The University of New Mexico

An NSF Integrative Graduate

Education and Research Traineeship in

Integrating Nanotechnology with Cell Biology and Neuroscience






Nick Andrews
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

My project involves the development of novel fluorescent nanomaterials for biomedical imaging and also the application and adaptation of biophysical techniques to high resolution live cell imaging in the context of the allergic inflammatory response. My advisors are Dr. Diane Lidke in the school of medicine's Department of Pathology, and Dr. Timothy Boyle at the Advanced Materials Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories. I am currently a medical student performing research in the Department of Pathology working towards the MD/PhD degree.

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Kate Brandt
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program


Eric Carnes
Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

I am a Ph.D. student in the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department. I am being advised by Dr. Jeff Brinker from Chemical Engineering as well as Dr. Graham Timmins from the College of Pharmacy. Our project centers around cell-directed assembly, by which a living cell is used to organize nanomaterials in its environment. We have been investigating the ability to immobilize cells in inorganic films for use in solid-state devices and to create novel bio/nano interfaces. We are also developing new models for cell-cell communication and virulent latency based on our cell-directed assembly technique.

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Nick Carroll
Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

My research is using microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology to produce and manipulate highly monodisperse emulsion droplets for use as high-through put bioreactors for DNA amplification and sequencing. I am working toward a PhD in chemical engineering. My advisor is Professor Dimiter Petsev from the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department.

Michelle Costa
Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

My research involves developing computational algorithms to understand the spatial and temporal organization of cellular components involved in signaling pathways. The model is a spatial-temporal Monte Carlo hybrid which combines the Gillespie "SSA" with a lattice null-event hybrid algorithm. This algorithm enables us to determine the spatial interaction of receptors on the surface and how it effects downstream signaling. Using data from single particle tracking and flow cytometry experiments we have created a modeling framework which has been validated experimentally. We hope to use this model to understand the complex dynamics of an oncogenic cell.


Bayo False
Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

My research involves the determination of fabrication parameters for the creation of 3-D micro and nano-patterned materials using biocompatible photo-crosslinkable polymers for use as cell culture platforms and drug delivery vehicles. The cell culture platforms will be used to understand and characterize cell-material interactions on different nano-patterned surfaces. The materials will also be used to study in vivo controlled release of molecule therapies. 



Paul Harrington
Physics & Astronomy


Larry Herskowitz
Physics & Astronomy

My advisor is Dr. Steve Koch, (Physics & Astronomy), and my co-advisor is Dr. Mary Ann Osley, (Molecular Genetics and Microbiology). I am working in Dr. Koch's lab at the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM). My goal is to create a new technique to map DNA. It is called Shotgun DNA Mapping (SDM). Shotgun DNA Mapping is a method for identifying (exact genome location) DNA fragments based on their unzipping forces. The idea is that the unzipping forces which are sequence dependant can be used to identify unknown DNA fragments. .


Shayna McGill
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

I am a Ph.D student in the Biomedical Science Graduate Program.  My advisor is Dr. Hugh Smyth of UNM’s College of Pharmacy.  My co-advisor is Dr. Yung-Sung Cheng at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.  The main focus of my project is to develop a targeted aerosol drug delivery system for cystic fibrosis and lung cancer, utilizing the potential of magnetic particles and cellular markers.


Chessa Scullin
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program