Graduates

Vidyalakshmi Jayaraman
MS Bioengineering (UTD, 2017)

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I’m currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at UTD. I received my Bachelor’s in Biotechnology in 2007 from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. I joined the lab in February 2015 and it’s been great working with such brilliant and enthusiastic people. Sometimes to design and conduct our experiments, we have to think about how we can use a certain technology or software that may have never been used before for that purpose to get the results we want. This is when we begin to realize how interdisciplinary the biomedical engineering field really is.
Smart medical solutions are those that leverage the intrinsic properties of biomaterials to serve more than one purpose in the human body and promote holistic healing. My research focus is in investigating the efficiency of acrylic-calcium phosphate bone cements as local drug delivery systems. Bone cements are interesting materials that can not only provide a mechanical interlock between an implant and bone, but also serve as local reservoirs of anti-microbial drugs to combat opportunistic infections. I hope to develop this study to characterize release of chemotherapeutics for bone cancer treatment.
Music has been an integral part of my life. I sing for a Dallas based band and I am also trained in Indian folk dance. I like watching documentaries, movies and trying out new cuisines and restaurants.

Gina Quiram
MS Bioengineering (UTD, 2017)

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I received my BS in Chemical Engineering from the university of America in Bogota, Colombia in 1998. I received my MS degree is in Polymer Science from UMASS Lowell in 2001.
Currently I am working towards my Masters in Biomedical Engineering here at UT Dallas. The focus of my work is on a controlled-release delivery system for root canal. The need to treat challenging debridement of bacteria inside the complex root canal system is in demand. So being able to design nanoparticles made of a biocompatible polymer with slow release properties will make a great product for clinical use and a means of saving teeth, which is the ultimate goal of any dental treatment.
My favorite pastimes are playing tennis with my son, surfing, playing piano and snorkeling. Among the most fulfilling experiences I have had are tutoring kids and adults alike and volunteering in hospitals in the intensive care units. The main objective of going into the field of Biomedical Engineering is because it has the dynamism of endless intellectual exploration. My fundamental goal is to dedicate my life to contribute to our society through this career, which combines both science and the art of helping others.

Deepthi Ramesh
MS Bioengineering (UTD, 2016)

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I graduated with Bachelors of Engineering in Biotechnology from P.E.S Institute of Technology, Bangalore India, in 2014. My final year project was to design and develop a pulse oximeter and integrate it into the CardioTrack® fitness application. I joined The University of Texas at Dallas in spring 2015 to pursue Masters in Biomedical Engineering and started working in Dr. Rodrigues’ lab in my first semester.

I am currently working on my thesis regarding the effects of peri-implantitis seen with dental implants and the negative consequences of the detoxification techniques; and the effects of both chemical and mechanical methods used by dentists to treat peri-implantitis on the surface of the titanium dental implants.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, horseback riding, swimming and watching movies. I am very interested in Biomedical Engineering and I wish to learn more and do my part in combining science and technology with biology to provide superior healthcare for future generations.

Pavan Preet Kaur Sandhu
MS Bioengineering (UTD, 2016)

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I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical engineering here at UT Dallas. I received my BS in Biotechnology in 2010 from Amity University, Noida, India. I joined the BONE lab in February 2015 and since then I have been a part of this amazing community.
The focus of my research is to improve the surface performance of Zirconia dental implants and help address the implant failure mechanisms. Our research group has developed multifunctional Ionic liquid coatings which have the potential to be used successfully in biomedical applications. As a part of my thesis, I am studying the antimicrobial, lubricative and osseointegrative ability of these coatings with zirconia.

Although I am a nature lover, my favorite pastime is to watch YouTube videos.
I also worked as International Peer Advocate at the International Center at UTD and I am actively involved in the cultural and social activities organized by various student organizations at our university.

Izabelle Gindri
MS Chemistry (UFSM, 2013)
PhD Bioengineering (UTD, 2016)

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I received the BS degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2011 and MS degree in Organic Chemistry in 2013 from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). I believe that a well-rounded education is important for the researcher formation. This way I try to stay connected with all areas of education such as philosophy, literature and arts.

I love cycling but I also enjoy outdoor sports such as running and volleyball. Furthermore in my free time I like to stay with my husband and our little dog Luna.

The focus of my work is development of Ionic liquids (ILs) for multiple applications in the biomedical field. These compounds have a combination of excellent properties such as non-volatility, non-flammability, thermo-oxidative stability and very good lubrication properties. I am working on the synthesis of novel compounds that have a combination of properties for in vivo use. I am also actively involved with other projects in the lab and enjoy mentoring undergraduate students.

Lucas Rodriguez
MS Bioengineering (UTD, 2014)
PhD Bioengineering (UTD, 2016)

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I received my BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Baylor University in 2010. I received my MS in Biomedical Engineering here at the University of Texas at Dallas after developing a novel two-phase calcium phosphate/acrylic bone cement for orthopedic and maxillofacial applications in 2014.

I am currently working towards my PhD in Bioengineering here at the University of Texas at Dallas continuing my work towards the finalized development of a two-phase calcium phosphate/acrylic bone cement for commercialization in orthopedic surgery. I also work towards developing dental implant abutment geometries which prevent the capability of dental cement extrusion from the crown-implant interface.

When not studying or working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two dogs Bocephus and Lilly. I prefer the outdoors and have a true passion for road cycling

Shant Aghyarian
MS Bioengineering (UTD, 2013)
PhD Bioengineering (UTD, 2015)

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I received my BS in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut in 2011 with minors in Philosophy and Biomedical Engineering. I joined The University of Texas at Dallas in the fall of 2011 and completed my MS work in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 studying the biomechanics of diseased tissue, and novel biomaterials for tissue engineering. The development of novel technologies will shape the future of medicine in this century. With the rate of advancements in biomedical engineering, it is not very far-fetched that humans will be able to change out diseased organs as if they were car parts. In my spare time, I like to ponder the mysteries of the universe while I cook. Hobbies of mine include reading, music, and all kinds of sports. I am also involved in the Armenian community of Dallas. I constantly volunteer and help organize fundraisers and awareness events. My work is concerned with the development of a unique two-solution bone cement for applications such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for patients with vertebral body fractures.

Anie Thomas
MS Bioengineering (UTD, 2013)

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Research work concentrated on studying corrosion mechanisms of dental implants and electrochemical behavior of Zr in mild and acidic conditions.

Anie developed her research projects in collaboration with Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry (Dr. Valderrama, Dr. Wilson) and collaborators from the Chemistry (Dr. Julia Chan) and Biology (Dr. Kelli Palmer) departments from UTD.