BONE Lab Personnel

Danyal Siddiqui

MS Bioengineering (UTD, 2016)


After joining the BONE lab in May of 2014, I received my BS in Biomedical Engineering in May of 2015 and my MS in Biomedical Engineering in August of 2016 from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). My previous work was focused on improving the corrosion and wear performance of biomedical alloys (titanium and cobalt chromium) employed in orthopedic implants using multi-functional coatings of novel compounds known as ionic liquids.
As a PhD student, my research efforts are directed toward emerging alloys (titanium and titanium-zirconium) in dental implant applications. Specifically, I intend to perform a comprehensive characterization of these alloys in terms of mechanical behavior, cell growth and adhesion, early- and late-colonizing bacterial biofilm formation, corrosion behavior, and tribological performance. Also, I plan to investigate the effects of detoxification procedures on these alloys and study the surface features of retrieved ceramic implants.
Aside from my lab activities, I have served as the treasurer for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) chapter at UTD since February of 2015. In my hypothetical free time, I would enjoy volunteering and playing soccer in addition to tutoring and breeding freshwater fish.

Sutton Wheelis

MS Bioengineering (UTD, 2017)


I received my BS in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2015. In my senior design project my team and I constructed a gait simulator of the human hip that could be used as a more consistent test method for lower limb prostheses. I am currently working towards my Masters in Biomedical Engineering here at UT Dallas. I work with dental implants, in particular studying the effects of decontamination treatments on the surface of titanium implants and it's effects on cell adhesion. I will be starting several other different projects with dental implants in the near future involving failed retrievals and analyses on newly designed implants. I love this field because it allows us to integrate engineering concepts ( materials, mechanics) with biology to improve healthcare. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, movies, and trying to enjoy running.

Brian Hedden

BSE Biomedical Engineering (Arizona State University, 2016)


I received my BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University in May of 2016. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. I joined Dr. Rodrigues’ lab in the fall of 2017. My work will be focusing on characterizing the immune response of cells to different biomaterial compositions, coatings, and surface topographies, which is something that has been lacking in many previous studies. This should hopefully lay the groundwork for future projects that can focus on improving the interface between implants and the body’s immune system. While I originally started my graduate degree in a neural engineering lab, I have always had a fascination with materials and how they interact with the body, especially with how prevalent they are in today’s healthcare system. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and I have recently tried to get back into running, swimming, and mountain biking.

Sanjana Jain

BS Medical Electronics (Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, 2015)


I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical engineering here at UT Dallas. I received my Bachelor's in Medical Electronics in 2015 from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore, India. I joined Dr. Rodrigues' Lab in the summer of 2017. Currently, I will be working on characterization of bacterial flora on dental implant healing abutments. Also I will be working on the investigation of the effects of titanium dioxide roughness, structure and properties on soft tissue cells behavior. I am looking forward to a great learning experience at the BONE Lab.

Silvia Gallegos

BS Bioengineering (UTD, 2016)


My name is Silvia Gallegos. I am a current working on my MS Degree in Biomedical Engineering. I started working in the lab May 2017. Currently, I am trying to determine the effects that different dental cement compositions have in proliferation of oral bacteria and soft and bone tissue-forming cells. These dental cements are used in the augmentation of dental crowns or components of dental implant systems. After completing my MS, I would like to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, or start a career at the FDA in the regulation of medical devices.

Alexandra Arteaga

MS Molecular Biology (New Mexico State University, 2013)


I received my BS in Biology with a minor in mathematics from the University of Texas at El Paso in May of 2010. I also received my MS in Molecular Biology from New Mexico State University in May 2013. I am currently in the MS program, but pursuing to get a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. I joined Dr. Rodrigues’ BONE lab in the spring of 2018. My current work focuses on analyzing metals that are commonly used in orthopedics in simulated diabetic environments. In the near future, my work will focus on characterizing surfaces of retrieved orthopedic/dental implants through in vitro testing by using spectroscopic, microscopic and electrochemical techniques. This work will help us better understand reasons why implants have a higher failure rate in diabetic patients, and can lead to surface modifications for more successful osseous healing. In my free time, I like to play tennis, swim, lift weights, and ride my motorcycle.

Bhuvana Lakkasetter Chandrashekar

BS Medical Electronics (Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, 2016)


I received my BS in Medical Electronics from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering in 2016, India, Bangalore. I'm currently working towards my Masters in Biomedical Engineering here at UT Dallas. I have been a part of Dr. Rodrigues' Lab since summer 2018. I will be working on Re-passivation of titanium surfaces post detoxification with citric acid and also the biological effects of the same. In my free time I enjoy singing, sketching and playing flute. It has been very exciting to be a part of this lab and I'm looking forward to learn more!

Iravati Mandar Ambike

BS Bioengineering (University of Pune, 2017)


I am a Master's student of Biomedical engineering at UTD and I have a BS Bioengineering (biotechnology) degree from University of Pune, India. I come from a family of doctors and healthcare can be considered as my passion. My current area of study is detoxification treatment on the surface of titanium implants and dentin discs fabricated from teeth samples. This area of study is significant due to the rising prevalence of periodontitis and peri-implantitis, which are diseased conditions of the mouth due to onset of bacterial biofilms. This condition leads to severe localized bone loss and hence my primary aim is to analyze the potential beneficial effects of this surface treatment on the growth of the alveolar process. My experience with in the BONE lab has been very exciting so far and I am hoping to continue learning more each day. I would like to pursue a PhD in the near future. In my free time I enjoy weight training, cooking, and blogging.