Postdoctoral Fellows

Joydip Kundu

Joydip Kundu Postdoctoral Research Associate
Project:Development of a retina extracellular matrix-based injectable gel

Joydip is working to develop a decellularized matrix based biomaterial to deliver retinal progenitor cells to the subretinal space. He is investigating the cellular response to the matrices and their ability to integrate within the host retina to restore vision.

Ph.D. Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur, India, 2011

M.S. Biomedical Engineering
Jadavpur University
Kolkata, Indian, 2004

B.S. Pharmaceutical Technology
Jadavpur University
Kolkata, India, 2002

Graduate Students

Taylor Carlson

Taylor Carlson Project:Impact of lipids on mucus barrier properties

As a member of the mucus research team, I focus on understanding mucus structural differences resulting from different physiological environments and disease states. In addition I use novel techniques (i.e. multiple particle tracking and quick freeze deep etch microscopy) to investigate these changes.

B.S. Chemistry
University of Nebraska-Kearney
Kearney, NE, 2012

Megha Kamath

Megha Kamath Project:Small intestine tissue engineering

Megha is working to develop a model that uses biomaterials to mimic the native intestinal tissue topography in vitro and to enhance the growth of intestinal stem cells on these substrates. She is working to understand their behavior, and finally to understand drug diffusion/delivery studies through these cells. She is pursuing her PhD with Dr. Carrier, starting 2015, co-advised by Dr. Abigail Koppes, to develop a small intestinal model that provides a better understanding of drug transport and efficacy in vitro and that can be translated in vivo.

M.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences
Northeastern University
Boston, MA, 2015 (expected)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA, 2011

Jaclyn Lock

Jaclyn Lock Project:Mucus barrier properties in inflammatory bowel disease

Through her research, Jaclyn aims to improve our understanding of the intestinal mucus barrier and how its properties can be modulated in the presence of different foods, i.e. lipids. Additionally, She is interested in studying the chemical and molecular differences in the mucus of healthy and diseased intestinal tissue. This research can enhance our knowledge of the mucus barrier to prevent and minimize pathogen translocation while improving drug delivery.

M.S. Bioengineering
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA, 2013

B.S. Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, 2010

Oljora Rezhdo

Oljora Rezhdo Project:Impact of food on oral compound absorption: mechanistic studies and modeling

Oljora's work involves understanding the effect of food in the absorption of oral drugs. Through in vitro experiments covering the processes affecting drug absorption she is looking to develop a mathematical model that can predict drug pharmacokinetic profiles based on their physico-chemical properties.

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
Northeastern University
Boston, MA, 2017(expected)

B.S. Chemical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, 2010

Lauren Speciner

Lauren Speciner Project:In vivo analysis of compound absorption in the presence of food

Lauren's research interests specifically lie in understanding the mechanisms behind the food effect on drug absorption in vivo. She seeks to leverage this knowledge to improve our mechanistic model. She is also working on understanding the robustness of our model through sensitivity and uncertainty analyses.

Ph.D. Bioengineering
Northeastern University
Boston, MA, 2018 (expected)

B.S. Chemical Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY, 2006

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