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


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”.

Recent Publications