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Principal Investigator

Shelly Peyton, PhD (she/her/hers)

Armstrong Professional Development Professor

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Chemical Engineering

Faculty member, Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Program

Adjunct faculty member, Department of Biomedical Engineering

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2002

M.S., PhD, Chemical Engineering, UC-Irvine, 2007

Post-doctoral fellow, MIT 2007-2010

speyton@umass.edu

CV, Updated 6-19-20

Graduate Students, Post-docs, and Research Technicians
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Aritra Nath Kundu (he/him)

5th year ChemEng PhD student

NIH BTP T32 2017-19

Project: Breast to Lung metastasis

akundu@umass.edu

6th year MCB PhD student

NIH BTP T32 2016-18

Project: Tumor Evolution

ntseng@umass.edu

Ning Tseng (she/her hers)

Dr. Katie Bittner, MD

5th year MCB PhD student

MD from Robert Wood Johnson

Project: Vascularizing tumor mimics

kbittner@gmail.com

5th year MCB PhD student

NIH BTP T32 2018-20

Project: Drug resistant breast cancer

hyunakim@umass.edu

Hyuna Kim (she/her/hers)

3rd year ChemEng PhD student

CBI fellow and Spaulding Smith Fellow

Project: TBI and new materials

cedougan@umass.edu

Carey Dougan

2nd year ChemEng PhD student

Spaulding-Smith Fellow

Project: Force-responsive materials, Co-Advised with John Klier

alorenzana@umass.edu

Adrian Lorenzana

2nd year ChemEng PhD student

NSF GRFP Fellow

Project: Breast cancer metastasis

rhuber@umass.edu

Becca Huber (she/her/hers)

Dr. Sonu Kizhakkepura, PhD

Post-Doc

Project: Cryptic Hydrogels

skizhakkepur@umass.edu

Post-Doc

Project: GelTech Startup

rdasmahapatr@umass.edu

Dr. Rita Das Mahapatra, PhD

2nd year MCB PhD student

Project: MALDI Imaging of tissues and gels, Co-Advised with Richard Vachet

arampal@umass.edu

Akaansha Rampal

2nd year ChemEng MS student

Project: Force-responsive materials, Co-Advised with John Klier

yinghongliu@umass.edu

Yinghong (Lily) Liu

Undergraduate Students

The Peyton lab is always recruiting undergraduate students passionate about applying their quantitative classroom training to solving problems in human health.  See the Open Positions page for information about joining.

Current Undergraduates

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Jennifer Esteves

Sam Tipps

Max Hayward

Publications from Peyton lab that have Peyton lab undergraduate authors (shown in bold).

Jansen, L.E., McCarthy, T., Lee, M., and Peyton, S.R., (in revision) A synthetic, three-dimensional bone marrow hydrogel, doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/275842

 

Barney, L.E., Hall, C.L., Schwartz, A.D., Parks, A.N., Sparages, C., Galarza, S., Platt, M.O., Mercurio, A.M., and Peyton, S.R. (2020) “Tumor cell-organized fibronectin is required to maintain a dormant breast cancer population”, Science Advances doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/686527

 

Polio, S., Kundu, A., Dougan, C., Birch, N., Aurien-Blajeni, D.E., Schiffman, J., Crosby, A., and Peyton, S.R., (2018) “Cross-platform mechanical characterization of lung tissue” PLOSOne DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0204765

 

Luzhansky, I.D., Schwartz, A.D., MacMunn, J.P., Cohen, J.D., Barney, L.E., Jansen, L.E., and Peyton, S.R., (2018) “Anomalous diffusion as a descriptive model of cell migration” APL Bioengineering doi: 10.1063/1.5019196

 

Brooks, E.A., Jansen, L.E., Gencoglu, M.F., Yurkevicz, A.M., and Peyton, S.R. (2018) “Complementary, semiautomated methods for creating multidimensional PEG-based biomaterials” ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, doi: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.7b00737.

 

Tran, Y.H., Rasmuson, M.J., Emrick, T.S., Klier, J., and Peyton, S.R. (2017) “Strain-stiffening gels based on latent crosslinking” Soft Matter DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01888F

 

Herrick, W.G., Rattan, S., Nguyen, T.V., Grunwald, M.S., Barney, C.W., Crosby, A.J., and Peyton, S.R. (2015) “Smooth muscle stiffness sensitivity is integrin specific and FAK driven” Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. DOI: 10.1007/s12195-015-0397-4.

 

Barney, L.E., Dandley, E.C., Jansen, L.E., Reich, N.G., Mercurio, A.M., Peyton, S.R. (2015) “A cell-ECM screening method to predict breast cancer metastasis” Integrative Biology. 7:198-212. DOI: 10.1039/C4IB00218K.

