Graduate Students – Handa Biomaterials Lab

Doctoral Students

Marcus Goudie, M.S.

M.S. Chemical Engineering - University of Pennsylvania

B.S. Chemical Engineering - University of Michigan

marcus.goudie25@uga.edu

 

Marcus received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2012. As an undergraduate researcher, Marcus worked on droplet based microfluidics under Dr. Mark Burns for two years, where he became familiar with device design, soft lithography fabrication, and device operation. In 2012 Marcus went on to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his masters, where he continued his work in microfluidics under Dr. Daeyeon Lee. Outside of academia, Marcus has had numerous internships with MC3 Inc. totaling over 1.5 years experience in medical device design and research. At MC3, Marcus worked on a number of projects including polymer processing, as well as designing artificial lungs, peristaltic pumps, and blood warming units for pediatric and neonatal applications.

Jitendra Pant, M.Eng.

M.Eng. Biotechnology, BITS-Pilani, India

B.Tech. Biotechnology, ICFAI, Dehradun, India
jitendra.pant519@uga.edu

 

Jitendra earned his M.Eng degree with specialization in Biotechnology from  BITS-Pilani University in year 2015. His Master’s thesis entitled “Nitric oxide releasing material for catheter related blood infections (CRBIs)” was carried out at UGA. Jitendra completed his B.Tech-Biotech degree from ICFAI University Dehradun, India in 2010 during which he did one academic project and two industrial trainings. Post his Bachelor’s studies, he worked for 3 years in the capacity of a Scientist at Biocon Research Ltd, a Biopharmaceutical giant. Working with a highly committed team in Biocon, Jitendra took on four projects out of which two projects on developing mAbs (against Psoriasis and Breast Cancer) got commercialized lately. In addition, he has also pursued short-term projects in the University of Wurzburg Germany; National Brain Research Center (NBRC); IIT-Kharagpur; Regent Healthcare and Prolabs Ltd.

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
psingha@uga.edu

 

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.

Joel Mansfield

B.S. Chemistry - Michigan State University
joel.mansfield@uga.edu

 

After graduating from Michigan State University in 2006, Joel worked in industry for 10 years as a chemist performing multiple roles throughout.  He has experience in analytical, synthetic and electrochemistry and worked for two Michigan based Biomedical companies in R&D developing nitric oxide releasing/generating medical devices. Joel is an avid homebrewer and one day dreams of becoming a blacksmith.

Megan Douglass

B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Georgia
mgndglss@uga.edu

 

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.mondal@uga.edu

 

Arnab received his Master of Technology degree in Biotechnology from NIT Durgapur, India in 2016. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies, Arnab participated 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 application of hydroxyapatite in bone tissue engineering and copper removal from wastewater. His current research focuses on the advancement of the translational legacy of nitric oxide releasing materials and development of effective antimicrobial and antifouling interfaces for biomedical devices.

 

Master’s Students

Dani Workman

B.S.A. Animal Science, University of Georgia
dworkman@uga.edu

 

Dani received her B.S.A. in Animal Science from the University of Georgia in 2016. During her undergraduate research she worked on characterizing hydrophilic topcoats on medical grade nitric oxide releasing polymers ultimately leading to a published paper with her graduate student mentor. In 2016, she was awarded the CURO scholarship for this work. During her undergraduate years she worked as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and a certified medication aid (CMA) gaining her a closer perspective of the challenges in the medical field involving infection and complications due to medical equipment. This has led her to continue her research in developing antifouling and antibacterial materials. 

Katie Homeyer

B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Georgia
khome323@uga.edu

 

Katie earned her B.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia in 2016. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Handa’s lab on researching nitric oxide releasing medical devices, specifically urinary catheters, under the CURO scholarship. Katie’s experience as an undergraduate researcher led her to continue her research and education as a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree with hopes to go on to design and develop medical devices.

Ryan Devine

B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Georgia
rdevine4@uga.edu

 

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, which have arisen due to modern-day agricultural practices. While he gained experience working with animal models, this made Ryan realize he wanted to do more human-focused research while pursuing a PhD. This led him to working under Dr. Handa, where he is now looking into developing Endothelial Dysfunction treatments.