People

Principal Investigator

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Research Associates

 

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Abhijit Saha received his bachelor and master from University of Calcutta, India in Chemistry. After spending a year in Unilever India Ltd. as a research associate he joined IACS, Kolkata, India as a PhD scholar. In 2009, he obtained his PhD on nanoscale self-assembly of vitamins. After pursuing two successive postdocs in TU Eindhoven, Netherlands (2010-2011) and ETH Zurich (2012-2015), he joined the research group of Dr. Nelson in 2016. His research interest includes responsive functional materials and 3D printing polymeric hydrogels.

Graduate Students

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Dylan Karis grew up in Wisconsin and went to college at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he worked with Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski for over two years on synthesizing and characterizing reversibly self-assembling stimuli responsive polymers. Outside of the lab, he enjoys climbing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and snowboarding whenever possible. Other days he likes to read, play games, and watch movies or shows.

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Trevor Johnston is from Phoenix, Arizona, and moved around the country a lot growing up, but now calls Seattle home. He went to the University of Washington for his undergraduate degree, where he majored in Biochemistry, minored in Chemistry, and researched with Charles Campbell and the Institute for Systems Biology. His research in graduate school focuses on developing biologically compatible and active materials for additive manufacturing and biocatalysis. Outside of school, he enjoys snowboarding, hockey, and golf.

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Originally from Chardon, OH, Ryan Shafranek completed his B.A. in Chemistry at The College of Wooster. Following time at ABS Materials, Inc. and Advanced Testing Laboratory, he finds himself researching polymer synthesis and functionalization at the UW. Non-laboratory interests include running, Neil Gaiman and Haruki Murakami, and Lovecraft-based roleplaying games.

 

Amrita Basu is from West Bengal, India and went to the University of Calcutta for her undergraduate degree and attended the University of Hyderabad for her Master’s degree in Chemistry. She briefly worked at TCG Lifesciences as a synthetic organic chemist before moving to Seattle for graduate school at the University of Washington. In Dr. Nelson’s lab, she is exploring 3D printing of electrically conductive hydrogels. Outside of school, she loves traveling, enjoying music and reading.

Christopher Fellin is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University while conducting research in polyphosphazenes under Dr. Harry Allcock. In the Nelson Lab, his research involves polymer synthesis and characterization of new 3D-printable materials.  Outside of the lab, he enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, hiking, camping, and watching football.

Patrick Smith is from Chesapeake, Virginia and completed his bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary. In Dr. Nelson’s lab, he is studying hydrogel-based actuating systems for 3D printing.  Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing soccer and going fishing.

Research Engineer

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Casi Goodman grew up in the Seattle area and discovered her passion for engineering in her high school Robotics club. She is now pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington. In Nelson’s lab, Casi is the resident 3D printing technician. Outside of school, Casi enjoys swing dancing, drawing, and hanging out with her friends in coffee shops.

 

Undergraduate Researchers

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Cecilia Martin is from Sammamish, Washington and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, with a minor in English.  In Dr. Nelson’s lab, she is currently researching the critical micelle concentration and LCST of the triblock co-polymers through UV-Vis spectroscopy. More recently, Cecilia began working with Ryan Shafranek to synthesize the tri-block copolymers and is exploring the addition of hydrogen bonding domains. When not studying or researching she enjoys playing the guitar, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and being outside hiking or exploring with friends.

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Cem Millik was born in Ankara, Turkey but he was raised here in the United States. He currently attends the University of Washington as an undergraduate where he is pursuing a degree in biochemistry. Many of Cem’s scientific interests center around interfaces between biological and synthetic systems. Cem’s research in the Nelson Lab focuses on the exploration of stimuli-responsive polymeric hydrogels and their applications in cell encapsulation for potential biomedical or biotechnological devices. In addition, Cem has been working on the design, development, and testing of new hardware for pneumatic extrusion-based 3D gel-printing. Cem’s hobbies include woodworking, metalworking, skiing, and diving.