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Professor Eno Essien Ebong: Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering, and Affiliated Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University.Degrees: M. Eng./Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Atherosclerosis Research, Cell Culture & Animal Models of Vascular Flow, Health, and Disease, Mechanisms of Blood Vessel Endothelial Cell Mechanotransduction, Structure of Glycocalyx & Other Endothelial Cell Mechanotransducers, Blood Vessel Wall Remodeling in Disease Progression
Contact: e.ebong@neu.edu
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Solomon Mensah: Bioengineering PhD Student (5th year)Degrees: Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Takoradi Polytechnic; Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, City College of New York
Research: The role of the glycocalyx in cell-cell interactions
Contact: mensah.s@husky.neu.edu
 
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Ian Harding: Bioengineering PhD Student (4th year)Degrees: Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Bucknell University.
Research: Using conventional and advanced high resolution techniques to study the effects of disturbed flow on glycocalyx structure and endothelial function; studying the role of the glycocalyx in neurodegenerative diseases.
Contact: harding.i@husky.neu.edu
 
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Nandita Bal: Chemical Engineering PhD Student (3rd year)Degrees: Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from VIT University (India), Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.
Research: Targeted and controlled drug delivery using conjugated gold nanoparticles and thermoresponsive hydrogels for glycocalyx regeneration.
Contact: bal.n@husky.neu.edu
 
 
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Ron Mitra: Chemical Engineering PhD Student (1st year)Degrees: Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Master’s Degree in Bioengineering from Northeastern University
Research: Using in vivo models of abnormal hemodynamics to study the role of the glycocalyx in atherosclerosis development.
Contact: mitra.ro@husky.neu.edu
 
 

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Alina Nersesyan: Master’s Student (1st year)
Degrees: Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Holy Family UniversityResearch: Investigating the role of the endothelial glycocalyx in cell attachment.
Contact: nersesyan.a@husky.neu.edu
 
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Priya Prabakaran: Undergraduate StudentMajor: Chemical Engineering
Research: Fabricating nanoparticles for glycocalyx-targeted drug delivery
Contact: prabakaran.p@husky.neu.edu
 
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Claire Lee: Undergraduate StudentMajor: Bioengineering – PreMed Track
Research: Focuses on tissue sample preparation for immunofluorescence and histology.
Contact: lee.cl@husky.neu.edu
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Dr. Homa HomayoniDegrees: PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington; MSc in Textile Engineering-Fiber Science and Technology from Isfahan University of TechnologyResearch: Cardiovascular Diseases, Atherosclerosis, Nanomaterials, Drug Delivery, Oncology, Photodynamic Therapy
Contact: h.homayoni@neu.edu
 
 
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Dr. Ming ChengDegrees: PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University, Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Math from Vanderbilt UniversityResearch: Applications of nanoparticles for glycocalyx modification to combat atherosclerosis
Contact: cheng.m@husky.neu.edu
 
 

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Irina Ahn: Undergraduate StudentMajor: Behavioral Neuroscience
Research: Investigating the role of the endothelial glycocalyx in endothelial inflammation, specifically endocytosis of oxidized low-density lipoproteins
Contact: ahn.i@husky.neu.edu
 
 
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Gerard O’Neil: Undergraduate Student (Graduated)Degree: Bachelors Degree in Biology
Research: In vivo study of the relationship between atherosclerosis and protective glycocalyx in terms of plaque progression in vessels.
Contact: oneil.gerard@gmail.com
 
 
 
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Ashlee Asada: Undergraduate Student (Graduated)Major: Chemical Engineering
Research: Determining the role of the glycocalyx in the uptake of oxidized LDLs.
Contact: asada.a@husky.neu.edu
 
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Michelle Zhang: Undergraduate Student (Graduated)Major: Chemical Engineering
Research: Investigating the effects of the endothelial glycocalyx on cancer metastasis, specifically cancer cell adhesion to the endothelium.
Contact: zhang.mic@husky.neu.edu
 
 
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Sean O’Connell: Undergraduate StudentMajor: Chemical Engineering
Research: Designing parallel plate flow chambers
Contact: oconnell.se@husky.neu.edu
 
 
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Bowen Huo: Undergraduate StudentMajor: Chemical EngineeringResearch: Immunostaining techniques and degradation of the glycocalyx
Contact: huob@husky.neu.edu