Former Students

Zarraf Arefeen


Hey! My name is Zarraf Arefeen and I’m an incoming freshman coming from Brighter Horizons Academy. I became part of Dr. Rodrigues’ lab from the Clark program in summer of 2017 and it is one of the best things that has happened! I love my new team and enjoy working together. I am majoring in Health Care Studies and plan to go to medical school and pursue orthopedics. My fascination for bone properties really drives me in the lab. I have done a project depicting reused healing abutment conditions in terms of debris and corrosion. Now I am learning cell cultures to figure out further details in corroded healing abutments and move on from there. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, working out, and family time. I am really excited to continue my journey in research under Dr. Rodrigues and make advancements together!

Catherine Davis


Hello, my name is Catherine Lee Davis and I am currently pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas. Once I complete my BS, I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin for the Biomedical Engineering graduate program. After completing the Green Fellowship Research Program at UT Southwestern during the Spring 2015 semester, I am excited to be able to continue doing research in Dr. Rodrigues lab. Currently, I am testing titanium samples for biocompatibility and corrosion resistance for the use in dental implants. Outside of the lab, I am the captain of the Cross Country team at UT Dallas, I enjoy playing basketball with friends, and I volunteer at the Comet Cupboard.

Elizabeth Bentley


Hello! I'm Elizabeth Bentley, an incoming freshman to the University of Texas at Dallas and part of the Clark Summer Research Program.

I'm from Plano and graduated from Plano East Senior High School. My major is Biomedical Engineering and I'm also in the CV Honors Program. The project I'm involved with is Antibiotic Release from Bone Cements. This material has potential for use in orthopedics, spinal and craniofacial applications.

Jonathan Chari


I graduated from Richland Collegiate HS, where I completed a senior year project on the needs and future of telemedicine and healthcare management systems. As part of the project, I worked on a miniaturized potentiometer to assess heart attack risk using impedance spectroscopy under Dr. Prasad. Currently, I am a junior at UTD majoring in Biomedical Engineering with minors in Nanoscience and Entrepreneurship. I’m researching 3D printing techniques to fabricate designs in materials relevant to orthopedics, especially acrylic bone cements. I also volunteer as an EMT and enjoy fencing, boxing, backpacking, and playing the violin. My goal is to combine my engineering skills with my knowledge of medicine in order to bring better surgical devices and procedures to the market

Saad Hasan


Hi! My name is Saad Hasan and I am currently a Junior at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am a Neuroscience major and hope to pursue a career in dentistry after graduation. I am privileged by Dr. Rodrigues and the BONE Lab to be engaged in research with constructing a design for sterile bacterial implant testing. My research will continue to study the effects of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria on titanium dental implants. In my free time (which is very little haha) I enjoy golfing, learning to play the guitar, and public speaking!

Kayam Hamdar


Kayam Hamdar is currently working on his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at Federal University of Parana, Brazil. He is also a former Brazil Scientic Mobility Program scholar who joined BONE Lab during the summer of 2015. At BONE Lab, his project aimed to study the effects of detofixification methods onto titanium surfaces for dental applications. Kayam initially worked over 2 years with plasma-based materials processing technology for orthopedic applications in a project funded by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES, Brazil). Nowadays, he is studying antibacterial effects of silver coatings on titanium surfaces for dental and orthopedic applications.

Arvind Adapalli


My name is Arvind Adapalli and I am a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering and am Pre-Dental. I am from Austin, Texas and have been part of Dr. Rodrigues’ research lab since January 2013.

My research project is based on Dental Implant Failure Mechanisms and analyzing the surfaces of these mechanisms via various microscopy methods finding potential causes for corrosion.

Eddie Yi


Hello! My name is Eddie Yi and I'm currently a Junior at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Business Administration and I intend on pursuing a career in Dentistry. I have been a part of Dr. Rodrigues' research lab since Fall'13 and I am currently working on the evaluation of metal wear due to fretting corrosion on the surface of dental implants and healing abutments.
I am a food enthusiast, I intern at Carewell Dental and in my spare time I like to volunteer.

Laura Rodriguez


Hello, my name is Laura Rodriguez and I am a junior studying Industrial Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). During the 2014 Summer Semester, I was accepted for a research opportunity at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) under the LSAMP Program. In the UTD LSAMP Program, I am currently working under the guidance of Dr. Danieli Rodrigues. My research focuses on analyzing the failure modes of retrieved hip implants in the lab. The goal of this study is to gain information from visual and elemental analysis to try and find potential root causes of why the implants failed.

Karthik Prabhakaran


Hello! My name is Karthik Prabhakaran. I'm currently a student at Plano East Senior High School (in the IB program).

I am working in Dr. Rodrigues's lab in the summer of 2014 as a part of the Plano ISD/UTD Summer Science Research Program. The current project I'm learning about and helping with is optimizing antibiotic release from bone cements. In the future, I plan to major in biology, biochemistry, or biomedical engineering.

Diana Roy


My name is Diana Roy and I am from Allen, TX, currently a junior studying biology at UT Dallas.

In my research project we are analyzing used hip implants and hoping to find reasons for their failure. My goals are to publish a paper about our study, finish my degree, and go to medical school. In my spare time I like to cook, watch movies, and play tennis.

Misha Rubanov


I graduated from Plano West Senior High School in 2012, and am currently enrolled at UTD as a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering. I have a background working with organic chemistry, specializing specifically in Fluorine chemistry. I have been part of the Bone Lab since September of 2013, and my research project entails the development and studies of Ionic Liquids. I hope that I will be able to continue my education into medical school, and to be able to apply the principles of engineering to help solve real-world problems related to the body.

Rishi Samani


My name is Rishi Samani, I am a 20 year-old Biomedical Engineering student minoring in Business Administration at the University of Texas at Dallas.

I am an Engineering Camp director as well as a private tutor teaching kids about solar powered vehicles. I am also working in Professor Danieli Rodrigues' lab on bone cement delivery system redesign. We are currently exploring techniques to improve the mixing and delivery cartrige system of the two-solution cement.

Syeda Ahmed


I am a junior in Bio-Medical Engineering. The project I am working on is bone cements used in cranioplasty. Cranioplasty is a surgical repair of skull defect or deformity. The over-all goal of my project is to find bone cement which is compatible when performing cranioplasty on bigger scale. So I have to tune in properties of PMMA based two-solution bone to be: biocompatible without eliciting reactive tissue response; firm and stable for life; non-allergic or causing cancer; radio-lucent to allow unimpeded CT-scanning and MR-imaging; strong enough to protect the brain; capable of facilitating bone ingrowths.

Muhammad Sajjad


Hello, my name is Muhammad Sajjad, and I am currently a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering at UTD. I joined the Orthopedic Biomaterials Lab in the summer of 2013. My project is mostly modeling based, using the Matlab and Solidworks software. I hope to be able to design models of spinal vertebrae units and how loads and constraints are applied to and affect the vertebral bodies, and ultimately progress to modeling how bone cements of variable stiffness, when injected, will affect the vertebrae.

Kevin Ndukwe


My name is Kevin Ndukwe. I'm a junior majoring in biomedical engineering.

My research focus on dental implant failure mechanisms. Specifically, my goals are to understand the mechanisms that leads to dental implant failure and to study the effects of immersion in formalin.