderbilt for med school. Congratulations to Ben!


04/11: Sean, Priya, and Jiten were selected to speak at the SFB conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


04/03: Dani has received Honorable Mention from the NSF GRFP. Congratulations to Dani!


03/14: Jiten has received this year's College of Engineering Brahm Verma Award of Excellence in Research, and Priya has received runner-up. Congratulations to Priya and Jiten!


03/06: Priya is only one of 60 students selected to attend the SFB Summer School in Biomaterial Field in Bordeaux, France. Congrats, Priya!


02/28: Arnab has been selected to receive the 2018 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant from the University of Georgia. Congrats, Arnab!


02/09: Priya has been awarded the Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for the Society of Biomaterials' 2018 Annual Meeting for her outstanding contribution. Congrats, Priya!


01/18: The Handa Lab has been featured on UGA's main page!


01/16: Bryan's paper "Bio-templated Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Nitric Oxide-Releasing Diatomaceous Earth Silica Particles" has been accepted in Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congrats, Bryan!


01/13: Jiten's paper "Nitric oxide-releasing catheters for eradication bacterial infection" has been accepted in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B. Congrats, Jiten!


01/10: Jiten's paper "4D Fabrication: 3D Cell Patterning Using Shape-Changing Films" has been accepted in Advanced Functional Materials. Congrats, Jiten!


01/09: Jiten was featured in UGA's graduate Magazine in the piece "Discovery: The life of Jitendra Pant". Congrats, Jiten!


01/08: Dr. Handa was featured in the "Research News" section of this week's Columns! The title of the piece is "Protective barrier: Engineering faculty member developing coatings to keep hospital patients from contracting infections."


01/05: Martin Tran,  Reagan Armistead, and Juhi Mancha received the CURO award for Spring 2018. Congrats, Martin and Juhi!


01/04: Handa lab welcomes Dr. James Manuel and Dr. Marcus Goudie as postdocs to their research group!


01/04: Handa lab welcomes undergraduate students Lori Estes and Huzefa Husain to their research group!


11/20: Martin Tran was selected for a Semester Abroad Program in Italy. Congrats, Martin!


11/15: Congratulations to Marcus Goudie on his successful PhD defense!


10/30: Priya's paper "Covalent Grafting of Antifouling Phosphorylcholine-Based Copolymers with Antimicrobial Nitric Oxide Releasing Polymers to Enhance Infection-Resistant Properties of Medical Device Coatings" has been accepted in Langmuir. Congrats, Priya!


10/24: Katie has won the best poster award among 65 other posters at GA Bio Summit. Congratulations Katie!


10/19: Marcus's paper "Liquid-infused nitric oxide-releasing (LINORel) silicone for decreased fouling, thrombosis, and infection of medical devices" has been accepted in Scientific Reports. Congrats, Marcus!


09/18: Dr. Handa gave a invited talk at the BloodSurf 2017 conference at Clemson!


08/24: Congratulations to Priya for receiving the 2017 BMES Career Development Award!


08/22: Dr. Handa and the Handa Lab was featured in Issue 114 of Research Features magazine.


08/14: Handa Lab welcomes the new graduate students Ryan Devine and Arnab Mondal to their research group.


08/14: Handa lab welcomes undergraduate students Martin Tran and Juhi Manch to their research group!


07/10: Congratulations to Nettie for winning the Rowan Rising Star Scholarship in the College of Engineering!


07/07: Priya's paper "Enhanced antibacterial efficacy of nitric oxide releasing thermoplastic polyurethanes with antifouling hydrophilic topcoats" was chosen for the cover of Royal Society of Chemistry's Journal, Biomaterials Science. Congratulations, Priya!


07/01: Congratulations to undergraduate student Die Thao Nguyen for being accepted as a Summer intern in Vietnam! Thao has been awarded a fully funded fellowship to spend a semester abroad in Singapore. Great job Thao!


06/05: We welcome graduate student Megan Douglass to the lab!


06/04: Congratulations to Ben for his acceptance to MCG!


06/01: Jiten's paper "A Multi-defense Strategy: Enhancing Bactericidal Activity of a Medical Grade Polymer with a Nitric Oxide Donor and Surface-immobilized Quaternary Ammonium Compound" has been accepted in Acta Biomaterialia. Congrats, Jiten!


05/06: Congratulations to Bryan his admission into Emory School of Medicine!


05/05: Megan was accepted to the NSF GS LEAD program for the summer and fall. Congratulations, Megan!


05/01: Katie, Dani, Priya, Jennie, and Thao did an excellent job sharing their hard work at the College of Engineering Research Showcase last week!


04/14: Jiten's paper "Tunable Nitric Oxide Release from S-Nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine via Catalytic Copper Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications" has been accepted in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congrats, Jiten!


04/12: Dani placed first in this year's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Undergraduate Research Symposium out of more than 50 participants! Congratulations, Dani!


04/07: Katie, Dani, Thao, Sai, and Jennie each presented their research at the Spring CURO Symposium earlier this week. Excellent work!


04/06: Congratulations to Jiten for being named a finalist in this year's Three Minute Thesis Competition with his talk on artificial skin substitutes for burn injuries!


03/20: Priya presented at the Integrative Research & Ideas Symposium (IRIS) today. Great job, Priya!


03/04: Sarah placed first in the 2017 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference poster presentation in Washington, DC. Way to go, Sarah!


02/28: Congratulations to Nettie for taking first place in the STEM Innovators Conference in Savannah, GA with her oral presentation entitled "Nitric Oxide Releasing Bioresorbable Polymers for Medical Devices".


01/05: We welcome graduate students Katie Homeyer and Dani Workman and undergraduate student Megan Douglass to the lab!


12/10: Priya's paper "A Review of the Recent Advances in Antimicrobial Coatings for Urinary Catheters" has been published in Acta Biomaterialia. Congrats, Priya!


11/15: Marcus's paper "Characterization and In Vivo Performance of Nitric Oxide-Releasing Extracorporeal Circuits in a Feline Model of Thrombogenicity" has been published in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. Congrats, Marcus!


11/01: Dr. Hitesh Handa gave an invited talk at the AVS Conference in Nashville entitled “Nitric Oxide Materials - An Approach to Creating More Hemocompatible Medical Device Coatings".


10/07: Graduate students Marcus and Jiten, as well as undergraduates Kaylee and Nettie, presented at the BMES annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


08/09: Congratulations to Dani, Katie, Jennie, Netti, and Sai on receiving CURO Research Assistantships in the Handa Lab at UGA.


08/01: Marcus Goudie was awarded a prestigious ARCS Scholarship for excellence in research. Congrats, Marcus!


07/11: Dr. Hitesh Handa spent July 4th-9th at IIT Kharagpur as visiting faculty.


06/14: We welcome post-baccalaureate researcher Bryan Grommersch and high school student Sandelin Sikes to the Handa Lab at UGA.


05/24: We welcome Kaylee O’Connor and Nettie Brown (University of Alabama and University of Georgia, respectively) for their NSF-REU internship in the Handa Lab at UGA for the Summer.


05/20: Congratulations to Jiten Pant for being placed 1st in the UGA College of Engineering Graduate Club Poster Competition (among graduate students).


05/20: Congratulations to Sarah Chaji and Alyssa Ghuman on being placed 1st and 3rd, respectively, in the UGA College of Engineering Graduate Club Poster Competition (among undergraduate students).


05/16: Dr. Hitesh Handa presented a talk in the 10th World Biomaterials Congress in Montreal, Canada. His talk was entitled “Nitric Oxide (NO) Releasing Catheters to Reduce Thrombosis and Bacterial Infection”.


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