BONE Lab Personnel

Shruti Natarajan


Hello! My name is Shruti Natarajan and I began to work under Dr. Rodrigues' lab as a Clark Scholar in Summer 2016. I began working with growing cell culture on titanium plates and observing cellular responses. Currently, I am a biology major at UTD.
I love to play piano, and travel around the world. I also work as a lifeguard and am an active American Red Cross volunteer. In the future, I hope to go to dental school and pursue a DDS. I am excited to do more dental research under Dr. Rodrigues in these upcoming years!

Frederick Wang


Hello! My name is Frederick Wang and I am an incoming freshman to UTD. I graduated from Plano West Senior High School, and I was accepted into the Clark Summer Research Program; I was placed into Dr. Rodrigues’ lab. I’m currently learning about and helping out with understanding the electrochemistry nature of dental implants and its overall stability. I’m majoring in Biomedical Engineering in the fall and I am super excited!

Jason Chang


Hey! My name is Jason Chang and I am currently a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering at UT Dallas. I’m from Austin, Texas and I graduated from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) at UNT. I spent this past summer in Leipzig, Germany conducting research on the incorporation of iron oxide nanoparticles into hydrogels for biomedical applications. My research project in Dr. Rodrigues’ lab involves studying the bacterial and cell viability of two-solution bone cements containing antibiotics. Outside of lab, I serve as the student VP of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at UT Dallas. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with the long-term goal of becoming a university professor.

Thao Hoang


Hello! My name is Thao Hoang, and I am a senior Biology and Neuroscience major. I am from Carrollton, Texas and graduated from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at UNT. I joined the BONE Lab in the summer of 2015. My research focuses on two-solution bone cements with applications in vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. I am now beginning work on the characterization of commercial dental cements. Outside of the lab, I am an officer of the Chemistry Student Association at UT Dallas and a member of the Collegium V Honors Program.

Alikhan Fidai


Hey! My name is Alikhan Fidai and I am transferring into UTD for Biomedical Engineering this fall. I was placed in Dr. Rodrigues' lab as part of the LSAMP research fellowship. I am currently studying bacterial adhesion on biomaterials used for dental implants. I love spending my free time volunteering as a camp counselor and content facilitator for a number of programs aimed towards positive youth development. I am really looking forward to expanding my knowledge base through research under Dr. Rodrigues.


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