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Handa Biomaterials Lab - The 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.






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Undergraduate Students

10/10: Jiten was selected among the top 8 students university-wide for the TEDx SIS held November 14, 2018. Jiten was the only student from the College of Engineering selected. Congratulations, Jiten!

09/19: Jiten's paper "Antibacterial 3D bone scaffolds for tissue engineering application" was accepted to Journal of Applied Biomaterials. Congrats, Jiten!

09/09: Jiten won the 2018 Georgia BioInnovation Summit Award for best poster presentation. Congrats, Jiten!

09/09: Arnab received the 2018 Georgia BioInnovation Anthony Shuker Scientific Poster Award. Congrats, Arnab!

08/05: Priya received the 2018 Baxter Young Investigator Award. It is awarded to around 10 researchers from all over the U.S. every year. Congrats, Priya!

07/20: Sean's paper "Achieving long-term biocompatible silicone via covalently immobilized S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP) that exhibits 4 months of nitric oxide release" has been accepted in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congrats, Sean!

07/16: Priya attended the C-MIT Workshop in Los Angeles, CA and presented her poster titled "Surface Tethered Nitric Oxide Releasing Tethered Moieties for Biomedical Applications". Congrats, Priya!

07/12: Juhi has received the Georgia Section ASABE scholarship. Congratulations, Juhi!

07/07: Jiten, Priya, and Katie were accepted to showcase their research in the 2018 Biomedical and Engineering Society Conference in October. Congrats!

07/04: Jiten has received the Award for Excellence in mentorship in NanoBio REU Program. Congratulations, Jiten!

07/03: Juhi has received the Let All the Big Dawgs Eat Food Scholarship. Congratulations, Juhi!

07/01: Jiten has received the 2018 BMES travel award. Congratulations, Jiten!

06/27: Jiten's paper "Nitric oxide-releasing antibacterial albumin plastic for biomedical applications" has been accepted in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. Congrats, Jiten!

06/04: Juhi has received the Research Experience for Undergraduates scholarship and will attend the Nanotechnology and Biomedicine REU program funded by the National Science Foundation. Congratulations, Juhi!

05/16: Huzefa has been selected for the CURO summer fellowship. Congratulations, Huzefa!

05/06: Ben has been accepted to Vanderbilt for med school. Congratulations to Ben!

04/30: Priya and Jiten both received the Chair's Award for Excellence in Graduate Research by the College of Engineering, UGA. Congratulations Priya and Jiten!

04/11: Sean, Priya, and Jiten were selected to speak at the SFB conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

04/03: Dani has received Honorable Mention from the NSF GRFP. Congratulations to Dani!

03/14: Jiten has received this year's College of Engineering Brahm Verma Award of Excellence in Research, and Priya has received runner-up. Congratulations to Priya and Jiten!

03/06: Priya is only one of 60 students selected to attend the SFB Summer School in Biomaterial Field in Bordeaux, France. Congrats, Priya!

02/28: Arnab has been selected to receive the 2018 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant from the University of Georgia. Congrats, Arnab!

02/09: Priya has been awarded the Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for the Society of Biomaterials' 2018 Annual Meeting for her outstanding contribution. Congrats, Priya!

01/18: The Handa Lab has been featured on UGA's main page!

01/16: Bryan's paper "Bio-templated Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Nitric Oxide-Releasing Diatomaceous Earth Silica Particles" has been accepted in Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congrats, Bryan!

01/13: Jiten's paper "Nitric oxide-releasing catheters for eradication bacterial infection" has been accepted in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B. Congrats, Jiten!

01/10: Jiten's paper "4D Fabrication: 3D Cell Patterning Using Shape-Changing Films" has been accepted in Advanced Functional Materials. Congrats, Jiten!

01/09: Jiten was featured in UGA's graduate Magazine in the piece "Discovery: The life of Jitendra Pant". Congrats, Jiten!

01/08: Dr. Handa was featured in the "Research News" section of this week's Columns! The title of the piece is "Protective barrier: Engineering faculty member developing coatings to keep hospital patients from contracting infections."

01/05: Martin Tran,  Reagan Armistead, and Juhi Mancha received the CURO award for Spring 2018. Congrats, Martin and Juhi!

01/04: Handa lab welcomes Dr. James Manuel and Dr. Marcus Goudie as postdocs to their research group!

01/04: Handa lab welcomes undergraduate students Lori Estes and Huzefa Husain to their research group!

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