Graduate Students – Handa Biomaterials Lab

Doctoral Students

Priya Singha, M.S.

M.S. in Biological Sciences and Educational Media Design, University of California-Irvine
B.E. in Biotechnology, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India


Priya’s academic and work experience encompasses biological sciences, education and engineering. Priya earned her Bachelor of Engineering degree in 2012 from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India. She did her undergraduate research project in National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). Her research was on in-situ docking of botulinum neurotoxin. She was able to gain good knowledge on bioinformatics through this project. After her BE degree, she went on to work for Biocon in 2013 before leaving for the States. In Biocon, she was able to gain considerable experience in mammalian cell culture. Priya completed her Master’s degree from University of California-Irvine(UCI) in December 2014. Currently, she is working on NO releasing antimicrobial polymers under the advisement of Dr. Handa, UGA.

Megan Douglass

B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Georgia


Megan received her B.S. in biomedical engineering at the University of Georgia in 2017. During her undergraduate experience, she worked on 3D cell-based biosensors for high throughput screening under Dr. William Kisaalita for three years. Outside of the classroom, she served as Vice President and now as an alumni volunteer at the local Salvation Army Chapter at UGA. She has now joined the Handa lab to work on developing NO-releasing materials for tissue engineering applications. 


Arnab Mondal

B.Tech Biotechnology, West Bengal University of Technology, India

M.Tech Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India


Arnab received his Master of Technology degree in Biotechnology from National Institute of Technology, India in 2016. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies, Arnab has been involved in research areas spanning biomaterials, microbiology and environmental biotechnology. In 2012 and 2014, he interned at CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, India, working mainly on the application of hydroxyapatite in bone tissue engineering and copper removal from wastewater. His current research focuses on developing antibacterial surfaces, gasotransmitter delivery systems, and understanding bacteria/material interfaces. 

Mark Garren

B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


Mark earned his B.S. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017. As an undergraduate researcher, Mark worked on thiabicyclononane-based hyperbranched polycations for non-viral transfection applications and similar materials for antimicrobial surfaces. With a background heavy in chemical biology, materials chemistry, and bioengineering, Mark has joined the Handa lab to pursue work on NO-releasing polymers with tunable antimicrobial and nonthrombogenic properties for applications in medical devices and wound healing.

Lori Estes

B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Georgia


Lori received her B.S. in biological engineering from the University of Georgia in 2018. In her undergraduate she worked briefly with Dr. Karen Burg fabricating a microscope system to video record cell travel up the channels of a wicking fiber. In her final year she began work in Dr. Handa’s lab assisting research on nitric oxide release of cerium oxide nanoparticles. Outside of academics, Lori was a student leader with The Wesley Foundation, as well as being involved with the Shop With a Bulldawg Committee, and a member of The Arch Society. Her research in Dr. Handa’s lab will be focused on nitric oxide releasing materials in wound healing applications.

Sama Ghalei

M.E.Biomedical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran

B.E. Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran


Sama received her M.E. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Tehran, in 2018. She completed her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, in 2014. Prior to joining Handa lab, Sama participated in research projects focusing on fabrication of polymeric wound dressings with the ability to deliver therapeutic agents to the wound site. Sama’s previous research has provided her with extensive training in the preparation and characterization of polymeric biomaterials and drug delivery systems.

Divine Francis

B.S. Chemistry, Emory University


Divine received his B.S. in Chemistry from Emory University in 2018. During his undergraduate career, he spent two years working under Dr. Tim Lian, assisting in the research of nanoparticles with solar energy applications. Divine joins the Handa lab to research novel materials with medical applications.

Ryan Devine

B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Georgia


Ryan received his B.S. in Biological Engineering with an emphasis in Biomechanics from the University of Georgia in 2017. During his junior and senior year as an undergraduate, Ryan worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Russel Research Center in Athens, GA. At the USDA-ARS, Ryan worked primarily on poultry muscle tissue deformities and gained experience working with animal models. Using this past experience, Ryan is now focusing on improving the hemocapability of NO-releasing materials and conducting extracorporeal circuit (ECC) rabbit models to prove their efficacy.

Master’s Students

Jianwen Li

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Jianwen majored in Biomedical Engineering in Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China. He is currently enrolled in the 3+2 program at UGA. He is going to complete his B.S. study while doing a M.S. study in Biochemical Engineering. With the background knowledge of biomedical engineering, he joined Dr. Handa’s lab, hoping to do research about NO-releasing materials and develop them for clinical applications.