Lab Members

Bailey Balouch
Bailey Balouch
Lab Technician

B.S. Union College, Neuroscience

Bailey has a background in cell biology and neuroscience. He is interested in the development of biomaterials that improve clinical outcomes following injury and disease. 
Jessica Funnell
Jessica Funnell
Doctoral Student
Jessica’s research focuses on developing biomaterials for extended drug-release to reduce inflammation and promote neurite outgrowth after spinal cord injury. Jessica is a Rensselaer Graduate Fellow.
Manoj Gottipati
Manoj Gottipati
Research Associate

Ph.D. University of Alabama - Birmingham, Biomedical Engineering

Manoj's work focuses on assessing the potential of aligned fibrous scaffolds in mitigating the reactive astroglial response and promoting robust axonal regeneration following a spinal cord injury using novel in vitro and in vivo models. Manoj us a Visiting Scholar at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and a Craig H. Neilsen Postdoctoral Fellow. 
Devan Puhl
Devan Puhl
Doctoral Student
Devan's research focuses on developing drug and gene delivering biomaterials to alter astrocyte reactivity and promote axon regeneration in central nervous system injury and disease models. Devan is a NSF Graduate Fellowship Winner.
Alexis Ziemba
Alexis Ziemba
Doctoral Candidate
Alexis's research focuses on inflammation in spinal cord injury, particularly the macrophage response. She also develops materials to dampen pro-inflammation. Alexis is an NSF Graduate Fellowship Winner.

Group Alumni

  • Anthony D'Amato, PhD | Post-doctoral Fellow, Cornell University
  • Christopher Johnson, PhD | Research Scientist, Quad Technologies, Woburn, Massachusetts
  • Nicholas Schaub, PhD | Senior Scientific Analyst, Axle Informatics
  • Jon Zuidema, PhD | Post-doctoral Research Scientist, University of California San Diego
  • Christopher McKay, PhD | Research Scientist, Gilead Sciences
  • Christopher Rivet, PhD | Physical Science/Physics Teacher, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union
  • Hanbing Wang, PhD | Lecturer, Chemistry, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Gregory Desmond, MS | Biotech Production Specialist II, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Rebecca Pomrenke, MS | Product Analyst II, Boston Scientific, Marlborough, Massachusetts