 

Nguyen, T.V., Sleiman, M., Moriarty, T. Herrick, W.G, and Peyton, S.R. (2014) “Sorafenib resistance and JNK signaling in carcinoma during extracellular matrix stiffening” Biomaterials. 35(22):5749-5759. DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2014.03.058.

 

Herrick, W.G, Nguyen, T.V., Sleiman, M., McRae, S., Emrick, T.S. and Peyton, S.R., (2013) “PEG-Phosphorylcholine Hydrogels As Tunable and Versatile Platforms for Mechanobiology” Biomacromolecules. 14(7):2294-2304. DOI: 10.1021/bm400418g.

Peyton Lab Alumni

Graduate Student Alumni

Yen Tran, Chemical Engineering PhD candidate, Afton Chemical, https://www.linkedin.com/in/yen-tran-cheme/

Sualyneth Galarza, Chemical Engineering PhD, Millipore, https://www.linkedin.com/in/s-galarza/

Elizabeth Brooks, Chemical Engineering PhD, https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-b-6b061a111/

Alyssa Schwartz, Chemical Engineering PhD, Seattle Genetics, https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssaschwartz2/

Jamiu Giwa-Owatsu, B.S. (PREP Program), University of Maryland, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiu-giwa-otusajo-0a7015127/

Igor Luzhansky, Chemical Engineering M.S., Washington University https://www.linkedin.com/in/igorluzhansky/

Lauren Jansen, Chemical Engineering PhD, Sigilon, https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-jansen-ph-d-48ba7335/

Lauren Barney, Chemical Engineering PhD, Sigilon

Lenny Negron-Piniero, B.S. (PREP Program), PhD student NYU, https://www.linkedin.com/in/lenny-negrón-piñeiro-4a8a489a/

Thuy Nguyen, Chemical Engineering PhD, Pfizer, https://www.linkedin.com/in/thuy-nguyen-2b150564/

Marcos Manganare, Molecular and Cell Biology MS, CDC, https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcos-manganare-4b5202114/

Nathan Colon, B.S. (PREP Program), Drexel, https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-colon-17b8b022/

William Herrick, Chemical Engineering PhD, Post-Doc: Leidos, https://www.linkedin.com/in/wherrick/

Dannielle Berlinghieri (Ryman). Molecular and Cell Biology MS, Leidos, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dannielleryman/

Formber Post-Docs and Lab Managers

Carey Dougan, B.S.

Maria Gencoglu, PhD

Chris Hall, PhD

Sam Polio, PhD

 

Former Undergraduate Studuents

Jacob Ong, B.S., Moderna

Bryan Kennedy, B.S., Moderna

Jenna Elsner, B.S., Abbvie

Allie Triozzi, B.S.

Samantha Downs, B.S., Epic

Ian Kilcoyne, B.S., Eastman

Eric Blanchard, B.S.

Sarah Duquette, B.S., PhD Program at MIT

Adam Selsman, B.S., PhD Program at Tufts University

Chris Sparages, B.S., Sigilon

Annali Yurkevicz, B.S., PhD Program at Yale University

Dave Podorefsky, B.S., PhD Program at UCSB

Jessica Belliveau, B.S., PhD Program at Delaware

Matt Rasmuson, B.S., Lanxess

Marisa Souza, UMass ChemEng Department

Michael Fitman, B.S., Wayfair

John MacMunn, B.S.

Tom McCarthy, B.S., Emerson

Ari Gilman, PhD program at Princeton University

Shayna Nolan, B.S., Waters

Mariusz Rdultowski, B.S., PhD Program at RPI

Justine Jesse, B.S., MassBiologics

Marianne Sleiman, B.S. University of California, Berkeley PhD Program

Michael Grunwald, B.S. Moderna Therapeutics

Nick Koenig, B.S., Banner Health

Tim Moriarty, B.S., Eversource

David Gallagher, University of Massachusetts Chemical Engineering Department

Jonathan Chiang, University of Massachusetts School of Public Health, Biostatistics

Aidan Gilchrist, B.S., University of Illinois Materials Science PhD Program

Isaac Han, B.S., Brigham and Women's

Elyse Hartnett, Process Development Engineer at Illumina

Maxsimillyan Nowak, UCSB Chemical Engineering PhD Program

Matthew Crotty, B.S., Koch Membrane Systems

Rob Gunther, University of Massachusetts Chemical Engineering Department

Danielle LaValley, B.S. Cornell University Biomedical Engineering PhD Program

Jaclyn Somadelis, B.S. Process Development Engineer, Applied Medical

Prateek Katti, B.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MD/Ph.D Program

Erinn (Dandley) Needham, B.S., (PhD at NC State), IDEXX

Tyler Vlass, B.S., Moderna

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