Professor | Biomedical Engineering

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Ryan Gilbert joined the Rensselaer faculty in 2010. At his previous appointment at Michigan Technical University, he served as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and was inducted into the Academy of Teaching Excellence. In 2012, Dr. Gilbert received the Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Gilbert serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cells, Tissues, and Organs, and chaired a Department of Veterans Affairs Panel, Rehabilitation and Research and Development-Regenerative Medicine. Currently, Dr. Gilbert's laboratory is focused on developing biomaterials for central nervous system applications.


PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Biomedical Engineering
BSE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Chemical Engineering

Courses TAUGHT

Introduction to Biomaterials, Drug and Gene Delivery

Research Associates

Manoj Gottipati, PhD

Research Associate | gottim2@rpi.edu
Visiting Scholar at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
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.

Craig H. Neilsen Postdoctoral Fellow

Graduate Researchers

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Anthony D'Amato

PhD Candidate | damata@rpi.edu
Anthony's research focuses on drug-delivering biomaterials. He develops novel techniques to alter drug-release kinetics from materials, and also develops materials to target multiple aspects of the spinal cord injury cascade.

New York State Spinal Cord Injury Predoctoral Fellow

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Alexis Ziemba

PhD Candidate | ziemba@rpi.edu
Alexis's research focuses on inflammation in spinal cord injury, particularly the macrophage response. She also develops materials to dampen pro-inflammation.

NSF Graduate Fellowship Winner


Devan puhl

PhD Student | puhld@rpi.edu
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.

NSF Graduate Fellowship Winner



PhD Student | funnej@rpi.edu
Jessica’s research focuses on developing biomaterials for extended drug-release to reduce inflammation and promote neurite outgrowth after spinal cord injury.

Rensselaer Graduate Fellow



Lab Technician | baloub@rpi.edu
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.

Past Researchers

Christopher Johnson, PhD | Research Scientist, Quad Technologies, Woburn, Massachusetts
Nicholas Schaub, PhD | Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Biomaterials Division of National Institute of Standards and Technology
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