Research Fellows


Sean Hopkins, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada - Reno


Sean earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010 where his research was focused on developing efficient proton exchange membranes for fuel cell development. During this time, he became familiar with polymer synthesis and modification techniques to be used for future studies. He then went on to start his PhD in biomedical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2010 under the advisement of Dr. Megan Frost with a focus in the nitric oxide field and finished in 2015. Being familiar with chemical synthesis, he developed novel controllable nitric oxide releasing polymeric biomaterials and investigated nitric oxide’s role in controlling undesirable subcutaneous inflammatory events. While investigating these events, Sean became efficient and familiar with histological techniques through analyzing in vivo tissue samples by antibody marking and the ability to accurately quantify these labeled cells.


James Manuel, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow, Nano Electrochemistry Lab, The University of Georgia, GA, USA
Postdoctoral fellow, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea
M.S. Polymer Chemistry, The University of Kerala, India
B.S. Chemistry, The University of Kerala, India


In 2018, James joined as a post-doctoral fellow at Handa Lab in the University of Georgia (UGA) where he is actively working on NO releasing wound dressings. Before joining Handa Lab he worked as a visiting researcher in Ramasamy Lab, UGA in the field of sodium ion batteries. Between 2014-15, he did his postdoctoral research at Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea. In 2012 he joined as an Assistant Professor in the University of Kerala, India after one year post-doctoral research at GNU.  He pursued his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jou-Hyun Ahn in GNU, Jinju, South Korea funded by Brain Korea (BK21) scholarship (2007-2011). He has also worked in Excel Glasses Ltd and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Science and Technology after the completion of his Masters from the University of Kerala, India (2004). James have published 33 papers and have presented in 25 conferences around the globe.