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.


Anil Kumar, Arnab Mondal, Megan E Douglass, Divine J Francis, Mark R Garren, Lori M Estes Bright, Sama Ghalei, Jin Xie, Elizabeth J Brisbois, Hitesh Handa, Nanoarchitectonics of nitric oxide releasing supramolecular structures for enhanced antibacterial efficacy under visible light irradiation. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2023, 640, 144-161.

Ekrem Ozkan, Mark Garren, James Manuel, Megan Douglass, Ryan Devine, Arnab Mondal, Anil Kumar, Morgan Ashcraft, Rashmi Pandey, and Hitesh Handa. Superhydrophobic and Conductive Foams with Antifouling and Oil–Water Separation Properties. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2023, 15, 5, 7610-7626.

Mark Garren, Morgan Ashcraft, Dagney Crowley, Elizabeth J Brisbois, Hitesh Handa. Derivatization of graphene oxide nanosheets with tunable nitric oxide release for antibacterial biomaterials. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 2023, 11, 4, 451-464.

Lori M Estes Bright, Lauren Griffin, Arnab Mondal, Sean Hopkins, Ekrem Ozkan, Hitesh Handa. Biomimetic gasotransmitter-releasing alginate beads for biocompatible antimicrobial therapy. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2022, 628, 911-921.

Teryn R Roberts, George T Harea, Yanyi Zang, Ryan P Devine, Patrick Maffe, Hitesh Handa, Andriy I Batchinsky. A dual‐action nitric oxide‐releasing slippery surface for extracorporeal organ support: Dynamic in vitro hemocompatibility evaluation. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 2022, 111, 4, 923-932.

Megan Douglass, Mark Garren, Ryan Devine, Arnab Mondal, Hitesh Handa. Bio-inspired Hemocompatible Surface Modifications for Biomedical Applications. Progress in Materials Science, 2022, 130, 100997.

Latest News

03/16/23: Lori Estes Bright has successfully defended her dissertation! Congrats, Dr. Estes Bright!

03/08/23: Congratulations to Dr. Handa for receiving the College of Engineering Faculty Award for Excellence in Research!

03/08/23: Lori Estes Bright has won the Brahm Verma leadership award, and Mark Garren was named an honorable mention for the award. Congratulations to both of them!

02/28/23: Dr. Manjyot Chug has received the Excellence in Research Award for 2023. Congratulations!

02/24/23: Sarah Wilson passed her qualifying exam. Congratulations Sarah!

02/15/23: Dr. Handa has been selected as a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. Congratulations for this prestigious honor!

01/01/23: Welcome Dr. Arpita Shome to the lab as a new Postdoctoral Fellow!

10/11/22: Dr. Ekrem Ozkan and Patrick Maffe presented posters at the CGHI Bio. Innovation Summit. A special congratulations to Dr. Ozkan who won the Anthony Shuker Scientific Poster Award!

09/12/22: Dr. Anil Kumar, Dr. Ekrem Ozkan, Lauren Griffin, Lori Estes Bright, Mark Garren, and Sarah Wilson all presented posters at the Boehringer Ingelheim UGA summit!

09/07/22: Congratulations to Lori Estes Bright and Mark Garren for their poster presentations at the ACS National Conference!

08/15/22: Welcome to all the new Graduate Students: Emme Collett, Natalie Crutchfield, Sankeerth Kanumuri, and Sierra Milligan. Good luck!

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