Principal Investigator

Mei Wei

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Ph.D., University of New South Wales

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS-019
Phone: (860) 486-9253


Graduate Students


Bryant Heimbach

(Ph.D. candidate)

Silk Fibroin- and Hydroxyapatite-Reinforced Composites for Degradable Bone Fixation Devices

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut

 Le Yu

(Ph.D. candidate)

Fabrication of magnetic nanoworms for cancer treatment

M.S. , Materials science, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
B.S. , Materials science and Engineering, Nanjing university of Aeronautics and Astronautics



Undergraduate Students


Andrew Nguyen, Materials Science and Engineering
 Beril Tonyali, Materials Science and Engineering
 Derek Pang

 Lab Alumni

Drew Clearfield (Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 4/2018 Multizonal Scaffolds for Osteochondral Tissue Engineering)

Changmin Hu (Ph.D. Materials Science 12/2017 Fabrication and Characterization of Collagen-Apatite Composites for Bone Tissue Engineering)

Stephanie Bendtsen (Ph.D. Materials Science 5/2017 3D Bioprinting of Alginate Hydrogels for Bone Tissue Regeneration)

Michael Zilm (Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 6/2016 Magnetic Materials for Biomedical Applications

Max Villa (Ph.D. Material Science and Engineering 7/14) In Vivo 2-Photon Microscopy and Collagen-Hydroxyapatite Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering

Zengmin Xia (Ph.D. Material Science 12/13) Biomimetic Collagen-Apatite Composites for Bone Tissue Engineering

Erica Kramer (Ph.D. Material Science and Engineering 12/13) Magnetic Apatites for Biomedical Applications

Jonathan Russo (M.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2014)  Inhibition of Urinary Tract Infections and Biofilm Formation on Long-Term Indwelling Urethral Catheters


Sean Quinnell (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2016)

Ashwin Nagaraj (B.S. Molecular Cell Biology 5/2017)

Jorge Paz Solden (B.S. Materials Science and Engineering/Biomedical Engineering 5/2016)

Hyun S. Kim (B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 5/2016)

Jan Chris Chao (B.S. Molecular Cell Biology 5/2016)

Seamus Thomson (Australian lab intern 2015)

Tian McCann (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2016)

Adrian Reid

Casey Settle (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2015)

Adam Eichen (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2015)

Nabid Ahmed (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2015)

Jessica Ingram (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2014)

Alison Welch- (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2014)

Alyssa Weinstein- (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2013)

Eross Guadalupe- (B.S Biomedical Engineering 5/2013)

Matthew Conklin- (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2013)

Kristen Manuzzi- (B.S Biomedical Engineering 5/2013)

Britta Kunkemoller- (B.S. Chemical Engineering 5/2012) The impact of various pre-treatment reagents on the properties of PLLA and biomimetic hydroxyapatite coatings.

Joseph Podurgiel (B.S Chemical Engineering 5/2012)

Lindsay Gaedt (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2012)

Jo-Ku Teng (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2012)

Rachel Lellis (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2012) DePuy Mitek, Raynham, MA

Xiaohua Yu (PhD, 05/2011) Calcium Phosphate Coating as Drug Delivery System for Orthopedic Implants

Fei Peng (PhD, 05/2011) Hydroxyapatite/Poly(L-Lactic Acid) Fibrous Composites for Bone Tissue Engineering

Haibo Qu (PhD, 05/2007) Synthesis, characterization and cell behavior of fluoridated hydroxyapatite

Chandrasekhar Kothapalli (MS, 12/2005) Fabrication of apatite-PLA composites for bone repair

Rajeswari Kompalli (MS, 05/2006) Bioactive Implant guided supracrestal bone formation

Na Li (MS, 05/2007) A novel approach to improve the interfacial strength of hydroxyapatite coated implants for orthopedic and dental applications

Yajing Zhang (visiting professor, 2007-2008) Improvement of interfacial bonding strength between hydroxyapatite coating and metallic substrate

Yong Wang (visiting professor, 2007-2008) Biodegradable metal materials

Lyndon Charles (MS) Preparation of PLLA/HA composites for bone repair

Bindu Prabhakar (MS, 05/2010) Fabrication of PLA tissue engineering scaffolds

Sofia Iddir (BS, 12/2005) Fabrication of multi-functional composites for load-bearing skeletal

John Walsh(BS MCB, 05/2010) Improving adhesive strength of type I collagen to titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) implants through polydopamine coating

Kyle O’Brien () Preparation of collagen/apatite coatings

Shashank Settipalli, Emily Pribanic, D. McGeary, Eric Veilleux, E. Heuer, Meghan Schmidt, Danielle McGeary, Karla Stittnick, Patric Keating, Katherine Etter,  Timothy Morin, Greg Whitehouse, Kathryn Tempe, Daniel Gynther, Kristen Gingras, Alaena DeStefano, Tom Coons, Ryan Pogemiller, Erik Johnson, Jennifer Olson, Elizabeth Hufnagel, Andy Czyzowksi, Jin Yao, Erik Johnson