Principal Investigator

Anita Shukla
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006



Anita Shukla is an Assistant Professor of Engineering and a member of the Center for Biomedical Engineering at Brown University. Professor Shukla’s research focuses on designing responsive and targeted biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine.  She is particularly passionate about using these materials for treating infections. Professor Shukla is the recipient of several national and university honors and awards for both her research and teaching, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an Office of Naval Research Director of Research Early Career Grant, and a Brown University Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prior to joining Brown in 2013, Professor Shukla was an NIH Ruth Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Professor Shukla also received a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT. She received her Bachelor’s of Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with majors in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering.

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Akram Abbasi
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston. 2014-2019
M.Sc. Chemical Engineering-Thermo-kinetics and Catalyst, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering-Process Design, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran
Research interest:Developing biomaterials to enhance the mesenchymal stem cell secretome profile toward cell-free therapeutics


Kayla Campbell
Ph.D., Pathobiology, Brown University. 2016-2020

B.A., Pathobiology, Brown University
Research Interests: Developing in vivo fungal infection models and antifungal delivery systems to treat systemic and localized fungal infections



Graduate Students

Yingying Wang
Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry
M.Sc., Chemistry, Nanjing University, China
B.S., Chemistry, Northwest University, China
Research Interests: Developing novel biomaterials for the treatment of marine bacteria-related diseases 


Carly Deusenbery She/her/hers
Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University
Research Interests: Investigating the formation, prevention and eradication of microbial biofilms



Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S., Chemistry, Michigan State University
Research Interests: Developing stimuli-responsive biomaterials for antimicrobial drug delivery and microbial detection




Veronica LaMastro
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S., Biomedical Engineering & Chemistry, Rowan University
Research Interests: Developing advanced drug delivery systems for treatment of systemic fungal infections



Cutler Whitely
Sc.M., Student, Biotechnology
B.S., Biological Sciences, Minor Psychology, Drexel University
Research Interests: Utilizing 3D and bioprinting techniques to formulate clinic-ready hydrogels capable of combating localized microbial infections



Jessica Powell
Sc.M., Student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: Developing drug delivery hydrogel platforms with hemostatic capabilities


Alison M Veintimilla She/her/hers
M.S., Candidate Biotechnology
B.S., Immunobiology, Brown University 2019

Research Interests: Profiling wound bacteria in order to develop a clinically relevant polymicrobial challenge to test hydrogels against

Undergraduate Students

Kitty Moy
Sc.B., Chemical Engineering, 2021




Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral and Graduate Alumni

Noel Vera-Gonzalez
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Brown University. 2015-2020

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
Current Position: Biomaterials Scientist at GelMEDIX


Alessia Battigelli
Postdoctoral Researcher, Brown University, 2016-2020
Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2014-2016
Postdoctoral Researcher, CNRS, 2012-2013
Ph.D., Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy – University of Strasbourg, France

M.Sc. and B.Sc., Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies, University of Trieste, Italy
Current Position: Associate Professor of Chemistry at University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway


Dahlia Alkekhia
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Brown University. 2014-2020
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Sc.B., Bioengineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Current Position: Analytical Development Scientist at Rubius Therapeutics


Chao Yu
Postdoctoral Researcher, Shukla Lab for Designer Biomaterials, Brown University, U.S. 2019-2020
Postdoctoral Researcher, Professor Shouheng Sun’s Lab, Brown University, U.S. 2015-2019
Ph.D., Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, China. 2010-2015
B.S., Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, China.
Current Position: Assistant
Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang, China.


Alexis Fairman
Sc.M., Biomedical Engineering, 2020
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Lehigh University


Quentin Altemose
Sc.M., Biomedical Engineering, 2020
B.S., Physics and Biology, Ursinus College
Current Position: Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student at Cornell University


Christina Bailey-Hytholt
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2019

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Biologics Drug Product Development & Manufacturing at Sanofi

Bethany Almeida
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2019

B.S., Biomedical Engineering and Professional Writing, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Current Position: ASEE Postdoctoral Fellow at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Shashank Shukla
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2019

Sc.M., Biomedical Engineering, Brown University
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Current Position: Associate Scientist at Pace Life Sciences

Luke Liu
Sc.M., Biomedical Engineering, 2018

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester
Current Position: Biology Engineer at Bio-Tree Systems


Roya Sheybani
Hibbitt Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2016

Current Position: Senior Research Engineer at Cytovale Inc.


Nisha Hollingsworth
Research Assistant, 2014-2016
Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Michigan


Samantha Gates
Sc.M., Biomedical Engineering, 2016

Sc.B., Biomedical Engineering, Brown University, 2015
Current Position: Senior Research Associate of Immune Monitoring at Neon Therapeutics

Recent Undergraduate Alumni

Luc Langlois
Sc.B., Chemistry, Class of 2020



Bonne Nie
Sc.B., Biochemistry and Political Science, Class of 2020



Sumaiya Sayeed
Sc.B., Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2020



Alicia Rocha
Sc.B., Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2020



Sarah Branse
Sc.B. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2021



Eli Silvert
Sc.B., Materials Engineering, Class of 2020



Lisa Okazaki
Sc.B. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, 2021



Tanaya Puranik
Sc.B., Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2019



Hannah Safford 
Sc.B., Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2019



Soobin Wang
Sc.B., Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2019



Sorathan Munckong
Sc.B., Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2019



Isobel Rountree
Sc.B., Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2020



Gur Agci
Sc.B., Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Class of 2019



Paul Addonizio
Sc.B., Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Class of 2018
Technical Problem Solver at Epic Systems


Please see attached PDF for a comprehensive list of undergraduate alumni.