Current Graduate Students

Tabitha Derr

Tabitha Derr

  • Ph.D. Student, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Geneva College, 2018

Email: td627@drexel.edu

Research Focus: Additive manufacturing of 3D printing of PEEK and PEKK, retrieval analysis of patellas and other orthopaedic components, porous structure 3D printing.

Paul DeSantis

Paul DeSantis

  • Ph.D. Student, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems
  • B.S. / M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2020

Email: pmd67@drexel.edu

Research Focus: Biocompatibility testing of 3D printed materials, bacterial adhesion analysis, orthopaedic material characterization.

Abigail Tetteh

Abigail Tetteh

  • Ph.D. Student, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems
  • M.S., Bioengineering, Temple University, 2020
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2017

Email: aat96@drexel.edu

Research Focus: Investigating optimal print parameters for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printing of Fibertuff and characterizing its mechanical properties to develop 3d printed synthetic bone for treating critical size bone defects. FFF printing with soluble support materials and analyzing the interaction with low temperature polymers. Retrieval analysis of hip and knee implants. Using 3d printing to develop models for surgical training.

M.S. Thesis: Improving biodegradable polymers to enhance osteointegration and antibacterial property for orthopedic applications

Aliza Rabinowitz

Aliza Rabinowitz

  • Ph.D. Student, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2021

Email: ar3765@drexel.edu

Research Focus: Investigate mechanical and thermal properties of carbon fiber reinforced polymers that have been additively manufactured. These include CF-ABS, CF-Nylon, CF-PEKK, and CF-PEEK. Additive manufacturing of implantable medical devices such as spinal cages and fracture fixation plates. Mechanical characterization of these components and comparison to traditionally manufactured counterparts.
Shabnam Aslani

Shabnam Aslani

  • Ph.D. Student, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering - Biomaterials, Iran University of Science & Technology, 2016
  • B.S., Materials Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, 2013

Former Graduate Students

Hannah Spece, Ph.D.

Thesis: Development and Characterization of 3D Printed Porous Polyetheretherketone for Orthopaedic Applications (2021). [PDF]

Email: hgs29@drexel.edu

Luis Ramos Peralta, M.S.

Email: lar372@drexel.edu

Cemile Başgül, Ph.D.

Thesis: Investigating the Interfacial Bonding Strength of Additively Manufactured Polyetheretherketone Intervertebral Devices (2021). [PDF]

Email: cemile.basgul@gmail.com

Sevi Kocagoz, Ph.D.

Thesis: Investigation of Modular Taper Material and Design Factors That Affect Mechanically Assisted Crevice Corrosion at the Femoral HeadStem Junctions in Total Hip Arthroplasties. [PDF]

Email: sk997@drexel.edu

Tina Arnholt, Ph.D.

Thesis: Evaluating the Local Release, Systemic Transport, and Biological Significance of Cobalt Chromium Debris in Total Knee Replacement (2020). [PDF]

Email: cma64@drexel.edu

Genymphas Higgs, Ph.D.

Thesis: In Vivo Performance of the Femoral Head-Neck Taper Connection and Development of an Electrochemical Framework for Quantitative Corrosion Investigations. [PDF]

Email: genymphas.b.higgs@drexel.edu

Jaclyn Schachtner, M.S.

Thesis: Is Fused Filament Fabrication a Viable Fabrication Method for Bioabsorbable Devices? Development of a 3D Printed Clip for Prevention of Spinal Fusion Infection (2018). [PDF]

Email: jts338@drexel.edu

Mariya Tohfafarosh, Ph.D.

Thesis: Contact Mechanics and Failure Modes of Compliant Polymeric Bearing Materials for Knee Cartilage Replacement (2017).

Email: mst63@drexel.edu

Eliza Fredette, M.S.

Thesis: A Morphological Analysis of Metal Transfer on Retrieved Ceramic and Cobalt Chrome Femoral Heads (2017).

Email: ekf35@drexel.edu

Sai Veruva, Ph.D.

Thesis: Total Disc Replacement: Periprosthetic Wear Debris and Biological Replacements (2015). [PDF]

Email: syv23@drexel.edu

Josa Hanzlik, Ph.D.

Thesis: Retrieval Analysis and Finite Element Modeling of Orthopaedic Porous-Coated Implants (2014). [PDF]

Email: josa.a.hanzlik@drexel.edu

Alex Sevit, M.S.

Thesis: Development of Ultrasound-Triggered Anitbiotic Release Clip to Prevent Spinal Fusion Infection (2015). [PDF]

Email: as3437@drexel.edu

Doruk Baykal, Ph.D.

Thesis: Tribological Assessment of Hydrogels for Replacing Damaged Articular Cartilage (2013). [PDF]

Email: doruk.baykal@drexel.edu

John Heffernan, M.S.

Thesis: Finite element and physical characterization of the strength of ceramic materials used in total hip replacements (2012).

Email: jmh325@glink.drexel.edu

David Jaekel, Ph.D.

Thesis: Development and Fabrication of Silver Composite PEEK to Prevent Microbial Attachment and Periprosthetic Infection (2012). [PDF]

Email: david.j.jaekel@drexel.edu

Michal Neukamp, M.D., M.S.

Thesis: In Vivo Biostability/Compatibility and Wear Determination of Dynesys Spinal Implants (2012).

Email: michal.neukamp@memcenter.unibe.ch

Steven Rundell, Ph.D.

Thesis: The Biomechanics of Lumbar Total Disc Replacement Impingement:In Silico Investigations of Polyethylene Damage Modes of Lumbar Total Disc Replacement (2011). [PDF]

Email: s.rundell@armstrongforensic.com

Ryan Baxter, Ph.D.

Thesis: The Osteolytic Potential of Polyethylene Wear Debris in Periprosthetic Tissues Around Total Joint Replacements (2011). [PDF]

Email: ryan.m.baxter@drexel.edu

Lauren Jablonowski, M.S.

Thesis: The role of inflammation and oxidative stress in total hip replacement revisions: Development of a diagnostic panel for osteolysis (2011).

Email: lj62@drexel.edu